Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
Department of International Relations and European Studies

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 104 Introduction To Law Undergraduate 1 Spring
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
4 0 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Esad ORUC, Assist. Prof. Dr. Haris Hasić Esad Oruc, Staff Member
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The primary goal of the course is to familiarize students with the basic tenants, institutes and the functioning of the law. The course will present a basic overview of the functioning of the legal system and serve as a good basis for more advanced legal subjects as well as provide sufficient insight to regard the student as being sufficiently legally literate to function in the modern legal environment.

The successful student should be able to understand basic legal terminology and basic tenants of the law, evaluate issues of legal significance, form opinions and be able to effectively argument such opinions, apply legally sound reasoning to situations and form legal conclusions, sufficiently competently apply legal interpretations to factual situations and perform other actions. The student should know where to look for advice regarding the more advanced legal dilemmas and to recognize where professional assistance is needed and be able to use such professional assistance effectively. The student should be able to make informed and legally sound decisions in standard legal situations.

  1. Course overview Law in daily life Debate
  2. Introduction to law, its role in society, its purpose and function
  3. Roots of law, its historical development, ethical and moral consideration shaping law in the present and the future
  4. The legal system, categories and branches of the law – Public law and private law
  5. Major types of legal systems: Civil, Common and Religious Legal Systems and International law
  6. Characteristics of Bosnian governance and legal system
  7. Legislative branch: the process of making laws, sources of laws, understanding applying and making sense of legal norms
  9. Executive branch: Administrative law and government services, political system, the protection of Human rights and the rights of minorities
  10. Judicial branch: Courts, lawyers and the resolution of disputes
  11. Subjects of the law and objects of the law
  12. Contract law
  13. Property, intellectual property, business and labor law
  14. United Nations, European Union, World Trade Organization, the international community and the legal aspects of living and doing business in a globalized information society
  15. Review for the final


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)120
    Term Paper110
    Final Exam140
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • 1. Learn to understand basic legal terminology and concepts.
    • 2. Learn how to evaluate issues of legal significance in business transactions
    • 3. Apply legal reasoning to situations and form legal conclusions
    • 4. Compare and apply various legal theories/interpretations to factual situations
    • 5. Learn how to issue spot, weigh, and analyze risks, and gain a sense of comfort and familiarity with the legal system.
    • Course materials provided by the instructor
    • Phil Harris, An Introduction to Law, Seventh Edition, Cambridge University Press

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week) 0
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week) 0
    Midterm Examination (1 week) 0
    Final Examination(1 week) 0
    Preparation for Midterm Examination 0
    Preparation for Final Examination 0
    Assignment / Homework/ Project 0
    Seminar / Presentation 0
    Total Workload: 0
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 0