East European Law in Transition

Course Information

Registration Information

Meeting Times

Day Time Location
MON, TUE, WED 12:30 - 1:37 pm TNH 3.115

Evaluation Method

Type Date Time Location
Take-home December 14, 2009


This is a course on the collapse of socialist law in Eastern Europe and on the progress and problems of law reform following in its wake. We will begin with a short survey of the state of socialist legality prior to 1989, trace the first stirrings of law reform in Eastern Europe in the 1980s, and then examine the uneven attempts to establish the rule of law in post-socialist countries currently in the midst of rapid economic, political and social change. The course covers a wide range of topics such as constitutional law, privatization, judicial organization, criminal law reform, corruption, and the use of law to come to terms with a totalitarian past. This is a four-hour class, taught in three class sessions per week.