CHILDREN'S PROCEDURAL RIGHTS AND CIVIL JUSTICE:
Katedra za građansko procesno pravo English
Children's Procedural Rights and Civil Justice
Study: Civil Law - 9. semester
Commercial Law - 9. semester
Constitutional-Administrative - 9. semester
Criminal Law - 9. semester
International Law - 9. semester
The European Union Law - 9. semester
Code: 142165
ECTS: 4.0
Course coordinators: doc. dr. sc. Slađana Aras Kramar
prof. dr. sc. Alan Uzelac
izv. prof. dr. sc. Aleksandra Maganić
doc. dr. sc. Ivana Milas Klarić
Exam dates:
  • 08. 04. 2019.
  • 03. 06. 2019.
  • 17. 06. 2019.
  • 01. 07. 2019.
  • 02. 09. 2019.
  • 16. 09. 2019.
Exam registration: Studomat
Basic data
Children's Procedural Rights and Civil Justice Civil Law - 9. semester
Commercial Law - 9. semester
Constitutional-Administrative - 9. semester
Criminal Law - 9. semester
International Law - 9. semester
The European Union Law - 9. semester
4.0 142165
Lecturer in charge Consultations Location
doc. dr. sc. Slađana Aras Kramar

Tuesdays at 8 am

Trg Republike Hrvatske 3, room 23
prof. dr. sc. Alan Uzelac

Thursdays at 15.00h.

Trg Republike Hrvatske 3, room 19
izv. prof. dr. sc. Aleksandra Maganić

Wednesdays, 8 a. m.

Trg Republike Hrvatske 3, room 20
doc. dr. sc. Ivana Milas Klarić Trg Republike Hrvatske 3, room 5
Literature
Aras Kramar, Slađana; Milas Klarić, Ivana; Main Challenges of Implementing the Procedural Rights of the Child in the Family Justice Systems of Some Southeast European Countries; (rukopis/manuscript)
Aras, Slađana; The Powers of the Appellate Court in the Context of the Effective Protection of a Child s Right to Maintenance, in: Uzelac, Alan and van Rhee, C. H. (eds.), Nobody s Perfect. Comparative Essays on Appeals and other Means of Recourse against Judicial Decisions in Civil Matters; Cambridge/Antwerp/Portland: Intersentia (2014), str. 363-373
Aras, Slađana; Uzdržavanje djece. Sudski alimentacijski postupci u domaćem i poredbenom pravu; Zagreb: Pravni fakultet u Zagrebu (2013), str. 517-527
Aras, Slađana; Preložnjak, Barbara; Intentional Killing of Efficiency by Overzealousness in the Pursuit for Truth: The Example of Croatian Legal Aid System; Institute for Comparative Law in Belgrad: Foreign Legal Life (2012), str. 292-303
Bainham, Andrew; Children - the modern law; Bristol: Family Law (2005)
Boele-Woelki, Katharina et al.; Principles of European Family Law Regarding Parental Responsibilities; Antwerp/Oxford: Intersentia (2007)
Fortin, Jane; Children s rights and the developing law; London: LexisNexis UK (2003)
Hrabar, Dubravka; Family law (chapter 7), in: Josipović, Tatjana (ed.), Introduction to the Law of Croatia; Wolters Kluwer Law and Business (2014), str. 217-243
Hrabar, Dubravka; Guidelines of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on child friendly justice (2010) - family law aspect, in: Kutsar, Dagmar; Warming, Hanne (eds), Children and non-discrimination; CREAN, University Press of Estonia (2014), str. 77-90
Hrabar, Dubravka; The establishment of a European Court for Rights of the Child as a new contribution to the area of freedom, security and justice; Pravni fakultet u Zagrebu: Zbornik Pravnog fakulteta u Zagrebu (2014), str. 181-198
Invernizzi, Antonella; Williams, Jane; The human rights of children: from visions to implementation; Farnham/Burlington: Ashgate (2012)
Majstorović, Irena; Children s Participation in Family Mediation: an Example of New Challenges for Non-Discrimination, in: Kutsar, Dagmar; Warming, Hanne (eds), Children and non-discrimination; CREAN, University Press of Estonia (2014), str. 91-110
Rešetar, Branka; The Right of the Child to Express Opinion in Divorce Proceedings, in: Osmak-Franjić, Davorka (ed.), Children and Disputed Divorces; Zagreb: Ombudsman for Children (2010), str. 115-130
Rešetar, Branka; Emery, E. Robert; Children s Rights in European Legal Proceedings: Why are Family Practices do Different from Legal Theories?; Family Court Review (2008), str. 65-78
Stalford, Helen; Children and the European Union: rights, welfare and accountability; Oxford/Portland: Hart Publishing (2012)
Uzelac, Alan; The European Court of Human Rights, in: Wijffels, Alain; van Rhee, C. H. (eds.), European Supreme Courts. A Portrait through History; London: Third Millenium Publishing (2013), str. 270-277
Beck, Susanne; Kindschaftsrecht; Wien: Manzsche Verlags- und Universitatsbuchhandlung (2009)
Johannsen, Kurt H.; Henrich, Dieter; Familienrecht: Scheidung, Unterhalt, Verfahren; Kommentar; Munchen: C. H. Beck (2010)
Keidel, Theodor; FamFG: Kommentar zum Gesetz uber das Verfahren in Familiensachen und die Angelegenheiten der freiwilligen Gerichtsbarkeit; Munchen: C. H. Beck (2009)
Rechberger, Walter H.; Kommentar zum Au erstreitgesetz; Wien, New York: Springer (2006)
Description
The 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and the 1996 European Convention on the Exercise of Children s Rights guarantee the right of a child to be informed, to express his or her views in proceedings and to apply for the appointment of a special representative in judicial and administrative procedures, and impose a duty to the Member States to enable the participation of the child in such procedures, in accordance with the procedural rules of national law.
The course focus is on children who participate in the civil justice system as parties and witnesses to the procedure. The practical implementation of the children s rights to be informed and to be heard in the justice system is a fundamental element of child-friendly justice.
The course sets forth several topical themes of children s procedural rights in civil justice system, inter alia by discussing the following issues: - Civil procedure as a regular method of legal protection. Family matters. Fundamental procedural principles. The right to access to justice and to a fair trial. Judicial activism and party autonomy; Child-friendly justice; Family judges and their roles in a comparative perspective; Social welfare centres and their role in proceedings; Parties. Ability of the parties. Procedural ability. Representation in the court proceedings; International and European instruments on participation of the child in proceedings; Children s participation and enforcement of their rights. The right of the children to be informed about their rights, to be given appropriate ways to access justice and to be consulted and heard in proceedings. Procedural ability of the child. Participation of the child as a witness in proceedings; Representation of the child in a comparative perspective. Children s lawyer. Legal Aid; Application of new technologies and the right of the child to be heard in proceedings; Family dispute resolutions and participation of the child in proceedings.
Exam dates
08. 04. 2019.
03. 06. 2019.
17. 06. 2019.
01. 07. 2019.
02. 09. 2019.
16. 09. 2019.
Detailed data
Cognitive Skills:

