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 winter semester 2019/2020. Times and location will also be announced in Friedolin and on the board of the Chair for International law (1st floor).

 

  • Contemporary Problems in Public International Law

Lecturer: Professor Dr. Ciarán Burke

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

Course description:

This weekly reading group will bring together students to read the great modern works of public international law. Past titles have included Koskenniemi’s „From Apology to Utopia“ and „The Gentle Civilizer of Nations“. Reading will be done by everyone in the group in advance, and a two-hour lively discussion will follow each week. This course will deal with a number of contemporary issues in public international law in detail, including the management of international waterways, law of the sea, armed conflicts, and territorial issues. This is a reading group, and will involve engaged discussion.

This course will offer a specialised treatment of a number of contemporary problems in public international law, with a particular focus on recent events. These will include: treaty interpretation and applicability in the face of changed circumstances; the propriety and legality of counter-measures; and procedural and substantive legal issues raised by the secession of a province from one country and its annexation by another. Case studies will be used in order to broaden students’ knowledge of the discipline, and attendees will be expected to present work during seminars. Active participation is essential.

It should be repeated that this course is intended to be run essentially as a reading group, with the students preparing assigned materials in advance. The teaching method is dynamic and modern, and lively discussions should result.

Literature will be assigned week-by-week, as articles to be read in advance.

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

 

  • Jessup International Moot Court Training

Lecturer: Professor Dr. Ciarán Burke

Times and location: Monday, 10:00 - 12:00, August-Bebel-Straße 4, SR 024

Course description:

This course is intended as a key component of the preparation activities for the Jessup Moot Court Team, and will be offered to team members. It will consist of trial pleadings, skills training, and guidance on how to write excellent memorials and deal with situations involving multi-source legal reasoning.

White & Case Jessup Guide: http://jessup.whitecase.com/newsdetail.aspx?news=2450

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

 

  • Introduction to the English Legal System I

Lecturer: Professor Dr. Ciarán Burke

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

Course description:

This course is intended principally for LLB students, and will offer a comprehensive introduction to the English legal system. It may also be taken by students in the Law and Language Programme, and for the Sprachenschein.

Gary Slapper and David Kelly, Introduction to the English Legal System, Sixteenth Edition Routledge Publishing (2015)

 

  • Introduction to the English Legal System II

Lecturer: Professor Dr. Ciarán Burke

Times and location:

Monday, 16:00 - 18:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 316

Course description:

This course is intended principally for LLB students, and will offer a comprehensive introduction to the English legal system. It may also be taken by students in the Law and Language Programme, and for the Sprachenschein.

Gary Slapper and David Kelly, Introduction to the English Legal System, Sixteenth Edition Routledge Publishing (2015)

 

  • Criminal Law

Lecturer: Dr. Stephen Swann

Times and location:

  • Tuesday, 08:00 - 10:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 306
  • Tuesday, 16:00 - 18:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 306

Course description:

This course studies the general principles of the criminal law of England and Wales and the specific substantive law for offences against the person and property which form its core. Beginning with a consideration of the purposes and procedural framework of the criminal law, initial lectures will focus on the fundamental concepts and general principles of liability and illustrate these in the context of, and by reviewing, the law on homicide and assault. Study of the general principles of "basic" criminal liability will conclude with a scrutiny of issues of capacity and defences. The second part of the lectures will consider in turn the law specific to other core offences ranging from sexual offences through criminal damage to theft, fraud and kindred offences of taking and dishonesty. In the final lectures the focus returns to the general part of the criminal law by considering "derivative" criminal liability, namely liability based on initiation of, or involvement, in criminal activity (accessories and inchoate offences). Lectures will highlight problems of theory and practice in the law. Understanding will be supported by practice opportunities to apply the law to problem scenarios as well as exploration of debates and difficulties in the current rules.

David Omerod and Karl Laird, Smith, Hogan and Ormerod's Criminal Law, 15th edn, Oxford University Press (2018)

Students should also purchase a copy of a criminal law statute book, such as Matthew Dyson (ed.), Blackstone's Statues on Criminal Law 2018-2019, 28th edn, Oxford University Press (2018).

