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European and International Public Law

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EIP examines how globalization is evolving in different ways the European and International legal orders

Cross-border problems, rules and institutions now affect our everyday lives as never before. The department of European and International Public Law (EIP) is focused on the legal and policy challenges that globalization produces for the evolving International and European legal orders. We conduct research into the different ways globalization and cross-border challenges: raise questions about legal axioms such as public/private or domestic/foreign; empower and disempower different state and non-state actors; produce new arrangements of “legal” rule across Europe and globally; structure new global patterns of inequality and welfare; and arouse passionate debates over the appropriate legal, political, and environmental vision for our communities. EIP boasts a highly international and interdisciplinary team of legal experts, and notably offers 7 areas of general expertise in teaching and research: (1) EU Law; (2) International Law; (3) Environmental Law; (4) Global Law and Development; (5) Human Rights; (6) International Relations; and (7) Legal Philosophy.

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Hans Lindahl

Welcome to the Department of European and International Public Law (EIP) of the Tilburg Law School, a thriving and truly international community that is the home to academics from 18 nationalities. We pride ourselves on the research and teaching synergies that arise from exploring how globalization processes raise novel challenges to European and International Law. Our strategic location, close to both Brussels and The Hague, gives us quick access to two key sites that are crucially shaping the international rule of law.

EIP is proud to chair the Editorial Committee of the Global Law series of Cambridge University Press. It also participates in the Institute for Global Law and Policy run by the Harvard Law School. Further, EIP co-runs: the collaborative PhD program “Globalisation and Legal Theory” together with the Law School of Glasgow University and the Higher Institute of Philosophy of the University of Louvain-la-Neuve; and EDOLAD (European Doctorate Law and Development), an EU Erasmus Mundus funded project to establish a joint doctoral programme in the field of Law & Development, together with Tartu University (EE), Deusto University (E), the University of Edinburgh (UK), Oslo University (N) and North-West University Potchefstroom (ZA) (For more information: http://edolad.eu).

We perform very well as a research and teaching team. In addition to a steady stream of articles and monographs in top international journals and publishing houses, academics of the Department have garnered Veni, Vidi and Vici grants extended by the National Science Foundation of the Netherlands, Marie Curie and Jean Monnet grants by the European Commission as well as a Humboldt Senior Research Fellowship in Germany. These and other research achievements feed into our teaching, where, for example, our LLM program was ranked first in the 2016 Elsevier Higher Education Ranking.

We welcome students to our Master Program and PhD candidates who are internationally oriented and who share our keen interest in understanding international society as mirrored in the profound transformations which European and International Law are undergoing in an era of intensifying globalization. 

Hans Lindahl, Head of Department