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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. This may be, in particular, institutional EU law, substantive EU law, European human rights law, or European migration law. Teaching staff will change from year to year enabling students to benefit from lecturers who teach about the very core of their own research interests. This course format allows for working in small groups and receiving personal feedback from the tutor. After a number of introductory lectures in which students are taught how to do research, write a paper and how to develop their presentational skills, they will be required to write papers, comment on the work of their peers and present their research in class.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course
The course aims at developing students’ research, writing and presentation skills. They will learn to critically reflect on their own work, as well of that of their peers and engage in an academic debate. They will present their draft work in class and will be required to take the feedback they receive on board in the final paper.

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

The students acquire a thorough knowledge in a specific field of European law. Additionally, students will practice their research, writing and presentation skills.


The timetable of this course can be found in uSis.

Mode of instruction

Introductory lectures on research methodology, plagiarism, writing an academic paper and presenting work in public.

During the seminars students will present draft, as well as final papers and receive feedback from their tutor and fellow-students. A number of seminars will take the form of a Q&A session in preparation of the papers.

Other methods of instruction

  • Description: Privatissimum

  • Number of (2 hour) instructions: 10

  • Names of instructors: Dr. J.J. Rijpma, Dr. M. Jesse, Mr. Armin Cuyvers

  • Required preparation by students: Students are required to write papers on the basis of their own research, which includes finding relevant literature, case law and legislation. They will present their work in class and will be required to comment on the work of their peers.

Assessment method Examination form(s)- Papers, presentations and class participation.

Submission procedures
Papers need to be submitted in hard copy at the secretariat Public Law, as well as electronically through the black board environment.
Areas to be tested within the exam
Not applicable.


More information on this course will be offered in Blackboard.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

Course information guide
Available on the blackboard environment for this course


Recommended course materials
Recommended readings may be made available on blackboard or in class.


via uSis

Contact information

  • Co-ordinator: Dr. J.J. Rijpma

  • Work address: Kamer B1.35 (KOG)

  • Contact information: appointment via email

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7761

  • Email:


  • Institute: Public Law

  • Division: European Law

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, B 1.19

  • Opening hours: 9 – 17h

  • Telephone number secretariat: +31 (0)71 527 8837

  • E-mail:


Attendance of this course is compulsory. Not respecting deadlines or failing to attend may result in a lower overall result for this course.


Belangstellenden die deze cursus in het kader van contractonderwijs willen volgen (met tentamen), kunnen meer informatie vinden over kosten, inschrijving, voorwaarden, etc. op de website van Juridisch PAO.