- Understanding the position of private law in the general legal system and to know and be able to explain the sources (both legal and non-legal) of private law;
- Understanding the scope of private law and its position regarding other areas of law, such as public law;
- Knowing, understanding and applying elementary notions, tenets and principles of private law;
- Understanding the principles and rationale of Dutch family, property, tort and contract law;
- Working with others, being able to analyse and problematise a specific case in terms of private law doctrine, for example in the field of contract, tort and property law, and making a solution-driven contribution;
- Developing an open, inquisitive, critical and self-reflective approach to current law and legal views;
- Developing practical skills, more specifically the ability to solve cases, to reflect on a private law doctrine, and to present, explain and problematise a judicial decision on an issue of private law, more specifically in the field of family, contract, tort and property law.
The Introduction to Private Law course is taught in the fall semester and constitutes an introduction to private law, paying attention to the position of private law in the overarching legal sytem. The course addresses key elements of family, property, tort and contract law. The course will consider some specific topics in relationship law and furthermore, regarding contract law, we will concentrate on the sources of obligations, the formation of contracts and the interpretation of the substance of contracts. The tort law section will deal with non-contractual liability law, more specifically lawful and unlawful acts. The connection between the law of contract and the law of property, the two cornerstones of patrimonial law, will be considered in the final part of the course. Regarding to property law, in addition to the relationship with contract law, topics such as the transfer of property and claims and third-party protection will be dealt with. This course provides the basis for the second-year courses on tort law, property law and the law of obligations. The Introduction to Private Law course is taught in the form of lectures and interactive work groups, in which students are expected to take an active part. Both theoretically and practically, students will need to take a diversified and autonomous approach to the course objectives in order to obtain the required academic knowledge, skills and attitude.
For more information on the course and assignments, please refer to the course manual and/or Canvas. In this course,Canvas will be used as the main means of communication. For this reason, students are advised to consult Canvas regularly.
This course is only avaiable in Dutch.
|Written test opportunities|
|Written test opportunities (HIST)|
|Deels multiple choice, deel essay / Written||EXAM_01||SM 1||1||10-12-2020|
|Deels multiple choice, deel essay / Written||EXAM_01||SM 1||2||15-01-2021||Required materials|
|Syllabus Inleiding Privaatrecht 2019-2020. Available via Canvas.|
|W.H.M. Reehuis (Brahn/Reehuis), Zwaartepunten van het Vermogensrecht (most recent edition), Deventer: Kluwer.|
|J.H. Nieuwenhuis, Hoofdstukken vermogensrecht, (most recent edition), Deventer: Kluwer.|
|Unannotated Dutch Civil Code 2019-2020 (e.g. Kluwer or SDU)|