This course aims to give you essential theoretical and practical knowledge on how to build a research project in International or European Law. After initial instruction on research design, each week students will be exposed to different types of research projects in European or International Law. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare students to produce a full-length dissertation proposal and, ultimately, dissertation. The secondary purpose is to develop research know-how that prepares students for the postgraduate or policy-making research in the public or private sectors. Students that have successfully completed this course shall:|
- Understand what are the elements of a credible and feasible research design.
- Understand what is a research problem and, correspondingly, what is a research question across difference types of legal inquiry.
- Know what is a literature review and how that is relevant to a dissertation.
- Understand what are case studies and how they may be constructed in a project.
- Be familiar with leading journals in either International or European Law, and know how to search for relevant articles.
- Know how to produce an academic book review.
- Know how to produce an extended dissertation proposal.
- Be familiar with a diverse range of different research specializations across International or European Law.
- Be familiar with different methods of conducting research.
Exchange students please contact the Exchange coordinator.
The CIA launches drones to “legally” kill an Islamic State leader in Syria. Canada and the EU sign the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement despite protests that claim trans-continental trade regimes undermine democratic accountability. In Brussels, the European Commission fines Google 2.42 billion Euro for abusing their dominant position as a search engine on the EU market. In Panama City, leaked documents reveal multinational corporations use a network of tax havens to “legally” avoid billions in national taxes. In London, a commercial arbitration considers whether anti-smoking policies in Paraguay infringe a bilateral investment treaty. In Luxembourg, the European Court of Justice acknowledges a Spanish man’s “right to be forgotten”, which forces Google to evaluate every request to delete personal information from the Internet. In The Hague, the International Criminal Court receives notice that South Africa will withdraw from the Rome Statute.|
International and European Law extend prominently into everyday politics, economics and society as never before. However, the challenge is how do you, as an emerging researcher, build up an identified problem into a feasible research project? That is the purpose of this course, which addresses a series of fundamental questions on good research design and methodology for European as well as International Lawyers: What is research design? What is a research problem? What is a research question? What are research methods? What is a literature review? What are case studies? What is a research contribution? The pedagogical approach will involve a series of lectures by different members of faculty reflecting on how they, as professors, personally do research in (a) their specific specialization and (b) in relation to a completed publication or project. As such, the aim is to give you both theoretical as well as practice knowledge on what it means to construct a research project in International or European law, whether that involves an extended paper, dissertation or other type of learned inquiry.
Each session of the course will usually have one or two pieces of required reading relevant to the lecture topic. The session readings will mostly use recent journal articles that students must obtain themselves from the Tilburg University library e-journals collection. Some sessions will rely on book chapters distributed by the relevant lecturer.
Type of Instructions
Types of Exams
Book Review 50%
Thesis Proposal 50%
Conditions of admission apply.