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International Regimes and Institutions II: Issues



Note: This is the course description for both “International Regimes and Institutions I” taught in block 3 and “International Regimes and Institutions II “ taught in block 4.

This seminar introduces students to main theoretical approaches in international relations, including (neo-)realism, (neo-)liberalism, (post-) Marxism and constructivism. In addition to this, it familiarises students with theoretical approaches often used to study European integration, including neo-functionalism, liberal intergovernmentalism and multi-level governance. Subsequently, the seminar provides an overview of recent research focusing on international institutions and regimes, in a global and European context.

In the first part of this seminar (block 3), we study European integration and analyse institutions of the European Union (EU), focusing on aspects such as the role of the European Commission, the Council of the EU and the European Parliament in EU decision-making. We devote particular attention to decision rules applicable in these institutions, such as the distribution of voting weights and the qualified majority threshold in the Council of the EU.

In the second part of the seminar (block 4), we study institutions in an international context. Our focus is on the role and functions of the United Nations (UN) system, the EU within global institutions (such as the UN General Assembly and international institutions governing global trade and monetary relations). In addition to this, we study the role of international institutions in processes of mediation and conflict resolution.

Methods of Instruction

Lectures, discussion, presentations.

Study material

A selection of prominent journal articles and book chapters focusing on institutional provisions in international and regional regimes.


Short assignments, presentations, research paper.


Monday 28 March till 23 May, 11.00– 13.00 hrs., in SA05.