Law in Latin American
Last offered in 2009-2010
Each country in Latin America has an independent legal system. Nevertheless, these countries share a common legal culture and a comparable legal structure. In this seminar, we will analyze the formation of this legal culture and the central features of this legal structure. We will also analyze important problems in Latin American Law and society including legal pluralism, human rights, violence, corruption, transitional justice and ongoing processes of law reform. All required readings are in English. In addition, students may review and present elective readings in Spanish and Portuguese. The ability to read in these languages is appreciated but not required.