Legal Systems Very Different From Ours

Class Information Spring 2017

  • 3 units
  • Class No.: 50161
  • Meets: Tues & Thur
  • Time: 4:10 PM - 5:25 PM
  • Location: 139
  • Exam:
  • Course Description

David D. Friedman

Professor Emeritus

Legal Systems Very Different From Ours

Certificate(s): International Law Public Interest and Social Justice Law (List C)

Course Description:

A survey of very different legal systems focusing on their varying solutions to common problems. Legal systems covered will include Athenian law, Imperial Chinese Law, Modern Gypsy Law, Saga Period Icelandic Law, 18th Century English Criminal Law, and others. Issues explored will include enforcement intentives, gap filling, litigants gaming the system, and a variety of others.

Class Notes:

Legal systems covered range from Imperial China to the modern Amish, by way of Gypsies, Sharia, Periclean Athens, and lots more. Limited enrollment. Required Texts for the course will listed on the course ClaraNet page as will the assignment for the first class. Professor tapes all courses. A limited number of papers may qualify for the Supervised Analytical Writing Requirement. The top five student on the wait list should attend the first day. Professor is willing to have a student tape a class with the permission of the professor for personal use only. Grade based on final paper and class participation.

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