Education

The department provides several courses in the Bachelor Programme in Law (taught in Dutch) of the Law Faculty, such as public international law and European law. The department also offers the minor Transnational Legal Studies (taught in English), and is involved in the minor Law and Society (taught in Dutch) and the minor International Security (taught in English). Furthermore, the department participates in two English-taught Master’s Programmes:

Master in Law: Transnational Legal Studies 
Transnational Legal Studies focuses on law in its broader social context. Transnational problems such as environmental pollution, cross-border crime and terrorism, social and global injustice, and migration exemplify that contemporary social reality is ever less determined by national borders. The result is that the legal regulation of these issues increasingly occurs on a transnational level – social reality is increasingly governed by overlapping and intersecting legal orders.

Master Law and Politics of International Security 
Issues of international peace and security are becoming increasingly important in legal, political and administrative practice. The concept of ‘international security’ is no longer confined to traditional issues of war and peace, but now also covers topics such as terrorism, criminal law, the protection of human rights and ‘human security’. The programme is based on the assumption that international law cannot be properly understood outside its political context, whereas contemporary international politics cannot be fully grasped without a solid knowledge of international legal institutions.