Course Description

Civil Disobedience, Law & Lawyers - LAW909
2 Credits

This course involves a study of the relationship among civil disobedience, law and lawyers. Readings will include Henry David Thoreau, Gandhi, Martin Luther King and others. The course will explore the relationship of civil disobedience to various historical and current movements, including the use of strategies of resistance in the United States during the American Civil Rights Movement, the American war in Vietnam, as well as more contemporary examples such as protests at abortion clinics and in opposition to the war in Iraq. The course will examine as well the role of nonviolent resistance in other countries and, in particular, in India and Tibet. Questions to be considered include how, if at all, civil disobedience can be reconciled with the Rule of Law and whether involvement in nonviolent protests is consistent with a lawyer’s professional obligations. (No prerequisite.)