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European Law

In the minor in European Law you will study the institutional structure and functioning of the European Union legal order. The focus lies in particular with the constitutional principles and the relationship between the Union and its Member States, as well as between the European Union’s position in the global arena.

In the European Law minor, students acquire understanding of how the institutions of the European Union operate to adopt new rules and how these rules affect individuals - companies or individual citizens. The introduction course covers the functioning of EU institutions, the constitutional principles of the Union and the structure of the market freedoms. Teaching in the minor is organized around current challenges facing the European Union, so that students are encouraged to develop an interest in current political developments. The minor also offers an overview of the major sub-fields of contemporary EU law, including constitutional and institutional law, internal market, competition law, fundamental rights and EU external relations.

This minor is offered by the Faculty of Humanities. The faculty’s minors consist of 30 ECTS credits and earn you a second qualification that will be listed on the transcript accompanying your degree certificate. 

Study schedule

In the second semester, you can choose up to 12 EC from the courses mentioned in the schedule.​​​​​​

  • Institutional and Substansive Law of the EU 
  • Major Workshop European Law
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  • EU Internal Market Law
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  • Federalism and the Separation of Powers in the European Union
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  • EU International Relations Law
  • EU Migration Law
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UvA Course Catalogue: Minor European Law

Master's programme

This minor may serve as a good preparation for academic Bachelor’s students who want to apply for admission to a Master's programme in European Studies, e.g.: the Master's in European Policy. Always check the entry requirements on the Application & admission page of the Master’s programme you are interested in.

Entry requirements

This minor is open for application to students who have obtained an academic first-year diploma or a positive Binding Study Advice from an academic Bachelor's programme. 

The minor is also open for application to students from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) who have completed their propaedeutic year. If you are an HBO student and if you are looking to do a Master's programme at the UvA, please check out our pre-Master's programmes, as completing a minor is not enough to grant you access to Master’s programmes. 


The enrolment for the academic year of 2022-2023 will start on 12 May 2022.

Facts & Figures
Credits 30 ECTS,
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
Location University Quarter