This course will examine the role lawyers play in promoting democracy in three countries - France, Indonesia and the United States. For each country, we will study the work lawyers do and the role they play in democratic reform efforts, how the bar is regulated and organized (or not), and how global pressures are changing legal practice. With this background, we will consider how lawyers’ status relates to the role lawyers play, both individually and collectively, in democratic reforms. Along the way, we will explore the meaning and various forms of "democracy," as well as related concepts such as "rule of law" and "transparency," and consider the relationship between democracy and justice. This course is for students interested in institutional reform, global legal practice, political science and philosophy.
A limited number of students enrolled in this course may also enroll in Comparative Law: Lawyers—Opponents of Democracy?—Field Placement, an optional one or two-credit field placement involving democracy-related legal work. Students who successfully complete both this course and the field placement course will receive a Keystone designation on their transcripts.
Grading: Paper (With instructor's prior approval, may be used to satisfy the Advanced Research and Writing requirement.)
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