Checking date: 07/07/2020

Course: 2020/2021

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. - The characteristics and specificities of legal science, in relation to scientific paradigms -Understand the debate on Law as a science or a technique 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 AS A SCIENCE OR AS A TECHINQUE 2.1.- Scientific paradigms and legal science 2.2.- Characteristics of legal dogmatic 2.3.- Approach to the legal method 2.4.- Must judges be philosophers? Can they be philosophers?
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
  • Barranco Aviles, M Carmen. Derecho y decisiones interpretativas. Marcial Pons. 2004
  • Calsamiglia, Albert. Introducción a la ciencia jurídica. Ariel. 1990
  • 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. Law's Empire. Fontana Press. 1991
  • Ezquiaga Ganuzas, Francisco Javier. La motivación de las decisiones interpretativas electorales. Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación. 2012
  • Gascón Abellán, Marina (coord.). Argumentación jurídica. Tirant lo Blanch. 2014
  • Guastini, Riccardo. Interpretar y argumentar. Centro de Estudios Políticos y Constitucionales. 2018
  • Hart, L.H.A.. El concepto de Derecho. Abeledo Perrot. 2007
  • Hernández Gil, Antonio. Problemas epistemológicos de la Ciencia jurídica. Civitas. 1976
  • Hernández Gil, Antonio. La ciencia jurídica tradicional y su transformación. Civitas. 1981
  • Kirchmann, Julius Hermann von. La jurisprudencia no es ciencia. Olejnik. 2018
  • Kuhn, Thomas S.. La estructura de las revoluciones científicas. Fondo cultura económica. 2017
  • Larenz, K.. Metodologia de la ciencia del Derecho. Ariel. 1994
  • Tarello, Giovanni. La interpretación de la Ley. Palestra. 2018

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