Federal Courts (21210). 3 units. This course will look at the jurisdiction of the federal courts as established by Article III and congressional legislation, the relationship of the federal courts to the other branches of government, and the interplay of federal courts with the state judicial systems. It will include close consideration of the constitutional, statutory and judge-made doctrines that shape the jurisdiction of the federal courts in our system of government, as well as the historical context from which these doctrines emerged. Particular attention will be paid to the constitutional principles of federalism and the separation of powers, and to competing views of the normative role of federal courts - and courts generally - in a liberal democracy. A series of topics relating to federal courts will be examined, including congressional control over federal court jurisdiction; the constitutionality of legislative courts and military tribunals; Supreme Court review of state court decisions; removal and federal habeas corpus; federal question jurisdiction; federal common law; sovereign immunity and the eleventh amendment; actions against state governments; and abstention doctrines. Throughout the course, consideration will be given to the role of federal courts in interpreting and applying international law. No credit/fail option. Enrollment will be capped at seventy-five. Self-scheduled examination. A. Dailey.
Grade mode: graded CRN: 23282
Exam: 4/30/2018 - 5/14/2018 Name or Id: Id