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European and International Private Law


Where the parties do not agree on arbitration, disputes concerning international business transactions may be submitted to ordinary courts for resolution. This raises questions with relation to the competent court, the applicable law and the enforcement of judgments in other states, issues falling within the field of Private International Law. In principle, Private International Law is primarily part of the national legal system. There are, however, several international institutions, which attempt to codify and modify rules of Private International Law through supranational regimes. This course focuses on the Private International Law regimes, which have been developed by the European Community institutions, in the form of conventions, regulations, directives and case law. The emphasis is on rules of jurisdiction, applicable law regarding contracts and tort, and enforcement of national judgments in other countries.


Europa Institute
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Phone: 071-527 7760
Sheena Bruce,
Phone: +31 (0)71 527 7821

Course Materials

  • Course Reader can be downloaded from blackboard


  • This course is assessed by means of a written exam

Course requirements

  • Master degree


  • Sheena Bruce, – Phone: +31 (0)71 527 7821