Legal Systems Very Different From Ours

Syllabus, Spring 2010

1/12: Thinking about legal systems

1/14: Gypsy law: pp. 27-61

1/19: Gypsy Law: Chapter 3. You may want to also look at a piece of mine discussing the implicit feud system underlying all societies, including ours.

1/21: Gypsy Law: Chapter 7

1/26: "
Private Creation and Enforcement of Law"
{ Viking Age Iceland, Bloodtaking and Peacemaking, Njalsaga}

2/2: Law in Imperial China: Chapter 1, Chapter 2 parts 3,4, Chapter 3 parts 1-9, Chapter 4, Chapter 6

2/4: Your assigned cases from Law in Imperial China

2/9: Student paper on imperial chinese law. On Tibetan Law

2/11: Essays on China's Legal Tradition (Chapter IV--on commercial law in Taiwan)

2/16: Administrative Monday--class doesn't happen

"From Imperial China to Cyberspace"

2/23: The Law in Classical Athens pp. 33-40, 53-66, 84-98, 161-164, 235-259

2/25: My outline of The Law in Classical Athens
Wages, prices and all that in classical Athens

3/1-3/6: Spring break

3/9: Making Sense of English Law Enforcement in the Eighteenth Century

3/11: Studies in Islamic Law Chapter 2

3/16: Studies in Islamic Law Chapters 4-6.

More Islamic law

3/23: Jewish Law, Elon, Ch 5-11, pp. 200-205. My summary.

3/30: Reading Assignment from Primary Sources

4/1: Jewish Law

4/6: Early Irish Law: Preface, Chapters 6-8. My outline sketching the rest.

4/8: Drafts of papers due

4/13: Papers on Yakuza, Shia Islam, the Ottoman Empire (may not cover all of them)

4/15: Two Papers on Hammurabi's law. One on Bahai law.

4/20: The Ottoman paper we didn't get to and another Ottoman paper and one on how Rome dealt with foreigners in the Empire.

4/22: Paper on Somali Law and one on French West AfricaLaw in New AmsterdamInca LawThe Committee of Vigilance.
[We probably won't get to all of these, but might.][!Updated versions of two of these went up Wednesday!]

4/27: Last class. Possibly more papers, plus summary discussion.