Kies de Nederlandse taal
Course module: 660102-B-6
Constitutional Law
Course info
Course module660102-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg Law School; TLS: Public Law, Jurisprud.Legal History; Public Law, Jurisprudence and Legal History;
Is part of
B Public Governance
B Tax Law
B Law: Track Dutch Law
B Law
B Law: Specialization Business Law
B Law: Track International and European Law
B Global Law
M Bestuurskunde
PM Public Governance
Convenant TLS
dr. G. van der Schyff
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2018
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksThis information is not up to date. Check the Course Catalog 2019 or select the course via “Register”.
Registration openfrom 13/08/2018 09:00 up to and including 31/07/2019
  • Be able to give definitions of the most important constitutional concepts an structures
  • To solve simple questions of constitutional nature
  • Make a connnection between recent political and societal developments in the Netherlands and relevant questions in constitutional law
  • Apply acquired knowledge and understanding to simple cases or to current societal questions
  • Criticise solutions posed by others
Most of the important legal rules are set by governmental institutions. Constitutional law deals with the legal norms guiding that process. What is the government, according to the law, allowed to do with the law, and -equally important- what is the government not allowed to do with it? Constitutional law thus deals with the legal aspects of the organization of the state en the relationship between citizens and government. The course 'Constitutional law' is divided into six themes. In the first week, we will use the concepts of the rule of law and democracy to paint the general picture that we will use during the rest of the course to provide insight in Dutch Constitutional law. In the next weeks we will successively deal with the issues: legislation, forms of government, federalism and decentralization, fundamental rights and the effect of international law in our national legal system.
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Compulsory Reading
  1. M.C. Burkens, H.R.B.M. Kummeling, B.P. Vermeulen, R.J.G.M. Widdershoven, Beginselen van de democratische rechtsstaat, Inleiding tot de grondslagen van het Nederlandse staats- en bestuursrecht, W.E.J. Tjeenk Willink Deventer, most recent edition.
  2. Leidraad Staatsrecht. Verkrijgbaar in de webwinkel
  3. Ten Cate/Merkx/Meuwese (red.), Jurisprudentie Publiekrecht 1879-2014, Ars Aequi, 2014, ISBN 978-90-6916-420-5. Will also be used for several other courses
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