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CertificateGateway - Hungarian-Chinese Exchange Programme

Tuition fee $2,900 one-time

Upon receiving the admission notice it is required to pay the tuition fee by 6th of January 2021

Application fee €35 per programme

The 35 EUR Application Fee (non-refundable) is payable by programmes: as many programmes is indicated on the application form as many times 35 EUR should be paid.

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Gateway Program (Non-degree)

About the Program
The Gateway Program aims to give a general knowledge about the basics of law regarding the European Union, the criminal justice system in the EU and Hungary and also covers some aspect of regional Economics. Furthermore introducing the International Relations of Europe is an important aspect as well but not the only one. Students can get a glimpse of the Asian and African countries affected by the Belt and Road Initiative too. Diplomatic relations are examined in a global scale.
Teaching Legal English is an important part of the Program as the students need to learn the technical terms of Law in an international environment. In addition to technical English, everyday English is stressed as well, thus students can receive competence not just in the field of Law, Economics and International Relations but also in situations regarding daily life in a foreign Country.
Please see the details of the elective courses below.

Level of the Program : Non-degree
Length of the Program : 1 semester
Registered by: EU
Credits: 30

Start of the Program: February 2021
Tuition Fee : 2900 USD / semester; (300 USD for each additional optional courses)
Other fees : 30 EUR online application fee

More information on application or on the program please contact Dr. László Gulyási via e‐mail or call +36 30 5107072;

Programme structure

Short Description of Compulsory Courses

Legal English
This practical course aims to introduce the English terminology of some major fields of law, supplemented by language development as necessary. The course will help students better understand the material of other subjects studied in the semester. It will offer plenty of opportunities to practice all four language skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing, mainly in a legal context. Requirements for completing the course include weekly homework assignments such as keeping a diary, writing essays and making presentations. A language test is given both at the beginning and at the end of the course to assess students’ development during the semester.

Basics of EU Law
This course offers a general overview of the core principles of the European Union (EU) legal system. The course focuses both on institutional and substantive law issues and explores the functioning of the unique creature of the EU.

Introduction to Hungarian history, culture and language

The course offers basic language skills and background information on Hungarian culture in a European context. The language component focuses on the essential grammar and vocabulary that is useful in everyday communicative situations. The topics on culture help students understand how people live and think in Hungary and they also provide a good basis for further cultural studies. This course gives some insight to the Hungarian constitutional history as well. We will examine the Hungarian constitutional state construction: the governmental system, the National Assembly, the local governments, the head of state and the jurisdiction.

Short Description of Optional Courses

A Brief Introduction to the One Belt One Road Initiative
In this course students will be able to get a glimpse into the main purpose of the One Belt One Road (OBOR, 一带一路) initiative, or more commonly referred to as the „New Silk Road”. We will examine the major countries concerned in this initiative, both Asian and European ones. The course itself will show the cultural backgrounds including both historical and where it is important religious aspects of the states which are concerned with this new policy. Furthermore each countries’ relation with China in the 20th and 21st century will be analyzed. The course focuses mainly on the international relations of OBOR countries, but questions of economy and also the legal framework of all the areas where the Silkroad Econonomic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road go through will come up as well.

Parties and Political Systems in Europe
The course provides an overview on the development of European political systems with a focus on the two pivotal institutions of political representation: political parties and elections. A wide range of different institutional configurations can be found on the continent, there are examples for monarchies and republics, presidential and parliamentary systems using majoritarian, proportional or mixed electoral systems for the selection of representatives. This diversity of political frameworks, together with a variety of distinct cultural and historical factors, produced an exciting landscape of parties and party systems in Europe. The course provides students with an opportunity to better understand how European political competition evolved in modern time, how institutional and social factors affected political parties, and how they deal with the challenges of the 21st century. The topic of the course the examination of the parties will indicate issues like the specificities of societies and political cultures, which will make it possible to understand the political cleavages and political differences, strategies in campaigns, and political party families.

Introduction to the International, EU and Hungarian Labour Law
1. Role of labour law and typology of employment relationship
2. Sources of labour law (International labour standards (ILO, COE, EU, etc. + Hungarian national norms, HLC)
3. Employment relations (employment law-individual issues)
4. Industrial relations (labour law-collective issues)
5. Atypical employment relationships (fixed-term contract, part-time job, TWA (temporary work agency), on-call contract, job-sharing, telework, etc.
6. Flexicurity concept in EU
7. Free movement of persons (workers) in EU (from labour law point of view)
8. EWC (European Works Council)
9. Domestic work (ILO C189 Convention, 2011)
10. Equal treatment in the workplace (types of discrimination, harassment, etc.)
11. Privacy/data protection in the workplace
12. Occupational safety and health
13. Labour inspection

Comparative Digital Copyright Law
This course aims to discuss some hot topics of the copyright law in the digital age, and of the internet law from a comparative law aspect. In the frames of the course students will be able to get familiarized with the common law solutions of the covered topics in the United States, and various types of the Continental European legal regimes, with a special focus on the law of the European Union.

