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030406 SE COVID-Measures and the (Austrian) Courts (2021S)

Seminar 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 served).


max. 20 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

ATTENTION: The seminar will be held online, if the Covid-19 situation improves considerably, the seminar might be held in personal presence mode. In any case, there will be a digital option for (unvaccinated) members of at-risk groups.
First unit (09.03.2021): Allocation of topics and information about presentations and seminar papers
Intermediary unit (11.05.2021): In-depth discussion of citation rules and requirements for seminar papers
June units: Oral presentations

Tuesday 09.03. 16:00 - 18:00 Digital (Kickoff Class)
Tuesday 11.05. 15:00 - 17:00 Digital
Friday 28.05. 09:00 - 16:00 Digital
Thursday 17.06. 09:00 - 18:00 Digital
Friday 18.06. 09:00 - 14:00 Digital
Wednesday 23.06. 12:00 - 19:00 Digital


Aims, contents and method of the course

The COVID 19 crisis, which has now been going on for a year, has resulted in numerous legal measures, the constitutionality and legality of which have repeatedly raised questions. In the meantime, several court decisions have been issued by the Austrian Constitutional Court, the Supreme Administrative Court, the administrative courts and, in some cases, the civil and criminal courts. In this seminar, participants will have the opportunity to take a closer look at the legal aspects of the COVID 19 measures, based on individual court decisions. By now, a lot of literature has been published on these issues, most of which is also available online (RDB, RIDA, Lexis Nexis 360).
A list of possible topics includes:
• curfew
• company closures
• compensation schemes
• homeschooling
• distance regulations and mask mandate
• effects on rental contracts
• criminal law aspects (transmission of contagious diseases)
• relationship COVID-19-Maßnahmengesetz / Epidemiegesetz
• and many others (list of judicature will be provided in the first

Assessment and permitted materials

As this is a seminar, all participants are invited to present their chosen topic in a 20-minute (time discipline!) oral presentation, which should introduce the other participants to the essential questions of the chosen topic. In addition, a seminar paper must be written and submitted towards the end of the semester. The paper has to comply with the quality criteria of the curriculum for diploma seminars (the text including footnotes and blank spaces must comprise at least 50,000 characters; the paper must also include a table of contents, a bibliography and, if necessary, a list of abbreviations). Furthermore, participation in the discussions after the presentations is expected.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Completion of the course Medical Law I compulsory, completion of Medical Law II is strongly recommended, depending on the chosen topic. Knowledge of constitutional law would be useful. Attendance in the first unit (*) and intermediate unit (*) is a requirement for a place in the seminar.
The dates are still to be notified.

Examination topics

Oral 20-minute presentation, written seminar paper of 25 - 30 pages (as required by the curriculum: text and footnotes shall comprise at least 50,000 characters including spaces), participation in the discussion.

Reading list

The independent search for literature is part of the student performance to be evaluated, but I will be available for advice in the first unit. A list of court decisions will be provided in the first unit.

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