LAWWA601-06 Comparative Equality Law

By now, most states agree that the people, or at least citizens, enjoy equality before the law. How jurisdictions conceive of difference, create remedial mechanisms to address difference, and implement those mechanisms vary widely across the world. This class examines the material conditions of difference (race, gender, indigeneity, religion, sexuality, caste, etc.), legislation at domestic and international levels, and law's impact on eradicating discrimination, overcoming difference, redistributing social goods, and ensuring equality. We will read case law, legislation, and equality strategies from Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, US, UK, and leading opinions from the major international human rights tribunals: ECHR, UNHRC, IACHR. Students will develop insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the US equality models, what international law can and cannot do, and the limits on law more generally. (Credits may be applied toward International and Comparative Law Practice Concentration.)