Modernization, Development and Revolution in Latin America: Legal Experiments

Modernization, Development and Revolution in Latin America: Legal Experiments

Professor Helena Alviar
Spring 2018 seminar
M 5:00pm - 7:00pm
2 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam: No Exam

The objective of this seminar will be to analyze the different ways in which law has been deployed to reach major political, social and economic transformations in the region. It will begin with a discussion about the geographical and cultural limits of Latin America, about its existence and relevance as a useful concept or category.

Three broad themes will structure the sessions: the goal of modernization, the search for development and the quest for revolution. The topics will be discussed in the context of different Latin American countries and the background will be informed by art, literature and movies. Law and legal institutions will be discussed through academic articles and chapters of books.

This two credit seminar will have the following requirements: two, 2,000 word papers that discuss one of the assigned topics and reaction paragraphs to be handed before every session.

Laptops will not be permitted in the classroom.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law