This seminar is the capstone course for the International, Comparative and Transnational Law (ICT) Program. The goal of the seminar is to create a challenging intellectual environment that will provide a stimulating culmination for students’ studies in the ICT Program, with the specific goal of providing a foundation for students to pursue their individual research interests by way of a research paper or of two analytical papers that engage a specified cluster of course materials. Each year, a series of topics and/or a theme is chosen that fits the objective of synergizing the strands of ICT. The emphasis is on: (a) studying examples of legal practices, orders or processes that are assumed by participants or observers to be “transnational” in some respect; and (b) on relating the disciplinary fields of public international law, private international law (conflict of laws) and comparative law to transnational legal theory and transnational lawyering. The seminar is heavily oriented to interaction amongst, and participation of, the seminar students.
For the 2021-2022 Colloquium, these themes will be pursued through a combination of (a) scene-setting readings on transnational law and legal process and (b) readings project on the theme of ‘transnational legal accountability versus foreign intervention in failing states’ with respect to three case studies that the instructor has been researching at the intersection of transnational human rights, namely: the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, and the humanitarian law situation approaches to members of racialized groups, vulnerable states in an interconnected global society.