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Předmět: HP3036 Legal Argumentation and Debate: First Amendment Issues in Context
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Osoba: Sean Davidson   
Katedra: Katedra jazyků (22-KJ)   
Platnost od: 02.04.2020   
Platnost do: 30.06.2020   
Lístek vytvořen: 02.04.2020 21:48   
Poslední změna: 02.04.2020 21:48 
possible to complete course through distance means 

Legal Argumentation and Debate:  First Amendment Issues in Context

Sean Davidson                                                                     


Course Objectives:

1) to examine high court cases on the First Amendment and issues related to freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and freedom of the press; 2) to compare and assess the U.S. Supreme Court decisions to those of other courts, including the European Court of Human Rights; 3) to develop skills of reasoning and critical analysis, especially through arguing and deciding cases in moot court exercises.


Course Requirements:  Obtain at least 55/100 assessment points (see below)


Final Marks:  

(A-E, Erasmus)  A: 91-100       B: 82-90        C: 73-81        D: 64-72        E: 55-63

(1-3, regular curriculum students)     1: 89-100         2: 75-88          3: 55-74 


Final Mark Assessment:


·         2 Moot Court exercises (April 7, May 5):  45% each


-Lawyers marked as a group based on oral arguments during the Moot Court hearing itself (in groups of 2 or 3)


-Judges marked individually on written judicial opinions (maximum 2000 words) to be turned in within one week of the Moot Court hearing



·         Preparation for Class:  10%


Course Program:

Week 1 (February 25): Course introduction

·         Interpreting the First Amendment

·         Is religion special?

·         Considering psychology studies

Week 2 (March 3): Establishment clause - religious symbols in public places

·         Lynch v. Donnelly (nativity scene)

·         Allegheny v. ACLU (nativity scene)

·         Analysing the endorsement test

Week 3 (March 10): Religious symbols in public places (cont’d.)

·         Van Orden v. Perry (ten commandments)

·         Town of Greece v. Galloway (prayer at town meetings)

·         Ceremonial deism

Week 4 (March 17): informal moot court exercise – prayer at presidential inauguration

Week 5 (March 24):  Freedom to publish

·         New York Times v. United States (Pentagon Papers)

·         Nebraska Press v. Stuart (media coverage of trials)

Week 6 (March 31):  Right to be forgotten (right to erasure) – EU perspective

·         German case concerning murderer’s right to be forgotten

·         Dutch surgeon case

·         Comparison to U.S. Supreme Court (Florida Star v. B.J.F.)

Week 7 (April 7):  first assessed Moot Court exercise

Week 8 (April 21):  Right to gather news 

·         Branzburg v. Hayes (anonymous sources)

·         Comparison to ECtHR

Week 9 (April 28): Indecent expression

·         FCC v. Pacifica Foundation (broadcasting vulgar speech)

·         Erzoznik v. Jacksonville (publicly visible screen nudity)

Week 10 (May 5):  second assessed Moot Court exercise


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