LAW-55806 Dutch and EU Agricultural Law


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. H Schebesta
Examiner(s)prof. DW Bruil

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

Global and EU Environmental Law & Policy, Food Law, Intellectual Property Rights.


The course Dutch and EU Agricultural Law (Basiscursus Agrarisch Recht) is taught in Dutch and provides non-lawyers with the essential basics of agricultural legal regulation. An understanding of agricultural law is indispensable in any career in an agriculture-related environment, be it your own company or employment in the governmental or commercial sector. Thus it forms a cross-section of all relevant areas of law, both private and public law, such as on land lease, land development, spatial planning, environmental law, breeders rights, market organizations, contracts, nature protection, animal welfare, etc. The main principles and characteristics of agricultural law will be explained, as well as the structure of rules and legislation. Of course international (treaties), European (regulations and directives) and national (Dutch) regulations as well as case-law will be dealt with.

The topics to be covered are:

- Introduction to agricultural law;

- Planning law (ruimtelijke ordening);

- Land development and reconstruction (landinrichting en reconstructie);

- Agriculture and the environment (agrarisch milieurecht);

- Land lease (pachtrecht);

- Agricultural company law (bedrijfsoverdracht / bedrijfsvormen);

- Agricultural tax law (fiscaal agrarisch recht / financiële administratie / jaarrekening);

- Market regulation (marktordeningsrecht / productiequota);

The course is taught by Prof. DW Bruil (Instituut voor Agrarisch Recht/Rijsuniversiteit Groningen).

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the legal regulations applicable to different agricultural fields;

- solve basic agricultural legal problems on the basis of the rules and regulations in the field;

- understand the importance of law for everyday practice and the importance of everyday practice for the development of law.


- participate in class lectures;
- study readings;
- participate in discussions.


- written or oral (to be decided depending on number of participants) exam.