Hungarian and European Criminal Law from a Comparative Perspective
The main objective of the course is to give an introduction to the system of Hungarian criminal law: what the main characteristics of substantive criminal law are, and how the criminal procedure works in Hungary. Furthermore, some basic features of the execution of penalties are discussed. A comparative method will be applied during the course: the students learn the Hungarian institutions of criminal law in a broad comparative context (systematic context, European context and „bilateral” context) in order to be able to evaluate the comparable institutions of the legal orders (criminal law) of their respective countries. Consequently, this approach enables the students not only to know the basics of Hungarian criminal law, but also to better understand the criminal law of their own legal system. The course also introduces the new institutional law of the EU in the field of Justice and Home Affairs and possible future developments. After the Lisbon Treaty, the European integration in the area of criminal law gained new horizons: the new competences of the EU in this field promises also new criminal policy on a European level. The European criminal law has significant impacts on the domestic criminal law in many fields. The national criminal law systems are developing under these impacts, but the structures and legal institutions differ despite the common background of EU Law. Some of the differences concerning the national criminal legislations and law enforcement systems will be examined, with student participation.

International Organizations
The aim of the course is to provide the students with the knowledge of the basic principles and sources of public international law. Students get a comprehensive overview of the legal side of international relations, especially with respect to the treaties and responsibility of states, and the international settlement of disputes. The course introduces the general concept of international organisations under public international law, their types, structures and competences. It also deals with major global and regional international organisations, their activities and impact on international law, international relations, global politics and policy making.

Research and Development in the EU
By the end of the semester, students should improve in their knowledge in and understanding of the following: the importance of improving economic performance and competitiveness – and the main sources of this improvement; the concept of innovation; the role of human capital in economic performance and prospects; the role of technology in competitiveness and prospects; the main arguments in favour of investing in research, development, and innovation; financing research and development; successful management of research and development activities; R&D projects – all this presented through the case and more than 50 years’ experience of the European Union.

Protection of Human Rights in Europe
The protection of human rights as a shared fundamental principle and a common constitutional value of the Member States of the EU is an essential part of every political system. Human rights are guaranteed in a multilevel system: by national constitutional law, by the Charter of European Union and also by the Council of Europe. This lecture provides key information on the origin of the concept of human rights and their historical evolution and importance. It discusses the different legal notions and related theories, presents the codification of fundamental rights and freedoms, and describes the complex system of their protection in Europe.

European Public Policy
This course will consider public policy from the political and legal aspects and examine its practical application in the continual evolution of the European Union. The course examines the historical development of important legal structures for determining the creation and implementation of different types of policy outputs and also introduces the students to various supranational, national and sub-national institutions and actors that contribute to the EU policy-making process. Which policy areas are governed at the supranational level and which by the member states. How the EU institutions ensure democratic accountability? The EU neither a typical international organisation nor a traditional sovereign state. The course explores how the policy processes work in practice by scrutinising developments in important internal and external policy areas and over time. This course familiarizes students with the political and normative effect of the EU in the wider European neighbourhood.

European Administration
The course aims to introduce students to the administrative structure of the European Union and how the European integration has influenced and modified the national administrative system, how these two cooperates and collaborates, thus how the so called European administration operates. The course provides general characteristics of the European Administrative Space in the European Union as it presents the history of its development. It explores the position of the EU administration as a hybrid between international organizations as the course focuses on the direct administrations, the institutions, organs and agencies of the EU, and indirect administration meaning the administrative capacity and structure of national administration. Furthermore, the importance of organizational structures, organizational processes and organizational cultures as well as legitimacy and efficiency is discussed. A specific example with Hungarian interest is also described for better understanding.

Legal Problems of International Economic Relations
The growing importance of international trade in the global economy has made international trade law one of the most important topics in international relations and international law. This course focuses on the international legal framework for international economic relations. It also addresses the new generation of free trade agreements (TTIP, TPP, CETA).
The course deals with the legal problems of the four channels of international economic relations: trade in goods, services, technology (knowledge) and investments. It examines the rules, principles and case-law of the GATT, GATS and TRIPS agreements and those of investment protection (bilateral investment treaties, ICSID etc.).
The course will cover political and economic arguments for and against free trade, the history of the GATT system and the creation of the WTO, and the core topics of the WTO’s complex set of rules on international trade in goods, services and intellectual property. These topics will include WTO dispute settlement, tariffs, quantitative restrictions, principles of non-discrimination (most-favored-nation treatment and national treatment), exceptions to WTO rules, agreements on sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade, anti-dumping law and counter-veiling duties. In the domain of investment protection, the course covers, in particular, the concept of expropriation, including creeping expropriation, the fair and equitable treatment standard and dispute settlement.

Legal Clinic
Legal Clinic is an alternative educational method since it focuses on the practical part of the legal education instead of theory. The purposes of the Legal Clinic course are to prepare law student to law practice, improve professional ethics and other competencies, such as communication with clients, drafting legal documents. Furthermore, clinical legal education strengthens the emotional skills of the students. The structure of the seminar is divided into two main parts: theoretical and practical. Within the theoretical part, we deal with the methodology of legal clinic, the issue of discrimination (e.g. gender, race, age, and disabilities), child care system, data protection (GDPR), and client interviewing techniques. In the practical part, we go for a field trip. We will meet with the representatives of the NGOs who have partnership agreement with the legal clinic. Furthermore, we practice client interviewing (e.g. questioning the client, fact finding), drafting legal documents, case solving. Also, we organize a moot court to illustrate, how the judicial system functions.

Interaction Between Social Partners, Direct Actions, Strike
The course aims to define legally supported direct actions of the employees, with special regard to the right to strike. The course covers basic types and definitions of possible and legal direct actions of the employees, legal regulation of the right to strike in different countries as well as the different types of strikes and their regulation in the EU and on international level. Some emphasis is also placed on secondary direct actions of the employees and possible direct actions of the employers.

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