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U.S. Constitutional Law


Admission requirements

The course can be followed by law students, students from other relevant disciplines and exchange students. A basic understanding of some national constitutional law is helpful but not required.


This course will be a broad overview of some key issues in U.S. Constitutional law with a particular emphasis on questions of presidential power, foreign relations, the independence of the judiciary, and free speech in the era of the Trump presidency. The approach will be largely historical, rather than strictly legal, so that students from other disciplines will find the material more accessible.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course
To give students a broad understanding of basic governing constitutional principles that are at issue in the age of Trump.

Achievement levels
This is intended as an introductory course for all students.


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction


  • Number of (2 hour) lectures: t.b.a.

  • Names of lecturers: Prof. Joe Paul

  • Required preparation by students: reading of literature/case law before class meetings and preparing questions for discussion.


  • Number of (2 hour) seminars: t.b.a.

  • Names of instructors: t.b.a.

  • Required preparation by students: reading of literature/case law before class meetings and preparing written assignments.

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

  • Written exam (English)

Areas to be tested within the exam
The examination syllabus consists of the required reading (literature) for the course, the course information guide and the subjects taught in the lectures, the seminars and all other instructions which are part of the course.


More information on this course is offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • Readings to be posted on Blackboard

Course information guide:

  • Outline as posted on Blackboard


  • To be announced on Blackboard

Recommended couse materials
To be announced on Blackboard.


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis.

Contact information


A maximum of 30 students can participate in this course.