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 2010/spring 2011

Global Practice Exercise

Rémy Gerbay, Maxi Scherer 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 Victor V. Ramraj,  National University of Singapore and Peter Tague, Georgetown Law

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: Legal Transnationalism in Theory and Practice

Victor V. Ramraj,  National University of Singapore
Cally Jordan, University of Melbourne (Spring 2011 only)

This course examines the complex relationship between and among legal traditions, systems, and cultures both horizonally (across legal systems and legal traditions - e.g., common law, civil law) and vertically (at the sub-national, national, regional, and international levels) in an era of globalization. It considers the impact of "globalization" on legal norms in different contexts (e.g., on developed and developing economic and legal systems), the challenges posed by the increasingly transnational nature of law (e.g., harmonization, enforcement, legal transplants, social and distributive justice), and the interaction between legal norms and social, political, and cultural norms in regulating transnational problems. The course will provide students with a framework and vocabulary to anaylse and discuss problems of legal transnationalism; it will then apply this framework and vocabulary to practical problems in transnational public and private law.

3 Credits, required. Evaluation: Class participation (20%), Final Exam (80%).


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