Courses

This course is designed for students who are already familiar with the basics of academic writing but aim to improve their authoring skills. Issues covered include: writing styles, managing readers’ expectations, organizing and structuring texts, writing in different formats. The course is organized as an interactive...
Credits: 0.0
The structure, methodology, and some institutions of the Anglo-American legal system differ considerably from those of the ‘civil law’ tradition of Europe, South America, and parts of Asia. Since the CEU International Business Law program introduces many substantive law subjects from the perspective of US law, it is...
Instructor: Jessica Lawrence
Credits: 0.0
The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (www.osaarchivum.org), one of the most significant Cold War and human rights archives in the world, offers a three-credit interdisciplinary course to the students of the Human Rights Program of the Legal Studies Department. The course includes an introduction to the...
Credits: 3.0
The course explores the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights under Articles 2, 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. Apart from the substantive aspects of the right to life guaranteed in Article 2 (intentional/unintentional killing or use of firearms, or the ‘right to die’), it also covers...
Instructor: Eszter Polgári
Credits: 3.0
The aim of this two-credit course is to provide the students with a solid understanding of the fundamental institutions, problems and solutions connected to the world of capital markets and in particular with the tasks imposed on the regulatory bodies in shaping and enforcing the related regulations in market...
Instructor: Tibor Tajti
Credits: 2.0
The first part of the course will address the basic human rights questions in the context of children’s rights such as the need for for special human rights instruments for specific groups or the universal/local dilemma. Following an overview of the development of international instruments the unique nature of the...
Instructor: Károly Bárd
Credits: 2.0
The Comparative Constitutional Law and the Human Rights Programs offer their degrees with a clinical specialization. Students participating in the clinical course will work closely with lawyers, providing comparative legal research as required by the progress of the case. Clinical courses are organized around two...
Instructor: Károly Bárd
Credits: 3.0
Antitrust/competition law is one of the most globalized fields of law, certainly because it uses the same world language: economics. Nevertheless, under the surface of superficial unity, competition laws diverge significantly in terms of legal thinking, analytical structure and burden of proof. The course examines how...
Instructor: Csongor Nagy
Credits: 1.0
Bankruptcy law is often unduly neglected irrespective of its crucial role in times of economic growth as well as crisis. Its importance was, for example, noted by UNCITRAL solely in the second half of the 1990s (1997 Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency), though ever since heightened attention has been given to it (...
Instructor: Tibor Tajti
Credits: 1.0
Equality rights are potentially the most broadly encompassing among fundamental rights. This is because all laws classify. Either a person treated differently may claim an entitlement to being treated the same, or a person treated the same as others may claim that he or she is entitled to different treatment as an...
Instructor: Michel Rosenfeld
Credits: 1.0
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Instructor: Renáta Uitz
Credits: 1.0
The first part of the course will be taught by Professor Durham, and will introduce students to the international norms that provide for the protection of freedom of religion or belief. The course will analyze the key relevant norms in the UN system, under the European Convention, within the OSCE, and within other...
Credits: 2.0
The course will compare and contrast the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”), the Uniform Commercial Code, especially Article 2, (“UCC”) from the United States, the common law, and various aspects of the civil law in the treatment of transactions for the sale of goods. There will be...
Instructor: Howard Hunter
Credits: 1.0
The course is a comparative survey of leading secured transactions laws (known also as: credit-securing law or personal property security law), one of the sine qua non branches of law of developed market economies. Additionally, this branch of law has been in the center of interest on the international scene since the...
Instructor: Tibor Tajti
Credits: 2.0
Understanding legal language and terms of art is essential to success in all types of legal settings and endeavors. This course will help students understand legal terms in English by introducing and discussing fundamental concepts of the (mostly U.S.) common law system though reading court decisions. Students will...
Instructor: SJD candidate
Credits: 0.0
This course consists of one session of presentation combined with on hand practise in computer labs. The aim of the session is to teach students how to conduct a research online, within a reasonable time frame. During this course, the students will learn how to distinguish reliable and authoritative sources of...
Instructor: SJD candidates
Credits: 0.0
The course aims at providing an introduction to the use of key legal databases available through the library.
Instructor: SJD Candidate
Credits: 1.0
History has seen several waves of constitution-building in the 20th Century with an unparalleled bloom starting in the 1990ies after the fall of the Berlin wall. And while experts recently announced the end of this bloom in new constitutions after the Cold War, the world witnesses another wave of constitution-building...
