International and European Union Law


The department International and European Union Law (IEUL) offers the following courses:

Bachelor Courses

Introduction to International and European Union Law (IIER)

The course Introduction to International and European Union Law offers an introduction to public international law and the law of the European Union. It provides an overview of the central themes and concepts within these areas of law. It explains how and with what kind of instruments international and European Union law shape the international community. Additionally, the effect of these areas of law on the national community and national legal system will be discussed. This course corresponds to the course Introduction to Constitutional and Administrative law (Inleiding Staats- en bestuursrecht- block 1.5 for LL.B. students and block 2.5 for Criminology students). Furthermore, it provides the Bachelor students with the necessary knowledge for the courses European Union Law (block 2.2) and Public International Law (block 3.5). It also provides the Criminology students with the necessary knowledge for the course EU Law: Justice & Home Affairs (block 3.5).


European Union Law (EU Law)

This course aims to provide an understanding of the substantive law of the EU, particularly the internal market and the four freedoms, the meaning of EU citizenship, the system of legal protection within the EU, and the basics of economic integration. The areas of Economic and Monetary Union and European Competition law will also be closely explored. During the first-year course ‘Introduction to International and European Union Law’ (IIER) students became familiar with the basic principles of EU law and the institutional framework of the EU. The second-year course ‘European Union Law’ builds on students’ prior knowledge.

Public International Law (PIL)

The course Public International Law focuses on the structure of international law and how that structure manifests itself in particular core regimes of international law such as the law on the use of force, human rights law, humanitarian law, law of immunities, law of state responsibility, international criminal law, international economic law and dispute settlement. In the course activities, several of these core areas will be discussed. The lectures will focus largely on the changing structure of public international law. This course builds on the first-year’s course Introduction to International and European Union Law (IIER).

An E-learning environment will be made available for enrolled students. This will enable students to deepen and test their knowledge of public international law. With the help of the skill training modules, students will be able to develop variable legal skills.

EU Law: Justice and Home Affairs

The course EU Law: Justice & Home Affairs is a third-year course within the bachelor Criminology. The aim of the course of to provide an insight into the policies and legal framework of the area of freedom, security, and justice of the European Union. Through the use of contemporary developments and debates, the course will look at the role of the institutions of the European Union and its Member States involved in within area. The topic addressed within this area include: asylum and immigration, criminal justice and law enforcement, data protection, and fundamental rights. The course is taught through lectures and seminars. 

Master Programme

Research and Writing Skills in European Union and International Law (Code: RB51)

In this course you will set your first steps on an exploration of the socio-legal dimensions concerning the integration of markets in the European Union and at the global level. This course will give you a foretaste of topics, which will be revisited and dealt with in greater depth during subse­quent cour­ses in the master programme.

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Globalization and Multidimensional Legal Orders (Code: RB52)

During this course students will explore the multidimensional nature of the legal orders (a new development) that lawyers are confronted with in a globalized world. The focus will be on how various above-national legal orders, such as the international and European Union legal orders but also international private legal orders (think e.g. of the Forest Stewardship Council wood certification scheme), inter-relate and how they relate to the values enshrined in national legal orders.

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Specialisation EU Law: Law and Policy of European Integration (Code: RB53)

The course imparts in-depth knowledge on European Union law including the law of the fundamental freedoms, EU institutional and procedural law, EU competition law (including EU State aid law), the law of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the law of external trade relations.

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Specialisation EU Law: International Law and Global Governance (Code: RB54)

This course focuses on the changing institutions underpinning the international legal order and the emerging systems of global governance (that is governing without the traditional forms of ‘government’).

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Restricted elective (Code: RB55)

Restricted elective European Union Law:

  • EU Competition Law (RM73)
  • From Market Citizen to Union Citizen - The Role and the Status of the Individual in EU law (RM72)
  • Economic and Monetary Union and the European System of Financial Supervision (RB55)
  • Economic Analysis of European Integration (RB36)

Restricted elective International Law:

  • Human Rights in International Law (RM66)
  • International Economic Law (RM68)
  • International Criminal Law and Procedure (RM58)
  • International Law and the Environment (RB56)

Elective (Code: RB56)

In this part of the Master, students can choose the elective(s) that you want to specialize in.

Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Multidimensional Legal Orders (Code: RB57)

During this course participants will be exposed to perspectives from a variety of disciplines on multidimensional legal orders. Participants will be challenged to relate some of these perspectives to the topic considered in their thesis as well as to critically reflect on value-added of various perspectives, for both policy aims and academic research.

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Master Thesis (Code: RB58)

In this part of the Master, students are required to write a masterthesis on a topic of International law or European Union law (10 ECTS-credits).