2023-2024 / GERI1005-1

Civil law relating to seniors protection and management of their patrimonies


20h Th

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)2 crédits 


Yves-Henri Leleu


Aurélie Nottet

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course focuses on the protection of the elderly from two different legal points of view: personal and inheritance.
From a human rights perspective, the course deals with the protection of the elderly from the point of view of incapacity. Several issues relating to medical law are also studied, such as patients' rights and the euthanasia issue.
As regards inheritance, the course examines the main principles of inheritance law (wills and donations) and matrimonial regimes in order to understand the transmission of an elderly person's property when they die.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The course aims to familiarise students with legal thought and provide them with knowledge of the basic concepts and principles of the law in relation to their professional practice. At the end of the course, students will be able to: - understand and use the concepts and rules studied in class; - associate the theoretical elements of the course with the realities of the field involving elderly persons; - use the knowledge acquired to identify and understand the legal context of a situation involving an elderly person. 

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

There are no prerequisites, other than command of the French language and proof of rigour in the use of the concepts. Students whose mother tongue isn't French are asked to pay special attention to this aspect and to regularly work with a dictionary.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught in the form of lectures.
Students are strongly recommended to attend for their own interest. They are expected to listen attentively and take note of what the teachers says. Since the classes are of a reasonable size, students are also invited to participate, react, and ask the teacher questions directly during class in order to establish a dialogue and connect the subject taught in class with their professional practice.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face (see above: "Planned learning activities and teaching methods").

Recommended or required readings

There is no syllabus.
Students may be provided with various texts on myULg in the form of academic articles, book extracts and legal documents. These notes are explained and completed during class.
It is useful for students to bring their collection of documents to class although it isn't compulsory (unless they receive specific instructions for certain classes whose date will be clearly indicated). Note that it is in the students' interest to reread their notes after every class and read the relevant parts in the collection of documents at the same time (underlining, highlighting, annotations).

The first exam session takes place in January. This a written or oral exam depending on the number of students enrolled. Students will be told in November which type of exam (written or oral) it will be.
Students must bring their identity and student card to the exam, as well as their legal documents. These can be (and should be) underlined, highlighted and coloured but mustn't be annotated. Students who fail to respect this rule may receive a fail.
The assessment criteria are:
- knowledge of the principles and concepts taught in class (memorise - reuse);
- understanding of the concepts and rules learnt (reformulate, give examples, link an example to a theoretical rule);
- the ability to apply knowledge to a new context (solve a legal problem/case study, answer a practical question).
Students must ensure they express themselves clearly, pay attention to spelling and use the legal concepts properly, rigorously and accurately.
The exam during the second exam session is a written exam.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The course is held during the first term, on Thursdays at Sart-Tilman.


Mme Aurélie Nottet

Association of one or more MOOCs

Items online

Euthanasia - end of life
Euthanasia - end of life