Law and Policy in the Americas
This seminar evaluates the development of legal systems in the Americas and includes a comparative analysis. Topics include constitutional and international law, trade and commercial development, alternative dispute resolution mechanism use and development, citizen security and human rights, property rights, and a review of regional judicial reform efforts focusing on efforts to improve access, efficiency and transparency in justice systems as a means to promote democratic consolidation and economic growth. Readings are theoretical and applied and focus on differing legal cultures, distinguishing features of the civil and common law systems, the informal economy and access to property rights, and will utilize current periodicals to follow regional political developments and trade agreement negotiations. The Seminar will require a paper and a presentation on some subject area within the course syllabus.