 

  • Land Law

Lecturer: Dr. Stephen Swann

Times and location:

  • Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 Uhr, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 4119
  • Thursday 14:00 - 16:00 Uhr, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR 4119

Course description:

This module examines the framework and main building blocks of English property law as it relates to land. The first half of the course addresses the basic framework and apparatus of land law in England and Wales  - the fundamental concepts, rules, and processes, which determine (i) what "land" mean as the subject-matter of a property right, (ii) what types of property right in land are recognized, (iii) how such rights are created and transferred, (iv) the forms of co-ownership, and (v) the relationship between competing rights in land (be it differents types of property right or different claims to a right of the same type). The remainder of the course is devoted to a detailed consideration in turn of the main types of property right, such as those of tenants and secured lenders as well as the limited rights of use or control typically granted to neighbouring landowners. The module aims to foster critical analysis of legal development in this field in its historical and socio-economic context. Across the teaching sessions there will be opportunity to assess understanding by applying the law to problem scenarios.

Chris Bevan, Land Law, Oxford University Press (2018)

Students should also purchase a copy of a property law statute book, such as Meryl Thomas (ed.), Blackstone's Statutes on Property Law 2018.2019, 26th edn, Ocford University Press (2018), which will also be essential for study on the Equity and Trusts module.

 

  • Law, Policy and Governance in Global Migration Systems

Lecturer: Dr. Anna Bara

Times and location: Blockveranstaltung

Time and place will be announced in good time.

Course description:

To a varying degree, migration represents an increasingly important pillar of international cooperation among the international actors and states. A major testimony to this global trend is the conclusion of negotiations for the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The Compact emphasises the importance of joint and coordinated efforts at global and regional levels with the aim to optimise the benefits of migration on the one hand, and to address the associated risks and challenges, on the other hand. With the aim of informing the participants about the long-term and recent developments as well as facilitating the understanding of complex narratives and methodologies, the course offers insights into the wealth of empirical and theoretical material pertaining to the various aspects of migration. It will look at the features of the major migration systems that are currently being consolidated and identified around the world, the nuanced methodology of working with the relevant data and statistics, and the uneasy interplay between the policy, law, and implementation. It will also look at some key examples of international cooperation in the area. Most prominent state-led processes and platforms at global and regional levels and their contribution (or lack thereof) to the sound policy making will also be examined. The underlying theme of the course would be to assess the strength of the view that if well-managed, regular migration represents an opportunity for origin and destination countries and for migrants. It is the relevance of such approach in the European and global context that the course aims at scrutinising.

Additional reading will be supplied during the seminar.

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

 

  • Contract Law

Lecturer: Andrew Otto

Times and location: Blockveranstaltung

  • Friday, 01.11.2019, 10:00 - 20:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR
  • Saturday, 02.11.2019, 10:00 - 18:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR
  • Thursday, 07.11.2019, 18:00 - 21:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR
  • Friday, 08.11.2019, 10:00 - 20:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR
  • Saturday, 09.11..2019, 10:00 - 12:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR
  • Thursday, 28.11.2019, 18:00 - 21:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR
  • Friday, 29.11.2019, 10:00 - 20:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR
  • Saturday, 30.11.2019, 10:00 - 12:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR
  • Thursday, 16.01.2020, 18:00 - 21:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR
  • Friday, 17.01.2020, 10:00 - 20:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR
  • Saturday, 18.016.2020, 10:00 - 12:00, Carl-Zeiß-Straße 3, SR

Location details will be announced in good time.

Course description:

This module covers English contract law, which forms the basis of most private and all commercial transactions. English contract law is the origin of contract law in common law jurisdictions, which is why its relevance is not restricted to the law of England and Wales. The core areas are the formation of contracts (with a special emphasis on the common law doctrine of consideration), privity, performance and breach of contract, including remedies for breach of contract. Contract law is a typical common law subject, i.e. heavily based on case law, with judicial precedents going back as far as 400 years (although most of the case law has its origin in the 19th and 20th century); there are some statutory provisions which is why students need to obtain a statute book.

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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