Credits: 1.0
The course will deal with the distinction between the scope of rights, their limits and the limits on the limits.  We will discuss questions concerning scope of rights, definite or prima facia characters of the rights and the distinction between positive and negative rights.As to the limitation of rights, we will...
Instructor: Aharon Barak
Credits: 1.0
This course seeks to provide an overview of the theory and practice of constitutionalism in four countries that are located in South and South East Asia: India, Indonesia, Singapore and Sri Lanka.  Two of these are among the largest, most pluralistic nations in the world, while the remaining two are small island...
Instructor: Arun Thiruvengadam
Credits: 1.0
This course compares basic notions and institutions of constitutional systems through the lens of constitution-making, separation of powers and constitutional adjudication (constitutional review) in Europe, the Americas, Africa and South Asia. Historic and recent instances of constitution-making are discussed in their...
Instructor: Renáta Uitz
Credits: 3.0
A continuous, hefty expansion of mass distribution of goods and services, the increased volume of cross-border commerce, and the growing unbalance in the bargaining powers of producers and consumers engendered a heated debate on whether and to which extent legislators should intervene to regulate the market and...
Instructor: Caterina Sganga
Credits: 1.0
This course provides an introduction to the contract laws of two significant civil law jurisdictions: France and Germany. It explores a variety of issues including contract formation; contract validity; the obligations of the parties; remedies for non-performance or defective performance; and exemptions from liability.
Instructor: Markus Petsche
Credits: 0.0
The course covers the main features of common law contracts. After a glimpse back in centuries, useful to understand the origin of the great divide between the continental and the Anglo-Saxon approach to the subject, and an overview over general definitions and applicable laws, we will first analyze the distinction...
Instructor: Caterina Sganga
Credits: 0.0
Corporate governance has time and again been the subject of extensive scrutiny. This course will focus on the U.S. approach to corporate governance, control, and accountability. It will introduce students to the legal rules and principles, as well as some of the eco­nomic factors, that affect the conduct of productive...
Instructor: Charles Whitehead
Credits: 1.0
International judicial dialogue has grown to become an essential feature of the international human rights regime. The course will explore the advantages and limits of international judicial cooperation through the lens of the European system. The course will allow first hand insight into the operation of the European...
Instructor: András Sajó
Credits: 1.0
Critical Race Theory emerged in American legal academia at the end of the 1980s as a critique of the limitations both of orthodox liberal civil rights scholarship and of the failure to address race by scholars belonging to Critical Legal Studies. Since then, critical race theorists have developed a rich body of...
Instructor: Mathias Möschel
Credits: 1.0
“We should look forward to a time, and that not a distant one, when corruption .. will have seized the heads of government, and be spread by them through the body of the people; when they will purchase the voices of the people, and make them pay the price. .. The time to guard against corruption and tyranny, is before...
Instructor: András Sajó
Credits: 1.0
This course is a practical opportunity to conduct research on different human rights issues that Budapest-based NGOs are dealing with and to develop advocacy strategies on how to remedy the situation from a civil society perspective with the help of mentors experienced in the field. This course is limited to 10...
Instructor: Eszter Polgári
Credits: 1.0
This introductory course aims to provide historical background for understanding of influences on the development of major legal traditions. Students are invited to interpret legal documents as both outcomes and creators of historical processes. This approach strives to help students understand the dual nature of...
Instructor: Vladimir Petrovic
Credits: 0.0
The course offers an introduction into the difficulties legal counsels encounter during contract drafting and negotiation and gives an overview of the legal techniques developed to address them. It presents how legal counsels identify legal and legally relevant business risks and the means they use to tackle them, how...
Instructor: Csongor Nagy
Credits: 1.0
This course will look at the basic methodologies, notions and institutions of comparative constitutional law. Core issues and key concepts that will be analysed by using examples from some of the main constitutional systems around the world are inter alia: presence or absence of a written constitution, different forms...
Instructor: Mathias Möschel
Credits: 3.0
It has only been a few decades since environmental protection burst onto the global legal scene in the 1970s. Since that time, an array of institutions and systems have been put in place to monitor, regulate, and enforce environmental norms. This rapid growth is important for business lawyers, whose clients need to be...
Instructor: Jessica Lawrence
Credits: 2.0
This is an advanced course on a (sub)regional asylum system, that of the EU. It assumes knowledge of the basics of general refugee law and concentrates on the EU asylum acquis and on the EU’s response to the arrival of very large numbers of asylum seekers in some member states in 2015-2016. Three major blocks make up...