After successfully completing the course, students will be able to:

Knowledge

- recognise how procedural institutes are conceived in family procedural system, taking into account the participation of children in court proceedings

- define fundamental elements and principles of child-friendly justice and procedural rights of children

Understanding

- describe fundamental principles of child-friendly justice and procedural rights of children

- explain different aspects of procedural position of children in family court proceedings

- identify to what extent is needed to adjust the (family) justice system to the participation of children in proceedings

- discuss the future development and implementation of the procedural rights of children

Application

- select an adequate approach to the analysis of individual procedural institutes from the perspective of child-friendly justice

- use foreign professional literature and legal texts in foreign languages

Analysis

- differentiate between legally formulated law and its application in practice

- categorise individual procedural rights of children

Synthesis and evaluation

- estimate adequacy of individual legal solutions for achieving desired legal protection effects

- compare domestic and foreign practice of implementation of the procedural rights of children

Practical and Generic Skills:

After successful mastering of the course, students will be able to

- justify their standpoints orally and in writing, and evaluate the arguments of persons with different standpoints

- find arguments for and against regulation of individual solutions

- critically evaluate legal solutions and their application in court practice

Matching Assessments to Learning Outcomes:

The work of individual students is continuously monitored during the course, and in particular the proficiency of the student to prepare an independent presentation on a previously determined topic. The student's skill of presenting in front of the colleagues and teachers and justification of their own points of view will also be evaluated. The final grade will be formed on the basis of an oral examination, which, in agreement with the student, can be replaced by a seminar paper written on the basis of conducted research and/or analysis of domestic and foreign literature, and oral presentation and defense of the paper in a structured interview with the teacher. In this interview the student's knowledge and understanding of the relevant subject matter and their analytical abilities will be assessed.