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Europeanisation of national administrative law

Summer course information

The course is open to doctoral students and young professionals in the EU Member States who are eager to learn more about the reception of EU law in the general administrative law of other Member States and who would like to share their experience or knowledge on the Europeanisation of their own national administrative law.

One of the mechanisms that has profoundly influenced rules and principles of national administrative law is the development of general principles of law, derived by the EU Court of Justice from the fundamental values underlying the national legal systems. The influence and effects of the application of general principles may be far-reaching and give rise to legal problems and questions, but may also offer inspiration and new opportunities to national administrative law. There is limited analysis of whether the application of these principles gives rise to similar or different questions within the different Member States, if patterns can be uncovered and common lessons can be learned.

Where and how do these principles lead to Europeanisation? Has codification of several general principles in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and other primary and secondary Union law influenced this process? Where are the European principles smoothly absorbed within national legal systems, and where do Europeanisation processes encounter resistance? Does Europeanisation through EU general principles lead to greater or lesser protection of individuals in the Member States? Where are European legal principles even voluntarily adopted in the national administrative legal systems? Do these Europeanisation processes evidence the development towards an Administrative Law Ius Commune?


  Monday 2 September  
    Conference day
  Tuesday 3 September  
    Summer Course
  9.30-9.45 Welcome

9.45 - 11.00

Workshop I
Henrik Wenander and Filippo Borriello - principle of proportionality and the principle of reasonableness

  11.00-11.30 Coffee break
  11.30-12.45 Workshop II
Rogier Kegge - Precautionary principle 
  12.45-14.00 Lunch
  14.00-15.15 Workshop III
Jacobine van den Brink - legitimate expectations
  15.15- Excursion, drinks and dinner
  Wednesday 4 September  
  9.30-9.45 Welcome
  9.45- 11.00

Workshop IV
Pieter van Cleynenbreugel  -  The principles of impartiality and independence of EU-mandated national supervisory bodies

  11.00-11.30 Coffee break
  11.30-12.45 Workshop V 
Annemarie Drahmann - Equality, non-discrimination and transparency
  12.45-14.00 Lunch
  14.00-15.15 Workshop VI
Mariolina Eliantonio - effective judicial protection
  15.15-15.45 Coffee break
  15.45 - 16.45 Closing remarks
  16.45 Farewell drinks


Call for input

In order to have a fruitful and interesting discussion during the summer course, we ask for your input. Do you have examples, questions, problems and discussions in scholarly debates related to Europeanisation through general principles of law in your Member State?

Which discussions about Europeanisation through legal principles are taking place within your national legal debate? Which European legal principles attract most attention from scholars with expertise on domestic administrative law? Does the Europeanisation of national administrative law involve legal principles of European Union law in substantive law or also, or above all, the Europeanisation of national legal principles? How is this development valued in national legal practice and in academic debate?

You can provide your input by sending an e-mail to adminlawlab@law.leidenuniv.nl and/or filling out the registration form.

Based upon this information, we will decide which principles will be discussed in more detail during the workshops.

What's in it for me?

The summer course will allow participants to understand the significant effects of the Europeanisation of administrative law in the EU Member States. Additionally, it will be an opportunity for academics and practitioners in the field of European and administrative law to share insights and build professional relationships. Upon completion of the course, all participants will receive a certificate.

Practical information

The course will take place in the Old Observatory in Leiden University.

Various social activities form an integral part of the course and any necessary course materials will be provided for. Participants will receive a reading list before the start of the course. We have made a reservation for hotel rooms at the Tulip Inn Leiden Centre Hotel for the participants of the summer course from Sunday 1 until Wednesday 4 September. Upon receipt of your application, we will provide you with more information.

Course Fee

The course fee is €300. 


We welcome applications from PhD-candidates and (young) professionals from different EU Member States.

You can apply by filling out this form.

Don’t wait too long with your registration. The maximum number of participants is 30. If more applications are filed, a selection procedure will follow.

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