Comparative Law Seminar: Political Violence (3 hrs.) — req. QP
The course focuses on the legal systems of Common Law countries and their response to the challenge posed by political violence. All share the tradition of Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights of 1689 and all exalt law as a fundamental basis of unity in society. Yet, their anti-terrorist laws and their courts’ interpretations of those laws differ significantly. Students will be assigned (or select) a topic such as membership in proscribed organizations, extradition, surveillance, or detention without trial will lead a seminar discussion and submit a paper on the topic. The course is intended to give students the opportunity to examine the concept of “the rule of law” when its institutions and procedures are subjected to extreme stress. Examples will also be drawn from experiences of other countries in the common law tradition: Israel, South Africa, India, and Pakistan. Limited enrollment. This course requires a qualifying course paper that fulfills one half of the upper-level writing requirement. Dr. Noone.