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Comparative Constitutional Law

The value of the study of comparative constitutional law is expanding with globalization, which is pushed by great increases in the movement of people, commerce, and information. This course will focus on constitutional foundations, structures, and concepts. It will examine what constitutions are, why we have them, and how constitutions promote or obstruct constitutionalism. This course will explore how different systems deal with similar issues, how constitutions are grounded in cultures and values of a particular people, and issues surrounding constitutional legitimacy. Both structural and substantive issues in constitutional law will be covered. Finally, the course will focus on the process by which constitutional law is becoming internationalized, looking at how courts use both international and comparative law in their decisions as part of compliance with States' obligations under international law.