Instructor(s): Ekow Yankah

The course schedule has been revised. Additional classes are scheduled on:
Wednesday, October 4 from 2:10 - 4:00 PM and Thursday, October 12 from 2:10 - 4:00 PM.

For graduate students, the course number is LAW3032H.

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.

Despite the passionate conversation the Black Lives Matter Movement in the United States has provoked about the sustained tension between vulnerable communities of colour and class on the one hand and the American police on the other, American Supreme Court jurisprudence remains strikingly mute on this important national conversation. Indeed, over the last two generations American Fourth Amendment doctrine, governing police search, seizure and use of force, has purposefully blinded the law to volatile interaction between policing and race. Thus, American law has not only provided insufficient tools to remedy racially bias policing practices but has silenced the ability of citizens to investigate and restrain police power.

This class will examine American Fourth Amendment doctrine from its modern roots in Terry v. Ohio to the recent holdings such as Utah v. Strieff. Rigorously examining where case law governs policing embedded in racial disparity and supplemented with scholarly readings, the class will inspect the ways the current deficiencies in the law’s ability to address race are a core to the legal doctrine rather than an unfortunate side-effect. Students will be encouraged to weigh (and even resist) this thesis as well as consider what solutions are required.

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 Friday, November 3, 2017.

At a Glance

First Term


20 JD


Monday, October 2, 2017: 2:10 - 4:00
Tuesday, October 3, 2017: 12:30 - 2:00
Wednesday, October 4, 2017: 8:30 - 10:20
Tuesday, October 10, 2017: 4:10 - 6:00
Wednesday, October 11, 2017: 12:30 - 2:00
Thursday, October 12, 2017: 10:30 - 12:20