- Proficiency in English
- Bachelor Degree (Dutch or other) or final year of Bachelor.
- Bachelor course Civil Procedure/Burgerlijk Procesrecht or foreign equivalent, or one year of practical experience with civil litigation.
This course will introduce students to comparative and transnational law of civil procedure, with special emphasis on United States, German, English and Dutch law, and will focus on cross-border disputes in matters of significant societal importance as well as procedural complexity.
The course is designed primarily for advanced students who aspire to a career in international legal practice, including as litigators at global law firms, in-house counsel for businesses operating internationally or human rights organizations, and judges, as well as policymakers and scholars of comparative law and civil procedure. Both Dutch and foreign students are welcome and encouraged to register for this course. Maximum numbers of students: 25.
The course is based on case studies and a variety of written materials. Students will analyze and discuss statutory rules, court opinions (case law) and scholarly writing, and apply their newly gained knowledge and insights to real-life problems and policies of international dispute resolution.
Objectives of the course
The purposes of the course are to:
(i) gain a thorough understanding of the similarities and differences in procedural rules and approaches to litigation and dispute resolution between the U.S. and European legal systems, and
(ii) based on these comparative legal perspectives, learn and understand strategic decision-making in sophisticated international litigation.
At the end of this course, students will:
understand the differences between various civil and common law systems of civil procedure
understand the practical advantages and disadvantages of different sets of procedural rules from the parties’ perspectives
have a firm understanding of the nature and complexity of cross-border litigation
make intelligent strategic choices between domestic and foreign, single and multi-jurisdictional, parallel and successive, primary and ancillary litigation
learn how to benefit from the advantages, and minimize the disadvantages, of multi-jurisdictional litigation, and
evaluate issues of cross-border litigation from a legislative and policy perspective.
Students will also:
have improved their analytical and problem-solving skills
have improved their advocacy and legal writing skills
Mode of instruction
Number of lectures/seminars: 10 (2 hours)
Required preparation by students: For each week’s work students are required to
(i) review designated course materials, and
(ii) answer 3-5 review questions one day in advance of the scheduled seminar meeting.
Students are expected to participate in discussion of the materials and solutions to hypothetical problem situations.
All assignments have the status of so called practical assignments.
3 written assignments (papers) = 90 % (every paper = 30%)
participation (10 %)
If necessary, students with a failing final grade may write one, or if necessary to obtain a passing grade, two substitute papers.
- Via E-mail
Areas to be tested within the exam
- Reader and additional written materials; lectures and seminars discussions; subject matter of written assignments
Mandatory course materials
- Reader Comparative Civil Procedure
Recommended course materials
- To be determined
- Through uSis.
Co-ordinator: mr. M.W. Knigge
Work address: KOG, Steenschuur 25
Contact information: Room C 2.08
Instituut: Private Law
Division: Civil Law
Secretary: KOG, C.2.43
Hours: front desk: Mon – Fri 9-13.30 uur
Telephone number: 071-527 7381