French legal texts
There are three parts. The first part deals with French public law and highlights important differences with Belgian public law. Secondly, the sources of French law are studied. The third part zooms in on selected issues in various fields of law such as tort law; family law; housing law, and intellectual property law, in order toanalyse differences and similarities with Belgian law, and where possible, in light of European case-law.
Englich legal texts
A number of specific themes and relevant texts thereon are discussed, such as the state structure and political institutions in the UK and the USA, the court structure in England and the US, judge-made law (precedents and stare decisis), the distinction between commom law and equity. An introduction to basic concepts of contract law, torts law and company law is included. The themes are discussed, where possible, in a comparative and historical context.
German legal texts
The course consists of three parts. The first part draws the constitutional history of German and the treaties which have resulted in the unification of Germany. In the second part, the present state structure of the German Federal Republic is examined. The last part considers some elementary concepts from the BGB (civil code) and commercial law.