Law of Persons and Family Law
|Course code module||1BREC-25|
|Study load (hours)||168|
|Language of instruction:||Dutch|
|Semester exam information:||exam in the 2nd semester|
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“General Introduction into Private Law” and “Sources and Foundations of Law”.
2. Objectives (expected learning outcomes)
1. Knowledge and understanding of the actual technique of substantive (and, to a lesser degree, procedural) law of persons and (nuclear) family law.
2. Insight in the structure of this area of law. This must enable the student to understand evolutions in the law and to go apply them.
3. Develop a critical view on the institutes and rules of the Law of Persons and Family Law.
3. Course content
First, this area of law is placed and put into perspective, vis-à-vis other areas of law and vis-à-vis other systems (economic, sociological, biological, ...).
The law of persons comprises the definition of 'person' (who is a person, from and until when) and identification thereof (names, domicile, sex). After that, the civil status of the person is treated vis-à-vis the State (nationality) and vis-à-vis himself (capacity).
Family law comprises the status of the person in certain relations with other persons. These relations can be vertical or horizontal. Vertical relations are: parentage, authority (deriving from parentage) and kinship (establishment, content and ending). They are usually based on blood ties. Horizontal relations are those between two or more persons who form a socio-economic, and therefore legal, entity. Horizontal relation comprise: marriage, registered and non-registered cohabitation of partners. Establishment, content and ending are dealt with. Nuclear family law is part of family law. Are considered as nuclear families: the horizontal relations and the vertical relations that are part of a socio-economic entity (dependent children or parents).
4. Teaching method
Direct contact: LecturesExercise sessions
Personal work: ExercisesAssignments - in groupCase studies - in groupSupervised self-study
5. Assessment method
Exam: Oral, with written preparationClosed bookOpen questions
6. Compulsory reading – study material
Civil code. Procedural law code. Specific acts.
F. Swennen, Personenrecht in kort bestek, Antwerpen, Intersentia, 2007.
F. Swennen, Familierecht in kort bestek, Antwerpen, Intersentia, 2007.
-> These books are for sale at Acco Somville bookstore from 12/02/2007.
7. Recommended reading - study material
Oral coaching by professor and assistant during the office hours or after appointment (cf. Blackboard).
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