Courses 2011 - 2012
LAW B 544 Civil Litigation in Comparative Context
Credits: 2-4, Variable
This course is intended to introduce students to the fundamentals of litigation in civil law systems in comparison to the American system in order to provide them with the foundations needed to practice in the international and transnational law fields, either in law firms or in a variety of corporations that engage in cross border transactions that could lead to dispute resolution either in the U.S. or abroad.
The course offers a comparative perspective through the lens of a litigation practitioner. It focuses on the approach to civil litigation including court structure, legal professionals, lawsuit initiation, trial, evidence gathering, appeal as well as preclusion rules in various legal systems such the U.S. common law system, the German civil law system and the Japanese hybrid system.
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