See also: 982-001(Alviar, H)This seminar examines the development and function of legal institutions in Latin America, particularly in their relationship to social and economic conditions. It looks at the historical and institutional antecedents of the legal systems in Latin America as well as the manner in which legal institutions have responded to various economic and social problems.
Section Offerings for Fall 2008
982-001 Latin Amer. Legal Institutions
Instructor: Alviar, H
In Latin America: 1960-present
The objective of this seminar will be to analyze three
The questions to be discussed will be: How have political, social and economic conditions shaped law in the region? How has law determined the terms of the political, social and economic debates? What have been the major legal theoretical influences? When have law and legal institutions been able to transform political, social and economic conditions? When has law failed to do so, and why? Which have been the privileged legal instruments at a specific moment and why? How have international institutions and historical contexts shaped law?
The context for each moment will be provided by literature and movies. Law and legal institutions will be discussed through the reading of laws and law review articles.
The seminar is open to law students and graduate students from all departments. Students will be expected to participate in class discussion and submit a 20 page paper at the end of the semester.
Helena Alviar will be Tinker Visiting Professor of Law in fall 2008. She is a Professor of Law at the Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia and a founding member of the Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Justicia y Sociedad. Contact:. firstname.lastname@example.org