Elements of Comparative Constitutional Law

Level: 
Master's
Course Status: 
Mandatory
CEU credits: 
1
ECTS credits: 
2
Module: 
II
Academic year: 
2009/2010
Academic year: 
2010/2011
Academic year: 
2011/2012
Start and end dates: 
19 Sep 2011 - 20 Oct 2011
Co-hosting Unit(s) [if applicable]: 
Department of Legal Studies
Instructor(s): 
Renáta Uitz

This course compares basic notions and institutions of the German, French, Canadian and UK constitutional systems. Constitution-making is discussed in terms of the conditions of the making of the constitution; the meaning of historical tradition is reviewed. The continental understanding of checks and balances, cabinet dictatorships and the mechanism and basic jurisprudential concepts of rights protection are reviewed. Crucial notions and institutions of separation of powers, judicial review, constitution making and constitutional rights are discussed. The course also provides an opportunity to compare problems discussed in the U.S. context.