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EU Law


Admission requirements

Admission to the MA International Relations, track European Union Studies.


This course offers an introduction to European Union (EU) law. We will discuss how law is different from politics, how the rule of law relates to democracy and how the EU legal order is structured. We will cover the substantive law of the internal market (the free movement of goods, persons, services and capital), social policy, the environment and fundamental rights. We will finish with a look at EU law in action: How is EU law enforced, and how can citizens, interest groups and companies mobilise and claim rights against public authorities?

Course objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will be familiar with conceptual issues of law and politics, substantive law of the EU, and how EU law works in practice. They will be able to research sources of law (primary and secondary law, and their judicial interpretation) interpret their meaning, and identify the underlying social and political conflicts. Participants will understand how law intersects with other spheres of society and how legal research overlaps and interacts with political and social research.


The timetables are available through MyTimetable.

Mode of instruction


Assessment method


The course and all its learning objectives will be assessed through two subtests:

  • Group assignment: A joint research paper of 4500 words written by a group of 3-5 students over the course of the semester (deadlines will be specified in the first weeks of the course)

  • Final Exam: Written examination with short open questions and (up to) 50% multiple choice questions.


To complete the final mark, please take notice of the following:

  • The final mark for the course is established by determining the weighted average of the group assignment (40 %) and the final exam (60%).


Any course participant who has not passed the group assignment and final exam is eligible for a resit. The resit will consist of a research paper and a written examination with short open questions and (up to) 50% multiple choice questions.

Inspection and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organized.

Reading list

All required readings are available for digital access through Leiden library catalogue.


Enrolment through MyStudyMap is mandatory.
General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.


  • For substantive questions, contact the lecturer listed in the right information bar.

  • For questions about enrolment, admission, etc, contact the Education Administration Office: Huizinga