European and International Law


Course Objective

Students will be able to critically engage with international and
European law on an advanced scholarly level, learn to employ it
professionally, and understand its relevance from a societal

Course Content

The course provides an in-depth understanding of European and
international law.

The first part of the course focuses on the European Union. We will look
at its legal structure, critically reflect on the Union's
self-understanding as a constitutional entity, and discuss its role
within the global sphere. We provide an understanding of the Union as an
arena for political, economic and social conflicts, and discuss examples
of how public and private actors attempt to mobilize European law to
their advantage.

The second part of the course addresses central issues of international
law. We will discuss the foundations of international law, as well as
current developments that challenge traditional arrangements. This part
of the course is structured around a series of transnational actors,
such as irregularised migrants, terrorist organisations, the
International Criminal Court, and the global community, that disrupt
international law as we know it.

After successful completion of this course, students will have developed
a solid grasp of the foundational concepts of European and international
law and gained a sound understanding of the interrelationship between
these two legal domains. Students will also have familiarised themselves
with both theorisations and practical instances of the transformation of
international law into transnational law, and will be able to critically
engage with this transformation from different angles and through the
lens of different disruptive transnational actors. Moreover, over the
duration of the course students will develop their ability to conduct
research, orally present legal arguments and critically reflect on
current developments in European and international law.

Eindtermen: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9. 11, 12, 15, 16.

Teaching Methods

The course is based on lectures, class discussions, guest lectures as
well as an excursion to the Court of Justice of the European Union in

Method of Assessment

The first part of the course (European Law) is examined by one exam and
written and oral pleadings.
The second part of the course (International Law) is examined by a final


For the first part of the course we will make use of: Robert Sch├╝tze,
European Union Law (CUP, 2018, 2nd edition).
Further literature and an extensive reading list will be announced on

Target Audience

Apart from regular master students, the course is also available for
students from other universities/faculties, exchange students and
contractors (students who pay for one course).

Courses from a master at the faculty can only be taken as a secondary
course if you have a diploma that gives access to the relevant master/
specialization and if you are enrolled in a master.

General Information

Course Code R_EuIntL
Credits 12 EC
Period P1+2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Law
Course Coordinator D. Kramer MPhil
Examiner D. Kramer MPhil
Teaching Staff dr. L.J.M. Boer LLM
prof. dr. G.T. Davies
C. Kaupa
R.N. Vos
D. Kramer MPhil

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture
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