Current Issues in Transnational Law


Course Objective

This course introduces students to selected topics in transnational law
which are of particular current importance or interest. Classes are
interactive, involving some lectures, but also discussions and
exercises. The aim is to help students understand the kinds of law and
policy problems which are important at European and International
level, and to critically evaluate the responses to these. This prepares
the students for advanced courses at masters level, where they may
engage with these problems in more detail.

Students will have to read and analyse academic literature and engage in
active discussion of current issues, as well as formulating problems and
questions in short essay(s). Oral and writing analytic abilities are
therefore the major skills advanced in this course.

Course Content

In 2019, the course focuses on the following three topics:

- The EU law and policy on refugees in the mediterranean
- Social media regulation, privacy and political manipulation
- Legal issues of geoengineering

Teaching Methods

Interactive lectures, in which discussion and problem-solving are

Method of Assessment

Short paper and presentation. Attendance is compulsory in order to
obtain a grade.


Reading will be placed on Canvas nearer the time.

Target Audience

Apart from regular students, the course is also available for:
Students from other universities/faculties
Exchange students
Contractor (students who pay for one course)

Additional Information

Course objectives
The purpose of this course is to allow students to develop and practice
a set of different legal skills. Most importantly, the students will
practice how to analyze various legal texts, understand them in a
broader societal context and subsequently construct their own
argumentation on a given issue. The course addresses various recent
developments which pose certain legal problems where, however, no ready
solutions are yet available. Thus, the students will be required to
approach problems presented in the class critically and draw on a vast
variety of assigned text to form a convincing argumentation to the
research questions assigned during the course. The course promotes
independent analysis, critical thinking and oral and writing
communication skills of the students.
Study objectives' description available in Dutch ('eindtermen'): 4,5,
7,9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 21, 22

Recommended background knowledge

Exchange students - basics of EU law and integration, good command of

General Information

Course Code R_CIsTrL
Credits 3 EC
Period P3
Course Level 300
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator M.E. Jozwiak
Examiner M.E. Jozwiak
Teaching Staff prof. dr. G.T. Davies

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture
Target audiences

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