UNIT 11: ROMAN CIVIL PROCEDURE
1.Explain the importance of Roman law for the development of European legal systems
2. Name the two most important codifications of Roman law
2. Name the two stages in the Roman civil procedure
3. Explain the formulaic procedure
4. Explain the significance of the procedural contract
5. Compare the role of the praetor to that of a trier/s
6. Explain the elements of the trial
7. Explain the basic principles underlying the trial (in iudicio)
Key terms: arbitrator, argument, binding, cause, defense, formula, hearing, magistrate, oath, plaintiff, pleadings, statement, submission, submit, summons, trier , tribunal
Collocations: abide by, to administer justice, by virtue of, to frame the issues, to issue summons, to join in the procedural contract, judicial proceedings, to render judgment, to settle the formula, to submit a statement
UNIT 12: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF A CONSTITUTION AND CONSTITUTIONALITY IN A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY
- Provide a definition of democracy.
- Enumerate the basic principles of democracy.
- Define ‘rule of law’.
- Define ‘constitution’.
- Briefly outline the adoption, amendments and the main features of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia.
- Describe the structure of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia.
- Explain the political organization of the Republic of Croatia having in mind the basic provisions of the Constitution.
- Enumerate the highest constitutional values of the Croatian constitutional order.
Key terms: constitution, constitutionality, rule of law, inalienable sovereignty, social justice, inviolability of ownership, love of peace, equality of genders, conservation of nature, respect for human rights
Collocations: to draw up/promulgate/adopt/amend a constitution; comply with/conform to/with a law or constitution; to abide by a constitution
UNIT 13: THE EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
- Discuss the establishment, aims and the structure of the Council of Europe.
- Explain why, how and when the European Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms came into force.
- List some of the human rights from the Convention and explain what the Convention prohibits.
- Discuss the reasons for the establishment of the European Court of Human Rights and its jurisdiction.
- Discuss the role of the judges of the ECHR, their election and the term of office.
- Enumerate the formations in which the judges sit and explain what each of the bodies decides on.
- Briefly outline the procedure before the Court.
- Enumerate the types of applications.
- Explain the admissibility criteria.
- Discuss the languages of the Court.
Key terms: forced labour, death penalty, slavery, an application, admissibility, merit of a case, to execute a judgement, on the merit, term of office
Collocations: to come/enter into force, member states of the Council, state parties/contracting parties/signatories to the convention, to observe a right, to safeguard human rights, to breach/violate/infringe a right, to lodge an application, to declare an application admissible
UNIT 14: THE NATURE AND SOURCES OF AMERICAN FEDERALISM
1.Briefly explain the reasons behind the American War of Independence.
2.Outline the main proposals and conclusions of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia (1776).
3.Outline the principal features of the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
4.Explain the division of powers in American Federalism.
5.Explain the organisation and powers of the US Congress, along with the reserved powers of each house.
6.Outline the legislative procedure in the US Congress.
Key terms: the Virginia Plan, the New Jersey Plan, the Great (Connecticut) Compromise, the House of Representatives, the Senate, proportional representation, equal representation, system of checks and balances, national powers, concurrent powers, state powers, impeachment, federation, delegated powers, reserved powers, congressman, representative, senator
Collocations: to impeach an official, to veto a bill, to impose/levy/collect taxes
UNIT 15: THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
1.Enumerate the powers of the American President.
2.Name the requirements for presidential candidates.
3.Explain the system of presidential elections in the US.
4.Enumerate possible grounds for impeachment.
5.Explain the impeachment procedure.
6.Enumerate the other ways for the President to be removed from office.
Key terms: executive order, impeachment, articles of impeachment, bribery, treason, High Crime or Misdemeanor, vice president, the Cabinet, the Electoral College, popular vote, electoral vote, State of the Union address,
Collocations: to veto a bill, to override the veto, to sign a bill into law, to negotiate an international agreement/treaty, to take office, to leave office, to be removed from office
UNIT 16 THE SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
1. Describe the structure of the Supreme Court
2. Discuss the court's caseload
3. Explain the task of law clerks
4. Explain the court's jurisdiction (appelate and original)
5. Explain the concept of judicial review
5.Analyse the role of the Supreme Court
Key terms: caseload, Chief Justice, law clerk, litigants, merits, original cases, plenary review, uniform national decision
Collocations: to grant a plenary review, to deliver a formal written opinion, to reject a case , to turn away a case without action
UNIT 17: THE CASE METHOD OF LAW TEACHING
- Define ‘case method of law teaching’ and briefly outline its history.
- Discuss the basic features of the case method of law teaching.
- Define ‘casebook’.
- Discuss the role of the teacher and the role of the student.
- Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of the case method.
- Make a comparison between the case method and the traditional way of teaching law.
Key terms: a casebook, merits of the case method, court’s reasoning, legal source material, subject matter
Collocations: to deliver a formal lecture, to interpret a case, to work with legal source material, to gain precise knowledge