Course: Ombudsman Legal Clinic

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Course title Ombudsman Legal Clinic
Course code CPV/NPKOP
Organizational form of instruction Seminar
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Summer
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Lecturer(s)
  • Tomoszková Veronika, JUDr. Ph.D.
  • Frýdková Lenka, Ing. Mgr.
  • Tomoszek Maxim, JUDr. PhD.
Course content
The first class will focus on methods of work of ombudsman as a necessary prerequisite for the placement in the office of ombudsman. In the following five classes, students will address different areas of public law related to activities of ombudsman (based on current agenda of ombudsman), such as law of construction, judicial hold-outs, liability for unlawful administrative decisions or actions, citizen registry, debt enforcement and state supervision etc. The students will use the knowledge and skills acquired during their studies in compulsory courses (Administrative Law, Fundamental Rights) and in the theoretical part of this subject during the five-day placement in the office of ombudsman.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic Lecture(Interpretation, Training)
Learning outcomes
The course Ombudsman Legal Clinic focuses on practical application of legal regulation in the areas falling within the scope of operation of ombudsman. In addition to necessary theoretical preparation, the course has significant practical elements. During the placement in the office of ombudsman, the students will have a unique opportunity to participate in inquiries of ombudsman in concrete cases. The course promotes complex and multi-disciplinary approach, especially regarding relations of intertwined specialized pieces of legislation (not only from the area of administrative law) while respecting legal principles and their role in application of law. At the end of the course, the students will be able to evaluate the competence of ombudsman to solve particular cases, to assess different problems in the area of public law, analyze the relevant legal regulations and identify the institutions responsible for the particular agenda. Students will be able to draft a report of inquiry of ombudsman as a complex document containing factual information and legal argumentation assessing the actions of public authorities based on relevant case-law and suggesting remedies. When working under supervision of lawyer from the office of ombudsman, the students will experience the responsibility for working their own real case.
In this subject, the students will improve their skill of practical application of law during the assessment of everyday administrative practice of public authorities within the scope of competence of ombudsman. The students will also develop the ability to recognize the relevant aspects of the legal case at hand (usually submitted by person without legal education) and ability to strategically aim at the outcome of the case.
Prerequisites
The course Ombudsman Legal Clinic has no prerequisit courses.

Assessment methods and criteria
Student performance

The requirements to pass the subject are active participation in classes, proper preparation for classes, and successful completion of the placement in the office of ombudsman.
Recommended literature
  • Nečinnost ve veřejné správě: sborník z mezinárodní konference : Kroměříž, 23. - 24. 6. 2011. Editovali Kadečka, Stanislav; Kliková, Alena, Valachová, Kateřina; Glotzmann, Filip. Praha: Kancelář veřejného ochránce práv a Wolters Kluwer ČR, a. s., 2012. 243 s., dostupný na www.ochrance.cz.
  • Principy dobré správy: sborník příspěvků přednesených na pracovní konferenci : Kongresový sál Kanceláře veřejného ochránce práv, Brno, 22. března 2006. Editovala Hrabcová, Dana. 1. vyd. Brno : Masarykova univerzita pro Kancelář veřejného ochránce práv, 2006. 265 s., dostupný na www.ochrance.cz.
  • Souhrnné zprávy veřejného ochránce práv 2009 -2012 dostupné na www.ochrance.cz.
  • Sládeček, V. (2011). Zákon o Veřejném ochránci práv : komentář. 2. vyd.. C. H. Beck, Praha.
  • Šabatová, A. Ombundsman a lidská práva. 1.vyd. Praha: Linde a. s., 2008. 200 s. ISBN: 978-80-7239-229-2..


Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Law Law (2010) Law, legal and public administration proceeding 4 Summer
Faculty of Law Law (2010) Law, legal and public administration proceeding 3 Summer