Seminar in Law & Development

L750 is taught by K. Brown, C. Ochoa

What factors contribute to a countrys financial stability? What is the role of law and legal institutions in securing the economic well-being of a countrys people? This course will investigate these questions and many others as it explores the historical and contemporary contributions of law, legal institutions, and private actors to economic development. In so doing, we will map the roles of i) domestic and international law, ii) international organizations and domestic institutions, and iii) business entities, NGOs and philanthropic organizations. We will focus on international development and will draw on materials from around the world that illuminate challenges and successes in development. Materials will be drawn from literatures in law as well as other disciplines and will often include policy papers and nonacademic reports. The goal of the course is to improve our understanding of the connection between law, development and the attainment of human dignity. There are no prerequisites for this course, though some exposure to corporate law, international law or human rights will be beneficial. This course satisfies the upper level writing requirements.