Comparative Legal Systems & Their Role in Nation Building

Comparative Legal Systems & Their Role in Nation Building


1:30 to 5:50 p.m., Jan. 8 to 10, 2024

Meeting Days

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday afternoon



Course Instructor(s)


Course Description: LAW 631M (1 credit)

May qualify for up to 12 hours of CLE credit for State Bar of Arizona members*

The course will investigate the role that law plays in the lives of Indigenous peoples and in their on-going efforts to secure their rights of equality, tribal self-governance, and self-determination. The course draws from comparative sources with a focus on how law can be used pragmatically by Indigenous leaders, communities, their partners and advocates to effect meaningful change.


  • How does law function to perpetuate a history of assimilation and racism within governmental institutions around the world? 
  • How can Indigenous peoples use law to secure rights and exercise tribal self-governance? 
  • What role can legal institutions play in the processes of Indigenous nation building?

*Registration in this course may qualify for up to 12 hours of CLE credit for State Bar of Arizona members, including 0 hour(s) of professional responsibility. The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. Contact the State Bar of Arizona for more details. For details on CLE eligibility outside of Arizona, please contact your State Bar Association.

Course Format

Students will meet on campus for three consecutive afternoons at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona.

Readings and Syllabus

Syllabus will be posted on UArizona's online learning platform, D2L, along with required readings to all registered students. 

Attendance & Participation

This course will be delivered in person at the University of Arizona. Participants must attend all 3 classes to receive a passing grade. Exceptions will be made only at the faculty's discretion.


After participants register online, they will receive a receipt of registration. Subsequently, participants will receive class instructions 1-2 weeks before the start of the course.





Akilah Kinnison