Required Courses - Fall 2011/Spring 2012
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 Naomi Mezey, Georgetown Law and Kerry Rittich, University of Toronto
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: Globalisation and Law
Kerry Rittich, University of Toronto
This course examines the complex and increasingly interconnected relationships among legal traditions, systems, and cultures in an era of globalization.
Drawing on studies of international law, comparative law, new governance and private law, it will examine different theories and approaches to global governance; the role played by international and multi-lateral institutions and private actors in the diffusion of the ‘rule of law’ and regulatory norms in a globalized world; and the range of mechanisms and institutions by which legal norms are now created, transformed, transplanted and enforced. The aim of the course is twofold: first, to provide students with a framework for the analysis of transnational legal issues; second, to explore the emerging transnational legal landscape through consideration of concrete issues in areas such as human rights, environmental justice, corporate social responsibility, economic development and problems of work. Throughout the course, we will consider the interaction of legal norms with social and political developments, the relationship between public authority and private power, as well as the challenges posed by new regulatory approaches to values such as sovereignty, distributive justice, and cultural diversity and autonomy.
3 Credits, required. Evaluation: Class Participation (20%), Final Exam (80%).