PrF:SOC001 Comparative Constitutional Law - Course Information

SOC001 Comparative Constitutional Law and Politics

Faculty of Law
Autumn 2018
Extent and Intensity
2/0. 6 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Ing. Mgr. Jaroslav Benák, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. David Kosař, Ph.D., LL.M., J. S. D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Zuzana Vikarská, MJur, MPhil, Ph.D. (lecturer)
JUDr. Ladislav Vyhnánek, Ph.D., LL.M. (lecturer)
doc. JUDr. PhDr. Robert Zbíral, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Mgr. Bc. Jan Petrov, LL.M. (assistant)
doc. JUDr. David Kosař, Ph.D., LL.M., J. S. D.
Department of Constitutional Law and Political Science - Faculty of Law
Contact Person: doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D.
Supplier department: Department of Constitutional Law and Political Science - Faculty of Law
Mon 24. 9. to Fri 21. 12. Wed 10:00–11:40 148
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 8 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 13/8, only registered: 1/8
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Constitutional supremacy and active judicial review – concepts that have long been major pillars of the American political order – are now shared, in one form or another, by over one hundred countries and several transnational entities across the globe. Consequently, constitutional law and courts have gained considerable political significance worldwide. This seminar offers a comparative examination of several core aspects of this global trend, and provides an opportunity for students to explore a topic of interest in that area. Instead of the traditional court-centric case law approach deployed in most comparative constitutional law classes, we will combine examination of comparative jurisprudence with exploration of new frontiers of pertinent legal and social science research concerning the origins and consequences of the worldwide expansion of constitutionalism and judicial review.
  • Class 1: Introduction Class 2: What drives the spread of constitutionalism? Class 3: The purpose and practice of comparative constitutional law Class 4: The new constitutionalism and the democracy deficit Class 5: State and religion Class 6: Reproductive freedoms & LGBT rights Class 7: Social and economic rights Class 8: Transitional and restorative justice Class 9: Constitutional Courts, elections, and high politics Classes 10-11: Student presentations of outlines Class 12: Summation and reflections
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Teaching methods
lectures, reaction paper, final essay
Assessment methods
65% final essay; 10% reaction papers; 10% final paper outline & presentation; 15% class participation
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught each semester.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2003, Autumn 2003, Spring 2004, Autumn 2004, Spring 2005, Autumn 2005, Spring 2006, Autumn 2006, Spring 2007, Autumn 2007, Spring 2008, Autumn 2008, Spring 2009, Autumn 2009, Spring 2010, Autumn 2010, Autumn 2011, Spring 2012, Autumn 2012, Spring 2013, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2015, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017.
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