A limited number of students enrolled in Comparative Law: Lawyers-Opponents of Democracy? (3500) may enroll in this course. Students will be placed with organizations working on democracy-related projects, which could include democracy oversight and reform work, democracy-related legal research or legal work that relates to democracy-building skills (such as negotiation or community organizing). The instructor will assign students to placements after individual consultation with the students, but students are welcome to propose ideas for field placements. Students will write papers that may, but need not, qualify as papers meeting the advanced research and writing requirement. This paper may be a research or policy piece written as part of the student's placement work or, if none is required, may be written as an add-on to the placement work. In either case, the paper must tackle a real-world problem in maintaining and promoting democracy in a particular setting, and the paper will be reviewed and graded by the instructor working in consultation with the field supervisor. Students will also be required to use journaling to engage in critical reflection on whether and how their fieldwork actually promotes democracy and whether, in so doing, it promotes justice in some way.
Students who successfully complete this course and related seminar course will receive a Keystone designation on their transcripts.
Grading: Letter graded.
Subject Areas: International and Comparative Law