LAW510 Comparative Constitutional Law

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Course Code Course Title Weekly Hours* ECTS Weekly Class Schedule
T P
LAW510 Comparative Constitutional Law 3 0 6 Thursday 17-20.00 hrs
Prerequisite It is a prerequisite to
Lecturer Asim Jusić Office Hours / Room / Phone
E-mail ajusic@ius.edu.ba
Assistant Assistant E-mail
Course Objectives This course is designed to introduce students to comparative constitutionalism in Europe, North America, Africa and Balkans. It covers constitution-making, concepts of separation of powers, checks and balances, fundamental rights and a judicial review in a comparative perspective.
Textbook Mark Tushnet, Advanced Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law (Edward Elgar, 2014) and Michel Rosenfeld and Andras Sajo, Oxford Handbook of Comparative Constitutional Law (Oxford University Press, 2012), selected chapters. Selected European Court of Human Rights cases will be used to provide overview of constitutional issues in the Balkans in English language.
Learning Outcomes After successful  completion of the course, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply knowledge of constitutional law for purposes of comparative analysis
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of constitutional law in select jurisdictions
  3. Use and critically analyze court cases that impact development of constitutionalism
  4. Perform research and use resources necessary for comparative constitutional analysis
  5. Think critically about constitutional issues
Teaching Methods The course will involve a combination of lectures, class discussions, individual and groups case analysis and presentations.
WEEK TOPIC REFERENCE
Week 1 Introduction. Course overview and review of the syllabus.
Week 2 "Comparative constitutional law – history and contours" Tushnet, Chapter 1.
Week 3 Constitution-making Tushnet, Chapter 2.
Week 4 Types of Constitutions Rosenfeld and Sajo, Chapter 4.
Week 5 The structure of government Tushnet, Chapter 5.
Week 6 The structures of constitutional review Tushnet, Chapter 3.
Week 7 MIDTERM EXAM
Week 8 "Rights analysis: proportionality, rules and international law" Tushnet, Chapter 4.
Week 9 Due Process Rosenfeld and Sajo, Chapter 44.
Week 10 Freedom of Expression Rosenfeld and Sajo, Chapter 42.
Week 11 Freedom of Religion Rosenfeld and Sajo, Chapter 43.
Week 12 Freedom of Assembly and Association Rosenfeld and Sajo, Chapter 45.
Week 13 Privacy Rosenfeld and Sajo, Chapter 46.
Week 14 Equality Rosenfeld and Sajo, Chapter 47.
Week 15 REVIEW
Assessment Methods and Criteria Evaluation Tool Quantity Weight Alignment with LOs
Final Exam 1 30 1 to 4
Semester Evaluation Compenents
Midterm exam 1 30 1 to 3
In-class group presentation 1 15 1 to 5
Case analysis and oral presentation 1 15 1 to 5
Class participation 1 10
***     ECTS Credit Calculation     ***
 Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours Activity Hours Weeks Student Workload Hours
Lecture hours 3 15 45 Midterm exam 20 1 20
In-class group presentation 10 1 10 Final exam 20 1 20
Home study 3 15 45 Case analysis and oral presentation 10 1 10
        Total Workload Hours = 150
*T= Teaching, P= Practice ECTS Credit = 6
Course Academic Quality Assurance: Semester Student Survey Last Update Date: 19/03/2020
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