State-Building and the Rule of Law Workshop
Students previously selected through a competitive application process to participate in the Rule of Law Projects (the Afghanistan Legal Education Project, Iraq Legal Education Initiative, and Rwanda Law and Development Project) are required to take the State-Building and Rule of Law Seminar. The seminar introduces the key theories relevant to state-building generally and strengthening the rule of law in particular. This course expounds on the multidisciplinary nature of development -- through readings, lectures, guest lectures, and seminar discussions -- and asks how lawyers fit in and contribute to the process. Students will explore these issues in a weekly 3-hour seminar and then discuss application to their particular Rule of Law Project countries in weekly hour long workshops. This course will employ case studies as a way to analyze rule-of-law practice within development theory. The set of developing countries considered within the scope of this workshop is broad. It includes, among others, states engaged in post-conflict reconstruction, e.g., Cambodia, Timor Leste, Rwanda, Iraq, Sierra Leone; states still in conflict, e.g., Afghanistan, Somalia; the poorest states of the world that may not fall neatly into the categories of conflict or post-conflict, e.g., Nepal, Haiti; and least developed states that are not marked by high levels of violent conflict at all, e.g., Bhutan. Special Instructions: Students have the option to receive Writing (W) credit or Research (R) credit upon instructor approval. After the term begins, students accepted into the course can transfer from section (01) into section (02), which meets the R requirement, with consent of the instructor. Class participation and presentation of final written product, reaction papers, and final paper/project/proposal. Automatic grading penalty waived for writers. Writing (W) credit is for 3Ls only.