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TLS_1004 Comparative European Constitutionalism 12 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Senior Lecturer Janne Salminen
Minimum preceding studies
110 ECTS.
Preceding studies
All students should have basic knowledge of the constitutional, European and international law. The students of the Faculty of Law should have completed the basic courses on constitutional law (valtiosääntöoikeuden perusteet) and European law ("eurooppaoikeuden perusteet) as well as international law ("kansainvälisen oikeuden perusteet"), or equivalent.

General description

The aim of the course is to provide the students with an advanced understanding on the content and significance of constitutionalist arguments in contemporary European context. The course underlines both the pluralism of law and the utility of comparative constitutional studies in the analysis of that pluralism. It uses contemporary court cases, literature and pieces of legislation as core materials and seeks to elaborate the benefits of comparative constitutional approach for understanding what is essentially important or vulnerable to criticism in globalizing law.
Utilising activating teaching methods, such as student-lead lectures and research seminar, the course also aims at developing the students's interest and skills in critical legal analysis, argumentation and writing.

Learning outcomes

After the course, the student should:
- understand the main problems of contemporary constitutional law in terms of constitutional traditions, modern legal pluralism and conflicts of rights.
- know the basic methodological framework of comparative constitutional analysis.
- know the different models of constitutionalism provided by the nation state traditions and is able to critically evaluate their meaning in the context of contemporary Europe.
- be able to apply comparative constitutional analysis and constitutional critique within the framework of particular issue in law such as sovereignty, legitimacy of judicial review, rights in the private sphere, freedom of speech, intellectual property, data protection, legitimacy of counter terrorism measures and so forth.


- Comparative constitutional methods
- The core concepts of modern constitutionalism
- European constitutional pluralism
- The role of constitutional rights within the private sphere
- The changing role of courts in contemporary constitutional practices.
- Constitutional rights in the information society

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h
Seminar 20 h 0 h

The course consists of lecture workshop and a research seminar based on research papers written by the student. There will be no exam. However, active participation will reflect on grades. The course emphasizes student's responsibility for her/his own learning. Accordingly, the faculty members are mainly working as facilitators of class room discussions and paper writing. Essay writing (appr. 15-20 p.) and related seminar.
Law students of the Faculty of Law may continue working with an essay and expand it into a bachelor's thesis (ON-seminaarityö).

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
  • In English
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
  • In English

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
The grades (1-5) will depend on essay as well as on the amount and quality of work during the course meetings.

Study materials

A selection of articles, book excerpts and cases (500 p) as assignments. 

Further information

TIME: III Period
Restricted entry, limited to 20 students.
The course is part of the Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society (LIS). Students enrolled in the LIS have priority in the selections.
Law students of the Faculty of Law may continue working with an essay and expand it into a bachelor`s thesis (ON-seminaarityö).

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Specialisation fields (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Finnish Study Modules
MDP in Law and Information Society
Turku Law School
Doctor of Laws