Comparative Administrative Law
Full course description
The primary purposes of administrative law are:
- to empower the government to put its policies into effect and
- to keep the powers of the government within their legal boundaries, so as to protect citizens against their abuse.
The course Comparative Administrative Law provides an introduction into the general administrative law of France, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom (mainly England & Wales). The course concentrates on the following themes:
- the administrative decision-making process and its outcome: the forms of administrative action;
- the general principles regulating administrative decision-making and the concept of discretion;
- the access to administrative courts;
- the remedies against the administration.
The primary purpose of this course is for students to acquire a basic knowledge of the administrative law systems of France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. Furthermore, specific differences and similarities between the four systems of administrative law will be analysed.