Courts and Society in Transition

31.03.17 10:30 to 02.04.17 13:15

Lecture course for doctoral and master students on 31 March – 2 April, 2017

Professor Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde and professor Ragna Aarli (Bergen)

The aim of the course is to give a profound understanding of courts in today’s society in a globalized world; how courts compare across legal systems and cultures, how changing legal systems affect the roles and functions of courts, courts legitimation nationally and transnationally, and how increasingly transnational legal fields modify the operations and roles of courts.

At the end of the course the students shall:

  • Have an overview over the different traditions of high courts in Europe, their main characteristics, and essential similarities and differences.
  • Have a qualified understanding of how both higher and lower courts actually operate as social and legal institutions.
  • Comprehend and be able to discuss the essential aspects of the principle of judicial independence and the challenges faced by changing legal systems.
  • Comprehend and be able to discuss the influence of transnational law on domestic courts.
  • Have a profound comprehension of how domestic highest courts are integrated in the transnational legal order, the role they play, and how this challenges existing perceptions of separation of powers.
  • Comprehend and be able to discuss how court communicate with society through conflict resolution, and the changing place and role of courts in the face of increasing use of non-state and informal mechanisms in legal systems.
  • Be able to apply this acquired knowledge and understanding in future cases of legal analysis.

During the lectures numerous example texts will be analysed and discussed. Reading materials will be provided before the course. The lecturers will be the professors Jørn Øyrehagen Sunde and Ragna Aarli from University of Bergen.

Lecture plan and literature

The course will take place in Faculty of Law in Tartu, Näituse 20, room 217, on the following dates:

Friday, March 31st, 10:30-12:00 and 13:15-16:30        
Saturday, April 1st, 12.00-13:30 and 14:30-17:45
Sunday, April 2nd, 10:00-13:15

Please register here! 

For questions or comments please contact associate professor Merike Ristikivi: