Parliamentary law

SubjectParliamentary law
Semester3/4 semester
Study programme:Law studies (Master)
Primary language:Slovene

No special conditions

1. General about parliamentary law.

2. Basic principles of organization of state power.

3. Representative body.

4. Basic characteristics of the organization of state power in Slovenia.

5. Parliamentary system in Slovenia.
5.1 National Assembly.
5.2 National Council.
5.3 Relation of the National Assembly to other basic state bodies.
5.4 Relation of the National Council to other basic state bodies.


Required readings:

  • Komentar Ustave Republike Slovenije : 1. natis. Nova Gorica: Nova univerza, Evropska pravna fakulteta, 2019.
  • Grad, Franc, Kaučič, Igor, Zagorc, Saša. Ustavno pravo. 1. izd. Ljubljana: Pravna fakulteta, 2016.
  • Grad, Franc: Parlamentarno pravo, Ljubljana, 2013, GV Založba.

Objectives and competences:

Students will developgeneral competences:

  • initiative and independence in decision-making;
  • development and use of legal syllogism and argumentation, general communication skills, presentation of acquired knowledge inside and outside the organization and in the international environment;
  • ability to use different interpretive methods of interpreting legal texts.

Students will develop specifical competences:

  • in-depth knowledge of parliamentary law and its application in practice;
  • ability to address specific professional issues using relevant legislation, case law, interpretative arguments and scientific methods and procedures;
  • ability to connect knowledge from different fields (interdisciplinarity)

Intended learning outcomes:
After successfully completing the obligations, the student will be able to:

  • to acquire knowledge in the field of parliamentarism, on the basis of which he will be able to more understand the functioning of the legislative branches of government in EU countries and in Slovenia;
  • evaluate the legal dilemmas of the field;
  • to acquire skills of oral and written expression on legal issues in the field of the subject.

Learning and teaching methods:
Lectures with active student participation, case studies, individual and group research work, distance learning with ICT and presentations.


  • written exam (50%)
  • written assignment (50%)

The condition for taking the written exam is a positively assessed written assignment.

Lecturer's references:
Dr. Dušan Štrus received his PhD in 2007 at the Faculty of Law in Ljubljana in the field of constitutional law. In 2011 he published a book entitled The Second Chamber of the Parliament with the presentation of the theory and practice of bicameral parliament. In 2017 he was appointed Secretary of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia. He published more than twenty monographs as an author or editor, as well as articles in the field of constitutional, parliamentary and electoral law. Some of them have been translated into foreign languages.


  • ŠTRUS, Dušan. Drugi dom parlamenta. 1. izd. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo, 2011.
  • ŠTRUS, Dušan. Državni svet - že 25 let stičišče interesov družbe = The National Council - interconnecting society for 25 years. Ljubljana: Državni svet Republike Slovenije, 2017.
  • ŠTRUS, Dušan. Reshaping the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia. V: ALBERT, Richard (ur.). Constitutional reform of national legislatures : bicameralism under pressure. Cheltenham (UK); Northampton (MA, USA): E. Elgar, cop. 2019. Str. 230-247.