Riaz’s excellent post suggests a number of intriguing possibilities for rethinking the standard law school curriculum. I find especially provocative his challenge to reconsider the conventional distinctions of subject matter from the
standard of social movements and their transnational effects.
Taking up Riaz’s challenge would not only enrich courses that are usually taught as domestic law by “transnationalizing” them, but also foster additional connections across traditional fields of law — e.g., human rights and labor. I read Riaz’s post alongside sociologist Peter Evans’ piece, ” Is it Labor’s turn to Globalize”, (Volume 1, Issue 3, Global Labor Journal, 2010) — finding the juxtaposition useful. Evans’ article deals with new approaches that labor movements might consider in their attempts to globalize and operate more effectively in a transnational economy, and to tune global capitalism to labor’s interests. Riaz’s post reminds us that law’s fields are not fixed in theory or practice, and that new transnational identities are integral to the future of law and legal education.
DON’T MISS THIS! Check out AALS President Lauren Robel’s terrific address on this topic: http://www.aals.org/documents/newsletter/february2012.pdf