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TLS_0072 "More or Less Constitutional": What A Single Case Reveals About The U.S. Constitution's... 3 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Professor Justin Walker, University of Louisville (USA)
Preceding studies
No previous studies are required.

Learning outcomes

To teach students about the U.S. Constitution's separation of powers through an in-depth study of NFIB v. Sebelius, which largely upheld the constitutionality of President Obama's health care initiative after considering a series of questions fundamental to the American system of limited government; including the relationship between Congress and the States; between Congress and the Court; and between Congress and the individual citizen.


1. United States Constitution
2. Congress's Commerce Power
3. Congress's Taxing Power
4. Constitutional Avoidance Canon
5. Anti-Commandeering (of States) Doctrine
6. Congress's Spending Power
7. Affordable Care Act

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 15 h 0 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

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

Take-home exam. Students may use their notes and third-party materials when taking the exam.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
The grade is based largely on performance on the written exam. The grade can be raised based on extraordinary participation in class +1 and can be lowered -1 if a student is not prepared for class.

Study materials

A supplement of course materials will be provided via pdf.  It may include the U.S. Constitution; Chief Justice Roberts’s opinion in NFIB; Justice Ginsburg’s opinion in NFIB; the Joint Dissent in NFIB; the transcript of oral arguments in NFIB; Marbury v. Madison (1803); Wickard v. Filburn (1942); United States v. Lopez (1995); New York v. United States (1992); Printz v. United States (1997); South Dakota v. Dole (1987).

Further information

TIME: Spring Term
The course is limited to 50 students. The following criteria will be used to select the participants:
1. Exchange students of the TLS cooperative institutions
2. Degree students of the TLS cooperative institutions
3. Other law students

The course will be organized only in academic year 2016-2017.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Optional courses (MDP in Law and Information Society)
Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Bachelor of Laws
Master of Laws DP
MDP in Law and Information Society
Doctor of Laws
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