Professor Kevin Davis
Professor Frank Upham
Mondays, 4:10–6:00 p.m.
Thursdays, 3:00–4:50 p.m.
Vanderbilt Hall (40 Washington Square South), Room 202
The course will cover various theories of the role that law and legal institutions play in economic, social, and political development. We will examine various aspects of the legal system but with an emphasis on land law and the judiciary. We will also examine the impact and influence of economic globalization; the role of external organizations such as the World Bank, the WTO, or USAID; and the role of factors such as culture, history, and politics. The course will include six or seven outside speakers who will present scholarship on relevant topics. To enable students to understand and critique the presentations, we will front-load the general reading into the first part of the semester. To do so may require meeting for four periods (two 100 minute periods) at the beginning of the semester. We will then meet for less time in the second half of the semester. Students will be evaluated on two 500 word papers critiquing a presentation and a take-home exam. There will not be an option to satisfy the Substantial Writing requirement in the course.
Spring 2017 Schedule of Presenters
Thursday, February 16
Thursday, February 23
Thursday, March 2
How Seriously Does China Take Economic and Social Rights?
Thursday, March 23
The Symbolic Aspects of Environmental Reform in China
(Paper available upon request; please contact Ian Brydon, firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Thursday, March 30
Thursday, April 6
Thursday, April 20
Islam, Legal Pluralism, and the Struggle for State Power in Somalia