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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. 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 will embark on their own research with a view to producing a final research paper.

Course objectives

Objectives of the course

The course aims at developing students’ research and writing skills. At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Formulate a research question
  2. Draft a research proposal
  3. Draft a research paper
  4. Comment on the research question, structure and substantive content of a peer’s paper
  5. Hold a presentation discussing their research

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

  • Carry out research

  • Write a research proposal

  • Write a research paper

  • Hold a presentation

  • Peer-review


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Mode of instruction

The course offers introductory lectures on academic skill such as research methodology, writing an academic paper and presenting work in public.

Students will do research, 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)

During this course students will submit two smaller written assignments, draft papers and one final paper. They will also present their research and comment on their peer's papers. The final grade for this course will be based on the grades for:

  • Two written assigments: 15% each

  • Final Paper: 60%

  • Presentation: 10%

The presentation grade consists of class presentation, comments on other students' papers and class participation.
All other assignments need to be fulfilled in order to pass this course. As such they will be graded on a pass/fail basis.

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.

Submission procedures
To be announced.

Reading list

Obligatory course materials

  • Literature: none.

  • Course information guide: available on the Brightspace environment for this course.

  • Reader: none.

Recommended course materials

  • Recommended readings will be made available on Brightspace or in class.


Check the website under “course and exam enrollment” for information on how to register for the course.

Contact information

  • Coordinator: Dr. V. Kosta

  • Work address: KOG, B1.34

  • Contact information: Appointment via e-mail

  • Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 8540

  • Email:


  • Institute: Public Law

  • Division: European Law

  • Room number secretariat: KOG, B1.11

  • Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00

  • Telephone number secretariat: 071 – 527 7416

  • E-mail:


In case of (corona)restrictions imposed by the government, this course description is subject to change.