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Fall 2012- Private Law, Nation-building, and Economic Growth: A Comparison of U.S. and Indian Private Law



The 2012-13 Global Research Seminar (GRS) will examine the connection between different areas of private law and a nation’s realization of its social and economic objectives. Taught by Professor Shyam Balganesh, this four-credit course will examine multiple areas of Indian private law, including:  tort law, contract law, the law of property, the law relating to private remedies, the law of corporations, intellectual property law, and antitrust law.


The course will meet weekly in the Fall. Over Spring Break, the class will undertake a seven-day field visit to India. In New Delhi, the group will meet with Indian lawyers, judges, legislators, regulators, and scholars. These meetings will allow students to observe how mechanisms of private law work in actual practice. There are no pre-requisites for enrolling; no prior knowledge of Indian law or the substantive areas are needed.