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Capita Selecta of European Law - Privatissimum


Admission requirements

Admission to the Masters programme (European Law specialisation).


In the context of the course Capita Selecta of European Law – Privatissimum, students will focus on a particular topic of European law under the supervision of a lecturer who is an expert in that particular field. Students will thus benefit from lecturers who teach about the very core of their own research interests. In previous years, topics included EU constitutional law, Fundamental Human Rights, the Eurozone crisis and Brexit. The course format allows for working in small groups and receiving personal feedback from the tutor. A number of introductory lectures will be offered on research methodology, academic writing and presentation skills. After this, students are required to formulate their own research proposal, prepare and present draft-research in class and comment on the work of their peers.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course

The course aims at developing students’ research, writing and presentation skills. At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Formulate a research question
  2. Draft a research proposal
  3. Draft a research paper based on a research proposal
  4. Comment on the research question, structure and substantive content of a peer’s paper
  5. Hold a presentation discussing their research

Achievement levels
The following achievement levels apply with regard to the course:

  • Carry out research

  • Write a research proposal

  • Write a research paper

  • Hold a presentation

  • Peer-review


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction

The course offers introductory lectures on academic skill such as research methodology, writing an academic paper and presenting work in public.

Students will start research in order to prepare a research proposal, which they will then present to their tutor and peers, mirroring an academic workshop discussion.

Other methods of instruction

  • Number of instructions: 4 × 2h introductory lectures, 8 × 4h feedback, presentation and discussion sessions.

  • Names of instructors: subject to confirmation

  • Required preparation by students: Students are required to do the required reading in preparation of the introductory lectures. They must do independent research, which they are required to present in class. They will have to comment on the work of their peers.

Assessment method

Examination form(s)

During this course students shall submit one short writing exercise, one research proposal, one first draft paper, one revised draft paper, one final paper. They will also present their research and comment on their peer's papers. The final grade for this course will be based on the grades for:

  • Blog post: 15%

  • Paper proposal 2: 15%

  • Final Paper: 60%

  • Presentation: 10%

The presentation grade consists of class presentation, comments on other students' papers and class participation.
The other assignments (draft papers, peer review and the final thesis research proposal) all need to be fulfilled in order to pass this course. As such they will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

Attendance and active participation in this course is compulsory. Failure to respect deadlines to submit papers or unauthorised absence may result in a lower overall grade or exclusion from the course.

Submission procedures
To be announced.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • Literature: none.

  • Course information guide: available on the Brightspace environment for this course.

  • Reader: none.

Recommended course materials

  • Recommended readings will be made available on Brightspace or in class.


Students have to register for the lectures and working groups through uSis. With this registration you have access to the digital learning environment of this course in Brightspace. You may register up to 5 calendar days before the first teaching session begins.

Students have to register for exams and retakes through uSis. With this registration you also have access to the digital learning environment of this course in Brightspace You may register up to 10 calendar days before the exam or retake.

Contact information

  • Coordinator: Dr. V. Kosta

  • Work address: KOG, B1.34

  • Contact information: Appointment via e-mail

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 8540

  • Email:


  • Institute: Public Law

  • Division: European Law

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, B1.11

  • Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00

  • Telephone number secretariat: 071 – 527 7416

  • E-mail: