PrF:MV853K Ombudsman Legal Clinic - Course Information

MV853K Ombudsman Legal Clinic

Faculty of Law
Spring 2012
Extent and Intensity
0/1. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. David Slováček (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Eva Vávrová (seminar tutor)
Mgr. David Slováček
Institute of Legal Skills and Innovation of Studies - Faculty of Law
Contact Person: Bc. Martin Pěnčík
Supplier department: Institute of Legal Skills and Innovation of Studies - Faculty of Law
Timetable of Seminar Groups
MV853K/01: Mon 27. 2. to Fri 18. 5. each even Wednesday 16:40–18:10 055, D. Slováček
MV853K/02: No timetable has been entered into IS. D. Slováček
In order to be eligible for enrollment, students are required to submit letters of motivation, in which they clarify their interest in the subject. Subsequent interviews shall be held if necessary. Successful candidates may enroll for the subject. Please send the letter of motivation until 31. 1. 2012 to Mgr. Slovacek´s address (slovacek@ochrance.cz). Preceding practical knowledge and experience with some of the issues of the subject is preferred (e.g. practice with a NGO´s, law office etc.)
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 10 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/10, only registered: 0/10
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
  • Law (programme PrF, M-PPV)
Course objectives
The course is focused on practical application of the relevant law with view to current issues dealt with by the Public Defender of Rights (Ombudsman). Apart from the necessary summary of theoretical background, the whole course is practice-oriented. In the course of seminars (practical exercises), students will be given a unique opportunity to learn and experience the ombudsman´s methods of handling the submissions in particular cases. The course aims further to promote and apply a complex and multi-disciplinary approach, so that students learn to understand the interrelation and cohesion of individual sectoral laws of the branch of administrative law, and simultaneously to respect legal principles and their vital role in the application of law. At the end of the course, students shall be able to assess the ombudsman´s competence with respect to individual complaints. They shall be able to orientate themselves in individual cases from the view of public law, to determine which legal regulations and provisions are relevant for the particular cause and which administrative body or bodies are competent to solve the given matter. Despite considerable extensiveness and technical nature of the public law provisions, students should pay due respect and attention to fundamental principles. They shall be able to draw up the Defender´s investigation report as an encompassing document comprising description of facts and consequent well-reasoned legal evaluation of the administrative bodies´ course of action, with reference to the relevant case-law, and including the proposal of remedies. Moreover, students shall adopt sense of responsibility in application of law in the real life.
  • 1. Opening Lesson – Methods of the Ombudsman´s Practice
  • 2. I. Issue: Constructions and the Environment: Territorial plans – how to influence them and how to oppose them
  • 3. I. Issue: Constructions and the Environment: (Dis)advantages of an unauthorized developer
  • 4. I. Issue: Constructions and the Environment: Environmental protection
  • 5. II. Issue: Noise (transport, music displays)
  • 6. III. Issue: Public Roads (disputes over access to real property)
    required literature
  • HENDRYCH, Dušan. Správní právo. Obecná část. 5. rozšíř. vyd. Praha: C.H.BECK, 2003. 793 pp. ISBN 80-717-9671-9. info
  • Principy dobré správy : sborník příspěvků přednesených na pracovní konferenci : Kongresový sál Kanceláře veřejného ochránce práv, Brno, 22. března 2006. Edited by Dana Hrabcová. 1. vyd. Brno: Masarykova univerzita pro Kancelář veřejného ochránce práv, 2006. 265 s. ISBN 8021040017. info
  • Veřejné cesty - sborník stanovisek, dostupný na www.ochrance.cz
  • Zákon o Veřejném ochránci práv : komentář. Edited by Vladimír Sládeček. 1. vyd. Praha: C.H. Beck, 2000. xxxii, 135. ISBN 8071794457. info
  • ŠABATOVÁ, Anna. Ombudsman a lidská práva. Vyd. 1. V Brně: Doplněk, 2008. 198 s. ISBN 9788072392292. info
    recommended literature
  • Souhrnné zprávy ochránce 2006 - 2009
Teaching methods
- 1 in 2 weeks – theoretical seminar employing case reports of the ombudsman (enhancing the basic theoretical knowledge received at PrF). Practical training in the Public Defender of Rights´ office will follow as an integral part of the course – this will start after the third seminar and will take place throughout the whole academic year in relation to the current issue dealt with in the seminars (incl. drafting reports for particular cases, case-law and legislation analysis, eventually presence at the ombudsman´s on-the spot inquiry). Extent of practical training for each student is scheduled for 40 hours (=5 days). This training is not counted in the total extent of the required practice (PrF).
Assessment methods
The course will be completed on the basis of colloquium. Requirements: Obligatory presence at seminars and practical training; written submissions in accordance with the teacher´s assignment (e.g. draft of investigation report).
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2011, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017.
  • Enrolment Statistics (Spring 2012, recent)
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