Journal of Legal Education
The teaching of U.S. constitutional law is remarkably insular. A quick review of course books reveals few, if any, references to materials from other countries or to relevant international law.1 Constitutional law courses focus almost exclusively on the U.S. constitutional order. The course books appear to consider as unique this country's balance of power between the national government and the states and its approach to bridging the structural tension among executive, legislative, andjudicial branches. One colleague facetiously told me that the only country comparable to the United States is the United Kingdom. Since the U.K. has no written constitution, the U.S. is unique and no other country is worthy of attention.
David Weissbrodt, Globalization of Constitutional Law and Civil Rights, 43 J. Legal Educ. 261 (1993), available at http://scholarship.law.umn.edu/faculty_articles/232.