LAW-12806 Introduction to Law for the Life Sciences


Studiepunten 6.00

Individual Paper1
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)prof.dr. JAW van Zeben
dr. de LG Almeida
Lecturer(s)dr. de LG Almeida
C Macchi
prof.dr. JAW van Zeben
N Bernaz-Potter
Examiner(s)prof.dr. JAW van Zeben
dr. de LG Almeida

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Continuation courses:

LAW-22806 Food Law

LAW-55306 Food, Nutrition and Human Rights
LAW-22306 Global & EU Environmental Law & Policy
LAW-31806 Global Economic (Trade) Law and Risk Regulation
LAW-32306 Intellectual Property Rights
LAW-32806 Food Law and Regulation
LAW-55806 Dutch and EU Agricultural Law
LAW-39806 Comparative Food Law PR China/USA


Want to know how EU law affects product innovation and safety? What your responsibilities would be as a startup company? Wondering how Urgenda managed to beat the Dutch government in court? Or how to hold Big Oil responsible for climate change? Look no further.

Law forms the visible, and often invisible, backdrop to our societal practices, rules and values. In order to provide effective answers to questions related to food, environmental and technological regulation, it is essential to have a basic understanding of the laws that govern these processes. This course provides students without a prior legal background with a well-rounded introduction to legal concepts, system, principles, as well as some essential legal skills training.

Specifically, you will be provided with a (1) general introduction to law, (2) an introduction to EU institutional and substantive law, (3) an introduction to international law. In terms of methodology, it covers (A) legal argumentation, (B) legal writing, and (C) legal database research.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the role of law in daily and professional life;
- identify the constitutive elements of a legal system; sources and areas of law; and the role of institutions in law-making and adjudication;
- Understand and explain the roles of EU institutions, the competences of the EU, enforcement of EU law and the relationship of EU law to national law and the core economic and civil freedoms protected by EU law;
- understand how different levels and different areas of law relate to each other and determine which law applies;
- find and analyse relevant sources of law by using the relevant databases and apply them to solve legal cases;
- distinguish different methods of legal interpretation and their theoretical foundations; apply these to legal sources;
- create legal arguments about the interpretation of sources of law in order to solve legal cases;
- understand the role of scientific evidence and facts in legislation and legal processes;
- draft legal documents and apply legal formal style requirements.


- read the required literature before the lectures;

- attend weekly lectures;
- attend and participate in tutorials twice a week;
- write and submit a weekly individual assignment covering EU law, international law, methods of argumentation, writing skills and legal document search;
- discuss the assignment solutions during the tutorials.


Students will be given four individual assignments (linked to their tutorials) which will be Pass/Fail. All of these assignments need to be passed in order to successfully complete the course.

An additional final individual assignment will be marked and count for 100% of the grade.


Scientific articles and excerpts of books are provided to the students on Brightspace

Keuze voor: MFSFood SafetyMScB: Spec. B - Food Law and Regulatory Affairs1AF