Law & Development

The field of law and development examines the role of law, legal institutions and legal systems, both domestic and international, in the processes of economic and social development, particularly in developing countries, emerging markets, and nations in transition. It seeks to understand how law may both inhibit and foster desired change and the ways in which legal institutions may be organized to achieve national and international policy goals. This field includes a basic course on law and development, as well as more specialized courses in comparative law, international financial institutions and law, foreign investment, and intellectual property law, as well as courses from other disciplines, such as economic development.