Constitutions and Constitution-making in Europe

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Mandatory
CEU credits: 
1
ECTS credits: 
2
Module: 
II
Academic year: 
2012/2013
Academic year: 
2013/2014
Instructor(s): 
Renáta Uitz

This course compares basic notions and institutions of select European constitutional systems. Constitution-making in France, Germany and post-communist democracies is discussed in terms of its broader context; the meaning of historical tradition is reviewed. The concept of the written constitution will be nuanced by the operation of unwritten constitutional norms (UK and France), and will be further sharpened by understandings of constitutional change. The continental understanding of checks and balances, cabinet dictatorships and the mechanism of constitutional review will be covered in detail. The course also provides an opportunity to compare problems discussed in the U.S. context. As an undercurrent, the course will offer an introduction to the methodological challenges of comparative constitutional analysis.
Assessment is based on class participation, written and oral assignments and a written, in-class final exam.