Law & Language

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The Law & Language Center offers the Law & Language Program in Anglo-American and international legal studies in the English language. This program provides students with a unique opportunity to study Anglo-American law in the language of the legal system. It also exposes them to International Law and the Law of the European Union as expressed in English. The purpose of this program is to prepare students for international legal practice and for participation in graduate law programs in English-speaking countries.

The program aims to introduce students to the basic notions of the common law system as well as to acquaint them with some fields of substantive law in England and the United States, or the law of the European Union. Students throughout the program learn about the underlying law and legal system in the original language, allowing them to learn the terminology together with the legal institutions.

The planned timeframe of the Program stretches over 4 semesters. Students are required to complete the Introduction to Anglo-American Law I and Introduction to Anglo-American Law II courses (always offered in the Winter Semester) in order to be admitted to the Program. From then on, they may select the courses they wish from those being offered in the respective semester. The Program generally offers two courses each semester but completion may be faster if students complete the occasionally offered block courses.

In order to complete the Program, students need to pass an Intermediate Exam (written exam) after 4 courses (8 SWS). Intermediate exams are being offered by the Law & Language Center at around the middle of each semester. Intermediate Exams are graded and students receive a "Zeugnis." After 8 courses (16 SWS), students need pass a Final Exam (both written and oral exam). Final exams are being offered by the Law & Language Center at the end of each semester. Final Exams are graded and students receive a "Zertifikat.

 

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Law & Language Program - Zwischenprüfung

Die Zwischenprüfung im SoSe 2019 findet statt am: Dienstag, dem 18. Juni 2019, um 10-12 Uhr im Raum 2.43 (Fakultätssitzungssaal) Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3.

Bitte melden Sie sich herfür bis: Dienstag, den 12. Juni 2019 um 15:00 Uhr verbindlich im Sekretariat von Prof. Burke (Zi. 1.50) an.

Um sich anmelden zu können, benötigen Sie eine Kopie aller Ihren bisher erworbenen Scheine mitbringen.

Law & Language Program - Zertifikatsprüfung

Die schriftliche Zertifikatsprüfung im SoSe 2019 findet statt am: Dienstag, dem 02. Juli 2019, um 10-14 Uhr im Raum 2.43 (Fakultätssitzungssaal) Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3.

Bitte melden Sie sich herfür bis: Dienstag, den 25. Juni 2019 um 15:00 Uhr verbindlich im Sekretariat von Prof. Burke (Zi. 1.50) an.

Um sich anmelden zu können, benötigen Sie mindestens 8 Scheine und die Zwischenprüfung muss zu diesem Zeitpunkt bereits abgelegt worden sein.

Der Termin für die mündliche Zertifikatsprüfung wird rechtzeitig bekannt gegeben.

Kopien Ihrer Scheine und Ihres Zwischenprüfungs-zeugnisses müssen bei der Anmeldung abgegeben werden!

Änderungen im Law & Language-Programm

Beginnend mit dem Wintersemester 2015/16 werden im Law & Language-Programm Änderungen erfolgen. Die Grundstruktur des Programms bleibt jedoch unverändert.

1. Die bisherigen Einführungsveranstaltungen "Introduction to Anglo-American Law & Language I/II" werden durch die Vorlesung "The English Legal System" ersetzt. Dabei handelt es sich um eine zweiteilige Veranstaltung, sodass nach wie vor 4 SWS zu absolvieren sind. Nähere Informationen unter "Courses".

2. Der inhaltliche Fokus des Programms wird vom Recht der USA auf das Recht von England und Wales verschoben. Die Zwischen- und Abschlussprüfungen werden aber nach wie vor so gestaltet, dass auch Studenten mit "alten" Scheinen die Aufgabenstellungen mit ihrem Wissen bewältigen können.

 

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The following courses for the Law & Language Program are offered in the summer semester 2019. Times and location will also be announced in Friedolin and on the board of the Chair for International law (1st floor).

 

  • Legal Theory, Philosophy and Law Reform

Lecturer: Professor Dr. Ciarán Burke

Times and location: Monday, 14:00 - 16:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, HS 5

Course description:

This course will tackle key issues in the field of jurisprudence, that is, legal philosophy. Every legal tradition has its own legal philosohers; its own paragons who are looked to for guidance. The common law tradition is no different in this regard. The jurisprudence of the common law has been underpinned by the development of a 'battle' between positivists and natural lawyers, and the refinements brought forth by either side. This course aims to offer a taste of that process.

Reference will also be had to French philosophers, and to modern concepts such as feminism and ciritical theory that have influenced new streams of jurisprudence.

Students will be presented with problem questions in class, and class participation will be strongly encouraged. The goal of the class will be to turn philosophical principles into practical problem-solving and argumentative techniques.

Finally, this course will look at the field of law reform as a sui generis area of legal research, straddling the gap between academia and practice.

