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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) examined 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 analyzed 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 met weekly in the Fall. Over Spring Break, the class undertook a seven-day field visit to India. In New Delhi, the group met with Indian lawyers, judges, legislators, regulators, and scholars. These meetings allowed students to observe how mechanisms of private law work in actual practice. There were no pre-requisites for enrolling; no prior knowledge of Indian law or the substantive areas was required.