A scholarship seminar for graduating law students.
This is a legal scholarship seminar. Students are introduced to the concepts of globalization of the economy and the arguments for and against free trade, regulation of trade and its impact on women and other vulnerable groups. There are no prerequisites, although a background knowledge of feminist, critical race/latcrit theoretical perspectives is helpful. The seminar meets the graduation writing requirement for 3L students at NIU College of Law.
This course grew out of research conducted by the instructor at the U.S.-Mexico border which examined the law and public policies of foreign trade under NAFTA on the working women, men and children employed by multinational corporations in assembly factories (“maquiladoras”). Aspects of this ongoing work may be viewed in the selected student papers published on this site. In a nutshell the critique of unregulated free trade rests on a questioning of the liberalization of corporate activity without regard for the labor and human rights of the workers.
Students explore the relevance of gender attitudes as they intersect with race/ethnicity and class to the discourse of globalization, its purported benefits to signatory nations and its alleged burdens to the more vulnerable populations of economically dependent nations.
It is often claimed that a high majority of those employed in the global economy are young women and children, while most of the world’s poor are also female. This course engages students in discussions about how these realities are created, what role the law and public policy play in it and whether or not lawyers and the law can bring about reform and accountability of the worst abusers in the global economy.
Fall 2011 – Materials
Selected Student Papers
Older Student Writings from the Globalization Seminar:
Amy Chua, World on Fire
Barbara Ehrenreich, Arlie Russell Hochschild, Global Woman
Amy Goodman, Breaking the Sound Barrier
Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine
John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
Norma Iglesias Prieto, Beautiful Flowers of the Maquiladora (La Flor Más Bella de la Maquiladora)
Joseph Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents