Comparative Law: Foundations of Western Legal Thought

Comparative Law: Foundations of Western Legal Thought

Professor Mary Ann Glendon
Fall 2018 course
M, T 1:30pm - 3:00pm in Hauser Hall Room 101
3 classroom credits

Prerequisites: None

Exam Type: No Exam
Course requirements include weekly memos, two papers, and an oral presentation.

This course begins with the shared foundations of the civil law (Romano-Germanic) and common law (Anglo-American) legal systems in Athens (Greek philosophy), Rome (Roman law), and Jerusalem (Judaeo-Christian religion). It then explores the somewhat different ways in which those systems were influenced at crucial stages of their development by different branches of modern political thought. It concludes with works from the dawn of post-modernity and a final session on the amalgam of ancient and modern themes in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A principal aim is to encourage close reading of foundational works.

Subject Areas: Legal History, International, Comparative & Foreign Law