Law and Resistance

Course Name:     Law and Resistance

Course #:           Law 3980

Instructor:          Amar Khoday

Credits:              3 hours

Type:                 Perspectives (Seminar course)

Overview and Course Content

This course examines the intersection between law and resistance. It offers students the opportunity to study the ways that acts of resistance may play a role in shaping the development, interpretation and enforcement of law. We shall study the ways in which individuals, groups and/or communities may challenge the dominant power of various entities (governments, institutions, corporations or other organizations) or individuals and the decisions/actions these entities make/take. The course shall also examine the spectrum of responses that legal systems employ to legitimize or punish the conduct of such resisters.

The course will likely examine a number of forms of resistance including (but not limited to): armed resistance (and its connection to terrorism); desertion; conscientious objection/refusal; whistleblowing; civil disobedience; protests; and boycotts.

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Interdisciplinary: The course will be interdisciplinary. First, in addition to legal sources, we shall also explore readings in political science, philosophy and other disciplines. Second, the course will incorporate various sub-disciplines within the study of law including (but not limited to): criminal law; refugee law; extradition law; human rights; constitutional law; administrative law; public international law; tax law; labour and employment law; family law; and torts.

Course Materials: There is no text book assigned for this course. Materials may include international legal instruments and judicial decisions, as well as domestic statutes and court/tribunal decisions. Secondary literature will also be assigned. The reading material will be available through electronic sources or through PDF files accessible through UM Learn. The material may be supplemented by guest lectures and audio-visual material.

Methods of Evaluation:

Major research paper valued at 75%

Participation valued at 25% (this includes positive class contribution and seminar leadership).

Last Revised: July 25, 2017

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