Constitutional and administrative law are two key fields of public law, and concern the relationships between different organs of the state and the rights of citizens. They thus provide a normative framework that governs key aspects of our daily lives, and of public life in general. Constitutional law is concerned with the attribution of power to public authorities, the division of power between them and the regulation of fundamental relations between public authorities and the individual. This course will provide students with insights into the main features and functions of constitutions worldwide, and into key concepts in constitutional law in general, but also enable them to focus on the constitutional dispensation of two particular countries in writing a comparison of two particular constitutions.
If constitutional law is about the fundamentals of public life, administrative law is about its nitty gritty. The broad principles set out in constitutions find their way into administrative law, the body of law that governs the activities of the administrative agencies of government, including making and enforcing rules. The course introduces students to the main principles of administrative law in general, in the EU and in the Netherlands, and to a number of key fields, like migration, education and environmental law. Students zoom in on one field and topic of administrative law in a final paper.
Next to writing a constitutional comparison and the administrative law paper, students in this course will come into contact with practice in a constitutional project and by means of a mini-internship.