Our Mission

Welcome!  The Comparative Law & Society Studies (CLASS) Center emphasizes the instrumental and dynamic role of law in shaping our contemporary and globalized world.  Law is truly “all over” and increasingly becoming the primary mode of social control and cohesion in collective life.  Law has certainly been a foundation for modernity, but its scope, diversity and centrality is greater now than ever before.  The forces of legalization are proceeding at unparalleled rates throughout the world.

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