MVV3168K Western Legal Tradition. Its Creation, Subtraditions and Influence

Faculty of Law
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
0/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Dr Jan Rudnicki (lecturer), doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D. (deputy)
doc. JUDr. Ing. Michal Radvan, Ph.D.
Faculty of Law
Contact Person: Mgr. Věra Redrupová, B.A.
Supplier department: Faculty of Law
Timetable of Seminar Groups
MVV3168K/01: Tue 11. 4. 11:10–12:40 025, 13:30–15:00 025, 15:05–16:35 025, Wed 12. 4. 9:35–11:05 025, 11:10–12:40 025
MP410Zk Civil Law III || OBOR ( MUS ) || OBOR ( MUSPraF )
Students attending the lecture should have a basic knowledge in European legal history, especially in the history of private law, as well as in contemporary private law of their own country. At least basic knowledge of the world’s history is also desirable.
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 30 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 29/30, only registered: 1/30
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
At the end of the course students should be able to:
• understand and explain the differences between legal traditions and subtraditions;
• work with information on western legal traditions and history of private law;
• create a statement presenting information about various aspects of European legal history;
• make reasoned decisions about classifying a legal system into proper historical and traditional context;
• make deductions based on acquired knowledge concerning European legal history;
• interpret and understand any text that concerns history and development of European private law.
  • 1. Western legal tradition among other legal traditions of the world (what is a legal tradition; chthonic traditions; Islamic tradition; Confucian tradition; distinctive features of western tradition)
  • 2. From Justinian to Bartolus (Roman law compilation; university and mos italicus; canon law; ius commune; the case of England)
  • 3. From renaissance to DCFR (mos gallicus; Holland and Germany; law of nature and codification program; civil codes; harmonization and EU)
  • 4. The subtraditions (civil law and common law; subdivisions of civil law; the question of Scandinavian law)
  • 5. Western legal tradition worldwide (mixed jurisdictions from Scotland to South Africa; western legal influence of other legal traditions)
  • Test
  • See Teacher’s Information for full details
Teaching methods
lectures, discussions
Assessment methods
Students will be assessed individually on the basis of attendance and final individual prove of acquired skills and knowledge in form of a multiple choice test.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only v češtině)
The course is taught only once.
Teacher's information
The lecture focuses on presenting and analyzing the main features of the Western Legal Tradition, the process of its creations, its subdivisions and influence around the world. The lecture stresses the historical factors that influence the process of creation of this tradition and points out its richness and diversity.

Basic literature:

• W. Dajczak, T. Giaro, F. Longchamps de Bérier, Právo římské. Základy soukromého práva, Iuridicum Olomoucense, Olomouc 2013;

• P. Glenn, Legal traditions of the world, Oxford University Press.

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