California Western -- William Aceves
Courses Taught - William J. Aceves

Civil Procedure I

Comparative Law    

Foreign Affairs and the Constitution

Human Rights Law



The rules governing a lawsuit from its beginning to trial.  Topics covered include jurisdiction, pleadings, motions, joinder of claims and parties, discovery, and the effect of judgments.
Comparative law is a unique course because it describes a method of study rather than a body of rules.  It involves the use of the comparative method -- that is, how to look at legal issues and institutions from a comparative perspective.  This course considers the advantages of the comparative method as well as the inevitable difficulties that arise in its application.  It examines several macro-level legal systems such as international law and European Union law.  It also provides a micro-level analysis of several legal systems including common law, civil law, Islamic law and indigenous law.  Through this course, students will gain a greater awareness of the diversity of law and legal institutions.  They will also gain a better understanding of the U.S. legal system.
This course examines the constitutional foundations of U.S. foreign policy.  It reviews the distribution of constitutional power in the realm of foreign affairs between the President, Congress and the judiciary.  It then examines the relationship between the United States and foreign governments as set forth in treaties and executive agreements.  Finally, it explores the tension between individual rights and foreign affairs.
(SW/EO, 3 units)
This course examines both the domestic and international protection of human rights.  Among the topics that will be discussed are the contributions of diverse philosophical and cultural traditions to the development of human rights; the function of multilateral and regional institutions in the creation of human rights law; the role of multilateral and regional institutions in the protection of human rights; and the impact of human rights on international relations.  The course also examines how national legal systems can protect human rights and punish perpetrators of human rights violations.  The goals of this course are twofold.  It is designed to introduce students to international human rights law, including both multilateral and regional agreements.  It is also designed to introduce students to the methods they can use to protect these human rights, in both domestic and international fora.

Full course descriptions are available in PDF format on the J.D. Curriculum page.

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