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  • January 4, 2020
    3:30 pm - 5:15 pm
    Session Type: Section Pedagogy Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A


    Civil rights law is increasingly globalized, as states around the world borrow from one another, and from international conventions, in defining the rights of individuals and groups to be free from discrimination and oppression. The future of the field of comparative civil rights finds itself at the crossroads of global forces, pushing on one side toward further integration of nation states (e.g. projects like the currently defunct FTAA in which “integration” means the harmonization of national legal differences to facilitate foreign direct investment often at the expense of democratic accountability and substantive civil rights). On the other side, we see forces pushing for the disintegration of previously established transnational arrangements charged with the progressive development and incorporation of human rights norms (e.g. projects of withdrawal from the EU, the ICC, and other international bodies, like U.S. withdrawal from the Human Rights Council). Put bluntly, the globalization of civil rights law is caught between forces seeking to unleash a “race to the bottom” and forces seeking to promote a “race to the top.” In this context, teaching comparative civil rights presents new challenges. It is as much a question of why teach it as a question of how. Why and how do we learn the civil rights laws of multiple jurisdictions, and more specifically, identify the areas of comparison most relevant to properly evaluating competing projects of legal harmonization and national difference? How does our engagement with comparative civil rights laws uncover the conditions of possibility for promoting a race to the top or exacerbate the forces pushing us further toward the bottom? How do we teach in this challenging field? Are team teaching methods particularly useful? Is this a rich area for experiential learning? Can we leverage the power of the internet to teach more effectively?

Date & Time
Speakers
Franciska A. Coleman, Washington University in St. Louis School of Law

Lauren Fielder, The University of Texas School of Law

Elizabeth M. Iglesias, University of Miami School of Law

David B. Oppenheimer, University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Madeleine M. Plasencia, University of Miami School of Law

Session Fees
  • [5470] Civil Rights, Co-Sponsored by Comparative Law - Teaching Comparative Civil Rights Law : $0.00
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