Specialisation International Law

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International Law

School of Law



In a world of globalisation international legal dimensions get more important every day. The number of international rules and regulations increase and the importance of international legislation has a tremendous effect on daily life. The influence of international or European institutions on the day to day running of a business is a central element in the program. It is in this context that the international semester at the School of Law of Hanze University Groningen has been developed.

The international law program consists of topics that individuals and companies may have to deal with when operating in an environment that is getting increasingly international. A large variety of subjects (for example International Business Law) will be covered. European Law and its basic concepts are also dealt with. Practical applicability of the knowledge and skills acquired is central in the learning process. The focus of the Project-Centred Education (PCE) at the Hanze University Groningen is on active learning. The aim is for students to apply acquired knowledge to practical business situations that are presented in the form of projects, in which students work independently under the guidance of coaches. During the semester students of various academic backgrounds will be provided with information on a number of legal topics. Classes are scheduled on a weekly basis. Finding relevant information is also considered essential for workers in the legal field. Apart from this, skills trainings are part of the program, enabling students to actually apply knowledge gained during classes in a practical situation. It allows the participants to get used to studying in a multi-cultural environment using English as the language of study. On top of all this negotiation skills are developed.

The structure of the program

The International Law Minor consists of 2 parts or blocks: the A-Block running from September/February to mid-November/April and the B-Block starting end of November/April and ending mid-January/July. After each block the student’s progress will be assessed through exams, presentations and written reports. Some elements will be assessed individually, for other elements group marks will be given. The set-up of the entire program you can find below.

Knowledge Background

Central in the international semester are the projects “Business in Europe” (A-Block), “People and social effects” (B-Block) and the mandatory excursion to The Hague (A-Block) and Brussels or Strasbourg (B-Block). Subject knowledge will be taught alongside the project throughout the semester. In the first 7 weeks of each block theoretical knowledge will be taught that can be applied in the project tasks presented during the block. The idea is to give students the opportunity to reach the basic level of subject knowledge that they will need in order to complete the project assignments, and that by the end of the semester they will have reached a level in knowledge and skills that will allow them to be able to operate as a legal professional in an international context.

Legal English

Legal English trainings run throughout the semester alongside the project. Legal English is of great importance for the project since it is the language of communication and instruction.



In each block the students will be assigned to a multi-cultural group of maximum 6 students to work on a thematically based project, which will run in two stages. Every week they will work on the assignments with the group. In the B-Block, the project will continue and the students will work in their team to put into practice what has been learned during both the A-Block and the B-Block. So the knowledge they have gained in the A-Block will be extended in the B-Block.

Each project is linked to some major legal topics, subject areas which will provide students with the basic knowledge needed to work on the assignments within the projects. In the first block the emphasis is on European Law and International Business Law. In the second block the emphasis is on free movement of persons and services, humanitarian aspects of law, EU policy, lobbying and ethical aspects.

Co-operation International


From the academic year 2014-2015 on the content of project assignments is based from the outset on a close co-operation with two international organisations, the Dutch Customs Organisation (DCO) and Groningen Seaports. During the semester these organisations will monitor the assignments and can ask the students to make a real time priority assignment if necessary. The excursions are part of the project. This means that excursions are not optional, but mandatory. So in order to receive the credits for the project, students will have to participate in the excursions. To cover the costs of the excursions an additional fee will be charged (maximum of € 300,- total).



Open to students of Law, Social and Legal Services, Business and Law, Human Resource Management, Hanze University of Applied Sciences; exchange students; international students with a basic knowledge of law (for instance students of European Studies, International Relations, etc.).

A-Block International Law 1

Business in Europe EC Grade

B-Block International Law 2

People and social effects EC Grade

• Project 1

- Incl. mandatory excursion to The Hague

• Community, institutions and related bodies

• Internal market: principles, goods and capital

• International business law • Legal English 4 3 3 4 1 C C C C C • Project 2

- Incl. mandatory excursion to Strasbourg

• Internal market: free movement of persons and services

• Human Rights

• EU policy and security

• Cross cultural management and ethics 5 3 3 2 2 C C C C C Totaal 15 Totaal 15 Notes:

1. General theme will be a mix of counterfeiting / European issues within the pharmaceutical industry and ‘healthy aging”.

