Department of Public Law and Governance (PLG)
The Department of Public Law & Governance is a unique collaboration of researchers in the field of Public Law and Public Administration, in which various disciplines work together: International Law, European law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Public Administration, Legal Philosophy, Political Science, Legal History and Jurisprudence.
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The collaboration within PLG is very much inspired by a joint research interest. Whereas many scholars in the field of Public Law and Public Administration primarily focus on their internal dynamics, the Tilburg scholars are driven by a primary focus on both their context and foundations. Our researchers work together by the joint inspiration to rethink publicness in a globalized, multi-layered, and hypercomplex world, from the local to the global.
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This unique approach has been translated into our Bachelor and Master programs. PLG makes an important contribution to the LLB and the LLM Law and the Global Law Bachelor and runs the programs: BSc Public Administration (in Dutch), BSc and MSc of Public Governance (in English), LLM International Law & Global Governance (in English) and LLM European Law and Global Risks (in English).
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Our department is working in research, education and impact on the publicness of public law and governance. About 100 researchers give their best to contribute to this unifying goal.
New Blog Series: Colonization in, of and through Business and Human Rights | Rights as Usual07th December 2023
Last April's symposium: Colonization in, of and through Business & Human Rights at Tilburg University resulted in a new blog series on the same theme.
Representative democracy benefits from new combinations of deliberation and voting13th September 2023
Persistent problems of representative democracy can be addressed with clever combinations of deliberation and voting, for Dutch democracy particularly: the structural complaint of citizens that they are not heard and seen and the 'stop and go' culture of governing. So argues Frank Hendriks, Professor of Comparative Governance at Tilburg University, whose book Rethinking Democratic Innovation came out recently.
Inaugural address Pieter Huisman: 'Regulation of behavior in education requires caution'12th September 2023
The protection of the social safety and integrity of pupils and students is a basic condition for the right to education to come to fruition, but its regulation by the Dutch government and its elaboration in all kinds of codes and rules requires caution. In the first instance, it is up to the educational institutions themselves to discuss appropriate and inappropriate behavior with each other, based on the shared values and foundations of the institution.