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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. One of the topics "Mobility and Security in Europe" will again be taught this year in the framework of the Jean Monnet chair. 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. Write a short blogpost
2. Formulate a research question
3. Draft a research proposal
4. Draft a research paper based on a research proposal
5. Comment on the research question, structure and substantive content of a peer’s paper
6. Hold a presentation discussing their research

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

  • Carry out research

  • 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.

During theseminars students will be introduced into the topic of their choice, after which they 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)

  • Papers, presentations and class participation.

Submission procedures
During this course students shall submit one short writing exercise (paper 1), 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 determined as follows:

  • Written assignment 1: 15%

  • Paper proposal 2: 15%

  • Final Paper 2: 60%

  • Presentation 10%

The presentation grade consists of class presentation, comments on other students' papers and class participation.

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 will be made available on Blackboard or in class.


Students have to register for courses and exams through uSis

Contact information

  • Co-ordinator: Dr.J. Rijpma

  • Work address: Kamer B1.35 (KOG)

  • Contact information: Appointment via e-mail

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

  • Email:


  • Institute: Public Law

  • Division: European Law

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, B 1.21

  • Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00

  • Telephone number secretariat: 071 – 527 8905

  • E-mail:


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.