FSS:EGO402 EU Law - Course Information

EGO402 EU Law and European System of Human Rights Protection

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Hubert Smekal, Ph.D. (lecturer)
JUDr. Mgr. Ivo Pospíšil, Ph.D. (lecturer)
prof. PhDr. Vít Hloušek, Ph.D.
Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Olga Cídlová, DiS.
Supplier department: Department of International Relations and European Studies - Faculty of Social Studies
Tue 8:00–9:40 U42
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
At the end of the course, students will be well acquainted with the issue of human rights in Europe, especially in the European Union, both from the perspective of legal and political science. They will be able to understand the expansion of the issue of human rights in the EU and in Europe. Students will become familiar with the most important judgments dealing with human rights which will, in addition to knowledge gained from the substance of the texts, greatly enhance their abilities to read more complicated legal texts. They will also learn about the important role considerations of human rights play in legal and political debates in Europe.
  • 1. Introductory Session
  • 2. Human Rights in Europe
  • 3. The European System of Human Rights Protection – The Council of Europe
  • 4. The European Union and Human Rights – How and Why it All Began
  • 5. The Court of Justice as an Actor in European Governance
  • 6. The Court of Justice and Human Rights – Fundamentals
  • 7. Court of Justice and Human Rights – Expanding the Scope
  • 8. Utrecht seminar I
  • 9. Utrecht seminar II
  • 10. The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights
  • 11. The EU and the ECHR
  • 12. A Deeper Look at Dissonance in the Multi-level Legal System – Study Visit to the Constitutional Court and to the Supreme Court of Administration
  • 13. Miscellaneous Topics, Other Actors Dealing with Human Rights in the EU, Critical Reflections, Conclusions
  • FORSYTHE, David P. Human rights in international relations. 3rd ed. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012. xiv, 355. ISBN 9781107629844. info
  • CRAIG, Paul P. and G. DE BÚRCA. EU law : text, cases, and materials. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011. clvii, 115. ISBN 9780199576999. info
  • GREER, S. C. The European Convention on Human Rights : achievements, problems and prospects. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2006. xix, 365. ISBN 0521608597. info
  • The EU and human rights. Edited by Mara R. Bustelo - James Heenan - Philip Alston. 1st ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999. xxiii, 946. ISBN 0198298099. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, class discussions, group projects, presentations by professionals in the sectors, study-visit, input of experts from the Utrecht University
Assessment methods
The course consists of lectures combined with seminars including class discussions. Students are expected to read all compulsory readings (articles or book chapters and cases) in advance in order to actively participate in class discussions. In order to successfully pass the course, students must fulfill ALL requirements: 1) Pass the final written test (min. 20 points out of max. 40 points, i.e. 50 %) 2) Submit 6 position papers prior to class and actively participate in class discussions (6 x max. 5 points, total max. 30 points) 3) Participate in 2 team projects (2 x max. 15 points, total max. 30 points) The final grade consists of the final written test (40 %) and assessment of position papers (30 %) and team projects (30 %): “A” grade 92 – 100 points “B” grade 84 – 91 points “C” grade 76 – 83 points “D” grade 68 – 75 points “E” grade 60 – 67 points “F” grade less than 60 points
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017.
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