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 SSC 376 - Constitutional and Administrative Law


This course offers a further introduction to the Rule of Law and its consequences for the organization of the state, the national and international codification of fundamental rights but also the principles of regulatory law and administrative agencies. On the one hand, it introduces students to the constitutional and administrative dispensation of selected countries, like the Netherlands and America, in comparative perspective. On the other, it shows the way in which international human rights are more and more important within these dispensations. The course covers philosophical literature on the nature and the organization of the State (Plato, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu), forms of state organization, the trias politica, political organization, the principle of legality and the horizontal and vertical transfer of powers within a state. Students will read and analyse statutes, regulations and case law and write a paper on their findings.


Prof. Pieter Ippel ​




The following courses are required in order to take this course:

  • Any 200-level law course