Recommended reading: Lloyd's Introduction to Jurisprudence (MDA Fremman), Sweet and Maxwell Publishing, 8th Edition, 2008

2nd semester and higher who want to enter the L&L Program

 

  • Law of the European Union

Lecturer: Professor Dr. Ciarán Burke

Times and location: Monday, 10:00 - 14:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 315

Course description:

This course will serve as an in-depth introduction to EU law, and can be taken by complete beginners, as well as by students who wish to deepen their knowledge of this subject area. The course will begin with an examination of the birth of the European Economic Community, investigating how progressive decades of integration transformed a free trade treaty system into an international organisation like no other. A key focus will be placed upon the activities of the European Court of Justice and its doctrines of supremacy and direct effect. The constitutional traditions of member states will be examined, and classes will aim to investigate how national legal systems have been affected by the import of European law. The law of the European Economic Area and that of the European Free Trade Association will also be examined, and will be used, alongside Public International law and domestic law, to contextualise the unique nature of EU law. Students will be encouraged to contribute to the seminars.

Recommended reading: EU law: Text, Cases, and Materials (Paul Craig and Gráinne de Búrca), Oxford University Press, 5th Edition, 2011

2nd semester and higher who want to enter the L&L Program

 

  • Brexit, International, European and Constitutional Law

Lecturer: Professor Dr. Ciarán Burke

Times and location: Monday, 08:00 - 10:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 120

Course description:

This course will examine the myriad issues arising from the UK's decision to leave the European Union. Taking as its starting point a case study, the course will expand outwards in a variety of direcitons, with research focused on international legal aspects, including the UK's likely trade relations with third states and the unravelling of both EU and mixed agreements with other states and trade blocks. Also treated will be alterations to EU law resulting from the UK's decision to leave and the changes to UK constitutional law that may be expected. Sector-specific classes on fields as diverse as agriculture and aviation will also be presented.

Recommended reading: Literature will be assigned during the course.

4th semester and higher who have been admitted to the L&L Program

 

  • Constitutional & Administrative Law

Lecturer: Dr. Stephen Swann

Times and location:

Wednesday, 14:00 - 16:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 129

Thursday, 18:00 - 20:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 123

Course description:

This course explores fundamental elements of British constitutional law and administrative law in England and Wales. Starting with essential tenets of the UK constitutional structure, in particular the doctrine of Parliamentary sovereignty, the rule of law, and the separation of powers, lectures will address various aspects of the operation of the constitution and facets of the legislative and executive institutions at tits centre before turning to the devolution of power within the UK. In the second half of the course, the focus will turn to (i) human rights and their protection and (ii) judicial review and other redress for maladministration. The course will highlight diffused and multi-layered control of power within current UK constitutional structures as well as pressure points in its edifice. It will adress the impact of membership of the EU on public law in the UK as well as reviewing developments emerging in connection with Brexit. Across the teaching sessions there will be opportunity both to assess understanding by application to problem scenarios and to deepen understanding of the relevant debates.

Recommended reading: Stanton, John / Prescott, Craig, Public Law, Oxford University Press (2018)

4th semester and higher who have been admitted to the L&L Program

 

  • Equity & Trusts

Lecturer: Dr. Stephen Swann

Times and location:

Tuesday, 12:00 - 14:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 306

Tuesday, 16:00 - 18:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 274

Course description:

This course examines fundamental concepts and principles of Equity, as it applies in the legal system of England and Wales, with an overwhelming focus on the law of trusts, a central pillar of English property law. Initial lectures will focus on the nature and elements of the trust as a legal institution and different types of trust, their features and their uses. After this overview of trusts in theory and practice, the focus will turn to technical issues, in creating trusts: what are the essential requirements of an express trust, what legal problems may arise when these requirements are not satisfied, and what responses have been developed in the case law? In doing so, we will touch on some neighbouring fields in the law of property, obligations and succession, such as the law on gifts, into and around which the law on trusts has been woven. Throughout these topics the focus of study will be on problems of doctrine and policy as much as the application of the law to solve practical problems. Attention will then turn to trusts for commercial or not-for-rofit purposes, rather than the benefit of individuals, where conceptual and polocy debates likewise come into focus. In the final third of the course we turn to the practicalities of protecting beneficiaries and balancing competing interests in the operation of trusts: we review rules on the administration of trusts and remedies for breach of trust. Across the teaching sessions there will be opportunity both to assess understanding by applying the law to problem scenarios and to deepen understanding of the legal debates and settings within which trusts operate.

Recommended reading: Virgo, Graham, The Principles of Equity and Trusts, 3rd edn, Oxford University Press (2018)

In addition students should purchase a copy of a property law statute book, such as Thomas, Meryl (ed.), Blackstone’s Statutes on Property Law 2018-2019, 26th edn, Oxford University Press (2018), which will also be essential for study of Land Law.

