Selected Topics in Comparative Constitutional Law

Selected Topics in Comparative Constitutional Law

Professor Vicki Jackson
Fall 2013 seminar
W 5:00pm - 7:00pm in WCC Room 3012
2 classroom credits

This seminar will focus on several issue areas in comparative constitutional law. Topics will include reproductive rights and regulation; constitution-making and amendment; equality law (e.g., discrimination based on race, gender, or sexual orientation) and affirmative measures; freedom of expression; freedom of religion; and national security. In studying these topics, we will also analyze different structural components of constitutional governance (e.g., the relationship of legislatures to courts, the impact of federalism, the effects of different methods of judicial review), consider the interaction of constitutional law with transnational sources of law, and explore theoretical and practical aspects of of constitutional legitimacy.

Prerequisite: Instructor permission is required. Interested students should write at the same time to Professor Jackson ( and her faculty assistant, Carol Bateson (, to explain their interest in the course and any prior academic study or experience that may be relevant.

All application received by August 30 will be reviewed the first week of September.

Subject Areas: International, Comparative & Foreign Law