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On Nourishing the Curriculum with a Transnational Law Lagniappe

19 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2007  

Anita Bernstein

Brooklyn Law School

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Date Written: 05/31/07


Transnational law remains in fashion among those who revise the curricula of U.S. law schools. Supplementing traditional domestic materials with studies of international, transnational, and comparative law is indeed a solution. But what is the problem? Pedagogical reform is an experiment, and no experiment can succeed without a plan followed by observation. Much of what passes for transnational legal education (especially in brochures and on websites) lacks seriousness. It is what denizens of New Orleans call a "lagniappe" - that is, a lightweight frill, devoid of intentionality and perceived consequences. The article acknowledges the appeal of a lagniappe, and also offers suggestions for curricular planners who seek to give their students heartier transnational fare.

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Bernstein, Anita, On Nourishing the Curriculum with a Transnational Law Lagniappe (05/31/07). Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 07-14. Available at SSRN: or

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