Comparative Constitutional Law

Section 1, Spring 23

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 10/15
Credits: 3
Days* Time Room Start Date End Date
  • TR
  • 1000-1120
  • WB121
01/24/2023 04/27/2023
*“R” means Thursday

Course Description

This class offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the thriving field of comparative constitutional law. We will cover the basics of how constitutions are created, revised, interpreted, and enforced. Topics will include design of government institutions, federalism, judicial review, constitutional amendment rules, and constitutional rights. We will cover a range of foreign jurisdictions throughout the West, Asia, and the Global South, such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Africa, Columbia, India, Ecuador, Hungary, and Turkey.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Final Type (if any): Flex with Paper Option
Description: A Flex exam will be required at the end of the semester, but students will have the option of submitting a paper in lieu of the Flex exam. Students opting to submit a paper in lieu of the Flex exam must submit the paper via EXPO before noon on the last day of the exam period.

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Students have the option of submitting a paper in lieu of a Flex exam. Students opting to submit a paper must do so via EXPO by noon on the last day of the final exam period. In accordance with Academic Policy I.M, students intending to use the final paper for their Upper-Level Writing Requirement must submit the "special request" form to SRO (available via LawWeb) by Feb. 27, 2023.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: None Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Comparative Constitutional Law Seminar (9016)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Resources: To be announced.
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*If “Yes,” then students are required to submit a substantial research paper in this course, which means students do not need to submit any form to SRO for this paper to meet their upper-level writing requirement. If “No,” then students must submit a “special request” e-form to SRO (available via LawWeb) no later than five weeks after the start of the term for a paper in this class to be counted toward the upper-level writing requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

Schedule No.
Law No.
Modified Type
Cross Listed: Yes
Cross-Listed Course Mnemonic: PLCP 7500 (class No. 19061))
Public Syllabus Link: None
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Opens: Friday, April 21, 12:01 AM
Evaluation Portal Via LawWeb Closes: Sunday, April 30, 11:59 PM