Law in Europe

Programme code:  ADR-MINOR-10-09
Semester:   Fall 
Number of ECTS:  30 
Language of instruction:  English 

Profile of the programme

The minor Law in Europe is an excellent choice for students who have the ambition to work for a company, governmental or non-governmental organization with international (legal) contacts in Europe. After completion of this minor, you will be able to distinguish yourself because you have learnt to (better) recognize signals indicating the applicability of European law. This will enable you to better assess the concrete consequences of European rules for everyday legal practice. 
In addition, this English-taught minor will prepare you for university studies where a great deal of emphasis is given to international and European law, and which are increasingly taught in English.
The minor Law in Europe focusses on the fact that national law increasingly originates in Brussels. The influence of European law is clearly visible in an ever larger number of legal fields, such as labour law, company law, environmental law, competition law, sports law, criminal law, consumer law, private law and migration law.
During class, the emphasis will be on solving case questions, as well as reading and analyzing the case-law of the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights. In addition, you will learn how to find your way in the tangle of European institutions. In what ways are they cooperating, or not? And how does this influence the Dutch legislator and national public authorities? You will monitor current legal developments in European law and legislation and will interpret those developments for a client.
You possess an advanced level of English language skills and like working together with people from other countries and cultures using another language, since this minor is not only taken by Dutch students but by international students as well. In this way you will already experience Europe in the classroom!
The courses in this minor are predominantly legal, practical and topical in nature. If possible, visits will be organized to the European institutions in other Member States and Dutch institutions which are dealing with European law on a daily basis.

Entry requirements

An entry requirement for this minor is that your English proficiency is B1 level on the CEF scale. For Dutch students this equals the proficiency level gained at the HAVO. If you are unable to provide proof of this proficiency level, you will have to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Minimal scores should be: TOEFL score: 550 paper based, 213 computer based or 80 Internet based. Minimum IELTS score: 6. Websites: TOEFL and IELTS. The costs students will have to incur for the tests will be reimbursed by HBO-Rechten.
Please note: Dutch students are allowed to take the tests, which are set in English, in Dutch.

Furthermore, this minor requires a general legal background and basic knowledge of European law. When in doubt, please contact the coordinator of this minor. Hence, the minor is particularly suited for students HBO-Rechten, Sociaal Juridische Dienstverlening or Management Economie en Recht.

Course structure diagram

Course unit title  Number of ECTS 
Sept- Nov
Law of the European Union (EU-institutions and internal market)
  Human Rights Law in Europe (Freedom of speech and belief)
  English Communication and Research Skills (English legal terminology and specific EU/ECHR terminology)
Nov - Jan
EU Social law (EU labour law, EU social security law and discrimination)
  EU Competition law (Cartel prohibition, network sectors: the usage of mobile phones abroad and enforcement)
  Law and Economy of the EU (State Aid Law and EU public procurement law including economic background thereof and economic background of the euro)

Moreover, students are offered to choose other courses instead of the standard package of courses mentioned above. These courses are offered in collaboration with partners. Choice is possible - with reservation of availability - from the following courses: 

  • Culture and Identity of Europe (at least 4 EC), part of the Honoursprogramme Europe in the World, School of Journalism
  • Taking part in the International week of Hochschule Heidelberg (3 EC), content to be decided
  • Dutch course for foreign students (5 EC)


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More information

Download the course guides:

Human Rights Law Study Guide

English Communication and Research Skills Study Guide

Law and Economy of the EU Study Guide