Checking date: 01/06/2019

Course: 2019/2020

Legal Methodology
Study: Master in Advanced Studies in Human Rights (67)

Coordinating teacher: PEREZ DE LA FUENTE, OSCAR

Department assigned to the subject: Department of International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 1.0 ECTS


Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results.
Know and understand: -The characteristics of the legal method and its philosophical implications and for judicial function. -Different arguments of interpretation -Different approaches to legal interpretation -Different theories on legal weighting Be capable of: -Identifying and analyzing different arguments of different theories -Making arguments in favour and against of one vision -Analyzing critically any point of view of the different iusphilosophical controversies -Applying different theories and arguments to practical cases, based generally in sentences
Description of contents: programme
1.- LEGAL METHOD CHARACTERISTICS 1.1.- Logic and Law. Internal and external justification 1.2.- Legal formalism 1.3.- Arguments of the legal interpretation 1.4.- Precedents and criteria for justification 2.- LAW, RIGHTS AND INTERPRETATION 2.1.- Canons of legal interpretation. Easy cases and hard cases 2.2. Some theories on interpretation 2.2.1.- The Noble Dream 2.2.2.- The Nightmare 2.2.3.- The Vigil 3.- CONSTITUTIONAL DILEMMAS AND CONCEPTIONS OF LEGAL WEIGHING 3.1.- Sceptic theories 3.2.- Universalist theories 3.3.- Particularist theories
Learning activities and methodology
According to the ECTS system, the two credits of this subject correspond to 25 hours of student¿s work. These Works hours are distributed in the following way: - 6 hours of in person class in which are included theoretical and practical sessions. These session are based specially in Professor¿s explanations on basic concepts and general indications for reading and practical cases. These classes area active for students and require their participation with questions and debates. - 9 hours of individual study by the students on the recommended readings of the bibliography and practical cases. - 20 hours of elaboration and presentation of a work. This work should be done individually and consists of applying the knowledge on legal arguments. - There will be a system of tutorials for the students.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 0
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 100
Basic Bibliography
  • Alexy, Robert. Teoria de la argumentación juridica. Centro de Estudios Constitucionales. 2002
  • Asis Roig, Rafael de. Jueces y normas. Marcial Pons. 1995
  • Asis Roig, Rafael de. El juez y la motivación del Derecho. Dykinson. 1995
  • Atienza, Manuel. Las razones del derecho. Teorías de la argumentación jurídica. Centro de Estudios Constitucionales. 1993
  • Barranco Aviles, M Carmen. Derecho y decisiones interpretativas. Marcial Pons. 2004
  • Calvo Garcia, Manuel. Los fundamentos del método jurídico: una revision critica. Tecnos. 1984
  • Dwokrin, Ronald. Law's Empire. Fontana Press. 1991
  • Dworkin, Ronald. Los derechos en serio. Ariel. 1984
  • Dworkin, Ronald. La justicia con toga. Marcial Pons. 2010
  • Dworkin, Ronald. Law's Empire. Fontana Press. 1991
  • Dworkin, Ronald. Law's Empire. Fontana Press. 1991
  • Dworkin, Ronald. Law's Empire. Fontana Press. 1991
  • Garcia Amado, Juan Antonio. Teorias de la topica jurídica. Civitas. 1988
  • Habermas, Jürgen. Facticidad y validez. Trotta. 2000
  • Hart, L.H.A.. El concepto de Derecho. Abeledo Perrot. 2007
  • Larenz, K.. Metodologia de la ciencia del Derecho. Ariel. 1994
  • Perelman, Ch.. La lógica jurídica y la nueva retórica. Civitas. 1979
  • Raz, Alexy, Bulygin. Una discusion sobre Teoría del Derecho. Marcial Pons. 2007
  • Sunstein, Cass. Legal reasoning and political conflict. Oxford University Press. 1996

The course syllabus and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.