Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles

HDDR1317 - Natural Law


Credits : 4

Lecturer :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , second term, 30 hours of theory.

Timetable :
Second term
Monday from 17:15 to 19:15 at 43 Botanique 3

Language of instruction :
The course is taught in French.

Learning outcomes :
This course introduces the concept of Natural Law to students, exploring in particular its place in the history of legal thinking, the criticisms it faces and the questions it raises for lawyers.

Prerequisites :
Co-requisites :

Course contents :
The course is divided into three parts.
The first part outlines the history of Natural Law in legal thought, starting from classical Natural law through to its (official) decline.
The second part examines the major objections raised against Natural Law.
The third part is devoted to contemporary questions that highlight the topicality of Natural Law, including its relationship with human rights, the general principles of law, the notion of equity, civil disobedience and nature's rights.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
The course is an ex-cathedra lecture but aims, as far as possible, to be interactive. Lectures will take as their starting point texts read by students in advance, while the syllabus made available at the beginning of the course will include a table of contents and course material.

Assessment methods and criteria :
Assessment is by written examination on site (or online if required by the public health situation : open book, MCQ and open question). The exam criteria include an evaluation of the student's understanding and knowledge of the subjects covered during the course, as well as his/her critical judgment regarding contemporary issues of Natural Law.

Recommended or required reading :
The bibliography is included in the detailed course outline.