Instructor: Boldizsár Nagy
Credits: 1.0
The course consists of fourteen class hours dedicated to providing an in depth analysis of the constitutional law of the European Union. The course is intended to focus on major themes within the Union’s constitutional in order to answer the question “What kind of polity is the European Union?” The course will focus...
Instructor: Ronan McCrea
Credits: 1.0
The course consists of fourteen class hours dedicated to providing a thorough and practical introduction into European Union criminal justice. The course is offered to comparative constitutional law and human rights law students. The course is embedded in the general framework of the balance drawn between human rights...
Instructor: Petra Bard
Credits: 1.0
The European Union’s action for the protection and promotion of human rights operates within a complex normative and institutional environment. Despite an original lack of competence in human rights, the European Union has nonetheless gradually developed mechanisms for the protection and promotion of human rights by...
Credits: 2.0
This course introduces students to the theory, history, and basic constitutional features of the European Union (EU). As one of the world’s largest economic blocs and most important political and law-making organizations, the EU plays a key role in regulating the global economy. As such, it is important for...
Instructor: Jessica Lawrence
Credits: 0.0
The course covers the rules and case-law of the European Union’s internal market (based on the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital) and the EU competition rules applicable to states (in particular state aid, services of general economic interest and market liberalization). The purpose of the course...
Instructor: Csongor Nagy
Credits: 1.0
The European Union, while not yet a full-fledged federal democracy, has allowed for construction of a transnational constitutional model tailored to the special requirements of constitutionalism in the EU. In particular, fundamental rights are increasingly “Europeanized”, thanks to the interaction between the ECJ and...
Instructor: Susanna Mancini
Credits: 1.0
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the law of business organizations in Europe. Students will become acquainted with the basic private and commercial law concepts on which the law of business organizations is built. The typology of business organizations will be explained, especially the structural...
Instructor: Peter Behrens
Credits: 2.0
This course focuses on the choice of the law applicable to issues in cases with international elements, such as border-crossing transactions (contracts, services), conduct in one state that produces damage in another (personal torts, environmental torts), family law problems in international settings (marriage,...
Instructor: Peter Hay
Credits: 1.0
This course deals with the external relations of the European Union and its commercial policy. It considers types of association agreements concluded by the European Union (for instance, the Convention with the ACP -- Atlantic, Caribbean, and Pacific -- states, the closer association agreements with Mediterranean...
Instructor: Peter Hay
Credits: 1.0
The course will focus on international due process standards as guaranteed in trials of defendants accused of the most serious crimes before international tribunals and also national courts trying international crimes. The course will address the particularities of so called historical trials, the multiple functions...
Instructor: Károly Bárd
Credits: 2.0
State authorities have an obligation to protect and facilitate peaceful assemblies – from temporary encampments and 'occupations' to far-right rallies, from Pride parades to funeral pickets, and from ‘Critical Mass’ bicycle rides to prayer vigils in public places. This course will examine the ways in which law can...
Instructor: Michael Hamilton
Credits: 1.0
This course considers the law of freedom of expression from comparative law perspectives. It begins with an examination of some of the principal justifications for the human right to freedom of expression as an indispensable condition for the full development of the person and as a foundation for every free and...
Instructor: Sejal Parmar
Credits: 2.0
The course will explore the theoretical grounding for religious autonomy, the comparative range of protections in different legal systems, and its implications in a number of practical areas such as church-property disputes, disputes concerning which branches of a religious community should be registered, the...
Instructor: Cole Durham
Credits: 1.0
French Constitutional Law is interesting because it differs in many ways from that of other countries (for example, it is neither a parliamentary nor a presidential system, the constitutionality of statutes is reviewed by an institution that is not part of the judiciary, a posteriori judicial review was only...
Instructor: Mathias Möschel
Credits: 2.0
The course aims to familiarize students with fundamental notions and institutions of rights protection in major jurisdictions. Students are expected to be comfortable with approaching the constitutional institutions and constitutional decisions originating from these jurisdictions. Students shall be able to compare...
Instructor: Renáta Uitz
Credits: 2.0
Corporate actors wield enormous power in our contemporary world. As producers, advertisers, sellers, and transporters, businesses have important impacts—both positive and negative—on the lives of those who work for them, buy from and sell to them, house them, and live nearby them. Despite their influence, however,...
Instructor: Jessica Lawrence
Credits: 1.0

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