This is a required methodology course for students wishing to major in Global Justice. This course also
builds upon and will be complementary to some of the themes and readings already introduced in the
foundational courses (‘Global Challenges: Justice’ and ‘Global Challenges: Peace’). It connects to some
themes raised in political philosophy and political theory and it presents case studies that connect to issues
from political theory, global justice, public international law and human rights.
This course will provide the students with an introduction to Legal Methods and Jurisprudence. The first part
of the course, on Legal Methods, will provide the students with a presentation of the major legal systems of
the world, the sources of law, both national and international, legal research methods, judicial
interpretation, and techniques of rule-drafting. The second part of the Course will provide the students with
an introduction to major discussions in Jurisprudence, such as the dichotomy between legal positivism and
natural law, the relationship between law and religion, theories of punishment, and questions of use of force
in international law.
The course is designed to allow the students to better comprehend both structure and philosophical context of
a legal argument. The ambition is both practical and theoretical. On the practical level, the students will be
expected to better understand the sources of law and apply their knowledge to the particular legal reasoning
of a case. In that sense, after the course, students will know how to deconstruct the way judges think, and
then reconstruct the rules that they apply or discover. They will also know how to do basic legal research. On
the theoretical level, students will be expected to be able to put legal discussion in its broader conceptual
context. This context will include ethical as well as political dimensions. With this contextualization, the
students will be better equipped to understand how law relates to a number of wider societal considerations
which are fundamental for a comprehensive analysis of current issues.
Mode of Instruction
This course consists of interactive lectures and seminars to accustom students with the preparatory readings
and to position the topic/theme and readings in the overall course design and objectives.
Each week has two sessions which will be devoted to a particular issue, approached from either the
jurisprudential or methodological perspective. Seminars are expected to be interactive, and will include a
number of case studies and exercises that will allow the students to engage with the course content.
To be announced.
There is no required textbook for this course. Readings for particular seminars will be available online
through the course website.
To be announced.
Preparation for first session