Comparative Constitutional Law
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Võrdlev riigiõigus
Course title in English
Comparative Constitutional Law
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2021/2022  Autumn semester
Igor Gräzin (language of instruction:English)
lecturer of 2021/2022  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
To introduce students to legal and structural elements relating to Constitutional Law in various countries so as to compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of various constitutional systems as related to the establishment and function of various constitutional systems.
The objective is also to initiate students into legal science, i.e., the study of the rule of law and various Constitutional systems used to achieve that end.
The students will learn basic knowledge, concepts and terminology that are needed for the understanding of modern constitutional forms and their function.
Brief description of the course
Law as a normative order; the rule of law, constitutional governments as institutions and practices (law-making, courts and adjudication, establishment and amendment of constitutional institutions and substantive law, legal science); law as a societal phenomenon; constitutional legal systems; sources of constitutional law; legal science, structure and history of constitutional structures.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- masters basic Constitutional terminology;
- understands the basic functions in modern Constitutional systems of government;
- understands the difference between different legal systems as well as branches of law;
- grasps the nature of main functions of Constitutional governments and the relationship between legislation and Constitutional law
- understands the comparative nature of the law and the nature of its significance in terms of constitutional structures and functions;
- can explain the differences in the constitutions from different legal systems;
- is able to compare the different constitutional systems.
William Burns