Legal Globalization | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University

Legal Globalization | School of Law | SIU



Legal Globalization | School of Law | SIU

Legal Globalization

LAW 602 - Legal Globalization and Comparative Law

This course introduces students to the phenomenon of globalization and its impact on cultures and legal systems using different countries and topics of examination as case studies. Students learn about a particular country and a specific legal topic. This might include examination of a country's history, legal systems, culture, and languages. Students travel to the country of examination with their instructor, typically for a period of one week, to continue their studies. Activities in the country of destination might include service learning and other experiential learning opportunities, lectures from foreign academics, business leaders, governmental officials, and attorneys, and visits to legal institutions.

In Spring, 2013, there were two sections of this course. The first focused on international legal and political systems with emphasis on Germany. Eleven students and Dean Fountaine (pictured above at Justizpalast München) visited sites of legal and historical significance in Munich, Nuremberg, Luxembourg, The Hague, and Brussels. Read student blog.

In the second section, taught by Professor Lucian Dervan, students studied the phenomenon of globalization and its impact on cultures and legal systems using Australia as a case study.  Students spent several weeks in class at SIU learning about Australia’s history, legal systems, and culture, and then traveled to Sydney, Australia during spring break to continue their studies. 

During their visit, students met with members of U.S. Law Enforcement at the U.S. Consulate, including members of the FBI, Secret Service, IRS Investigative Branch, and Force Protection Detachment. They also met with individuals at Ernst & Young and Baker & McKenzie to learn about the global white collar criminal defense practice. Finally, along with lectures and networking opportunities, the students participated in various cultural events, including a 5K charity fun-run, museum tours, a harbor tour, a tour of the Blue Mountains, and a farewell barbeque at Bondi Beach.
Read student blog

Professor Dervan and students