Comparative Law in a Global Perspective


Comparative Law in a Global Perspective

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Comparative Law in a Global Perspective


*If you are in Colombia $3.211.000 COP

*If you are abroad 842 USD

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Schedule: Monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday and friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. | There will be no class the 7th and 14th of June.

*The schedules and modality (virtual or blended) of the courses are subject to modifications according to the provisions of the National and District Government for the management of COVID 19. The dates and times of the sessions can be consulted at

The course introduces and analyzes comparative law in a global perspective, providing students with an overview of the most important legal traditions of the world. The first part of the course focuses on the meaning of comparative law and introduces basic concepts, such as those of legal traditions, legal transplants and legal pluralism, considering legal globalization as one of the most important developments for contemporary legal studies. The second part deals with the core of the Western legal traditions analyzing the Common law & Civil law archetypical divide. It also analyses mixed legal systems, their distinctive traits and growing importance for comparative legal studies. The meaning of democracy and human rights as Western or universal values is investigated as well in this part of the course. The third cycle broadens the course’s comparative spectrum to some of the most important non-Western/non-European legal traditions (Sub-Saharan, East-Asian, Talmudic, Islamic and Latin American) and questions the possible reconciliation of legal diversity on a global scale.

Requirements: Have finished or being currently studying an undergraduate degree.

Language: English.

Este curso hace parte del portafolio de materias de pregrado y posgrado de la Universidad  abiertas a todo público.

Al participar en este curso podrás vivir la experiencia Uniandina, acceder a contenidos de calidad, tomar  clases con estudiantes regulares, acceder al sistema de bibliotecas de Uniandes y participar en las actividades culturales que esta Universidad te ofrece.


The course will provide students with the opportunities to:

  1. Better appreciate how cultural, social and historical factors dialogue and interrelate with the development of legal structures, doctrines, and substantive rules;
  2. Approach the study of some of the major legal traditions of the world and their contemporary relevance;
  3. Acquire tools for understanding the impact of globalization on legal and political structures;
  4. Enhance argumentative and legal analysis skills via class discussion and exchange.
  5. Course Requirements

The course will be conducted in a seminar format, having students taking part of the responsibility for leading the common discussion. Prior to each lecture, students are requested to read the materials identified at the beginning of the course and available on-line (or via Dropbox).

During lectures, students are expected to comment on the texts that they were requested to read, encouraging critical thinking, active participation and thought-provoking exchanges in class. 

Grading and Assessment

Grades will be based on:

  • Class participation (20%)
  • Discussion Paper (30%)
  • Comparative Legal Research (50%) 


Valentina Volpe

Valentina Volpe (Italy) is an associate professor of public international law and the co-director of the LL.M in Human Rights, Security, and Development at the Law School of Lille Catholic University (France). She is also a senior research affiliate and a former senior research fellow (post-doc) at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL) in Heidelberg (Germany) and an adjunct professor at Sciences Po in Paris, Luiss Guido Carli University in Rome and Los Andes University in Bogota'. Valentina has studied law in Italy, France, and the US. She is a former visiting researcher at Yale Law School and holds a Ph.D. summa cum laude in Law and Legal Theory from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) of Naples (currently the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa).


Eventualmente la Universidad puede verse obligada, por causas de fuerza mayor a cambiar sus profesores o cancelar el programa. En este caso el participante podrá optar por la devolución de su dinero o reinvertirlo en otro curso de Educación Continua que se ofrezca en ese momento, asumiendo la diferencia si la hubiere.

La apertura y desarrollo del programa estará sujeto al número de inscritos. El Departamento/Facultad (Unidad académica que ofrece el curso) de la Universidad de los Andes se reserva el derecho de admisión dependiendo del perfil académico de los aspirantes.