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A tentative course schedule will be posted in this page closer to the start of the program. Evaluation will be in the form of a written examination on the day following the end of the class schedule, in addition to some smaller group and individual exercises over the course of the program. Class attendance and participation is also essential. Given the intense nature of the learning, students will be given an idea of the question or questions in advance of the examination in order to assure that they will have sufficient time to reflect and prepare. Grading will be done according to Tulane’s mandatory curve. All lectures will be IN ENGLISH or accompanied by English translation. Consistent with American Bar Association accreditation standards for foreign programs, where there is translation, extra class time will be added since translation time may not count as class time.

There is wheelchair access at all course sites.

Protecting Human Rights in New Democracies and Emerging Markets (5 credits)

This program will offer students a unique insight into how the rule of law is created and shaped by judges, administrative officials, and other legal actors to address important  issues faced by new democracies and emerging markets.  As the program is set in Brazil --  a country that was colonized in the sixteenth century but which again became a fully democratic republic with the adoption of its current Constitution in 1988  -- this five credit course will focus on how this comparatively new democracy and important industrial power and emerging market economy is using the rule of law to address issues commonly faced by developing countries.  The course will include presentations by federal judges, attorneys, government officials, and other members of the legal community on such issues as the development of constitutional law with respect to human rights, social and economic issues; labor law doctrines dealing with issues of discrimination, and terms and conditions of employment; property, tort, and environmental law as they relate to pollution, natural resources and other preservation challenges faced by developing countries; administrative law doctrines governing the interrelated role of administrative agencies and  courts in enforcing the governing legal regime; taxation and corporate law as they relate to economic development issues .  The course will also contain presentations from leading Brazilian academic and others who will offer candid assessments of the successes achieved and challenges faced by the application of the rule of law to these political, social, and economic issues.   In addition to classroom instruction, the students will be provided exposure to Brazilian society and legal institutions through field trips in order to observe and assess the realistic consequences of actions by legal actors and institutions.

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