Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Administrative Litigation

Administrative Litigation
First semester
Main language of instruction: Catalan

Other languages of instruction: Spanish

Teaching staff

Reyes Alcón: ralcon@uic.es

Office hours: Monday to Friday from 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. In all cases an email should be sent in advance to arrange an appointment.


The Administrative Litigation course is based on the study of the basic principles of contentious procedural law, identifying the problems that may arise in a legal process.

Pre-course requirements

None required.


The fundamental objective of this subject is to introduce students to the detailed analysis of the main cases of the contentious-administrative jurisdictional order, using case methodology.


  • CA02 - Know the techniques used to ascertain and establish the facts in the different types of procedures, especially with regard to the production of documents, cross-examinations and expert testimony.
  • CA03 - Know and be able to integrate the defence of clients’ rights within the framework of national and international jurisdictional protection systems.
  • CA10 - Develop skills and abilities to choose the correct strategy for defending the rights of clients, taking into account the demands of the different areas of professional practice.
  • CA13 - Know how to present facts orally and in writing, extracting and arguing their legal consequences, taking into account the context and who they are being addressed to in accordance with the methods applicable to each procedural area.
  • CB06 - Possess and understand knowledge that provides a basis or opportunity to be original in the development and/or application of ideas in a professional context.
  • CB07 - Know how to apply acquired knowledge and problem-solving abilities in new or little-known surroundings within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study.
  • CB10 - Possess the learning skills that allow them to continue studying in a mainly self-motivated and self-reliant way.
  • CG01 - Acquire the ability to work individually and as part of a team as well as the communication and leadership skills required to progress in the legal profession.

Learning outcomes

Students will learn how to:

- Recognise and evaluate the arguments at the root of contentious-administrative judicial processes and identify emblematic references for each case.

- Prepare all the procedural briefs required for the contentious-administrative judicial defence of a client.

- Apply the basic principles of contentious-administrative law; identify the main problems that may arise during the course of the process.

- Apply the rules of evidence to the contentious-administrative process.


Contentious-administrative process: Aims of the administrative procedure; the principles of legal process; categories of legal process; procedural phases; evidence; precautionary measures; execution; contentious processes related to urban and environmental litigation; contentious processes related to tax litigation (economic-administrative claims); contentious processes related to litigation in the field of public service; contentious processes related to litigation in matters of the pecuniary liability of the Administration; contentious processes related to litigation in contractual and expropriation matters.

Teaching and learning activities

In person

The University Master's Degree in Advocacy bases its methodology on the “case method” which consists of studying real-life scenarios and problems that law firms deal with. Students prepare and analyse cases, identify the issues and, once in class together with the teacher, either individually or in groups, they look for solutions and share the possible alternatives available.

Our intention with the case method is to help students acquire the main skills of a good legal professional such as logical reasoning, ease of oral expression and language proficiency, among others.

The module on Administrative Litigation consists of 3 ECTS of which 30 hours are teaching and then a minimum of 40 hours work by each student on which they will be assessed.

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

The evaluation consists of two parameters:

• Participation in class: Accounts for 60% of the final mark.

• Exam: Accounts for 40% of the final mark.