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030362 SE Rule of Law (2018W)

For Diploma and doctoral students

4.00 ECTS (2.00 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 serve).


max. 15 participants
Language: German, English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Thursday 11.10. 17:00 - 18:00 Seminarraum SEM52 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 5.OG (Kickoff Class)
Thursday 13.12. 14:00 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM34 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG
Friday 14.12. 09:00 - 19:00 Seminarraum SEM31 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum, 3.OG


Aims, contents and method of the course

The principle ‘rule of law’ can be understood as implying principles such as the legality of the exercise of state authority, effective judicial protection, fair trial as well as the protection of legitimate expectations. In this seminar, it will be examined to what extent these principles are guaranteed in Austrian constitutional law. In the course of this, not only the provisions of the Austrian ‘Bundes-Verfassungsgesetz’ (B-VG) and the ‘Staatsgrundgesetz’ (StGG) but also Art 6 ECHR and Art 47 CFR (which can according to the case-law of the Austrian Constitutional Court to a certain extent be regarded as a constitutionally guaranteed right) are to be considered. The participants are requested to choose a topic from the list below.
Zugang zu Gerichten / Access to courts
Vorläufiger Rechtsschutz / Interim relief
Gerichtliche Unabhängigkeit und Unparteilichkeit / Judicial independence and impartiality
Faires Verfahren / Fair trial
Öffentlichkeit des Verfahrens / Public nature of the proceedings
Kontrollumfang der Gerichte / Level of scrutiny of courts
Anklagegrundsatz / Principle of indictment
Nulla poena sine lege
Rechtsfortbildung durch Gerichte / Judicial development of the law
Eigentumseingriffe und Entschädigung / Interferences with the right to property and compensation
Schutz wohlerworbener Rechte / Protection of acquired rights
Willkürverbot / Prohibition of arbitrary action
Begründung von Entscheidungen / Reasoning for decisions
Treu und Glauben / Good faith
Rechtskraft und Rechtssicherheit / Force of law and legal certainty

Assessment and permitted materials

Seminar paper, presentation of the paper and participation in the discussion during the seminar sessions

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Examination topics

Reading list

Badó/Bóka, Access to Justice and Judicial Independence: Is There a Role for the EU?, in: Schroeder (Hg), Strengthening the Rule of Law in Europe (2016);
Buchwald, The Rule of Law: A complete and consistent set of (legal) norms?, in: Krawietz/Pattaro/Erh-Soon Tay (Hg), Rule of law, Rechtstheorie 1997, Beiheft 17;
Crabit/Bel, The EU Rule of Law Framework, in: Schroeder (Hg), Strengthening the Rule of Law in Europe (2016);
Etcheverry, Rule of Law and Judicial Discretion - Their Compatibility and Reciprocal Limitation, Archiv für Rechts-und Sozialphilosophie 104 (2018), 121;
Fuchs, Rechtsschutz, Rechtsstaat, Rechtsschutzstaat – Reflexionen zur Verfassungsinterpretation, in: FS Korinek (2010) 83;
Gamper, Legal Certainty, in: Schroeder (Hg), Strengthening the Rule of Law in Europe (2016);
Kucsko-Stadlmayer, Rechtsschutz und Verfassung; in: BMI (Hrsg), Der Rechtsschutzbeauftragte (2004) 27;
Kumm, Global constitutionalism and the rule of law, in: Lang/Wiener (Hg), Handbook on Global Constitutionalism (2017) 197;
Merkl, Idee und Gestalt des Rechtsstaates, in: FS Kelsen (1971) 126;
Merli, Rechtsstaalichkeit in Österreich, in: Hoffmann/Marko/Merli/Wiederin (Hrsg), Rechtsstaatlichkeit in Europa (1996) 83;
Merten, Rule of Law am Scheideweg von der nationalen zur internationalen Ebene, ZÖR 58 (2003);
Öhlinger, Der Rechtsstaat Geschichte – Gegenwart – Gefährdung, in: Schmid ua (Hrsg), Auf dem Weg zum hypermodernen Rechtsstaat? (2011) 1;
Pernthaler, Die Herrschaft der Richter im Recht ohne Staat, JBl 2000, 691;
Schachtschneider, Prinzipien des Rechtsstaates (2006);
Schmidt-Aßmann, Der Rechtsstaat, in: Isensee/Kirchhof (Hg), Handbuch des Staatsrechts der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bd II: Verfassungsstaat³ (2004) 541;
Schroeder, The European Union and the Rule of Law – State of Affairs and Ways of Strengthening, in: Schroeder (Hg), Strengthening the Rule of Law in Europe (2016);
Stolzlechner, Rechtsstaatprinzip und verwaltungsrechlicher Vertrag, in: FS Machacek/Matscher (2008) 443;
Wagner, Rechtsstaat als Verfassungsprinzip, in: Holzinger/Neisser/Wimmer (Hrsg), Funktion der Verfassung (1990) 27;
Weber, Rechtsstaatsprinzip als gemeineuropäisches Verfassungsprinzip, ZÖR 63 (2008).

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