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Course module: 840808-B-6
Fundamentals of Public Law
Course info
Course module840808-B-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryBA (Bachelor)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences; TSHD: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Liberal Arts and Sciences;
Is part of
B Liberal Arts and Sciences
P.M. Paiement
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 20/01/2021 up to and including 20/08/2021
Students taking this course will learn to:
  • Describe the fundamental architecture of constitutional and administrative law, and distinguish between characteristics particular to either the common law or civil law traditions
  • Relate their understanding of these two major fields of law to basic legal disputes or scenarios  
  • Explain the basic elements and theory of legal reasoning and apply them to the interpretation of case judgments and statutes
  • Identify and locate primary legal sources (i.e. statutes, case law), evaluate them using their understanding of legal reasoning, and compose case notes of their evaluation.

For non-LAS students the number of places in this course is limited. For registration, please contact Gerwin van der Laan ( at least three weeks prior to the start of the course.
This course provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the architecture of modern administrative law, as well as advanced discussions of various themes in constitutional law. Students will also learn about how each of these areas of law interact with each other, overlap in certain instances, and at other times conflict with each other. In addition to these diverse fields of substantive law, students will also be introduced to fundamental elements of procedural law. Finally, this course also introduces students to the forms of reasoning specific to legal institutions. In doing so, students will become familiar with reading, assessing, and evaluating both statutes and court judgments (case law), and composing case notes.

Required materials

A compilation of primary and secondary materials from various jurisdictions will be used from this course. The materials are publicly available via the TiU llibrary or online. Further information will be shared on Canvas.
Course available for exchange students
Conditions of admission apply
Contact person
P.M. Paiement
Timetable information
Fundamentals of Public Law
Required materials
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