Sunday, June 10, 2007

Bernstein on Teaching Transnational Law and Practice the Right Way

Posted by Alan Childress

Anita Bernstein (New York Law School and Emory) has posted to SSRN her essay, "On Nourishing the Curriculum with a Transnational Law Lagniappe."  Here is the abstract:

Transnational law remains in fashion among those who revise the curricula of U.S. law schools. Supplementing traditional domestic materials with studies of international, transnational, and comparative law is indeed a solution. But what is the problem? Pedagogical reform is an C29163ef1a experiment, and no experiment can succeed without a plan followed by observation. Much of what passes for transnational legal education (especially in brochures and on websites) lacks seriousness. It is what denizens of New Orleans call a “lagniappe” -- that is, a lightweight frill, devoid of intentionality and perceived consequences. The article acknowledges the appeal of a lagniappe, and also offers suggestions for curricular planners who seek to give their students heartier transnational fare.

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