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 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%).


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