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030349 KU Comparative Constitutional Law in Post-Conflict Settings (2020W)

Case Study: Western Balkans

2.00 ECTS (1.00 SWS), SPL 3 - Rechtswissenschaften
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 14.10. 16:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 02.12. 16:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 03.12. 16:00 - 19:00 Digital
Wednesday 09.12. 16:00 - 19:00 Digital
Thursday 10.12. 16:00 - 19:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

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.

Assessment and permitted materials

Oral presentations on a specific constitutional matter in a selected Western Balkan jurisdiction. Students are required to hand in a short briefing paper (max. 10 pages) prior to the presentation and, where appropriate, to reflect on the provided feedback. Active participation in the discussions following the presentations is compulsory.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

For a positive grade, students are required to:
- submit a short briefing paper on a selected constitutional problem in one of the WB jurisdictions (70%)
- presentation of the briefing paper (30%)

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

Examination topics

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. Independent legal analysis of a selected constitutional problem.

Reading list

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

Association in the course directory

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