Balance of Power and Constitutional Enforcement (Juristprogrammet)
Congratulations! It is with great pleasure to inform that you have been admitted to the course Balance of Power and Constitutional Enforcement 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.
In order to start your studies at the course, you need to register for the course on the Student Website between the 10th of Janaury and the 18th of January. Otherwise you risk losing your place (seat) at the course. You also need to be registered to be able to follow the course and to get your results recorded during the course.
The course introduction is Monday January 17th, 2022, at 13.15 (quarter past 1 in the afternoon) in room s305 in the House of Social Science. The course introduction is immediately followed by the first lecture on the course.
The course consists of lectures as well as seminars. The seminars are mandatory. The course concludes with a written, take-home exam.
Teaching, readings, discussions at seminars and the examination will all take place in English.
The course is the third course on the Master's Programme in Constitutional Law and Human Rights, but may also be taken as an individual elective course.
The course Balance of Power and Constitutional Enforcement is an advanced level course. As follows from the name the course focuses on two of the most central constitutional issues: balance of power and enforcement of constitutional rights, rules and principles. The approach of the course is comparative, and not limited to a single constitutional system. Rather, the course will study the issues, outlined below, by discussing examples from different jurisdictions, with some emphasis on European systems such as the European Union and the Council of Europe.
Balance of Power includes both vertical (actors on different constitutional levels) and horizontal perspectives (actors on the same constitutional level). The vertical perspective can be applied both within and beyond a nation state. An example of the former is the relationship (i.e. distribution of power and responsibility) between central and regional powers in a unitary state and between the federal and state level in a federation. An example of the latter is the relationship between a nation state and an international organization, such as the EU or the Council of Europe. Similarly, the horizontal perspective can be applied both within and beyond a nation state. Within the state it includes issues such as the division of power and responsibility between the government and the legislator, and beyond the state it includes division of power between bodies in an international organization, for example the powers awarded to the different EU institutions.
Constitutional Enforcement concerns the issue of moving from paper to reality, i.e. the legal protection of constitutional rights (including fundamental human rights) by courts and other authorities. In other words, what happens, and what legal action can be taken by what actor, if my constitutional rights are violated? The position and power of the courts as a guardian of constitutional rights is a central aspect of constitutional enforcement, including issues such as judicial independence, judicial review and constitutional interpretation.
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