Adrien K. Wing
Bessie Dutton Murray Professor of Law

A.B.     Princeton University, 1978
M.A.    University of California at Los Angeles, 1979
J.D.      Stanford Law School, 1982

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Constitutional Law I
This course studies the allocation of governmental powers according to the Constitution and the doctrine of judicial review and the nature of the judicial function in constitutional cases.  In addition, the relationships among the several branches of the national government, the federal system including powers delegated to the national government, powers reserved to the states, and intergovernmental immunities are also examined.

The course introduces students to the role of the judicial process in structuring the limits within which our society operates, and gives them an understanding ot the institutional development of our legal system and the relationship among the several institutions within that system.
Critical Race Theory
This course will examine race relations and racial discrimination through the perspectives of proponents of the Critical Race Theory (CRT) movement, a collection of legal scholars who challenge both conservative and liberal political orthodoxies.  CRT is part of an evolving critical jurisprudential tradition that originated with Critical Legal Studies (CLS) in the 1970s, and now includes feminism, critical white studies, Queer Theory, Asian Crit, and Lat-Crit Theory as well.  This semester a special emphasis will be placed on critical race feminism, a new offshoot of CRT that focuses on the status of women of color under the law.
Human Rights in the World Community
This course will introduce the student to the established and developing legal rules, procedures, and enforcement mechanisms governing the protection of international human rights. It will address both liberal western and developing world notions of human rights as well as highlight recent examples of human rights controversies in various regions of the world.
Law in the Muslim World
This course will be an introduction to selected international and comparative law issues relating to the various coutries in the Muslim world.  The legal cultures, institutions, rules, actors, and processes of a number of jurisdictions will be explored, including but not limited to Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Algeria, Nigegia, Palestine, and Pakistan.  Topics will include:  Islamic "sharia" law as practiced in a range of both Sunni and Shiite countries; the role of church vs. state and fundamentalism vs. secularism as manifested in the legal system; the tension between communitarianism vs. individualism in modern constitutionalism; intertwining of customary and religious legal practices; first, second, and third generations of human rights; and international law on such issues as terrorism and self-determination.  Another major topic will be women's rights, including a discussion of polygamy, divorce, child custody, and inheritance.

Law in the Muslim World (Two Unit Version)


This two unit version of the Law in the Muslim world course will survey a selection of the various types of laws existing in the nearly 60 countries of the Muslim world. The subjects will include: Islamic law; unwritten customary law; civil law including constitutional and criminal law; international human rights law, particularly women's rights, and a case study on the right to self-determination; and public international law relating to terrorism.
Critical Approaches to Human Rights
This course will introduce the student to the established and developing legal rules, procedures, and enforcement mechanisms governing the protection of international human rights.  After a general overview, the course will adopt a regional approach with special emphasis placed on Europe, especially France.  The United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East will be included as well.  Interwoven throughout the course will be coverage of woment's rights, including a new addition to human rights discourse known as Global Critical Race Feminism.

British Legal Methods Clinical Program

The educational purpose of British Legal Methods is to offer a clinical setting within which American law students can study English law and practice, thereby providing a practical as well as a theoretical basis for comparing the American and British legal systems. Specific educational objectives of the program include instruction in the professional skills and responsibilities of British lawyers, the study of legal traditions and institutions, and the examination of trial practice and procedure. Through personal observation and first-hand experience, students will discover the common legal traditions shared by The United States and Great Britain, as well as differences in professional responsibilities, practices and procedures. This course awards three units of academic credit on a pass/fail basis.
Sex Discrimination Law This course surveys sex based discrimination and legal responses in the United States and around the world. Within the American context, it will cover constitutional guarantees as well as various statutory guarantees, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. In the global context, the course will examine various regions of the world, with an emphasis on countries including France, South Africa, and those with majority- Muslim populations. Issues involving customary law, affirmative action/quotas, and constitutional reform will be among those featured.
Tutorials and Independent Studies Professor Wing is available to supervise tutorials and independent study projects in her areas of expertise, including international human rights, law in the Muslim world, US race and gender discrimination. Additionally, for those University of Iowa students who attend the Arcachon study abroad summer program, there is the option to enroll in a 2 unit post-program tutorial. Past topics have included: "Legal Institutions in Europe", with visits to the European Court of Human Rights and the International Court of Justice; "Law in Venice and Rome"; "Law in Germany," with visits to sites in Berlin and the Sachenhausen concentration camp; and "Law in Turkey," which included visits to Istanbul and Ankara. For summers 2008 and 2009, the tutorial topic was "Law in Egypt," which included visits to a trial court, the Supreme Court, parliament, and the US embassy. In 2010, the post-program tutorial was "Law in Egypt, Israel, and Palestine." In 2011, the tutorial was "Muslims in Europe" and the group visited London, Berlin, and the Hague. In 2012, the tutorial returned to Turkey, and the group visited Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. In 2013, the tutorial visited Jordan, Israel, and Palestine. In 2014, the tutorial will visit the Hague and Bosnia. Each tutorial also includes visits to touristic sites and free time.

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