Courses

This course is designed for students who are already familiar with the basics of academic writing but who aim to improve their academic legal writing skills. Issues covered include: critical reading and note-taking; organizing and structuring written work. The course is organized as an interactive seminar and will...
Instructor: Mathias Möschel
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 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 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
This course is an introduction to law and religion from a comparative constitutional and international human rights perspective. Introductory topics include formative tensions in the history of religious freedom, theoretical and religious perspectives on freedom of religion, international human rights perspectives on...
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 class aims to make the students familiar with key legal databases, both free and subscription-based. The course is spread over 5 classes, each of which shall focus on a specific database, used for different jurisdictions. Assignments shall be given out at the end of each class for them to be submitted within a...
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
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
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 states...
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 advanced workshop with leading experts of the problem discusses questions of the recent attacks to human rights as part of the anti-constitutionalist backlash and also techniques to counter arguments and legal practices that endanger constitutionalism. The anti-human rights argument is, among others,  the...
Instructor: András Sajó
Credits: 1.0
The course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop skills related to advocacy, such as: research, paper writing, and public speaking. Each student enrolled in the course is paired with a professional at a non-profit organization in Budapest, who will act as a mentor. Students will receive constant...
Instructor: Eszter Polgári
Credits: 1.0
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
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: 1.0
The main aim of this course is to familiarize students with how the abstract legal principle of equality is turned into policy and practice in Europe and beyond. Starting from what equality means as a basic legal principle and right in modern democratic systems, the course will move on to critically analyze the policy...
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 law in order to answer the question “What kind of polity is the European Union?”, to provide an in-...
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
EU Law I introduces students to the theory, history, and basic constitutional features of the European Union (EU) and its legal structure. 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. International...
Instructor: Jessica Lawrence
Credits: 0.0
EU Law II covers the rules and case-law of the European Union’s internal market. The EU’s internal market operates on the basis of the ‘four freedoms’ (free movement of goods, persons, services and capital), supported by the EU’s rules regarding state aid, services of general economic interest, and market...
Instructor: Jessica Lawrence
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 provides an overview of the issues, concepts and case law related to anti-discrimination law in the European context. More specifically, the course will first touch upon the American origins of equality and anti-discrimination law. It will then analyse the developments that took place in the European...
Instructor: Mathias Möschel
Credits: 2.0
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 deals with European Union (EU) choice of law. Part One of this course discusses general problems of choice of law such as connecting factors, characterization, renvoi, mandatory norms, and public policy. Part Two deals with choice of law in matters of contract, focusing on Regulation (EC) No. 593/2008 (...
Instructor: Markus Petsche
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 populist rallies to Pride parades, from funeral pickets to prayer vigils, and from ‘Critical Mass’ bicycle rides to 'occupations' and temporary encampments. This course will examine the ways in which law both protects and seeks...
Instructor: Michael Hamilton
Credits: 1.0
This introductory course provides basic information on freedom of expression from a comparative and international human rights perspective. It is primarily practice oriented although a brief survey of free speech justifications (theory) is provided. It offers a case-law based understanding of censorship and a...
Instructor: András Sajó
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 on the constitutional (domestic) level in select jurisdictions. Students are expected to be comfortable with approaching domestic constitutional institutions, mechanisms and case law originating from these...
Instructor: Renáta Uitz
Credits: 2.0
Corporate actors wield enormous power in our contemporary world. As producers, advertisers, sellers, and transporters of goods and services, 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...
Instructor: Jessica Lawrence
Credits: 1.0
The course will deal with both procedural and substantive law aspects of criminal justice and focus on the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. First the components of the right to a fair trial in criminal cases as well as the fundamental questions of procedural justice will be discussed. The course...
Instructor: Károly Bárd
Credits: 2.0
What role can documentary film play in promoting human rights? The course introduces ten recent thought-provoking, educational, professionally crafted, and visually engaging documentary films from different parts of the world addressing a variety of human rights issues. Thematic ranges of the documentary films include...
Credits: 2.0
This introductory course provides a solid foundation for the forthcoming subjects building upon the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. Thus, the course focuses on the protection of human rights in the Council of Europe; special attention is devoted to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR)...
Instructor: Eszter Polgari
Credits: 1.0
This course aims to provide students an overview of women's rights in Africa through the examination of the African Human Rights system, cultural relativism and conflicts with universal human rights principles; gender discriminatory customs and traditions which infringe on the enjoyment of women's rights and the lack...
Instructor: Victoria Ijeoma Nwogu
Credits: 1.0

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