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

Code Name Level Year Semester
IRES 121 Introduction to Law Undergraduate 1 Fall
Status Number of ECTS Credits Class Hours Per Week Total Hours Per Semester Language
Compulsory 4 2 + 1 127 English

Instructor Assistant Coordinator
Haris Hasić, Expert Haris Hasić, LLM Haris Hasić, Expert
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Law is a systematized set of rules governing behavior of the subjects of the law regarding particular objects of the law. The course is a wide and summary introduction to the study of law to students that have had no previous legal training. It is designed to cover the structure of law, its basic tenants, principles, institutes and to create a foundation for further study and for independent research and intellectual operation.

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
  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. State and government
  7. Legislative branch: the process of making laws, sources of laws, understanding applying and making sense of legal norms
  8. Executive branch: Administrative law and government services, political system, the protection of Human rights and the rights of minorities
  9. Judicial branch: Courts, lawyers and the resolution of disputes
  10. Characteristics of Bosnian governance and legal system
  11. Subjects of the law
  12. Objects of the law
  13. Contract law

  1. Property, intellectual property, business and labor law
  2. United Nations, European Union, World Trade Organization, the international community and the legal aspects of living and doing business in a globalized information society


    • Interactive Lectures
    • Practical Sessions
    • Excersises
    • Presentation
    • Discussions and group work
    • Student debates
    • Problem solving
    • Assignments
    • Case Studies
    • Use of educational films
    Description (%)
    Method Quantity Percentage (%)
    Midterm Exam(s)20
    Term Paper20
    Final Exam150
    Total: 100
    Learning outcomes
    • Be familiar with the structure and the functioning of the law in general.
    • Be familiar with basic tenants, principles, institutes and other important elements of the law.
    • Be able to understand and use effectively legally correct terminology.
    • Be able to recognize legal implications in basic everyday life situations.
    • Be able to know when to ask for expert legal advice and when to be able to handle oneself appropriately.
    • Be able to make informed and legally sound decisions in basic situations.
    • Be able to find sources of relevant law and to research independent law topics.
    • Prepare the foundation for further legal study.
    • Course materials provided by the instructor
    • Jaap Hage; Bram Akkermans (ed.) (2014) Introduction to Law, Springer, Heidelberg

    ECTS (Allocated based on student) WORKLOAD
    Activities Quantity Duration (Hour) Total Work Load
    Lecture (14 weeks x Lecture hours per week)15230
    Laboratory / Practice (14 weeks x Laboratory/Practice hours per week)15115
    Midterm Examination (1 week)122
    Final Examination(1 week)122
    Preparation for Midterm Examination11818
    Preparation for Final Examination13030
    Assignment / Homework/ Project11010
    Seminar / Presentation12020
    Total Workload: 127
    ECTS Credit (Total workload/25): 5