LAW-12306 Commercial Law


Studiepunten 6.00

Independent study2
Course coordinator(s)prof.dr. JAW van Zeben
J Jethu-Ramkrishan-Ramsoedh
Lecturer(s)J Jethu-Ramkrishan-Ramsoedh
Examiner(s)J Jethu-Ramkrishan-Ramsoedh

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

All LAW-courses.


Is your smoothie really so innocent? Does it matter if delivers your package or one of their “affiliated” companies? Does providing tutoring to fellow students make you into a business owner?

This course provides you with basic legal knowledge so that you can answer fundamental questions of commercial interactions. For example: What rights do you have as a consumer regarding information, guarantees, and quality? What are your obligations when you want to start and conduct business activities? For example, when are you working together, and when are you a cartel? What is the role of the European Union in shaping these rights?

The course is structured around six topics that help you understand law in a business context and provides you with basic legal skills that you can apply in your professional life regardless of whether you work for government, an NGO or a company. Specifically, this course provides introductions to: corporate law; contract law; liability law; competition law; consumer law. Where relevant, EU law on these topics will be discussed and an introduction to EU law and institutions will be provided.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • Understand the basic principles of law and governance in business context;
  • Understand basic principles of Dutch law, particularly private law;
  • Evaluate selected scientific legal articles on their content and practical implications;
  • Apply basic legal research skills using online resources;
  • Analyse basic legal cases;
  • Apply knowledge to basic legal scenarios and fact patterns.


  • read the required literature before the lectures;
  • attend weekly lectures;
  • attend and participate in tutorials once a week;
  • write and submit a weekly group assignment;
  • discuss the assignment solutions during the tutorials.


Open book exam (only specified materials) – combination of open and multiple-choice questions

For the successful completion of each tutorial assignment (P/F), 0.1 point can be awarded (maximum of 0.3 point). This can be added to the pass mark of the written exam (note that this only applies if you have passed the exam!). The bonus point is added to the written exam grade prior to rounding to establish the final course grade. The bonus remains valid for 5 years.


AMMM van Zeijl, Vermogensrecht, Noordhoff (meest recente editie) (e-book available through library)

AMMM van Zeijl, Ondernemingsrecht, Noordhoff (meest recente editie) (e-book available through library)

Wettenbundel Burgerlijk Wetboek (Wolters Kluwer of Vermande, meest recente editie) (moet worden gekocht)

Academic literature posted via Brightspace

Verplicht voor: BBCManagement and Consumer StudiesBSc4WD