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  • The Security Council

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: Public International Law Exam Type: No Exam The United Nations Security Council is at the heart of the post-WWII international order. It is often…

  • International Lawyering

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Public International Law Exam Type: No Exam This is an advanced reading group for students interested in public international law careers. We will explore…

  • Comparative and International Legal Struggles Over Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam At the intersection of debates about religion, private morality and public policy, and sexual and reproductive health and rights…

  • Citizenship

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam The term “citizenship” has many meanings in sociology, political theory, and law.  It can denote a relationship to a…

  • Corporate Accountability in Armed Conflict

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Public International Law, Law of War, International Criminal Law or International Human Rights Law Exam Type: No Exam This upper-level reading group will examine…

  • (Jewish) Law and Story

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type:None Narrative and law; agada and halakha, story and rule. In recent decades the relationship between these pairs has become a central…

  • Reforming the American Constitution

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam The main impetus for the Constitution of 1787 was the perception, spelled out in the very first paragraph of…

  • Polarities: The Power of “Both/And” in Law and Leadership

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: Open to students who have completed the Negotiation Workshop in the past, or are registered to take it in the 2022-2023 academic year Exam

  • When to Talk and When to Fight

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam By definition, equality and justice underscore our legal system. We face questions like: How do we apply the law…

  • Advanced Topics in Jewish Law: The Law of Literature

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: This seminar will be by permission of the instructor, who strongly prefers that students have a background in advanced study of Jewish legal material.

  • Compromise

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Our reading course on “Compromise” is brand new, so this description is necessarily tentative with regard to specific assignments.

  • Contemporary Dilemmas in Dispute Resolution

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will explore situations and applications that challenge core principles in negotiation, mediation, and dispute systems design…

  • Right-Respecting Tech Amidst Authoritarianism and Conflict

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam As state and non-state actors with authoritarian tendencies seek to gain and wield power, technology can be a weapon…

  • Hard Questions in Evidence

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will survey some of the hardest problems in evidence scholarship today. Much like Hilbert’s problems in…

  • Great Cases of the Supreme Court

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None. Basic knowledge of constitutional law preferred but not required. Exam Type: No Exam

    Students will be required to submit a…

  • Creating Electricity in the U.S.: Exploring the Tradeoffs

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam In this reading group, we will explore historic and ongoing legal and policy debates about the fuels that power…

  • Democracy and the Role of Religious Beliefs

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group seeks to explore the appropriate relationship between the religious beliefs of the participants (voters) in a…

  • Congress and Public Law

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine Congress as a public law institution. Our first branch of government is often decried…

  • From Crisis to Opportunity: Leadership in Post-Pandemic Urban America

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine how the enormous challenges thrust upon cities by the Covid-19 pandemic, recession, and the…

  • Youth, Privacy, and Digital Citizenship

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In spring 2020-spring 2021, the United States ran a nationwide, real-time, high-stakes experiment to see what happened when you…

  • The New Supreme Court: changing views on the fundamental structure of government

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This course will examine changing judicial views on fundamental questions concerning the structure of government. The new composition of…

  • Comparative Family Law: Marriage, Divorce and Property in the Islamic, Jewish and Western Legal Systems

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group/seminar will explore selected topics on marriage, divorce and property laws in American, European, Jewish and Islamic…

  • Misdemeanor Justice

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Misdemeanors comprise the vast bulk of the American criminal system, approximately 80 percent of criminal dockets, yet they are…

  • Engaging China

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This one unit course will examine the role that China has been playing in a world order in flux.

  • The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine key readings and projects surrounding the ethics and governance of the opaque complex adaptive…

  • Advanced Comparative Perspectives on U.S. Law

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will discuss U.S. law from a comparative perspective. We will discuss, from a non-U.S. perspective, the…

  • Legal Policies, Randomized Control Trials, and Ethics

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: Students who have completed either of the following Spring 2021 reading groups, Evaluating Criminal Justice Reform or Legal Policies, Randomized Control Trials, and Ethics,…

  • Tibet and China

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This Reading Group will focus on the question of and solutions for Tibet. It will look at the historical…

  • Identity in American Literature of the 1940s

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No exam Much American literature of the 1940s is concerned with issues of identity that resonate across the decades –…

  • Labor & Employment Lab

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam In this one unit course, students will generate and publish writing on labor and employment law, labor politics, and…

  • Individuality?: Virginia Woolf vs. Social Justice and Law

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam We’ll read two great novels by Woolf published almost a century ago – Mrs. Dalloway and To The…

  • How Wars End: The Role of Negotiation

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam It is commonly thought that wars end after a decisive military battle produces to a conclusive victory – one…

  • Entrepreneurship in the Public Interest

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: By permission. Interested students should send a CV and paragraph stating interest in the course to dgupta@law.harvard.edu by Monday, September 5th. Exam Type: No…

  • What should we believe?

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam Common sense would suggest that we should believe what the evidence shows? If the evidence shows that my friend…

  • Digital Platforms: Responsibilities Then and Now

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: None The conventional wisdom around the responsibilities of platforms like Facebook, Google, and Amazon has evolved greatly. 1995-2010 roughly saw the…

  • The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will examine key readings and projects surrounding the ethics and governance of the opaque complex adaptive…

  • Startup Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Legal Technology

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will explore the journey of entrepreneurship via a combination of both case studies and supplemental readings.

  • Startup Entrepreneurship and Innovations in Legal Technology

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will explore the journey of entrepreneurship via a combination of both case studies and supplemental readings.

  • Political Parties in the Law of Democracy

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam Political parties play an essential role in our democracy. But they sit in an uneasy position in the legal…

  • Punishment, Prisons, and Justice

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will interrogate theories and practices of punishment in relation to the American criminal justice system—a system…

  • Character and Self in the Modernist Novel

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In self-consciously reacting against the 19th century Realist novel, the Modernist authors of the the 1920s and 1930s experimented…

  • Identity in American Literature of the 1940s

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No exam Much American literature of the 1940s is concerned with issues of identity that resonate across the decades –…

  • Competing Values: Freedom, Equality, Property, & Democracy

    September 29, 2022

    Prerequisite: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will cover a variety of current and enduring questions involving fundamental issues of freedom, equality, property,…

  • Algorithms, Rights, and Responsibilities

    September 19, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will address two pressing questions in the world of algorithms and the law: who holds the…

  • Repairing Wrongs: Crimes and Torts

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam If Alice assaults Billie, she has committed both a crime and a tort in the same instant. The state…

  • Youth, Privacy, and Digital Citizenship

    September 14, 2022

    Prerequisites: None Exam Type: No Exam In fall 2020, the United States is running a nationwide, real-time, high-stakes experiment to see what
    happens when…

  • Corporate Governance

    September 14, 2022

    Co/Prerequisites: Corporations Exam Type: No Exam This reading group will focus on current debates about the governance of the public corporation and its purpose. Topics…