The course will closely follow the structure of the Comparative Law book by Mathias Siems, and thus discuss:
- Comparative Legal Method;
- Mapping the World's Legal Systems;
- Interdisciplinary Methods of Comparative Law;
- Global Comparative Law (including the chapters on 'legal transplants', 'fading state borders' and 'comparative law and development').
In interactive sessions, the lessons learned from the chapters will be applied to three issues in different fields of the law:
- restrictions on freedom of expression;
- expropriation of foreign direct investment.
These interactive sessions will take the input from the individual assignments, to be completed in advance of the session, as their starting point.
In addition, guest lecturers will be invited annually to present on one or more non-European legal traditions.