Shangjun Tan
National University of Singapore

"CTLS is a fantastic opportunity for building friendships and networks across cultural, linguistic, and transnational boundaries. Whilst other exchange programs usually involve students immersing themselves in a foreign university, CTLS is unique in that it brings together students and professors from over 20 schools on five continents. CTLS is a synergistic combination of legal perspectives from many brilliant minds. We could very well be contemporaries in a particular field of law in the near future, and building bonds of friendship now makes the prospect of future collaboration or interaction even more interesting."

Required Courses - Fall 2009/spring 2010

Global Practice Exercise

Carrie Menkel-Meadow and Faculty

Each semester will begin with an intensive, multi-day exercise in transnational and/or comparative law. The exercise will provide an opportunity for the diverse students and faculty at CTLS to work together on a common legal problem. All faculty and students will participate in the exercise. The objectives are to give students and faculty a quick start working together on a real legal practice problem, which will highlight the importance and challenges of communicating across transnational legal and cultural boundaries; draw CTLS participants into active roles in their own learning and academic exchange; and introduce students to the process of tackling real-world legal problems that transcend national boundaries, learning both transnational variations in substantive law and legal processes.

1 Credit, required.

Transnational Law Colloquium

Coordinated by Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Georgetown Law and Franz Werro, Georgetown Law and University of Fribourg

This colloquium will meet weekly for presentations by leading academics and practitioners on topics of current international, transnational or comparative law interest. Each meeting will involve the presentation of a paper, brief comments, and a discussion with the author/presenter among all participants. Attendees will be the Center's students, faculty and invited guests. Students, who will be divided up and each assigned to attend a sub-set of the colloquia, will write short responses to the papers in advance of the meeting.

1 Credit, required.

Core Course: Transnational Issues and Theories of Comparative Law

Carrie Menkel-Meadow, Georgetown Law
Franz  Werro, Georgetown Law and University of Fribourg

This course provides an understanding of the diversity and commonality of legal systems and cultures in an era of globalization. It analyzes how comparative legal techniques and the use of foreign law may help lawyers capture the existence and implications of transnational legal issues. In light of concrete legal problems, the course will study the extent to which legal systems follow their own path or use different concepts to serve the same function. The course will also focus on different levels of law making and enforcement ("transnational" law and processes, like international arbitration and the lex mercatoria) and explore what factors contribute to the transformation and denationalization of substantive law and legal processes in certain areas. The course also includes study of who makes, interprets, and enforces these levels of law (judges, arbitrators, lawyers, law firms, NGOs, legislatures, and other governmental actors).

3 Credits, required.


Center for Transnational Legal Studies
37-39 High Holborn
London WC1V 6AA, United Kingdom