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 SSC 376 - Constitutional and Administrative Law


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 one particular issue of constitutional law.

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, and to a number of key fields, like migration, education and environmental law.​ 

This course is not only on ‘’law in the books’’ but tries to activate interest in “law in action”. For this reason, students do a project on constitutional law as well as a mini-internship in administrative law. In the project, students pursue their own interest, or follow one of the teacher’s suggestions, to organize activities or to attend debates and seminars related to the development of constitutional law today. In the mini-internship, students meet and ‘tag along with’ a professional in the field of administrative law.​ 


Prof. dr. Barbara Oomen




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

  • Any 200-level law course