What do Donald Trump, Theresa May, and Jaroslaw Kaczynski have in common? They all are deeply involved in the struggle of democracy and the rule of law. While democracy means in some way majority rule, the rule of law binds the majority, often in favor of the protection of minorities. In this class, we are going to study the concepts of democracy and constitutionalism, the institutional functions of the judiciary in democratically constituted systems, and instances where the struggle between politics and law became apparent. To this end, we will look at classics (like Marbury v. Madison, the German Fernsehstreit) and modern instances (Trump's immigration order, the Brexit decision, the fight of the Polish Constitutional tribunal for survival).
A syllabus will be distributed in the first class session.
Please let me know if you want to attend the course. Either register in Friedolin or send me an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The successful completion of the course work usually amounts to five ECTS points.
The seminar consists of a short introductory session in which we will discuss the conduct of the class and meetings on two weekends from Friday to Sunday.
Wednesday, April 12, from 6.15 P.M. to 7.45 P.M.
Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14
Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 11