New Directions in Comparative Legal Education

  1. Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore Law School, April 12, 2011
  2. Faculty of Law, Hong Kong University Law School, April 15, 2011
  3. Tsinghua University Law School, April 23, 2011


Many law schools around the world are now assessing the consequences of globalization on the training of the next generation of lawyers. In areas where different legal cultures are constantly interacting, such as Canada and China, this is both an old and urgent issue. The increased mobility of people, business and legal services now requires programs of legal education that explore and account for the diversity of legal cultures, languages and traditions. In a research-intensive institution, this emerging paradigm also points to a critical understanding of legal phenomena that is not bound by geography or jurisdiction. The presentation will explore different models for a comparative legal education, including the novel and ambitious McGill Program, in which civil law and common law are taught together from the first year of law school, in a bilingual setting.

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