POLS122 Le droit et les systemes juridiques



• The course familiarizes the students with the development of the legal norms and systems, with specific emphasis on continental and common legal traditions. The course follows a multiaspect approach by combining philosophical, historical, administrative, regulative and normative approaches. Its aim is to present the scope, the specifics and the main problems of legal science as well as to introduce basic concepts and theories and to demonstrate some of the main methods through case-studies, analysis of problematic situations, practical workshops and discussion.

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Politics and Society (in English)


Dragomir Yordanov

Course Description:



After completing successfully this course the students will:

1) know:

• The basic theories and concepts about legal norms, legal systems and European (Continental) and Common Law legal traditions

2) are capable of:

• Applying legal approaches in analyzing various juridical, social and political situations

Students should have the following knowledge and/or skills:

• General culture and knowledge of history

• Developed sense of morality and fairness

• Desire to understand the legal subject-matter

Full-time Programmes

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Suggested Readings

1. Милкова Д. Обща теория на правото. С., 2002.

2. Торбов Ц. Обща теория на правото. С., 2003.

3. Иванов Хр. Въведение в правото. С., 2000.

4. Маджолян М. Въведение в правото. В., 2000.

5. Дачев Л. Въведение в правото. - В кн. “Философия, Социология, Обща теория.” С., 1998.

6. Колев Т. Въведение в правото. С., 2005.

7. David R., Brierley E. J. Major Legal Systems in the World today. An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Law. L., 1968.

8. Zweigert K. Introduction to Comparative Law. L., 1998.

9. Fox J. Dictionary of Internacional and Comparative Law. N. Y., 1997.

10. Danner R., Bernal M. Introduction to Foreign Legal Systems. L., 1994.

Barry, The Liberal Theory of Justice

11. Daniels (ed.), Understanding Rawls

12. Devlin, The Enforcement of Morals

13. Dworkin, Taking Rights Seriously (ch.10)

14. Gough, The Social Contract

15. Hart, Law, Liberty and Morality

16. Hart, Essays in Jurisprudence and Philosophy, ch.10

17. Harris, Legal Philosophies, ch.20

18. Hayek, F.A. Law, Legislation, Liberty. Vol. I. Rules and Order. London, 1973.

19. Hayek, F.A. Law, Legislation, Liberty. Vol. II. The Mirage of Social Justice. London, 1976.

20. Hayek, F.A. Law, Legislation, Liberty. Vol. III. The Political Order of a Free People. London, 1979.

21. Hayek, F. A. Legal positivism and the separation of Law and morals. Havard Law review, LXXI, 1958.

22. Hayek, F.A. New Studies in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and the History of Ideas. London, 1978.

23. Hayek, F.A. The Сonstitution of Liberty. Chicago, 1960.

24. Kelsen, The Pure Theory of Law (1934) 50 LQR

25. Kukathas & Pettit, Rawls: A Theory of Justice and its Critics

26. Mitchell, Law, Morality and Religion in a Secular Society

27. Rawls, J. A Theory of Justice. Cambridge, 1971.

28. Wollheim, Crime, Sin and Mr Justice Devlin Encounter 1959

29. MacCormick, Legal Right and Social Democracy.


1. PRACTICAL ASSIGNMENT (group presentation) 50%