International Law & Relations

​In a world of globalisation international legal dimensions get more important every day. The number of international rules and regulations increase and the importance of international legislation has a tremendous effect on daily life. The influence of international or European institutions on the day to day running of a business is a central element in the program. It is in this context that the international semester at the School of Law of Hanze University Groningen has been developed.

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The minor International Law & Relations is open to students from the School of Law of Hanze UAS and students from abroad with a basic knowledge of law (for instance students of European Studies, International Relations, etc.).

The international law program consists of topics that individuals and companies may have to deal with when operating in an environment that is getting increasingly international. A large variety of subjects (for example International Business Law) will be covered. European Law and its basic concepts are also dealt with. Practical applicability of the knowledge and skills acquired is central in the learning process. The focus of the Project-Centred Education (PCE) at the Hanze University Groningen is on active learning. The aim is for students to apply acquired knowledge to practical business situations that are presented in the form of projects, in which students work independently under the guidance of coaches.

During the semester students of various academic backgrounds will be provided with information on a number of legal topics. Classes are scheduled on a weekly basis. Finding relevant information is also considered essential for workers in the legal field. Apart from this, skills trainings are part of the program, enabling students to actually apply knowledge gained during classes in a practical situation. It allows the participants to get used to studying in a multi-cultural environment using English as the language of study. On top of all this negotiation skills are developed.

The structure of the program

The International Law & Relations Minor consists of 2 parts or blocks: the A-Block running from September/February to mid-November/April and the B-Block starting end of November/April and ending mid-January/July. After each block the student’s progress will be assessed through exams, presentations and written reports. Some elements will be assessed individually, for other elements group marks will be given. The set-up of the entire program you can find below.

Knowledge Background

Central in the international semester are the projects “Business in Europe” (A-Block), “People and social effects” (B-Block) and the mandatory excursion to The Hague (A-Block) and Brussels or Strasbourg (B-Block). Subject knowledge will be taught alongside the project throughout the semester. In the first 7 weeks of each block theoretical knowledge will be taught that can be applied in the project tasks presented during the block. The idea is to give students the opportunity to reach the basic level of subject knowledge that they will need in order to complete the project assignments, and that by the end of the semester they will have reached a level in knowledge and skills that will allow them to be able to operate as a legal professional in an international context.

Legal English

Legal English trainings run throughout the semester alongside the project. Legal English is of great importance for the project since it is the language of communication and instruction.


In each block the students will be assigned to a multi-cultural group of maximum 6 students to work on a thematically based project, which will run in two stages. Every week they will work on the assignments with the group. In the B-Block, the project will continue and the students will work in their team to put into practice what has been learned during both the A-Block and the B-Block. So the knowledge they have gained in the A-Block will be extended in the B-Block.
Each project is linked to some major legal topics, subject areas which will provide students with the basic knowledge needed to work on the assignments within the projects. In the first block the emphasis is on European Law and International Business Law. In the second block the emphasis is on free movement of persons and services, humanitarian aspects of law, EU policy, lobbying and ethical aspects.

Co-operation International Organisations

The content of project assignments is based from the outset on a close co-operation with two international organisations, the Dutch Customs Organisation (DCO) and Groningen Seaports. During the semester these organisations will monitor the assignments and can ask the students to make a real time priority assignment if necessary.
The excursions are part of the project. This means that excursions are not optional, but mandatory. So in order to receive the credits for the project, students will have to participate in the excursions. To cover the costs of the excursions an additional fee will be charged (maximum of € 300,- total).

Programme Overview

Check out the Brochure.

Possibilities for internships

• Internship at an International Law Firm, Like Blenheim Advocaten in Amsterdam or Indiawan Heiky & Partners in Indonesia
• Internship at the Ministry of Justice in the Netherlands
• Internship at the Dutch Embassy in the UK
• Internship at the European Parliament
• Internship at the European Commission
• Internship at the International Court of Justice, department of legal matters
Possibilities for job future positions:
• Legal advisor in an international Company (such as VTTI b.v. or Gasterra, Gasunie etc.)
• Legal advisor for the board of Groningen Airport Eelde
• Legal advisor in a legal department of the government Municipalities, Provinces, Ministries etc.)
• Legal counselor in a company for international (applied) research
• Paralegal in an international Law Firm

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