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 organisation 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 focuses 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 organised to the European institutions in other Member States and Dutch institutions which are dealing with European law on a daily basis.

Entry requirements

  • English at B2 level.
  • For law students.
  • Students  who study economics, business administration, management,  political science or journalism are also welcome, it is important that they have basic knowledge of (international) law.

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)


Merijn Maassen ( or Bart Hoeijmaekers (

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

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