State-Building and the Rule of Law Workshop
The State-Building and Rule of Law Seminar is a law and development course centrally concerned with bridging theory and practice. The seminar will introduce the key theories relevant to rule of law generally and state-building in particular. And it will critically examine efforts to promote rule of law in countries at a state-building stage of development. The seminar will situate rule of law programs conceptually and practically around the core challenge of the state-building enterprise: to build durable formal and informal institutions, including legal institutions, which have legitimacy and capacity and can ensure security. The seminar also will critically assess case studies as well as project documents generated by the development industry on state-building. The theoretical and applied discussions will lay the foundation for the third part of the seminar, a practicum unit where students will present draft project proposals, project work products or analytical papers. In the practicum unit, one group will build on the on-going Afghanistan Legal Education Project, another will pursue needs in the Bhutan Law and Policy Project, and another group will focus on needs in the Timor Leste Legal Education Project. Yet another group of students will develop rule of law projects for other countries within the scope of the seminar or write analytical problem oriented papers about the challenges to building the rule of law in one or more of these countries. The set of developing countries considered within the scope of this seminar is broad. It includes, among others, states engaged in post-conflict reconstruction, e.g., Cambodia, Timor Leste, 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. <br>nnSpecial 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.nnClass participation and presentation of final written product, reaction papers, and final paper/project/proposal.nnAutomatic grading penalty waived for writers. Writing (W) credit is for 3Ls only.