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Law and Social Change: Comparative Law in Africa (Law 6655)

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LAW AND SOCIAL CHANGE: COMPARATIVE LAW IN AFRICA is designed for students interested in a comparative study of law in Africa. The course includes an introduction to multiple African legal systems, as well as African customary law, constitutional law, labor law, property law, and family law. The required final paper will be a comparative analysis of legal systems. The course creates opportunities for multicultural experiences through immersion in South Africa's society and culture during a three-week winter trip to Johannesburg, South Africa, where students will receive instruction at the University of Johannesburg. The main objective of this aspect of the program is to enhance and reinforce academic learning by providing students the opportunity to actively engage with individuals and organizations directly involved in the administration of law in Africa in a variety of concentrations.

ENROLLMENT is restricted to 16 students.


The Seminar is composed of two parts – the first at Cornell and the second at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. In the fall semester the seminar will meet once a week to discuss assigned readings covering various topics, and during winter break students registered in the course will spend three weeks at the University of Johannesburg. While in Johannesburg, the students will receive classroom instruction and engage in community visits. The dates for the Johannesburg, South Africa trip are: January 2nd – January 23rd 


Professor Muna Ndulo (Cornell University);  George Letlhokwa Mpedi, Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Faculty of Law (University of Johannesburg); and Gino Frantz, Faculty of Law (University of Johannesburg)