JJUA55903U Civil Procedure (mandatory LLM course)

Volume 2019/2020

The first part of the course consists of lectures and case-based workshops concerning the following main topics:

  • Goals of civil justice and civil procedure law
  • Different procedural traditions (comparative civil procedure law)
  • Europeanization of civil procedure law
    • Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights
    • The impact of EU law on civil procedure law in the EU Member States
  • Alternative dispute resolution (ADR), in particular arbitration and mediation
  • Conflict theory

The second part of the course starts with two workshops on academic writing, which will prepare the students for writing a term paper. Afterwards, the students will have five weeks to write a term paper addressing a specific research question provided by the course responsible. The research question will fall within the framework of the topics covered in the first part of the course. The term paper will require students to do independent legal analysis of pertinent legal issues related to the topics of the course and to make their own independent considerations about methodology, structure and scope/delimitations in an academic paper. There will be one group guidance meeting during the five weeks of writing (for the ordinary exam only, i.e. not for re-sits).

The course responsible will provide a new research question for the term paper for students taking a re-sit.

Further information about the requirements for the term paper will be provided on KUnet and in Absalon

Learning Outcome

The students possess knowledge of

  • the role and functions of civil procedure in the legal system,
  • theoretical and practical aspects of legal issues in civil procedure law,
  • legal aspects of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), in particular international commercial arbitration and mediation, and
  • academic legal writing


    The students possess the skills to

  • independently, systematically and critically analyze complex legal issues in civil procedure law using relevant legal methodology,
  • document and/or argue systematically and independently for the claims in the analysis and the conclusion, and be able to reflect critically on this,
  • write and structure a written assignment in a way that ensures consistency between research question(s), outline, delimitation, analysis and conclusions.


    The students possess the competences to

  • independently, systematically and critically analyze complex legal issues in civil procedure law using relevant legal methodology,
  • structure a written work logically and coherently, and argue logically and accurately for conclusions on the basis of conducted analyses, and
  • communicate and express legal knowledge concerning civil procedure law in the English language in an academically and linguistically correct way.

The readings for the course will consist of academic literature, which provides an overview of the topics, scholarly papers and judgments from the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice for the European Union.

The readings will comprise approx. 750 pages.

Lectures and workshops
This course – Term Paper in Civil Procedure – can replace the Danish course Civilprocesret as a mandatory module on the 2017 Master of Laws Programme, cf. Section 8 (3) of the 2017 Curriculum for the Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the University of Copenhagen.
Students enrolled in this course (Term Paper in Civil Procedure) cannot take the Danish course Civilprocesret.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Exam
  • 100
  • Preparation
  • 278,5
  • Seminar
  • 34
  • Total
  • 412,5
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Term paper - see the course catalogue
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Exam period

Autumn: submission date: January 8, 2020


Autumn: submission date: February 14, 2020