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 2012 /Spring 2013

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 Roberto Caranta, University of Torino and David Luban, 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: Introduction to Transnational Law (Fall 2012)

Karen Knop, University of Toronto and David Luban, Georgetown Law

This "core" course is required for all students. The aim is to introduce the concepts and methods that make up transnational legal studies. We will focus on the three chief components: international law, comparative law, and transnational law (that is, domestic law applied across borders). The course will include theoretical readings, but also practical examples and case studies drawn from very different legal disciplines:

  1. the roles and ethics of lawyers in different national legal traditions as well as in international tribunals;
  2. the international criminal justice system;
  3. the roles of different levels of law (national, transnational, international) in protecting human rights; and
  4. the extent to which domestic courts should recognize foreign laws and institutions contrary to their own in cases such as family law.

We do not assume that you have already had a course in public international law - the course will include an overview of basics such as the sources of international law and the institutional background of the international legal system. Ultimately, our goal is to address four questions: What is international law? What is comparative law? What is transnational law? And why do they matter?

3 Credits, required. Evaluation: Final Examination (80%) and Class Participation (20%). 8 hour take-home Exam.

Core Course: Introduction to Transnational Law (Spring 2013)

Roberto Caranta, University of Torino and Joasia Luzak, Amsterdam Law School

This "core" course is required for all students. The aim is to  introduce the concepts and methods that make up transnational legal studies,  including reference to comparative law, international, and global law.

After series of classes  devoted to a general presentation of the components of transnational law, five  main topics will be analysed form both a theoretical and a practical perspective:  (1) integration through law and its limits; (2) protecting the consumer in a  globalized market; (3) global administrative law; (4) the extent to which  domestic courts should recognize foreign laws and institutions contrary to  their own in cases such as family law; and (5) business to business sale  contracts in globalized markets.

Ultimately, our goal is to  address the question of what is the role of law in a non-State and  supranational context?

3 Credits,  required. Evaluation: Final Examination (80%) and  Class Participation (20%). 8 hour take-home Exam.


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