Spring 2015
    Law No.: LAW9016
    Sched. No.: 115210104

Comparative Constitutional Law Seminar*
Section 1
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Howard, A E.



Administrative Information:
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Days, Times (Room):T, 1830-2030 (WB127)
Credits:3Type:Seminar
Capacity:16 **This information is current as of 10/20/2014 06:13:47 AM**
Current Enrollment:10 **This information is current as of 10/20/2014 06:13:47 AM**

Course Description:

Recent years have seen a renaissance of interest in the comparative possibilities of constitutional law. Just as framers of liberal constitutions 200 years ago were influenced by events in France and America, so constitution-makers in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe, South Africa, and elsewhere have considered the experience of more established constitutional democracies in framing their fundamental laws. The seminar will explore the issues entailed in the drafting and uses of a constitution. To what extent do constitutions reflect universal values (such as human rights), and to what extent are they grounded in the culture and values of a particular people? How much borrowing goes on in the writing of a constitution? In particular, in what respects do the U.S. Constitution and American constitutionalism serve as models for newer democracies? What are the historical, cultural, political, and economic contexts necessary to the success of liberal constitutional democracy?

Illustrative of the areas to be explored in this seminar are:

(1) Revolutions and constitutions -- France and America in the founding era, the revolutions of 1848, Mexico in 1917, Ataturk's Turkey, post-communist Central and Eastern Europe, and the revolutions in Egypt and other Arab countries.

(2) The influence of the American constitutional experience on other countries and cultures -- the French Declaration of Rights of Man and the Citizen, Germany's Paulskirche Constitution (1849), America's colony in the Philippines, Woodrow Wilson and new nations after World War I, Thomas Masaryk and Czechoslovakia, Japan and Germany after World War II, and the former communist countries after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

(3) The emergence of global constitutionalism in the years since World War II.

PREREQUISITE: Constitutional Law useful, but not required
MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE WITH: Comparative Constitutional Law Lecture; Constitutionalism: History and Jurisprudence
COURSE REQUIREMENT: A substantial research paper

Prerequisites:Constitutional Law useful, but not required
Mutually Exclusive with: Comparative Constitutional Law Lecture; Constitutionalism: History and Jurisprudence
This course is on the approved upper-level writing requirement course list.