Transnational Legal Theory
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Course title in Estonian
Rahvusülene õigusteooria
Course title in English
Transnational Legal Theory
ECTS credits
approximate amount of contact lessons
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2019/2020  Spring semester
lecturer not assigned
Course aims
The Course:
• Offers an overview of ideas about law, legal order, legal system, rules, principles and their relationship to politics and morality.
• Will develop a student’s skills in researching into how law develops and how different legal systems affect each other.
• The point of departure is the theory of institutions, as it is seen in the contemporary social theory and the description of the ontology of the legal world from both historical and contemporary institutional point of view.
• The specific aims of the course are to relate the legal theoretical discussion to the development of transnational law.
Brief description of the course
Transnational Legal Theory will explore the theoretical concepts of transnational law. The origin and history of theorizing on transnational legal processes will be discussed in detail. The internationalization of the rule of law and its discontents, are also discussed. The course will also examine a number issues and cases demonstrating transnational problems facing today's lawyers and lawmakers.
Independent work
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 critically read and assess literature on transnational law;
• explain and apply transnational law theories in their research projects;
• design a theoretically sound research enquiry in transnational law issues; and
• choose appropriate methods for conducting research in transnational law or choose transnational law as a tool to investigate related topics.
Assessment methods
Written exam.
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.
Massimo La Torre
Study literature
The Concept of Law from a Transnational Perspective. Von Daniels, D. Ashgate Publishing, Surrey UK. 2010
Transnational Law: Rethinking European Law and Legal Thinking. Maduro, M. Tuori, K. Sankari, S. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge, UK. 2014.
Other material as listed in the course program.