JJUA55063U Transitions to Democracy
This course focuses on the process of democratic transitions from constitutional, judicial and comparative perspectives. Even that the course´s motivation is thematic and not geographical, the lectures and readings will tackle mostly European transitions to democracy. Our topic is a multidisciplinary and engages law, history and politics of social transformation in the aftermath of authoritarian regimes. Drawing on interdisciplinary legal materials, the course will address the dilemmas of law and justice in transitional societies. These include the role of constitutions, constituent powers and the judiciary in transitional regimes.
The course is structured around main thematic areas:
Second: Transitions from Authoritarian Regimes.
Third: The role of the judiciary in transitions to democracy
Fourth: Case Law
Analyze the concept of democracy and its relation with the rule of law and constitutionalism.
Compare the different models of transitions to democracy.
Identify and explain the main challenges of democratic transitions.
Evaluate the role of the military,
Put into perspective the concept of transitional justice and the role of the judiciary in democratic transitions.
- Guillermo O´Donnell and Philippe C. Schmitter (2013)
Transitions from Authoritarian Rule, The John Hopkins University
Press, Baltimore (Maryland).
- Jon Elster (ed), Retribution and Reparation in the transition to democracy, Cambridge University Press, (NY), pp. 59-88.
- Kathryn Stoner and Michael Mcfaul (eds) (2013). Transitions to democracy: a comparative perspective, The John Hopkins University Press, Baltimore (Maryland).
- Aharon Bark (2006): The Judge in Democracy, Princeton University Press, Princeton (NJ).
- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentIndividual written assignment
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
- Exam period
Please see the'Academic calendar' in Kunet