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Department of Roman Law

CHAIR MEMBERS

Chair head
S. Radića 13, kabinet 44
tel. 031/224-544

nikolz[@]pravos.hr

 
Assistant
S. Radića 17, kabinet 4
tel. 031/224-591
msukacic[@]pravos.hr
 
Prof. dr. sc. Marko Petrak
External Associate
S. Radića 13, kabinet 44

marko.petrak[@]pravo.hr

   
COURSES

  1. GRADUATE STUDIES (Integrated undergraduate/graduate degree):

      ROMAN PRIVATE LAW

  • 7 ECTS
  • Lectures
  • 75h per semester (5h per week)
  • 2nd semester
  • language: Croatian
  • no prerequisites
  • written and oral exam
  • compulsory subject on the 1st year

This course aims to provide students with a general understanding of the distinctive contribution of Roman law to contemporary European private law systems and legal thinking in general. It also aims to introduce students to some key doctrines of Roman law in the spheres of private law. Students will come to see how Roman law responded to social change over the long period of its development, as well as learn how to solve legal problems by using principles of Roman law. Students will also examine how Roman law came to form the core of the modern Civil Law systems. Major parts of the course are: Historical development of Roman law, Status law, Family Law, Property law – introduction and individual property rights, Law of Obligations – general part and special part (individual obligations), Inheritance law and Roman civil procedure. At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to outline the origins of Roman law and its historical development, explain the key organising principles of Roman law, identify the ways in which Roman law influenced the development of current Civil Law systems, and solve basic legal problems by using Roman law concepts.

ROMAN PRIVATE LAW SEMINAR

  • 4 ECTS
  • Seminar
  • 30h per semester (2h per week)
  • 2st semester
  • language: Croatian
  • no prerequisites
  • coursework, essay and oral presentation
  • elective course

The course is aimed at providing the chance of examining a topic in more detail than is possible in lectures. The candidates acquire through the courses special knowledge on the case-study technique of problem solving practised on the cases from Corpus Iuris Civilis. Each participant has to prepare a written paper on one seminar topic and present this orally in front of the other students, as well as discuss legal problems with the group. By taking an active part in every lecture in this course students experience scientific analysis in most depth, they acquire the essential apparatus of legal logic and learn how to apply attained knowledge of general concepts on life-based cases.  

  1. DOCTORAL STUDIES (PhD) – ROMAN LAW AND LEGAL HISTORY:

IUS COMMUNE – THE FOUNDATIONS OF PRIVATE LAW                

  • 12 ECTS
  • Lectures or individual consultations
  • 30 hours per semester
  • 1st semester
  • Language: Croatian (All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English!)
  • no prerequisites
  • oral exam

The aim of this compulsory course in the 1st semester of the doctoral studies – Module: Roman law and legal history is to give students a historical, legal, cultural and comparative knowledge necessary for scientific and critical evaluation of the structure and function of European private law systems and the causes and consequences of their similarities and differences, unification and diversification. The course provides an introduction to the development, principles, institutions and rules of ius commune, as a legal system that was source of law in almost entire Europe in the medieval and early modern times formed through the reception of Roman Law as a positive law and its integration with the certain elements of canon law and customary laws, by the adjustment of these rules to the needs of life and legal practice. This course should enable students to acquire knowledge about the evolution of European private law science and the development of European legal systems, to distinguish basic legal system: ius commune, common law and mixed legal systems, get to know and understand the basic European Civil Codes, as well as critically analyze existing solutions in private law systems and basic principles of a common European legal culture.

ROMAN & COMPARATIVE LAW OF OBLIGATIONS                        

  • 8 ECTS
  • Lectures or individual consultations
  • 20 hours per semester
  • Language: Croatian (All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English!)
  • no prerequisites
  • scientific essay
  • elective course

The purpose of the elective course Roman and comparative law of obligations, based primarily on the knowledge gained through the compulsory subject Ius commune - foundations of private law, is the profound historical, dogmatic and comparative study of selected basic institutions and principles of law of obligations, common to all continental European systems based on ius commune. Through critical examination of the law of obligations in contemporary private law systems students should acquire deeper knowledge about the specific institutions. By conducting original scientific research through legal comparison of individual institutes in different private legal systems, debate on the future development of specific legal institute and its place in the international environment, as well as through application of acquired knowledge in purpose of developing Croatian law of obligations, as a result of this course students should be able to write a scientific essay.

ROMAN & COMPARATIVE PROPERTY LAW                      

  • 8 ECTS
  • Lectures or individual consultations
  • 20 hours per semester
  • Language: Croatian (All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English!)
  • no prerequisites
  • scientific essay
  • elective course

The purpose of the elective course Roman and comparative property law, based primarily on the knowledge gained through the compulsory subject Ius commune - foundations of private law, is the profound historical, dogmatic and comparative study of selected basic institutions and principles of property law, common to all continental European systems based on ius commune. Through critical examination of the property law in contemporary private law systems students should acquire deeper knowledge about the specific property law institutions. By conducting original scientific research through legal comparison of individual institutes in different private legal systems, debate on the future development of specific legal institute and its place in the international environment, as well as through application of acquired knowledge in purpose of developing Croatian property law, as a result of this course students should be able to write a scientific essay.

  1. ERASMUS PROGRAMME

Chair of Roman law is actively engaged in Erasmus programme which aims to foster international student mobility, as well as give the opportunity to live, study and travel in another country whilst being a student. We thus offer a course Römisches Privatrecht in German language and welcome all Erasmus students interested in studying at our institution.

RÖMISCHES PRIVATRECHT (ROMAN PRIVATE LAW)

  • 7 ECTS
  • Lectures and individual consultations
  • 75h per semester (5h per week)
  • 2nd semester
  • language: German
  • no prerequisites
  • written and oral exam
  • minimum number of students for lectures: 5
  • compulsory subject on the 1st year

This course aims to provide students with a general understanding of the distinctive contribution of Roman law to contemporary European private law systems and legal thinking in general. It also aims to introduce students to some key doctrines of Roman law in the spheres of private law. Students will come to see how Roman law responded to social change over the long period of its development, as well as learn how to solve legal problems by using principles of Roman law. Students will also examine how Roman law came to form the core of the modern Civil Law systems. Major parts of the course are: Historical development of Roman law, Status law, Family Law, Property law – introduction and individual property rights, Law of Obligations – general part and special part (individual obligations), Inheritance law and Roman civil procedure. At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to outline the origins of Roman law and its historical development, explain the key organising principles of Roman law, identify the ways in which Roman law influenced the development of current Civil Law systems, and solve basic legal problems by using Roman law concepts.

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