EU Law and Human Rights

Increasingly, our national laws originate in Brussels. The influence of European law is clearly visible in many legal fields, from labour and environmental law, to competition and sports law. The EU Law and Human Rights programme explores the practical and legal implications of this development.

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During class, the emphasis will be on solving case questions, as well as reading and analysing case law from the European Courts of Justice and Human Rights. Additionally, you will learn how to find your way in the tangle of European institutions. You will monitor current legal developments in European law and legislation and will interpret those developments for a client.

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Start date September
Number of ECTS 30 Dutch Education System
Programme level Minor
Programme code ADR-MINOR-10-09
Language of instruction English
Year of study Year 3 or 4
Practical Matters Housing and Immigration
Location Utrecht Science Park

Course content

What do you need to enter this programme? And what can you expect when you apply? In this section you'll find all you need to know!

The minor EU Law and Human Rights is an excellent choice for students who have the ambition to work for an organization with international (legal) contacts in Europe. After completion of this minor, you will be able to distinguish yourself because you have learnt to (better) recognize signals indicating the applicability of European law. This will enable you to better assess the concrete consequences of European rules for everyday legal practice.

This minor programme is particularly suited for Law, Social Legal Services, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Journalism and Management, Economics & Law students. As this minor programme is also open to exchange students, you will work in a truly international environment.

Would you like to know more about this programme or do you have a specific question? Please contact the programme coordinators, Merijn Maassen or Bart Hoeijmaekers.

The programme takes place during one semester (two blocks) and consists of the following courses:





Sept- Nov

Law of the European Union

EU-institutions and the internal market


Human Rights Law in Europe

Freedom of speech and belief


English Communication and Research Skills

English legal terminology and specific EU/ECHR terminology


Nov - Jan

EU Social Law

EU labour law, EU social security law and discrimination


EU Asylum Law

Entry in EU as an asylum seeker, Turkey-deal, procedure, return, and human rights incorporated                 


EU law for sub-central authorities

State Aid Law and EU public procurement law             


Students may swap one or more of the courses above. You may choose one of the following courses offered in collaboration with partners (subject to availability). If you want to know more, please contact programme coordinators Merijn Maassen or Bart Hoeijmaekers.




Culture and Identity of Europe

Part of the Honours programme Europe in the World, School of Journalism


International week Germany

Join the International week of Heidelberg College, Germany


Dutch as a second language

Available to international students only



This minor requires a general legal background and basic knowledge of European law. Therefore, the programme is particularly suited for This minor programme is particularly suited for Law, Social Legal Services, Political Science, Sociology, International Relations, Journalism and Management, Economics & Law students. To acquire a beginning of a general legal background and basic knowledge of European law interested students are advised to order and study the following recommended study material:

Anthony Arnull, European Union law: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford University Press, 2017, ISBN 978-0-19-874998-1

If you want to check whether the programme is for you, please contact our programme coordinators, Merijn Maassen or Bart Hoeijmaekers.

English CEFR level B1.

Please note: You may be asked to take a language assessment test before the start of the programme. If your English language skills are below the required level, you may not be able to enter the course, as you need to be able to actively participate in (parts of) the programme. In all cases, the programme manager makes the final decision.

Dutch students are allowed to take the tests, which are set in English, in Dutch.

Practical information

When you move to a different country to study, there are lots of things to arrange. For instance, where will you live, how much are the costs? Visit the practical information site. Read here for more info about how to arrange housing. A student living in the Netherlands needs about € 800 - 1000 a month to cover living expenses, such as housing, food and transportation. This includes insurances – health insurance is mandatory.

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Why choose HU?

  • Connect local and European laws

    Concentrating on the implications of European legislation and its ever-increasing presence, the courses in this minor are predominantly legal, practical and topical in nature. With your fellow students you will study cases, learn how to advise clients and monitor developments.

  • Inspiring international setting

    HU supports your ambitions. Our lecturers will tutor and assist you in making the most of this international programme. During your time in Utrecht, you will meet students from all over the world and make connections to last a lifetime.

  • Utrecht Science Park Campus

    Studying at HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht means you get to enjoy all the benefits of our modern campus, Utrecht Science Park (USP). A miniature city with the universities' buildings, student housing, restaurants, cafés, a sports centre, and much more, it enjoys excellent transport links to Utrecht and beyond.

  • Vibrant university city Utrecht

    Beautiful Utrecht has lots of young people and excellent facilities for student life. It has a mediaeval city centre which is small enough to explore by foot or bicycle. Enjoy a drink next to the quaint canals or dine in one of the converted wharf cellars.

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