Courses 2011 - 2012
LAW B 542 Comparative Korean Law
Credits: 2-4, Variable
The purpose of this course is two-fold: (i) to provide an understanding of the basic institutions and processes of the Korean legal system; and (ii) to provide an introduction to the comparative analysis of law. The orientation of the course will be explicitly comparative, and students will be encouraged to analyze Korean law, legal history and legal culture in contrast to the U.S. and other legal systems. Topics covered may include the historical development of law in pre-modern Korea, the reception of "Western" law, the social, economic and cultural factors that influence the function of law and legal institutions in Korea, the distinctions between common law and civil law systems generally, the practice of judicial review in Korea, the "rule of law" debate, legal aspects of Korea’s economic development, etc.