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Justice and Home Affairs


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA International Relations, track European Union Studies. Or the European Politics and Society Joint Master Programme.


This course aims at analysing EU policies and initiatives in the field of Justice and Home Affairs and at understanding the processes at the basis of their development. The course will engage participants in an in-depth study of the different aspects of the “Area of Freedom, Security, and Justice” (AFSJ): JHA policy concepts, actors involved in this field, policy-making processes, cooperation mechanisms and theoretical frameworks allowing us to understand this area. The course has been designed to provide students with the necessary tools to take informed positions in academic and policy-oriented debates about the AFSJ.

Course objectives

Having successfully completed the course, students will be familiar with the main legal questions and methods that arise in the context of the AFSJ. In terms of skills, the students will be able to find sources (judgments, secondary legislation), to identify the important elements of these sources and to apply legal methods to a problem question concerning the AFSJ. The Moot Courts furthermore enables them to use their academic skills, by applying researched knowledge to specific cases and train their oral and organisational skills by pleading in groups.


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Mode of instruction

Lecture and group assignments

Assessment method


  • participation in a moot court (20%)

  • Research paper (80%). The paper will only be marked if the student has attended the seminars.

Deadlines: The paper deadlines will be announced with the assignment. Points will be deducted for failure to comply with the exam deadline as follows: for up to and including 24 hours, no points will be deducted; for up to and including 48 hours, 1 point will be deducted; for up to and including 72 hours, 2 points will be deducted. Exams that are submitted more than 72 hours after the deadline, even if trivial, will not be marked and thus receive 0 points. Excuses other than approved official applications for mitigating circumstances will not be accepted.

Word limit: Announced word limits are absolute. Points will be deducted for failure to comply with this requirement as follows: For up to and including 5% beyond the word limit (even if trivial), 1 point will be deducted; for up to and including 10% beyond the word limit, 2 points will be deducted. Assignments that overstep the word count by more than 10% will not be marked and will thus receive 0 points.


The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Any student who has not passed the course exam is eligible for the resit.

Feedback and inspection:

Detailed feedback will be given on each individual paper. How and when a review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

A reading list will be distributed before the start of the course.


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website.

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