Administrative Procedure and Administrative Dispute

788 Administrative Procedure and Administrative Dispute

  • Study programme and level: University degree programme Public sector governance 1st Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 6 ECTS
  • Course type: Core
  • Lectures: 45
  • Tutorial: 30
  • Other forms of study: 15
  • Individual work: 90
  • Lecturer: Polonca Kovač, PhD


1. Objectives and competences

Student gets to:

  • analyse individual life events on the basis of an administrative procedure as a democratic tool, limiting arbitrary authority and enabling participatory democracy,
  • understand, prepare different acts and conduct the procedures for the enforcement of rights or imposing obligations on different areas,
  • know and further analyse system of judicial review upon legality of individual administrative acts, especially administrative dispute,
  • understand and analyse the basis of a legal procedural decision-making and position of participants (agency and party) in individual situation as set by law and case-law,
  • check and manage significant procedural errors,
  • prepare a glossary of professional terminology in Slovenian and English based on selected literature,
  • write a qualitative essay in Slovenian and English within cooperation between subjects/courses (APAD & elective Business English).


  • coherent knowing and understanding  grounds and development trends of administrative procedural law,
  • capacity of protection of public benefit and its collision in a  dialogue in relation to parties’ rights and legal interests,
  • ability to analyze and synthesize knowledge for problem-solving by use of scientific research and applying new information,
  • ability to apply methods of critical analysis and theories’ development within concrete working problems,
  • ability to communicate in professional language in mother tongue and English,
  • (develop) loyalty to administrative ethics.

2. Content

  • Categorisation of administrative procedural law in the development of society, public administration and judicial review, in Slovenia and globally. Good administration.
  • Notion of administrative matter and public interest. Use of GAPA – subsidiary, mutatis mutandis. General and special  procedures.
  • Basic principles as procedural standards. Legality. Right to be heard. Material truth, duty to speak the truth. Autonomy. Right to appeal. Economy.
  • Participants in proceedings. Jurisprudence (of an agency, personal). Parties by status and position, representatives et al.
  • Communication between authorities, parties and other participants: language, application, summon, minutes, delivery.
  • Right to access one’s own file and information of public character.
  • Categories and current of deadlines, restitutio in integrum. Order. Costs.
  • Proceedings at first instance: initiation, fact establishing and evidence giving.
  • Decisions and conclusions: types, elements, characteristics, completeness, finality.
  •  Legal remedies. Appeal and extraordinary remedies: characteristics, legitimation and jurisdiction, grounds, time limits, etc.
  • Execution, executability, types of execution, jurisdiction, measures. Administrative inspection.
  • Administrative and social dispute: materia, participants, phases. Constitutional protection in administrative matters and before European Court of Human Rights.

3. Readings

  • Jerovšek, T., in Kovač, P. (2017): Upravni postopek in upravni spor, Fakulteta za upravo, Ljubljana, 300 str.
  • Kovač, P., Sever, T. (2018). Praktikum za 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., et al. (2012, 2015): Upravno-procesne dileme o rabi ZUP 2 in 3, Uradni list RS, Ljubljana, izbranih cca 100 str.
  • Kerševan, E., Androjna, V. (2017): Upravno procesno pravo. Ljubljana: GV založba, Ljubljana, izbranih cca 50 str.
  • Rose-Ackerman, S., Lindseth P.L., et al. (2010): Comparative Administrative Law, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, Northampton, izbranih cca 20 str.
  • Kovač, P. (2017). Smernice evropeizacije upravnega procesnega prava. Javna uprava, letn. 53, št. 1/2, str. 67-83.
  • Gradiva gostujočih predavateljev in portal Upravna svetovalnica (Kovač, P., gl. ur., 2009-). Ljubljana: Fakulteta za upravo: Ministrstvo za javno upravo

4. Intended learning outcomes

  • Student will be able to apply knowledge in practice and basic notions in theory itself, namely key elements of administrative relations, i.e. procedures of ensuring rights and obligations of the parties and judicial review over administrative authorities, in Slovenia and abroad.
  • Student will understand and be able to apply fundamental principles and rules of administrative procedural law in concrete life situations.
  • Student is capable of resolving easier and moderate complicated administrative-procedural problems.
  • Student will be able to apply professional terminology in mother tongue and English.

5. Learning and teaching methods

  • lectures,
  • practical work (exercises),
  • e-learning,
  • case studies,
  • guest lectures from practice,
  • seminar work in cooperation between subjects/courses,
  • tutorship.

6. Assessment

  • Active participation (collaboration at lectures, e-learning, inter-course-collaboration ...) (20%)
  • Mid-term kolloquium (20%)
  • Written oral examination (60%)

Final assessment of the course is the sum of the course requirements (oral exam, written exam) and other partial requirements for this period.