This course will examine the legal and political framework of American land use law in contrast to the experience of nations in Europe, Asia, and North and South America. How do other nations conceptualize and grapple with land use and planning problems? In what ways are these models better than or worse than American practices? Among the topics to be considered are: zoning and subdivision controls, infrastructure financing, judicial review, regulatory takings, freedom of expression, "smart growth" and growth management, affordable housing development, racial discrimination, environmental aspects of land use controls, redevelopment, and aesthetic protection. Students will be expected to participate actively in class discussion and prepare a law review Comment-quality paper comparing how two different jurisdictions (whether a particular city or a nation as a whole) approach a particular problem, with at least one of the jurisdictions being located in a foreign country. Enrollment limited to 20 students.