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Year 1, semester 2

Block 3

Introduction to International and European Law (10 ECTS)

  • L. Squintani, LLM
  • Dr A.J.J. de Hoogh

The aim of this module is to provide a broad introduction to and basic knowledge of the international and European dimensions of law, in particular Public International Law and the Law of the European Union. Next to gaining theoretical knowledge, students also learn in a practical manner to recognize and analyze international and European legal aspects of a problem, and how to distinguish these from the non-legal aspects, in order to solve concrete cases. The module consists of a series of lectures and working groups. The working groups will aim at discussion between students on the basis of practical assignments related to current issues in international and European law.
The Introduction to International and European Law module consists of two components. Half of the module is dedicated to Public International Law, and will focus on various theoretical and practical aspects of this area of the law, such as decision making at the international level, the role of international organizations, and the international protection of human rights. The other half of the module is dedicated to the study of the basic principles of European Law, such as the structure of the European Union, the compliance with European law and the significance of the internal market. This part of the course focuses on the EU institutional and procedural set-up and the manner in which EU law creates its effects in the national legal orders of the Member States.

Legal History (5 ECTS)

  • Prof. Dr F. Brandsma
  • H.H. Runia, LLM

Knowledge and understanding:
Knowledge and understanding of the concept of codification in general and the history of several national European codifications (BW, Code Civil, BGB, ABGB, ZGB en OR, Codigo Civil, Codice Civile, ALR) in particular.
Knowledge and understanding of the relation between the formation of states and codification.
Understanding of the problems that arise during justification.
Abilities and attitude
Being able to judge aspects of legal history and reflect and evaluate upon them.
To be able to answer orally and in writing questions about subjects relevant to the legal history of Europe.
The course treats the legal history of selected European countries and the creation of their codifications, such as the French Civil Code, the German Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch and the Dutch Burgerlijk wetboek. Attention is paid to the influence of Roman law and natural law on the development of European law. Furthermore, attention is paid to English common law as alternative to codification.
The module will be taught in English by way of lectures and work groups. The subject matter will be discussed during the lectures. During the work groups, students will practice the art of reading and understanding cases which illustrate the material. Therefore students are expected to study the book and textbook as well as prepare the questions in advance.

Block 4

Comparative Constitutional Law (10 ECTS)

  • Dr H.G. Hoogers
  • M. Nap, LLM

The goal of this course is to impart to students a basic knowledge and understanding of the constitutional principles common to modern Western states. On completion of this course, students are able to relate major historical events in the development of the Western state to the contemporary organisation of that state. They will understand the importance of the framing and wording of a constitution. Furthermore, they will have an understanding of the powers of the organs of the state and how they are interrelated.
This introductory course in the field of comparative constitutional law deals with a number of topics related to the concept of the role and function of a constitution in the modern (western) state. Furthermore, it discusses themes that are central to the different types of constitutional framework that characterize democratic states. Some of the topics are therefore:

  • The history of constitutionalism: the American and French revolutions and the different forms of constitutions they gave birth to
  • The functions of the constitution
  • The changing nature of the Constitution
  • Separation of Powers
  • The organization and powers of the legislative
  • Constitutional review
  • Unitary and Federal States
  • Human rights
  • The national constitution and international law
  • International and European constitutional developments

At the exam, 75 out of 100 points can be earned. The remaining points can be earned by participating in an assignment in the field of comparative constitutional law.

English language and academic skills (5 ECTS)

  • J.R. van Loon, MA (coordinator)
  • A.R.O. Comandina Granson, MA
  • M.L. Grollman, MA
  • and others

The course aims to improve students’ written skills. The curriculum aims to bring students up to a CEFR C1/C2 level. The course concentrates on written skills in a professional legal context. The focus includes academic skills, such as academic writing, writing exam training, argumentative essay writing, and academic English. Writing skills will be trained through a variety of methods in a context of international law. The course includes a considerable amount of legal terminology.
There will be an indicative vocabulary quiz and a graded Writing Exam.
The writing exam must be a pass (CEFR C1/C2).

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