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Rule of Law, Constitutionalism and Fundamental Principles

Congratulations! It is with great pleasure to inform that you have been admitted to the course Rule of Law, Constitutionalism and Fundamental Principles at Umeå University. On this page you will find important information that will be useful, so please read it carefully. If you have any questions, you can use the contact form below. We wish you a warm welcome and hope that you will enjoy your period of studies here in Umeå.

How to start

  • 1. Your offer

    You have been admitted. If you want to keep your place (seat), you do not have to reply to your offer.

    If you do not want to keep your place you should decline your offer by logging in to 'My pages' on, and follow the instructions. You should click "I wish to decline this offer" next to the course or programme you want to decline.

    If you see "Reserve" next to your course or programme in the Notification of selection results, this means that you've been placed on a waiting list for that course/programme.

    Support for students with disabilities

    If you are in need of special support due to disability, you should apply for that in good time before you start your studies. Find more information about support for studying with disabilities.

  • 2. Register on the course

    The university has decided out of an abundance of caution to remain with online teaching for the beginning of the fall semester up until 29th of September for most students. Therefore, the course will begin with registration and an introductory lecture online on Monday, August 30th at 13.15 on Zoom. It is important that you attend the registration in order to keep your place on the course. Please contact course administrator if you are unable to attend.

  • 3. Course start

    Monday August 30 2021

    Time: 13.15

    Location: Zoom


About the course

  • Course information

    The content of the course is primarily taught through lectures and seminars. As we will approach a complex field of law from both a national, regional and international perspective, the materials and approaches used will differ. This is reflected in the design of the teaching. While some topics may be introduced through lectures, the course includes a large number of 'discussion seminars' where we will jointly explore some of the most challenging issues. To be able to effectively discuss these vast and complex issues you will need to prepare by reading and considering the most up-to-date sources in the field. To support your learning and help you prepare you will be assigned to a group of students that can prepare for the seminars together. These discussions form an important part of the course, making it vital that you have prepared for the seminars in advance by reading the necessary materials and discussed them with your group.

    There are a number of databases that will help you find materials necessary for the seminars. These will be further introduced once the course starts but you may want to acquaint yourselves with them if you are not already familiar with them: – HUDOC: This is the case-law database of the European Court of Human Rights. – EurLex: Here you will find both legislation and case-law from the institutions of the European Union.

    The course will explore constitutional and rule of law issues using examples from many different jurisdictions around the world, but many examples and discussions will include the European context. As such, some familiarity with the European legal order (EU and European Convention law) is helpful. For students unfamiliar with this legal context, voluntary introductory lectures will be offered to familiarise you with concepts and functions we will refer to later on in the course.

    Information due to covid restrictions

    Lectures and seminars up until the 29th of September will be either held live on Zoom or made available as recorded lectures. Information and links to access these classes will be available through the Canvas learning platform that you will gain access to once you have been registered on the course. Our ambition is to resume classroom teaching in some form as soon as government restrictions and university rules allow. This means you will need to at least be prepared to return to campus and be present in Umeå for the mandatory course activities that follow after the 29th of September. More information about course activities after that date will be given at the course introduction in august.

  • Course literature

    In addition to the textbook, The Constitution of Freedom – An Introduction to Legal Constitutionalism, by András Sajó and Renáta Uitz (Oxford University Press, 2017), which you will be expected to acquire in advance of the start of the course, you will also be expected to read additional materials such as articles and case law, this material will sometimes be provided to you in advance of the seminars but you will also in many cases be expected to identify and read further relevant material made available to you through various databases. The course book will also be available as an e-book through the university library once you have been registered to the course.

    The primary mode of examination on the course is an individual paper. To help you prepare for this writing task, there are a number of books on academic writing that may help you. A good place to start is Eugene Volokh's 'Academic Legal Writing', which is now in it's 5th edition (Foundation Press 2016). It is somewhat American in the approach to writing but contains good advice on how to find topics, structure arguments and present your findings. You can also find valuable information about academic writing on the website which is published by Swedish university libraries. Further and more course-specific advice on academic writing will be given during the course.

  • Learning platform

    During the course you will find everything you need regarding the course on a learning platform. You need to activate your Umu-id in order to log in there. More information about that can be found under "Activate your user account".


New at Umeå University

  • Information due to COVID-19

    From 2 November, most of the previous COVID measures are lifted – welcome back to campus! However, things will not go back to normal straight away. For instance, some parts of your education may still take place online.

    Since the return to campus is planned by those responsible for your education, you will receive more detailed information regarding your studies from your department.

    Summary of things to keep in mind

  • Checklist for admitted students

    Follow this simple list of things to complete your enrolment at Umeå University. It includes: how to secure housing, getting a residence permit (for citizens from outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland), tuition payment (if applicable), travel directions and more.

    To the checklist for admitted Students

  • Recommended arrival times

    International students are recommended to arrive at least a few days before the start of the regular term, preferably prior to the Orientation. If you fail to arrive on time, you have to contact the study counselor as soon as possible, but not later than one week ahead of the course start, or you may not be able to register for the programme.

    If you will have housing through the International Housing Office you will receive information about your arrival in your offer of housing.

    Don't forget - Umeå has cold winters, so pack accordingly with a warm jacket, warm shoes, gloves and hat.

  • Orientation

    Moving to a new country with an unfamiliar language, culture and customs can be a challenge. We would like to help you and ease that challenge so that you can focus on your studies. Therefore, we would like to offer you the possibility to take part in our Orientation, which begins a few days before the start of the term (Autumn) or the same day as the term starts (Spring).

    More about the Orientation this term.

  • Activate your user account

    As a new student, you need to activate your user account approximately two weeks prior to the term start in order to, for instance:

    • access the internet in computer labs and the university's wireless network
    • register for courses
    • submit assignments and verify your study results
    • access your student e-mail

    If you are a new student, you will automatically receive a user account when you are admitted, but you will need to activate it for it to function properly. You will not be able to activate it until approximately two weeks prior to the term start.

    I want to learn more about my user account (Umu-id)

    For exchange students
    If you are an exchange student, you will receive information on arrival about how to activate your account.

    Help! It's not working
    If you are having problems activating your account or logging in, please contact our Servicedesk. You will find answers to common questions, and can submit enquiries.

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    When you are on Campus Umeå, Umeå Arts Campus or Campus Örnsköldsvik, you will need a UmU card. The card has the following functions:

    • building access
    • borrowing card for the University Library system
    • copying and printing card.

    To get the card, you need to apply for it. Here’s how to apply for the UmU card.

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    • Umeå Student Union
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    They are actively involved so that fellow students have a high quality of education, good working environment, and fun leisure time.

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