International & Comparative Legal Research-LAW JD 748

International & Comparative Legal Research

Dates: All year

By: Boston University

Location: Boston

Credits: 2

To understand international law, it is necessary to develop expertise in working with the diverse sources of this area of law. Students will learn to navigate the international system and locate the relevant primary sources of law, including treaties, decisions of international tribunals, documents of international organizations and other sources of state practice. The course will explore the United Nations, the European Union and the WTO, among other organizations; topics will include international trade, human rights and "private" international law. In addition, students will be introduced to strategies for researching the law of foreign jurisdictions. Students will gain hands-on experience in answering legal research questions in the area of international and comparative law. Classes will combine instruction and hands-on exercises using major print sources, subscription databases, and web-based resources for international legal research. Students will be evaluated on several grounds, including class participation, regular assignments, quizzes and a final project. NOTE: This seminar satisfies the Upper-class Professional Skills requirement.

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