830 Inspection Supervision

830 Inspection Supervision

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 2nd or 3rd year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Elective
  • Lectures: 20
  • Other forms of study: 70
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Polonca Kovač, PhD, Mirko Pečarič, PhD



1. Objectives and competences

Objectives: Student

  • know and understand systemic role of inspections in public administration and society ;
  • apply knowledge to connect principles and operational rules in practice by understanding how to assert rights of parties and inspectors authorities;
  • solve easier and intermediate problems in inspection procedures through fundamental principles;
  • analyse case studies and sector specifics,
  • clarify and develop sectoral notions in professional language.


  • understanding role, development and  basic principles of inspection supervision,
  • understanding significance and assertion of public interest and parties’ righs in inspection procedures in less complex cases,
  • ability to analyse supervisory problems and forming solutions,
  • ability to professionally communicate in the field.

2. Content

  • The role and importance of inspection supervision
  • Legal regulation of inspection procedures with selected cases of inspection in sector regulation and priority of their application
  • Principles of inspection supervision
  • Organisation of inspections and jurisdiction in inspection matters
  • Participants in inspection procedure: inspectors, informers, persons liable etc.
  • Initiation of inspection proceedings
  • Facts finding and evidence giving proceeding with special inspector powers
  • Inspectors measures
  • Legal remedies
  • Enforcement and conduct and decisions making in minor offence proceedings
  • State and inspector liability
  • Future trends of inspection supervision

3. Readings

  • Kovač, P. et al. (2016): Inšpekcijski nadzor, Uradni list RS, Ljubljana, 150 str.
  • Transparency International Slovenija (TIS) (2015): Ali so inšpekcijski postopki res transparentni in učinkoviti?, TIS, Ljubljana. URL=»http://issuu.com/tislovenia/docs/pp_inspekcije/1?e=14269436/31675245«.
  • Tyler, T. R. (2006): Why People Obey the Law, Princeton University Press, Princeton and Oxford, izbranih 30 str.
  • May, P. J., Wood, R. S. (2003): At the  Regulatory Front Lines: Inspectors' Enforcement Styles and Regulatory Compliance, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, let. 13, št. 2, str. 117–139, doi: URL=» 10.1093/jpart/mug014«.
  • Kovač, P. et al. (2015): Upravno-procesne dileme o rabi ZUP. Del 3. Ljubljana: Uradni list RS, izbranih 30 str.
  • OECD (2014): Regulatory Enforcement and Inspections, OECD Best Practice Principles for Regulatory Policy, Pariz, URL=»http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/9789264208117-en«.

4. Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

Student will understand the role and meaning of inspection supervision in administrative system and society. Apply theoretical knowledge of fundamentals of principles and rules of Inspection Act in practise autonomously in resolution of procedural problems. Study topic related professional sources. Prepares sectoral analysis of selected problem.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • student preparations for lectures
  • lecture
  • student preparations for tutorials
  • e-learning
  • project work

6. Assessment

Type (examination, oral, coursework, project):

  • written or oral exam (60%)
  • assignments and active participation in lectures (10%)
  • project work or seminar