POL Italian Law, Courts, and Justice in the Global World Order
Course Name: POL Italian Law, Courts, and Justice in the Global World Order
Description: This course uses the story of Amanda Knox, an American citizen who was prosecuted in Italy after she was accused of murder but later released, as a template to understand and compare the underlying politics of the Italian and U.S. legal systems. After analyzing world legal systems and the Italian and U.S. Constitutions, it explores each country’s respective judicial systems and legal professions while investigating how Italian and U.S. courts use inquisitorial and adversarial principles to deliver justice in criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits. The course concludes by examining how the U.S. Supreme Court interact with the other courts in the global world order, such as Italy’s Constitutional Court, the International Criminal Court, and the European Court of Human Rights.
Credit Hours: 3