The course provides for an overview of
1) the most important principles governing the Belgian state structure and the concrete state design, demonstrating the legal significance of democracy, the rule of law, federalism and separation of powers in the Belgian constitutional system.
2) the national public institutions and the way in which politial relations function within the legal institutional framework. Especially the federal and subnational parliaments and governments will be discussed, their composition, functioning and competences, and the way in which they relate to each other. Also the Belgian federal structure will be analysed more closely.
3) the international public institutuons and the way in which political relations function within the legal institutional framework. The European Union and the United Nations will be highlighted.