LAW 689C - Foreign, Comparative and International Legal Research

Instructor: Marcelo Rodriguez
Roundtree 204
Mo 1:30 PM - 3:20 PM August 22 - October 12 Fall 2022
Section 001 1 units • Graded • In-Person
This course will focus on foreign, comparative and international legal research skills. In our interconnected society and global economy, many areas of U.S. law are heavily impacted and influenced by international, multilateral and bilateral agreements and treaties as well as international customary law. While there is no focus on one specific area of law, the idea is that once students understand foreign, comparative and international legal research in general they can use their knowledge to quickly master research in their own areas of interest, either public or private international law. By the end of the course, students will understand the foundations and challenges in foreign, comparative and international legal research and demonstrate mastery of strategies for finding the primary and secondary information. Toward that end, students will thoroughly examine definitions of terms, judicial and legal systems in foreign countries and international mechanisms, organization of law materials in common law, civil law, Islamic law and mixed legal systems, and a variety of online sources of foreign, comparative and international law. Students will learn to efficiently utilize a variety of free and commercial sources and employ a variety of search strategies to find statutes and decisions in foreign jurisdictions, multilateral and bilateral agreements and treaties, and any relevant secondary sources of information. In addition, students will learn different techniques for tracking latest developments at international, regional and supranational levels.
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