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Which modules should I choose?

During each semester you study in Antwerp (except for the very first one) you must enrol for one module. Every module consists of two 6-credit advanced courses and two 3-credit basic courses.

Commercial Transactions: Rights and Governance

Module coordinator: Professor Robby Houben

Study European competition law by covering the rules addressed both to undertakings and to member states from a good governance perspective based on the wider constitutional context. Apply an interdisciplinary method by integrating law and economics, while taking a comparative approach where instructive (EU member states and US).

Learn about international trade law, which aims at facilitating the cross-border flow of goods, services, capital and people, and focus on the WTO, trade defence instruments, free trade agreements and dispute settlements. Study international investment law by looking into principles of protection and substantive standards, investor-state dispute settlements, and the competence of the EU.

Explore intellectual property law from a European, international and comparative perspective, taking into consideration both the business and public governance context of intellectual property law.

Focus on mergers and acquisitions (M&A) by considering the strategy behind the various possible techniques, analysing the international context and scrutinising the share purchase agreement as well as the shareholders’ agreement.

The module consists of these courses:

  • Advanced course: European Competition Law in Context
  • Advanced course: International Trade and Investment Law
  • European, International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law
  • International Mergers and Acquisitions

Read more about each course in the study programme.


Diversity and Law

Module coordinator: Professor Esther van Zimmeren

Increased diversity enriches our societies but also results in many challenges and new legal questions. ‘Wicked problems’ such as climate change, poverty and migration confront lawyers in many legal domains and require complex solutions that can only be developed with an open and creative (legal) mindset, interest in other disciplines and a good understanding of various legal domains. This module explores diversity from several different perspectives and in different legal domains.

Explore the influence between genders, sexualities and the law by learning about feminist theory and jurisprudence, by analyzing selected fundamental legal debates such as gender discrimination in a labor context and same sex marriages and by studying the relevant legal framework in complex areas such as multi-parenthood.

Modern metropolitan cities are confronted with wicked problems on a daily basis, for instance in rethinking the city infrastructure, innovative building projects and developing into smart cities. Learn about planning law, property law, privacy law and human rights from an interdisciplinary perspective and contribute to building inclusive sustainable cities.

Gain new insights into the essential field of international and European immigration and asylum law, both with regard to EU nationals and their families and to third-country nationals.

Improve your understanding of the rights and obligations of employees and employers in an international and European employment context.

The module consists of these courses:

  • Advanced course: Genders, Sexualities and Law
  • Advanced course: Inclusive and Sustainable Cities and the Law
  • International and European Immigration and Asylum Law
  • Legal Issues of International Employment

Read more about each course in the study programme.


Commercial Transactions and Disputes

Module coordinators: Professor Thalia Kruger & Dilyara Nigmatullina

Learn about international commercial transactions while focusing on the relevant norms in an international setting, the applicable law and regulations, and the influence of electronic commerce.

Study the questions concerning dispute settlement: do parties have to go to court and if so, which court; can they and should they opt for arbitration or mediation; what are the consequences of their choices? Consider also what the international effect of the resulting judgment, award or agreement is.

Master private and business law harmonisation at the European as well as the international level, focusing on key domains of private law such as contract law, consumer law, company law and legal procedure.

Examine international insolvency law, i.e. the legal rules and principles that apply when an insolvent debtor has assets or creditors across borders, in particular the insolvency of enterprise groups with entities in different countries.

The module consists of these courses:

  • Advanced course: International Commercial Transactions
  • Advanced course: Dispute Settlement
  • Harmonised Private Law
  • International Insolvency Law

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European Constitutionalism and Fundamental Rights

Module coordinator: Professor Patricia Popelier

Examine in detail both the institutions and the instruments of EU governance specifically from a perspective of multilevel governance.

Analyse the traditional tasks and new functions of the judiciary, constitutional courts, national and regional parliaments and autonomous agencies from the vantage point of multilevel constitutionalism and on the basis of concrete cases.

Focus on federal and quasi-federal systems, based on indicators which allow for a useful comparison of multi-tiered systems, and learn to identify different approaches that national multi-tiered systems adopt in the face of national as well as global challenges, and how they can adopt a centralist, federal or confederal approach.

Gain insight into the multilevel aspects of European fundamental rights protection via supranational, regional and national instruments and institutions.

The module consists of these courses:

  • Advanced course: Constitutional Law of the European Union
  • Advanced course: Institutional Dynamics in Multilevel Constitutionalism
  • Comparative Federalism
  • European Fundamental Rights Law

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Sustainable Development and Global Justice

Module coordinator: Professor Wouter Vandenhole

Undertake a post-colonial analysis of public international law, look at the current meaning of sovereignty and at the role of the United Nations in the global development architecture, and focus on international environmental law and development.

Learn about the role human rights law can or should play in realising global justice objectives in the Global South, by zooming in on some of the ways the relationship between human rights (law) and development has been framed.

Human rights law is revisited from a developmental perspective by looking into the elaboration of indigenous peoples’ rights on the one, and into transnational human rights obligations on the other hand.

An expert from the South will help you gain an advanced, critical and context-sensitive understanding of the role of law and legal institutions in the Global South, from the perspective of these countries and their inhabitants.

You will also focus on a number of cross-cutting issues in order to demonstrate the linkages and complexities that weave together the three development policy regimes of aid, trade, and investment.

The module consists of these courses:

  • Advanced course: International Law and Sustainable Development
  • Advanced course: Human Rights and Global Justice
  • Local Perspectives on Law and Development
  • Law and the Global Economic Governance of Development

Read more about each course in the study programme.