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Course module: 620107-B-6
European Legal History
Course info
Course module620107-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionDutch
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg Law School; TLS: PLG; Public Law & Governance;
Is part of
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
mr. E.J.M.F.C. Broers
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
SM 1
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 24/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021
  • The student is able to display knowledge about the science of History of Law, to destile important facts, events, topics, developments from an analysis of the course materials and to recognise the tendencies in cultural and political history as the context for the continental legal - and Common Law tradition.
  • The student is able to describe the main characteristics of the evolution of criminal law and tort law.
  • The student is able to relate legal concepts and casus to already gained knowledge of the (continental) legal tradition.
  • The student understands the difference between external - and internal legal history.
  • The student knows about the diverse fields of research in legal history.
  • The student is able to sum up and to dwell on controversies in legal history and to relate them to already gained knowledge of European legal history in general.,
  • The student is able to answer complex questions regarding the history of law, including the history of criminal law and tort law, thereby proving to master the subject of the course by describing, evaluating, reflecting and concluding on the matter.and
Required Prerequisites
Sec. ed. level Dutch and English
During this course we will, first,study the external legal history of Western Europe (9 lectures + 3 discussion classes) The course aims to familiarize students with and provide insight in the historical development of our contemporary law, seen in its politcal and cultural context. Using the Roman and Canonical law as a starting-point, we will deal with the evolution of legal sources, the developments in the legal science, the rise of the nation state, and the codification process.The continental tradition will be the main subject, the Common Law tradition will be discussed shortly. Students will also be presented at one of the fields of research in legal history, the history of criminal law (3 lectures + 3 discussion classes). In all lectures and workgroup classes we will call upon the students' responsibility for the preparation and understanding of the literature prescribed. Detailed information regarding the teaching programme, with respect to content as well as procedure, will be announced on Blackboard Courseinfo in due course.
Type of instructions
Work group
Support by e-learning (Cali program)
Type of exams
Written Exam, partly MC questions, partly open questions

Compulsory Reading
  1. E.J.M.F. C. Broers, Straf en Schadevergoeding. Drie historische hoofdstukken, Wolf Legal publishers, 2013, ISBN 978 94 6240 011 5.
  2. Randall Lesaffer, Inleiding tot de Europese Rechtsgeschiedenis, Universitaire Pers Leuven, 2008, ISBN 978 90 5867 679 5.
Contact person
mr. E.J.M.F.C. Broers
Timetable information
European Legal History
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Schriftelijk (deels mc, deels essays) / WrittenEXAM_01SM 1107-12-2020
Schriftelijk (deels mc, deels essays) / WrittenEXAM_01SM 1212-01-2021
Required materials
Second edition 2018 !
Title:Straf en Schadevergoeding. Drie historische hoofdstukken.
Author:E.J.M.F.C. Broers
Publisher:Maklu Uitgevers
Nederlandstalige editie !
ISBN:978 90 5867 679 5
Title:Inleiding tot de Europese Rechtsgeschiedenis
Author:R. Lesaffer
Publisher:Universitaire Pers Leuven
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