2. Grades (C ) are on a scale from 1.0 to 10.0



Project 1

Within the project students will have to deal with several questions concerning “doing business in Europe”. The general theme is pharmaceutical industry and ‘healthy ageing’.

Project 1 includes a mandatory excursion to The Hague.


Community, Institutions and Related Bodies

This module will cover the institutional framework of the European Union, decision-making in the European Union, legal principles in the European Union, the legal protection offered by European Law. Furthermore this module covers the status of the ECJ and the General Court.


Internal Market 1: freedom of goods and capital

This module covers an in-depth overview in European Union Law aspects of two of the four freedoms: goods and capital,

including tax aspects. 3

International Business Law

The module International Business Law will address the following aspects: Copyright Law, Trademark Law, Infringements, International Transport Contracts, Documents of Title and International Payments. Furthermore the module contains an introduction to

Contract Law families within the western world. Diverse aspects of and differences between European Continental Law and Common Law will be discussed.


Legal English Skills training including Legal English and negotiation techniques. 1



Project 2

Where project 1 leads to doing business in Europe, project 2 will profound the social effects of the pharmaceutical industry. The students have to deal with questions, issues and practical problems in the field of globalisation, Humanitarian Law, the free movement of workers and services and lobbying within and outside the EU.

Project 2 includes a mandatory excursion to Strasbourg.


Internal Market 2: free movement of persons and services

This module is an in-depth study of ECJ case law regarding free movement of workers and services, equal treatment and

discrimination. 3

Human Rights

This module relates topics of the internal market to

Humanitarian Law, Migration Law and Human Rights (ECRM case law). Furthermore this module also covers principles of business ethics.


EU policy and security

The world system and national political events and actors interact to produce an outcome that may be called world politics. The system constrains the behaviour of individual states and may lead to confrontation and war, but also to cooperation and order. This calls for analysing economic interdependence and globalisation, which structure many of the world’s transactions. The module also addresses recent developments, such as environmental security and international terrorism.


Cross cultural management and Ethics

This module raises the awareness of students of their own cultural background and helps them to communicate with

others who have different cultural and ethical values. 2


Possibilities for internships:

Internship at an International Law Firm, Like Blen-heim Advocaten in Amsterdam or Indiawan Heiky & Partners in Indonesia

Internship at the Ministry of Justice in the Nether-lands

Internship at the Dutch Embassy in the UK

Internship at the European Parliament

Internship at the European Commission

Internship at the International Court of Justice, department of legal matters

Possibilities for job future positions:

Legal advisor in an international Company (such as VTTI b.v. or Gasterra, Gasunie etc.)

Legal advisor for the board of Groningen Airport Eelde

Legal advisor in a legal department of the govern-ment Municipalities, Provinces, Ministries etc.)

Legal counselor in a company for international (ap-plied) research

Paralegal in an international Law Firm

ECHR, Strasbourg

International Law students visiting the ICTY in The Hague

“My name is Marcus Kilgore and I recently completed the International Law Program at Hanze UAS this past spring semester. I thoroughly enjoyed the program. The program sufficed to complete my

International Business degree at Illinois State University in Normal, IL, USA. I really enjoyed the experience!”

Marcus Kilgore, Illinois State University USA Student International Law, Spring 2014

“Study the International Law Specialisation at Hanze was one of the best decisions I’ve made. During those five, intensive months, months of studying, partying, meeting people, discovering new places and cultures-

I found real friends from all over the world. My class became a very good team. We enjoyed time spent together, working on projects and eating dinners, going out and staying long hours in library, participating in class excursions. The one virtue which characterised all of us was: curiosity for the world. We didn’t want limit ourselves to our national legal orders, we wanted to know more, to focus on Community law- as our countries decided to be a part of EU and cooperate, we had a pleasure to cooperate with each other as well. Lecturers were not only a good teachers, but also persons willing to help, in every problematic situation. The last amazing thing- Groningen itself. It is a typical Dutch city but, in the same time, city where everybody can feel as at home. Thank you Hanze for five wonderful months!” Anna Maria Nowak, Nicolaus Copernicus University (Poland) Student International Law, Winter 2014


Zernikeplein 7

9747 AS Groningen


Dennis Schuldink LL.M

Senior Lecturer