Review Of East European Law: How To Process Legal Information Based On The Knowledge Of East European Law

Localizing Global Changes

Dr. Stephan Heidenhain
Stephan Heidenhain


Stephan Heidenhain studied law in Tübingen and Berlin (FU). He holds a Ph.D. in Law from Europa Universität Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder (2000). 1999 - 2002 he worked as legal advisor with OSCE in Tallinn / Estonia and Warsaw / Poland. Since 2003, he participated in numerous short-term election observation missions with the OSCE in various East European and Central Asian countries. Currently he is working as lawyer in Prague (admitted both with the German and the Czech bar). His research interests include: European and Czech consumer protection law, Czech bankruptcy law and energy law, law of national minorities and electoral law.

Module Summary:

This Module will familiarize you with the institutional setting of East European states, the structure of the administration as well as powers, rights and duties of different organs of state power. As practical examples it will deal with the legislative branch of different East European countries such as the Russian Federation, Estonia, the Czech Republic and Macedonia as well as with the main elements of the law of the European Union. A special focus will be made on the legal basis for the protection of minorities and minority rights as well as the European Refugee Policy. In addition, the Module will provide an introduction to legal research on Central and East European law.

Educational Goals:

  • You will have the opportunity to learn main aspects of the international law and its difference to national law of concrete East European countries as well as to practice the application of law in a case study.
  • You will be provided not only with knowledge of East European law, but also of the skill to process individually legal information and broaden the acquired knowledge of East European law.
  • You will be provided with practical skills concerning presenting and defending your own statements as well as elaborating your arguments and a well-structured research paper.


  • Completing two Essay Tasks dealing with themes such as the difference between international and national law and practical examples from the contemporary policy.
  • Completing a Discussion Board Tasks concerning posting a paper to the Discussion Board as well as reacting to at least two posts of your fellow students.
  • Creating the final paper dealing with the European Refugee Policy or on the case studies from the Units of the Module.

Key Facts:

  • 8 ECTS
  • 12 weeks
  • 1.195 Euro
  • Optional On-site Workshop in February each year

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