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Tom Ginsburg : Courses and Seminars

Comparative Constitutional Design
LAWS 50103
Recent constitutional reconstructions in the Middle East have called new attention to the problems of institutional design of political and legal systems. In this seminar we will examine the design and implementation of national constitutions. In particular, we will address the following questions. What are the basic elements of constitutions? How do these elements differ across time, across region, and across regime type? What is the process by which states draft and implement constitutions? What models, theories, and writings have influenced the framers of constitutions? In this seminar, we will review the historical roots of constitutions and investigate their provisions and formal characteristics. We will also discuss the circumstances surrounding the drafting of several exemplary or noteworthy constitutions, from various regions of the world. We will then examine particular features of institutional design in depth, and analyze the factors that make constitutions effective and enduring.
Autumn 2014
Tom Ginsburg
Greenberg Seminar: Wine and the Law
LAWS 95902
This seminar will consider the law and politics of wine production and regulation in the US and elsewhere. There will be an empirical research component.
Autumn 2014
Tom Ginsburg, Jonathan Masur
Workshop: International Law
LAWS 63412
This workshop, conducted over three sequential quarters, is devoted to the intensive examination of current scholarship in international law. The workshop will meet four times per quarter for ninety minutes. Three of the workshop sessions each quarter will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by legal scholars and social scientists. The workshop will give students insight into cutting-edge research on why states form international agreements, and whether those agreements change state behavior. These sessions will occur roughly every other week. Grading is based on the completion of a series of reaction papers. Students enrolled in the workshop receive two credits.
Autumn 2014
Daniel Abebe, Tom Ginsburg, Eric Posner, Adam Chilton
Greenberg Seminar: Wine and the Law
LAWS 95902
This seminar will consider the law and politics of wine production and regulation in the US and elsewhere. There will be an empirical research component.
Winter 2015
Tom Ginsburg, Jonathan Masur
International Human Rights
LAWS 96101
This course is an introduction to international human rights law, covering the major instruments and institutions that operate on the international plane. It includes discussion of the conceptual underpinnings of human rights, the structure of the United Nations System, the major international treaties, regional human rights machinery, and the interplay of national and international systems in enforcing human rights. There are no prerequisites. Grading will be on the basis of a take-home exam at the end of the quarter. Students who wish to write, in lieu of the exam, a paper sufficient to satisfy the substantial writing requirement, may do so upon approval of the topic in advance.
Winter 2015
Tom Ginsburg
Workshop: International Law
LAWS 63412
This workshop, conducted over three sequential quarters, is devoted to the intensive examination of current scholarship in international law. The workshop will meet four times per quarter for ninety minutes. Three of the workshop sessions each quarter will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by legal scholars and social scientists. The workshop will give students insight into cutting-edge research on why states form international agreements, and whether those agreements change state behavior. These sessions will occur roughly every other week. Grading is based on the completion of a series of reaction papers. Students enrolled in the workshop receive two credits.
Winter 2015
Daniel Abebe, Tom Ginsburg, Eric Posner, Adam Chilton
Comparative Legal Institutions
LAWS 50101
This course is designed to examine a range of legal institutions from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective. It is not a traditional course in comparative law, in that it focuses not so much on particular rules of substantive law but on the structure of different legal systems and the consequences of those structural differences for law and society. In particular, we will focus on the economic impact of legal traditions. Readings will be drawn from legal and social science literature, including works from anthropology, economics, political science and sociology. The course will explicitly cover non-Western legal traditions to an extent not found in conventional comparative law courses. Furthermore, American institutions are explicitly included in the comparison: this is not simply a course in foreign law.
Spring 2015
Tom Ginsburg
Greenberg Seminar: Wine and the Law
LAWS 95902
This seminar will consider the law and politics of wine production and regulation in the US and elsewhere. There will be an empirical research component.
Spring 2015
Tom Ginsburg, Jonathan Masur
Workshop: International Law
LAWS 63412
This workshop, conducted over three sequential quarters, is devoted to the intensive examination of current scholarship in international law. The workshop will meet four times per quarter for ninety minutes. Three of the workshop sessions each quarter will be devoted to the presentation and discussion of papers by legal scholars and social scientists. The workshop will give students insight into cutting-edge research on why states form international agreements, and whether those agreements change state behavior. These sessions will occur roughly every other week. Grading is based on the completion of a series of reaction papers. Students enrolled in the workshop receive two credits.
Spring 2015
Daniel Abebe, Tom Ginsburg, Eric Posner, Adam Chilton