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International Regulation


Admission requirements

This course is open to Erasmus Exchange Students (Public Administration), Students of the Minor Bestuurskunde: Openbaar Bestuur, Beleid en Management, and Leiden University students (elective/keuzevak).


Regulatory governance challenges have been at the centre of the current public and political debates, touching upon such cross-national issues as the global financial and migration crises, threats posed by climate change, regular food-related incidents and scandals, serious cross-border health threats (e.g., COVID-19), and the very recent global security crisis (e.g., war in Ukraine). Given the cross-national nature of regulatory risks, transnational infrastructures – international-level regulators – have increasingly become involved in various regulatory governance aspects – for example, policy development, standard setting, rulemaking, and enforcement.

This course focuses on introducing students to the varieties, vulnerabilities, and virtues of international regulatory governance. To better understand international-level regulation, we will pay close attention to the following questions: who are the regulators at the international level? What is being regulated? How is international regulation carried out? More specifically, the course will focus on the questions of how international regulation is designed, what role professionals and regulatory bodies play in shaping it and how states cope with it, how EU and other international regimes generate rules across various policy areas at European and global levels. The course will address the most current issues concerning the politics of regulation.

Course objectives

1) To understand the major actors, processes, and issues of international regulatory governance;
2) To critically evaluate theories and approaches to international regulatory governance and understand how they apply to real-world case studies;
3) To apply concepts, theories, and methods used in the study of international regulatory governance for the analysis of international regulatory governance actors, processes, and issues.


On the right side of programme front page of the Prospectus you will find links to the timetables, uSis and Brightspace.

Mode of instruction

140 hours total:

  • Lectures (in lecture format, including open discussion): 7×2 hours.

  • Self-study: 126 hours (including readings / research paper)

The class meets primarily as a lecture in which the core theories/concepts/case studies are presented by the lecturer to reveal their insights and limitations. This is a reading-intensive course whose success depends critically on students’ preparation and active participation (e.g. by asking questions). We will cover a great deal of material in this course, and the readings will vary, requiring participants to absorb and gain mastery over a range of theoretical perspectives and information about a variety of International Relations issues and empirical cases. This will require a collective “piecing together” of theoretical arguments and empirical evidence.

Assessment method

The final grade is the weighted average of:

  • Research paper proposal: 25%

  • Individual research paper: 75%

Reading list



Register for every course and workgroup via MyStudymap or uSis. Registration is possible from 12 July 13.00h. Some courses and workgroups have a limited number of participants, so register on time (before the course starts). In uSis you can access your personal schedule and view your results.

Leiden University uses Brightspace as its online learning management system. After enrolment for the course in uSis you will be automatically enrolled in the Brightspace environment of this course.


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