The aim of this course is to explore the nexus between law and cultural diversity in a globally interconnected world.
Taking into account legal, economic, political and social dynamics, the course will help students identify and challenge commonly accepted points of view on cultural diversity in a global world. It will also enable them to make connections among disparate themes as required by an increasingly complex job market. Some of the questions we will raise include: What are the links between different forms of protectionism and cultural diversity? Is there a new path for cultural diversity in the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA)? How do countries exchange cultural diversity for trade opportunities? What are the weaknesses and strengths of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions? Does China's use of cultural diversity in the China-Publications and AV Products WTO case comply with human rights protection and cultural pluralism? How are indigenous rights and cultural diversity addressed in the Canadian and South American experiences? What is the place for cultural diversity in the conflicts between customary rules and State legal systems? How can we make sense of women's agency and empowerment in light of acculturation processes and the local-global dichotomy?