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030533 KU Judicial Interpretation and Legal Reasoning: a Critical Approach (2018W)

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

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Details

max. 40 participants
Language: English

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 05.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM64 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Wednesday 05.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM64 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Thursday 06.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Thursday 06.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Friday 07.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM64 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Friday 07.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM64 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Wednesday 12.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Wednesday 12.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM63 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 6.OG
Thursday 13.12. 10:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Thursday 13.12. 14:00 - 16:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Friday 14.12. 09:00 - 12:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG
Friday 14.12. 14:00 - 17:00 Seminarraum SEM44 Schottenbastei 10-16, Juridicum 4.OG

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course is primarily based on the contextual hermeneutics of both international and domestic judicial decisions relating to a selection of international law topics. The main purpose of this exercise is to explore the interpretative itineraries of the judge who is called upon to adjudicate claims involving major international law issues. While the authority of judgments is widely perceived as coinciding with the consideration commanded by the judicial organ from which they emanate, judicial decisions are in fact often the result of value-oriented choices and purposeful interpretation, with a varying degree of coherence and persuasiveness. The ultimate goal of the course is to critically consider why the respective cases have been decided in a certain way and by what techniques of interpretation and legal reasoning have judges given support to their decisions.

Assessment and permitted materials

The course will be evaluated on the basis of a three hours in-class, closed-book (English dictionaries will be allowed) examination that counts for 90 % of the final grade. Participation in class will count for 10% of the final grade. The final exam consists of answering: i) one out of two essay questions; plus ii) two out of four short questions on class materials in the allotted time.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students are required to attend classes and to read and prepare in advance the required readings. The instructor will teach this course using a Socratic method and interacting with the students. Students will be asked questions and they are invited to participate in the class discussion of the relevant legal issues.

Examination topics

Reading list

Reading material will be published on Moodle

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Last modified: Mo 07.09.2020 15:28