4th semester and higher who have been admitted to the L&L Program

 

  • Law & Politics of New & Old Wars

Lecturer: Dr. Anna Bara

Times and location: Blockveranstaltung

  • Saturday, 22.06.2019, 10:00 - 18:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 129
  • Sunday, 23.06.2019, 10:00 - 16:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 129
  • Saturday, 06.07.2019, 10:00 - 19:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 129
  • Sunday, 07.07.2019, 10:00 - 19:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 129

Course description:

This course examines the origins, causes and outcomes of different types of conflicts, ranging from modern interstate war to ethnic intrastate conflicts. Various dynamics of conflict initiation, intensity, duration, and the potential for resolution constitute the main focus of the study. Though the military aspects of certain conflicts are discussed in terms of impact and outcome, this course does not concentrate on battles and warfare per se. Instead, the political, economic, and ideological background to, influence on, and consequences of, selected conflicts are stressed. World Wars and conflicts related to the Cold War will be highlighted. Other problems of interest will concentrate around the success and failure of collective security, revolutionary and civil wars, the role of nationalism, regional disputes, attempts at “humanitarian” intervention in the post-Cold War period, and the international implications of the “War on Terrorism” since September 2001. The empirical material includes historical, political, organisational, and economic grounds as well as the narratives of the parties involved analysed through the lens of conflict theory. Although the main emphasis is on international conflicts of the XX century, comparative reference will be made to both earlier conflicts and those that have occurred in the beginning of the XXI century.

Recommended reading: International History of the Twentieth Century and Beyond, edited by Antony Best, Jussi M. Hanhimäki, Joseph A. Maiolo, and Kirsten E. Schulze. Second Edition (London and New York: Routledge, a Taylor & Francis Group, 2008).

Additional Indicative Reading List:

  • Geller, Daniel S. and J. David Singer. Nations at War: A Scientific Study of International Conflict (1998)
  • Kaldor, Mary, New and old wars. Cambridge, Polity Press, 2006, 2nd ed.
  • Kalyvas, S. N., Shapiro, I., & Masoud, T. E., eds., Order, conflict, and violence (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)
  • Kennedy, David, The Dark SIdes of Virtue: Reassessing INternational Humanitarianism (Princeton University Press, 2004)
  • Pons, Silvio and Federico Romero, eds., Reinterpreting the End of the Cold War: Issues, Interpretations, Periodizations (2005)
  • Schroeder, Paul W. Systems, Stability, and Statecraft: Essays on the International History of Modern Europe.  David Wetzel, Robert Jervis, and Jack S. Levy, eds. (2004)
  • Tilly, Charles. “War Making and State Making as Organized Crime” in Bringing the State Back, edited by Peter Evans, Dietrich Rueschemeyer, and Theda Skocpol  (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985).
  • The Law of Armed Conflict, International Humanitarian Law in War, by Gary D. Solis (Cambridge University Press; 1st ed., 2010)

Additional reading will be supplied during the seminar.

4th semester and higher who have been admitted to the L&L Program

 

  • Tort Law

Lecturer: Andrew Otto

Times and location: Blockveranstaltung

  • Thursday, 02.05.2019, 18:00 - 21:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 223
  • Friday, 03.05.2019, 10:00 - 20:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 224
  • Saturday, 04.05.2019, 10:00 - 12:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 226
  • Thursday, 16.05.2019, 18:00 - 21:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 223
  • Friday, 17.05.2019, 10:00 - 20:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 223
  • Saturday, 18.05.2019, 10:00 - 12:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 226
  • Thursday, 13.06.2019, 18:00 - 21:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 223
  • Friday, 14.06.2019, 10:00 - 20:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 385
  • Saturday, 15.06.2019, 10:00 - 12:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 226
  • Thursday, 20.06.2019, 18:00 - 21:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 223
  • Friday, 21.06.2019, 10:00 - 20:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 317
  • Saturday, 22.06.2019, 10:00 - 12:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 221

Course description:

The law of Tort tells us when people may recover compensation for an infringement of their rights outside a contracual relationship. In English Law there is no single principle of tort but rather a series of different torts. Tort law is essentially based on Common Law and this will be honoured by focusing on important judgements, most notably the famous case of Donoghue v. Stevenson [1932] AC 562. Classes will depend on student participation (in English of course). Students will need to be fluent in the English language und have an understanding how the Common law functions.

Recommended reading: Mark Lunney and Ken Oliphant, Tort Law: Text and Materials, 6th Edition, 2017

4th semester and higher who have been admitted to the L&L Program

 

Lecturers Inhalt einblenden

 

Prof. Dr. Ciarán Burke, LL.M.

Room 1.50
Phone: +49 (0) 3641/9-42270


Professor Burke's CV can be found on the page of his chair.

 

Andrew Otto

Andrew Otto teaches English Law within the framework of the University of London International Programmes at the University of Passau, Germany. He is a Visiting Professor at a number of Siberian universities, a regular guest lecturer at universities in Italy, Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Before coming to Passau in 2004 Andrew Otto worked briefly with the European Agency for Reconstruction in Kosovo and from 1998 - 2003 as lecturer in Law at the University of Warwick. Born in Yorkshire and brought up in England, the Netherlands and Germany, he studied German and European Law in Saarbrücken where he successfully passed the Second State Examinations for Lawyers in 1993.

E-Mail: andrew.otto@uni-passau.de

 

Dr. Stephen Swann
Lecturer in English Common Law

E-Mail: stephen.swann@uni-jena.de

 

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