Instructor(s): Talia Fisher

Additional class on Wednesday, October 11 from 2:10 - 4:00 pm. There is no class on Thursday, October 12.

For graduate students, the course number is LAW5056H.

Course Location: Please see the "Intensive Course Schedule" under Schedules and Timetables

Note: Students may enroll in an intensive course that conflicts with a regular course as an exception to the general rule that students may not take courses which conflict on the timetable. Attendance at intensive courses is mandatory for the duration of the course and takes precedence over regular courses.

The Adversarial trial is a hallmark of Anglo-American Law. The object of the course is to address and critically assess the central premises underlying the institutional design of courts and trials under the adversarial model. The course will provide a platform for reflective thought on the basic architecture of the adversarial process and on its effect on the efficacy of the judicial system, on the legitimacy of courts, on access to justice, and on social reform. Specific topics which will be examined include managerial judging; procedural and evidentiary waivers by litigating parties; the civil-criminal divide; and privatization of adjudication through ADR. The methodological tools which will be employed are diverse and range from economic, sociological and empirical analysis of law to political philosophy and epistemology.

Students will be required to write a paper of 2500 to 3000 words. Papers must be delivered to the Records Office by 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 13, 2017.

At a Glance

First Term


20 JD


Tuesday, October 10, 2017: 2:10 - 4:00
Wednesday, October 11, 2017: 8:30 - 10:20
Friday, October 13, 2017: 12:30 - 2:00
Monday, October 16, 2017: 2:10 - 4:00
Tuesday, October 17, 2017: 12:30 - 2:00
Wednesday, October 18, 2017: 4:10 - 6:00
Thursday, October 19, 2017: 10:30 - 12:20