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030369 KU Comparative Constitutional Law (2019S)

Case Study: Western Balkans

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Prüfungsimmanente Lehrveranstaltung


max. 25 Teilnehmer*innen
Sprache: Englisch


Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Donnerstag 28.03. 16:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG (Vorbesprechung)
Donnerstag 28.03. 17:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG
Donnerstag 09.05. 16:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum SEM33 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 16.05. 16:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum SEM33 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Donnerstag 23.05. 16:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum SEM33 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Mittwoch 29.05. 16:00 - 19:30 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Donnerstag 06.06. 17:00 - 20:30 Seminarraum SEM43 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 4.OG


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

The course provides an introduction to some general issues of constitutional law (constitution-making; structure of government; constitutional review; fundamental rights) from a comparative legal perspective by focusing on the Western Balkan (WB) region. During the course it is explored how the particular Western Balkan states handle these general constitutional issues, particularly in the light of the post-conflict era and processes of internationalization and democratization. By examining both the general constitutional issues and how they are realized in specific constitutional systems in the Western Balkans, the students will develop the ability to use constitutional legal material from unfamiliar legal systems, as well as the ability to analyze and evaluate it. Students are encouraged to critically reflect on similarities and differences among these constitutions and discuss the reasons and consequences related to different constitutional solutions.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Oral presentations on a selected constitutional matter in a specific WB state jurisdiction. Students are required to hand in a short briefing paper (max. 5 pages) one week prior to the presentation and, where appropriate, to reflect on the provided feedback. Active participation in the discussions following the presentations is compulsory. At the end of the course there is a 90-minute test on subjects discussed during the course (open book).

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

For a positive grade, students are required to:
- make an oral presentation and submit a short briefing paper prior to it (50%)
- actively participate in the discussions (10%)
- complete an open-book test (40%)

Attendance is mandatory in the first unit during which the topics will be assigned.


The main characteristics of the constitutional systems in the Western Balkans and the independent application of comparative analytical skills which are discussed during the course.


Tushnet, Advanced Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law (2018)
Country-specific reading material will be provided during the course via Moodle-Platform

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Do 06.06.2019 11:07