840026 :European Public Law and Public International Law


Voertaal Engels
Werkvorm: Compulsory interactive lectures/seminar (Collegerooster)
Tentamenvorm: Written exam, Midterm, Assignments (Tentamenrooster)
Studielast:6 ECTS credits
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prof. M.E.A. Goodwin (Course co-ordinator)

dr. A.A. Janczuk

dr. F. Alves Da Costa-Cabra

Doel van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

The aim of this course is to provide students with a thorough introduction to the two legal orders of International Law and European Union law. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be: 

  • well-schooled in the substantive and procedural basics of these legal systems
  • able to apply this knowledge to practical examples and to communicate their legal opinion clearly and concisely
  • able to locate, interpret and apply the primary sources of international and European law, as well as leading jurisprudence
  • able to discuss and critically assess the impact of contemporary developments on both systems and discuss the limitations of these normative orders

Inhoud van de cursus (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

This course consists of two parts: Public International Law and European Union Law.

In the first half of the course we will study key areas of international law. We will focus on the basics – the purpose, nature, sources and subjects of international law – and on the functioning of international law, including enforcement by both peaceful and non-peaceful means. At the same time, however, we will consider through our discussions the contemporary trends and challenges for international law, including globalization, terrorism, human rights and climate change.

In the second half of the course, we study the key constitutional and substantive elements of EU law and how they are applied in practice. This part of the course focuses on the dynamic evolution of the EU, its establishment and development and the key ‘constitutional’ principles that govern the relationship between the EU and its Member States. We will study the institutional structure of the EU and the various powers of the institutions, the dynamics of law-making and the sources of EU law. This course will introduce students to the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the European integration process and examine the rights and remedies available to individuals. Finally, we study the key features of EU law, with a particular focus on the internal market and competition law; examine the expansion of the European project beyond the goals of economic interaction and consider the challenges that European integration brings about.

Also included in this course is an excursion to the International Court of Justice.

The final grade is composed as follows: Written Exam & Midterm (75%), 2 randomly selected assignments out of 14 (25%). Students must submit 12 of the 14 assignments in order to qualify for this 25%. Students can choose to take a resit, a 3-hour written exam, the grade for which counts as the grade of both the Written Exam and the Midterm (75%).

Bijzonderheden (alleen in het Engels beschikbaar)

Attendance in class is compulsory: failure to attend less than 10 of the 14 classes will result in not being eligible to sit the exam.

Please note: For non-LAS students the number of places in this course is limited. For registration, please contact t.g.leesen@tilburguniversity.edu at least three weeks prior to the start of the course.

This course is taught through co-teaching, which entails that more than a single professor is responsible for teaching the course and guiding the students that take it.

Verplichte literatuur

  1. Jan Klabbers, International Law, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition, 2017.
  2. Robert Schuetze, An Introduction to European Law, Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  3. Matthew Homewood, EU Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide, Oxford University Press, 4th ed. 2014.

Vereiste voorkennis


Verplicht voor

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Elective major Law in Europe ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 )