Recap: Public Law


Course Objective

(a) Subject-specific learning outcomes
The graduate has academic knowledge and insight of the:
1. Core doctrines and system of European, international and
administrative law, including recent developments in the afore-mentioned
fields, in particular of the:
- Legal meaning and significance of sovereignty,
- Rule of law,
- Regulation,
- Constitutionalism,
- Organization law.
- Individual Rights
- Democratic legitimation of law
2. Relation between international and domestic law, as well as the
special position of European Union law.
3. Different ways in which core doctrines take different shape in the
context of domestic, EU law and international law

(b) Academic learning outcomes
Upon completion of the course the student is able to:
- Critically reflect on and contextualize legal sources, detect
structures of legal reasoning and distinguish between principled and
peripheral matters of law
- Identify different areas of public law and articulate similarities and
differences between them
- Offer interpretations of rules in light of changing circumstances

(c) Social and communication learning outcomes
The student is able to:
- Present her analysis of jurisprudence or academic writings
- Provide feedback on the work of other students
- Find and select relevant legal rules and principles, jurisprudence
and academic literature pertaining to international, European and
administrative law
- Select reliable sources to solve and/or articulate a point of view in
a case (study) in these areas

Course Content

The course ‘Recapitulation – Public law’, taught in the second semester
of the third year, has a twofold objective. First, it serves to
recapitulate the core elements of public law that have been discussed in
the first two years, and to introduce a number of core elements not yet
introduced. Second, it serves to deepen the understanding of those
elements by reflecting on the particularities of the relevant areas of
law – international, European and administrative law. More specifically,
it focuses on a central topic, or rationale, in public law: the
regulation of the exercise of public authority.
We do so by comparing the various approaches and rules in these areas on
how rule and decision- making powers are acquired and exercised.
Students will discuss issues like the attribution of competence, the
relevance and role of democratic legitimation, the role of principles in
the exercise of powers and judicial control or review. By identifying
similarities and differences as regards these issues, students also
identify the particularities as well as common denominators of
international, European and administrative law.

Teaching Methods

Seminars (Attendance is mandatory)

Method of Assessment

Written exam

General Information

Course Code R_RecPubL
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator prof. dr. J.M. Harte
Examiner prof. dr. J.M. Harte
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

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