11.166 / 11.496 Law, Social Movements, and Public Policy: Comparative and International Experience

Fall 2002

Nuclear plant.
A nuclear power plant in Aktau, Kazakhstan. (Image courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of readings as well as a full set of assignments.

Course Description

The course introduces theoretical frameworks from legal and social movement theories as applied to court opinions, legislation, treaties, law-related articles, and policy-oriented materials and focuses on the impact of the relationship between courts and grassroots activism on current issues like trade, environmental regulation, and human rights enforcement. Students examine case studies of institutional processes including the World Trade Organization and the World Bank from key countries like the US and India.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate