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.
The role of government lawyers in shaping the relationship between government and law13th April 2023
Government lawyers play a role in shaping the relationship between law and government. As that relationship is frequently strained – recent examples include the Dutch childcare benefit scandal, the Integrated Approach to Nitrogen ruling, and the Urgenda rulings –Wubbo Wierenga explored precisely how government lawyers fulfill their role and why.
Prof. Randall Lesaffer reviews To the Uttermost Parts of the Earth. Legal Imagination and International Power13th April 2023
In the latest edition of The American Journal of International Law, Prof. Randall Lesaffer reviews Prof. Martti Koskenniemi’s work To the Uttermost Parts of the Earth. Legal Imagination and International Power, 1300-1870 (Cambridge University Press 2021)
“More constitutional awareness is important for public trust”06th April 2023
How can fundamental rights contribute to public trust in government? How can we strengthen our constitutional structures so that they can meet the challenges of our times? Sound awareness of the relationship between freedom, fundamental rights, and the law is important for our trust in and the trustworthiness of the government.