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2016-2017 International Legal Studies Courses and Reading Groups by Name
2016-2017 International Legal Studies Courses and Reading Groups by Faculty Member
2016-2017 International Legal Studies Courses and Reading Groups by Subject Matter

HLS students may draw on the more than 400 offerings at the Law School, including more than 90 courses and reading groups in which international, comparative, or foreign law plays an important role. Scores of students also take part in law clinics focused on international matters. Many courses reach far beyond the pages of a casebook and provide students opportunities to learn about issues in unique and powerful ways.

For example:

  • Trauma, Refugees and Asylum Law (Ms. Sabrineh Ardalan) addresses the important issues arising from the intersection of immigration and refugee law, trauma, and psychology. Students will consider immigrant and refugee narratives, utilize literature from both law and psychology, and hear perspectives from guest speakers including psychologists, social workers, doctors, immigrants, refugees, and advocates.
  • Comparative Online Privacy (Professor of Practice Urs Gasser) is an interactive seminar in which students examine the latest developments in online privacy law, with a focus on business data and consumer privacy. Students will utilize case studies and investigate emerging issue areas, and identify and discuss future scenarios for online privacy in the globalized economy.
  • Poverty, Human Rights, and Development (Professor Lucie White) is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the connections between global poverty, human rights, and development from historical, institutional, theoretical, and policy-making perspectives. Students are introduced to numerous approaches through foundational readings, move on to examining current debates and key themes in the field, and then focus on strategies to advance human rights in developing countries. The course culminates in workshops, designed and taught by student groups, about bringing social rights, poverty alleviation, and equitable development together in practical ways.

In addition, HLS hosts a wide range of visiting faculty and lecturers during the academic year.

The Law School also provides an array of opportunities for students to conduct research or study abroad, and take classes elsewhere at Harvard University, the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, through cross-registration and enrollment in joint degree programs. The HLS Academic Affairs Office provides descriptions of sample courses of study for several areas of focus within international and comparative law, which also includes links to cross-registration courses possibly of interest at the aforementioned schools.

virtual classroom

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