This course studies the Latin American legal system as a whole first, due to the shared tradition under the Spanish and Portuguese colonial roots, following with the treatment of a variety of legal topics and the similar and/or different approach taken by the Latin American countries. Constitutionalism, organization of the civil law, the general theory of obligations law under which the civil law operates, civil procedure, criminal law and criminal procedure will also be examined.
Students who are fluent in Spanish can register for one additional unit of credit for an additional hour of class each week to supplement Latin American Laws and Institutions. This additional hour will be taught in Spanish with material in Spanish, including court decisions, scholarly articles and statutes that are not available in English. The professor will meet with each of the applicants to determine their Spanish fluency level.