Course title in Estonian
Tsiviilõigus II: perekonnaõigus, asjaõigus, pärimisõigus
Course title in English
Civil Law II: Family Law, Property Law, Succession Law
approximate amount of contact lessons
lecturer of 2018/2019 Spring semester
William Lloyd Burns (inglise keel)
lecturer of 2019/2020 Autumn semester
lecturer not assigned
¤ To give a thorough overview of the law that governs family law, namely, marriage, dissolution of marriage, spousal and child support and child custody.
¤ To give a thorough overview of the law that governs property, including real and personal property and intellectual property.
¤ To give a thorough overview of the law that governs succession/inheritance, including wills, estate and intestate statutes.
¤ To give an overview of court practice that is important to resolve family law, property law and inheritance law cases.
¤ To give necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to understand and solve family law, property law, and inheritance law cases.
Brief description of the course
This course will expose the student to the fundamentals of property, inheritance and family law through formal lecture followed by reading and analysis of actual cases. This course emphasizes the fundamental principles of property, inheritance and family law. The course employs the Socratic method wherein the students will read cases, prepare written briefs analyzing the case, present the brief orally and discuss the primary issues of law found in the case. The course emphasizes written analysis, oral argument and oral presentation.
Compulsory reading assignments including case briefs, legislation and scholarly articles to be read before lectures and seminars, as assigned by the lecturer and detailed in the course program.
Other tasks may include case analysis, written seminar papers, presentations, independent or group work as detailed in the course program.
Learning outcomes in the course
After a successful completion of the course, a student will:
¤ Be able to explain the nature and elements of family and inheritance law;
¤ Be able to explain the rights and obligations of parties;
¤ Know the roles of courts, notaries and other authorities in applying family and inheritance law;
¤ Be able to apply his knowledge of inheritance and family law in practice.
¤ Be able to explain the nature and elements of real, personal and intellectual property;
¤ Be able to explain how property is acquired, transferred and protected;
¤ Know the role of courts and other authorities in protecting property rights on a national and international level.
Other methods as detailed by the lecturer in the course program, including individual or group problem solving exercises, case presentations/analysis, a term or scholarly paper, and attendance and participation in seminar discussions.
Haldi Koit, Steffen Schlinker
Basic Principles of Property Law: A Comparative Legal and Economic Introduction. Mattei U. Greenwood Press. London, UK. 2000
Family Law in the World Community: Cases, Materials, and Problems in Comparative and International Family Law. Carolina Academic Press. Durham, NC USA 2009