Administrative procedure law2018

774 Administrative procedure law

  • Study programme and level: Master’s Degree Programme Administration- Public sector governance 2nd Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 8 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 28
  • Seminar: 14
  • Other forms of study: 118
  • Individual work: 80
  • Lecturer: Polonca Kovač, PhD

1. Prerequisits

No prerequisits.

2. Content (Syllabus outline) 

  • Good (Public) Governance with the role of administrative processes and law in it.
  • Rights of Good Administration by Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU and European case law.
  • Functions of administrative procedures and law through the rights of defense in the constitutional framework. Equal protection of rights in special procedures.  De minimis principle. Vested right theory.
  • Europeanization of administrative procedures through the function of public policies’ implementation. Key trends. Red tape reduction. One-stop-shop.
  • Types of administrative relations, acts and norms in Slovenia, the EU and selected countries. Convergence trends. Relation substantive v. procedure law.
  • Fundamental administrative procedural law principles in the EU and Slovenia. Legality, independence, public interest protection. Impartiality.
  • Substantive truth. Fictions. Evidence giving.
  • Rights to information and to be heard. Prescribed and reasonable time of decision-making.
  • Jurisdiction, devolution, delegation, requisition. Parties and other participants. Communication.
  • Key rules of and infringement effects in individual phases of the procedure, based on inquisitory and dispositive principles.
  • Efficiency of legal remedies. Alternative administrative disputes resolution.
  • Judicial and other review forms on legality and appropriateness of administrative acts.

3. Readings

  • Jerovšek, T., Kovač, P. (2019). Upravni postopek in upravni spor. 2. izdaja/ponatis. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo, 200 str.
  • Kovač, P. (2021). Praktikum za upravno procesno pravo. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo, 50 str.
  • Avbelj, M. et al. (2019). Komentar Ustave RS. Nova Gorica: Nova univerza, EPF, izbranih 30 str.
  • Kovač, P. (2019): Principles of administrative procedure in selected CEE countries : between national legacies and European trends. V: Public Administration in a Democratic Society, Dubrovnik, Croatia  [Zagreb]: Institute of Public Administration.
  • Kovač, P. (2020). Kodifikacija upravnega postopka v Sloveniji in EU, Teorija in praksa, let. 57, št. 2,
  • Kerševan, E., Androjna, V., (2017). Upravno procesno pravo. Ljubljana: GV založba, izbranih cca 80 str.
  • Auby, J.B. et al., (2014). Codification of Administrative Procedure. Bruxelles: Bruylant ali Hofmann, H.C.H. et al. (2014): ReNEUAL Model Rules on EU Administrative Procedure,
  • Koprić, I. et al. (2016). Legal Remedies in Administrative Procedures in Western Balkans. ReSPA,, izbranih 20 str.
  • Kovač, P., Jukić, T. (2017): Recent regional developments in red tape reduction. Lex Localis , vol. 15 (3), 433-457,
  • Dragos, D.C., Kovač, P., Tolsma, H.D. (2020). The Sound of Silence in European Administrative Law. Palgrave Macmillan, izbranih 50 strani.

4. Objectives and competences


  • understanding and assessment of elements of public governance, good administration, administrative procedures and (administrative procedural) law and relations among them
  • critical assessment of trends in administrative procedural law in Slovenian and European space
  • ability to interpret meaning and contents of fundamental administrative procedural principles
  • analysis and problem-solving of complex problems
  • development of team work, networking and field ethics


  • ability to innovatively and critically assess key field concepts
  • ability to autonomously resolve complex administrative procedural problems through lenses of good administration principles
  • ability to conduct innovative (comparative) legal analysis and research work
  • ability to reflect and perform legal and ethical evaluation
  • ability to constructively net- and teamwork
  • ability to use professional terminology in Slovenian ad English

5. Intended learning outcomes

Student know how to:

  • explain, assess and develop the innovative role of APL and rights of GA within good public governance
  • summarize and analyze fundamental APL principles in the EU and Slovenia
  • compare and classify significant APL rules
  • analyze complex procedural problems and judge, which principles to apply in these situations
  • categorize and argue what are the types of administrative acts and consequential legal protection of parties

6. Learning and teaching methods

  • preparations for lectures
  • lecture
  • preparations for seminars
  • seminars
  • project group (analysis of case-law and administrative practice, comparative analyses,  cooperation within research project, field work, inter-curricular collaboration)
  • problem based learning
  • study consultation
  • guest lecture from practice

7. Assessment

  • written and/or oral examination 60 %
  • interim assignments and active collaboration within lectures and seminars 10 %
  • group seminar work analysis of case studies with a report 30 %

8. Lecturer's references

  • Kovač, P., Kerševan, E. (ur.) (2020). ZUP s komentarjem. Ljubljana: Uradni list RS in PF UL.
  • Dragos, D.C., Kovač, P., Tolsma, H.D. (2020). The Sound of Silence in European Administrative Law. Legal and Empirical Insights in Selected Jurisdictions. Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Jerovšek, T., Kovač, P. (2019). Upravni postopek in upravni spor. Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo.
  • Kovač, P., v Avbelj, M. (2019). Komentar Ustave RS (komentar k členom 22, 23, 25 in 157; Del 1: str. 189-197, 228-232, 248-255, Del 2: str. 420-430). Nova Gorica: Nova univerza, EPF.
  • Kovač, P. (2020). Kodifikacija upravnega postopka v Sloveniji in EU, Teorija in praksa, let. 57, št. 2.
  • Kovač, P. (2018). Potentials of administrative procedures as a participatory tool within governance models in Central and Eastern Europe. Danube, vol. 9, issue 4, str. 227-244.
  • Kovač, P. (2016). The requirements and limits of the codification of administrative procedures in Slovenia according to European trends. Review of central and east European law, 41(3/4) 427-461.