The course deals with constitutional law as well as with specific areas of private law, such as civil law, civil procedure, and business law. It first introduces the civil law tradition, as well as Latin American legal history. The discussion then shifts to constitutional law: to the notion of constitutionalism, to basic principles, to the vindication of rights, and to second and third generation entitlements. Thereafter the focus will be on civil law--i.e., civil codes, interpretation, codified sexism, and civil remedies--and on civil procedure--specifically on the conception of procedure in the region, on procedural guaranties, and on collective actions. The class closes with an exploration of corporate law south of the border.