In his speech before the AALS, referenced in an earlier post and described elsewhere in the blogosphere, Judge Cabranes took special exception to the growing movement in American law schools to look beyond U.S. borders in their curricula and other academic initiatives. While certainly right that this was a distinct trend, his ire was rather puzzling.
In a future post, I will say some more specific things about Northwestern Law School’s particular global goals but, for now, I am anxious to open up a comment thread to hear what readers think about the general objection. Is the expanding internationalization of American law schools little more than a sinecure for law professors who crave foreign travel (one of the judge’s objections)? Or is there a worthy substantive agenda at work in these efforts?
To be sure, a rather abstract way to ask the question, but looking at the matter from 20,000 feet or so may generate some useful conclusions — or at least impressions.
Comment thread is open! Civil, constructive, and non-anonymous please; I’ll be, as always, moderating comments.