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Transnational Law

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Credit Only: N Anon Gr: Y

This course will introduce the student to transnational law, defined as the law of non-state governance systems, that have emerged in the context of globalization. The course centers on issues that lawyers and policymakers confront when legal and related policy activities transcend national borders and trigger alternative or supplemental governance systems. Students will be introduced to the methodology of transnational law, the sources of law, the system characteristics of transnational law, and specific policy and practice focus of the field, which all touch on emerging issues of globalization. The course commences with an examination of framework issues in transnational law, including distinguishing features of this field and relationship to domestic law, international and comparative law. The bulk of the course then examines transnational public and private law systems, including the Rome Statute (transnational criminal law), transnational constitutional frameworks, international finance, human rights governance systems, international private standard setting, and systems of soft law governance.