Comparative Constitutional Law

Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode RGPST50110
Vaknaam Comparative Constitutional Law
Niveau(s) propedeuse
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II b (block 4)
ECTS 10
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Uitgebreide vaknaam Comparative Constitutional Law
Leerdoelen Upon completion of this course, a student can:
  • identify constitutional principles common to modern Western states;
  • relate major historical events in the development of the Western state to the contemporary organization of that state;
  • differentiate the functions of modern constitutions;
  • indicate the prevailing mechanisms to incorporate the international and European legal order in the domestic legal order;
  • debate mechanisms of achieving constitutional efficacy;
  • analyze constitutional mechanisms to achieve both horizontal and vertical separations of powers;
  • distinguish between presidential and parliamentary systems and, on the basis thereof, sketch the relationship between the executive and parliament,
  • identify the basic challenges internationalization and Europeanization pose to both sovereignty and the constitutional position of national parliaments.
Omschrijving This introductory course in the field of Comparative Constitutional Law deals with a number of topics related to the concept of the role and function of public authority (based on a constitution) in the modern, Western state. Furthermore, it discusses themes that are central to the different types of constitutional framework that characterize democratic states. Some of the topics:
  • The history of constitutionalism: the American and French revolutions and the different forms of constitutions they gave birth to;
  • The national constitution and international law;
  • International and European constitutional developments.
  • The functions of the constitution;
  • The changing nature of the Constitution;
  • Horizontal and vertical separation of powers;
  • The organization and powers of the legislative;
  • Constitutional efficacy;
  • Challenges of Europeanisation;
  • Populism.
At the exam, 80 out of 100 points can be earned. The remaining points can be earned by participating in an assignment in the field of comparative public law.
Uren per week 6
Onderwijsvorm hoorcollege
(7 4-hour lectures + 7 2-hour tutorials.)
Toetsvorm opdracht(en), schriftelijk (essayvragen) (digitaal)
(Voor het halen van punten bij de opdrachten is aanwezigheid verplicht.)
Vaksoort p-niveau, juridisch
Coördinator J.H. Meijer, LLM.
Docent(en) mr. M. Duchateau ,mr. dr. R.L. Herregodts ,prof. mr. H.G. Hoogers , J.H. Meijer, LLM.
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Additional literature will be made available on Nestor
Constitutions Compared. An Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law, sixth edition, Boom/Eleven, 2021. Aalt Willem Heringa 978-946236-205-5 ca. €  40,00
Constitutions Compared. An Introduction to Comparative Constitutional Law (5th edition, 2019) Aalt Willem Heringa 9781780688831 ca. €  40,00
Entreevoorwaarden
  • This course is only accessible for students who are registered for the Bachelor's degree 'International and European Law' or pre-master programme students provided that the course is part of the pre-master programme.
  • This course is not open to exchange students.
  • Not accessible for students who have passed Comparative Constitutional Law (RGPIR50110) before 1-9-2017.
  • Not accessible for students who have passed Introduction to Public Law (RGPIR50310) before 1-9-2020.
Opmerkingen
  • During the first year of registration, regular first year students will have the opportunity, under certain conditions, to sit an additional prolonged oral resit exam in the same examination period as in which the (written)resit of that course takes place. For conditions and procedure, please check the Study and Information Guide for international students.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
LLB International and European Law 1 semester II b verplicht
LLB International and European Law, Technology Law track 1 semester II b verplicht
Pre-LLM International & European Law,track Governance and Law in Digital Society  (For UG IRIO students) 1 semester II b compulsory
Pre-LLM International & European Law,track Governance and Law in Digital Society  (For social science students) 1 semester II b compulsory
Pre-LLM International and European Law: track International Human Rights Law  (Variant 1: for International Relations and/or Political Science students) 1 semester II b compulsory
Pre-LLM International and European Law: track International Human Rights Law  (Pre-LLM International Human Rights Law) 1 semester II b compulsory
Pre-LLM International and European Law: track Public International Law  (Variant 1: for International Relations and/or Political Science students) 1 semester II b compulsory
Pre-LLM International and European Law: track Public International Law  (Pre-LLM Public International Law) 1 semester II b compulsory