Course Descriptions - Budapest

Comparative Judicial Systems (2 credit hours)
Instructor: Professor James Klebba
Class Dates: Monday, June 2 – Friday, June 13
Class Time: 9:00 – 11:20 a.m.
Final Exam: Saturday, June 14

The course examines the organization, structure, and jurisdiction of the court systems in the United States, Hungary, and other European countries.

This is a comparative version of a course in the American federal judicial system and federal jurisdiction. Emphasis is placed on such issues as the power of the legislative or executive branches to assign or withdraw jurisdiction to the judiciary and the power of the courts to review the actions of other branches. We will examine the organization of court systems, jurisdictional conflict points between courts, and between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches in various countries with particular emphasis on the U.S., Hungary, Russia, Germany, Austria, the United Kingdom, France, and the Netherlands. Visiting lecturers and tours to the courts will enrich our study of court systems in Hungary. 

Central European Legal Systems in Transition (1 credit hour)
Instructor: Professor Gabor Hamza
Class Dates: Monday, June 2 – Friday, June 13
Class Time: 11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Final Exam: Saturday, June 14

The course will focus on the historical backgrounds of the post-socialist legal systems of countries in Central Europe. The diminishing role of government in the economic sphere and the problems and opportunities of privatization, as well as harmonization and unification with legal systems and economies of the member states of the European Union, will be explored. The course seeks to convey an understanding of the changing nature and function of both public (constitutional) and private law in Central Europe.

  • Both courses are limited to a maximum of 20 students.
  • Classes and the administrative office will be located at the Eötvös Loránd University Law School.