Doktorski istraživački seminar


Ponedjeljak, 20. ožujka 2017., 17.00-19.15, Ćirilometodska 4, dv. I.

Prof. Tuan Samahon, JD (Georgetown)

Villanova University


Approaches to Law in the United States:

Legal Realism, Law & Economics, Critical Legal Studies & Critical Race Theory, American Legal Formalism…



Ponedjeljak, 27. ožujka 2017., 17.00-19.15, Ćirilometodska 4, dv. I.

Dr. Josephine van Zeben, LLM (Harvard)

University of Oxford


Law and Economics Methodology in EU Law




Četvrtak, 13. travnja., 17.00-19.15, Ćirilometodska 4, dv. I.

Martijn van den Brink, MPhil (Oxon), LLM (Groningen)

European University Institute


Methodology of EU Law: The Value of Theory




Ponedjeljak. 23. listopada 2017., 17.30 - 20.00, Ćirilometodska 4, dvorana 1

Mia Junuzović, LLM

doctoral student at Amsterdam University


Metoda pisanja doktorskog rada




Ponedjeljak, 20. studenog 2017., 17.30 - 20.00, Ćilrikometodska 4, dvorana 1

Zoran Kurelić, Fakultet političkih znanosti


Kako odrediti što je znanost




Ponedjeljak - petak, 11. - 15. prosinca 2017., svaki dan od 17.30 - 19.30, Ćirilometodska , dvorana 4

Zdenek Kuhn, Charles University, Prague

Legal Interpretation and Legal Theory - Critical Introduction


I. Hans Kelsen and Pure Theory of Law

In this class,  we will deal with real Kelsen and his approach to legal interpretation. Kelsen is generally considered an example of European positivism and formalism. What is your impression after reading his original piece on interpretation and then foreword to Kelsen’s theory of law by Stanley Paulson?


Kelsen, H. On the theory of interpretation, 10 Legal Stud. 127 (1990, original text published in German in 1934)

Paulson, S. Formalism, 'Free Law', and The 'Cognition' Quandary: Hans Kelsen's Approaches To Legal Interpretation, 27 U. Queensland L.J. 7 (2008)


II. Legal Realism and Critical Legal Studies

We will talk about Legal Realism and Critical Legal Studies (CLS), two American theories which framed much of legal discourse in the last century. I will explain what American legal realism was about, what was its view on the legal interpretation. Then we will move to CLS, and will debate, i.a., Kennedy’s concept of legal formality and formalism.


A Conversation with Duncan Kennedy, 24 (2) Suffolk Un. L. Sch. J. (1994)

Kennedy, D. Legal Formality, 2 J. Legal Stud. 351 (1973)



III. Ronald Dworkin and “judicial” theory of law

Dworkin has been perhaps the most famous of recent legal philosophers. We will debate his work. For readings, I give his the most important article, the article which made him famous in the 1970s.
Dworkin, R. The Model of Rules, 35 U. Chi. L. Rev. 1967-1968


IV. Discoursive theory of law and Robert Alexy

Today, the most famous legal philosopher on the European continent is German scholar Robert Alexy.
Kumm, M. Constitutional Rights as Principles: On The Structure and Domain of Constitutional Justice, 2 Int'l J. Const. L. 574 (2004)

Kühn, Z. Authoritarian Legal Culture at Work: The Passivity of Parties and the Interpretational Statements of the Supreme Courts, Croatian Yearbook of European Law and Policy 2006, 19-26

V. Richard Posner and economic analysis of law

Richard Posner is the most prolific American philosopher of law of the late 20th century and early 21st century. It will be nice to conclude our sessions with writings of this brilliant and very skeptical scholar and judge in the same person.

Posner, R. What do Judges and Justices Maximize? (The Same Thing Everybody Else Does) 3 Sup. Ct. Econ. Rev. 1 (1993)

Posner, R. The Role of the Judge in the Twenty-First Century, 86 B.U. L. Rev. 1049 (2006)



Please read the assigned reading materials before each class. All reading materials were sent to students via email.


Utorak, 10. travnja 2018., 17.00-18.30, Ćirilometodska 4, dv. I.

Sam Koplewicz, BA (Brown), JD (Harvard)

Harvard Satter Fellow

Politics in All Law: An American Perspective