Globalization and Legal Theory (20658). 2 units. This course will investigate the contribution of legal theory to our understanding of the new legal forms and consequences associated with the "globalization" of economic, informational, cultural and political forms. In an age when ever more legal processes and transactions cross national borders, and when global and regional legal institutions ( United Nations, World Trade Organization, etc) and doctrines (human rights, global constitutionalism, global administrative law, etc.) proliferate, there is a need to look critically at our basic instruments for comprehending the world of law. We need to address again the adequacy of our existing tools of analysis of legal order -- often developed to examine legal relations within the modern state -- and to examine the potential of new explanatory devices. In particular, an examination of the relevance to transnational and global legal forms of approaches based upon or derived from legal positivism, natural law, various process-based theories or critical legal perspectives, supplies a broad platform of inquiry. Paper required. N. Walker.