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KDEC 9660 - Comparative Law as Critique: Cinderella Complex, Ikea and other Problems

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

Pre-requisite

Interest in the methods, ethics, and politics of legal comparison; capability to read English texts.

Course Description

The course will introduce mainstream schools of comparative law and several critical approaches. Standard problems of the mainstream will be discussed, such as the Cinderella Complex and the innocence of method. The critique will focus on the methodological, ethical and political dimension of comparative law and comparative constitutional studies. The course will also contain practical exercises as a testing ground for theoretical and methodological insights, like analyses of (1) Muslim veiling cases, (2) constitutional transfer and experimentation, (3) narratives of human rights. Finally, we will explore the possibilities of “thick comparison”.

Teachers

FRANKENBERG, Günter (Docteur)

Pedagogical format

Lectures and discussion, group work.

Course validation

Class participation, short presentations. Oral participation : 33% of the final grade 2 written contributions of 3 pages each : 67% of the final grade

Required reading

A reader will be provided with roughly 10-15 pages per session