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ODEC 9000 - Ethics and politics of method in private international law

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2017-2018

Number of hours : 12

Language of tuition : English


A basic knowledge of private international law (conflict of laws) and comparative legal method.

Course Description

The idea of this course is to sound out the less visible dimensions of methodology in a discipline (private intertional law) which is exclusively composed of methods. The theme to be explored is whether the esthetics of method within the discipline can be correlated to various ethical and political approaches to global legal issues.


MUIR WATT, Horatia (Professeur des Universités à Sciences Po)

Pedagogical format

An interactive class discussion based on the prescribed readings, with a view to bring up research questions and explore approaches with with to deal with them.

Course validation

Pass/fail. A prepared oral contribution during the seminar.


Preparation of prescribed readings.

Required reading

  • H. Muir Watt « Theorizing private international law », Oxford Handbook of International Legal Theory, 2016 Chapter 42
  • P. Schlag, "The Aesthetics of American Law" 115 Harv. L. Rev. 1047 2001-2002