Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
GLOBAL GOVERNANCE STUDIES SPECIALIZATION
Scientific Advisor: Professors Horatia Muir Watt and Diego P. Fernandez Arroyo Academic Assistant: Hélène Menguy
This second year of the Master In Economic Law program, which requires ﬂuent English, welcomes students from Sciences Po and from several elite North American law schools (Columbia, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Northwestern, NYU, Pennsylvania, Virginia). It also includes an exchange program with Columbia University Law School, run jointly with the University of Paris 1 (The Global Business Law and Governance program). It is designed to provide a comprehensive theoretical and practical approach to legal issues in a global context, whether from the perspective of international litigation and arbitration, supranational economic governance, or transnational advocacy in human rights cases. It trains students who aspire to work in law ﬁrms in the ﬁeld of international litigation, or arbitration practice, in international institutions such as the World Trade Organization, in multinational companies as in-house legal advisors (especially in their compliance departments), or as human rights advocates. More theoretically inclined students will ﬁnd exciting new areas for research on issues of global law and governance. The specialization comprises a compulsory common core of classes dealing with advanced private and economic international law, international commercial and investment arbitration, human rights, development, and corporate social responsibility. Students are then free to choose electives that focus either on global business and economic law, litigation and arbitration, or accountability, development and human rights. Methodologically, the specialization offers a deliberately comparative and transdisciplinary perspective on global issues, emphasizing multiple cultural viewpoints. Epistemologically, it rests on a pluralistic conception of the legal ﬁeld in global context, encouraging students to explore the frame of traditional state-centered legal discourse in public and private international law and to reﬂect on how to design legal tools for purposes of social innovation. Teaching takes place predominately in English, but students may opt for courses in French and, in some instances, Spanish. The overall intake of students is 50 and classes are small (20 maximum for required classes and even fewer for electives). The richness of this program lies in the interaction between students from different institutions and countries, with differing aspirations, horizons and cultural backgrounds; in the equally varied faculty and guests, who contribute views of globalization from the South and the East; in the required common core of course offerings, which bridges the usual gap between the study of business law and economic governance on the one hand, and issues of social justice, development and human rights on the other.