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1 Teaching and Examination Regulations for the English Language Master s degree programmes Criminal Law and Criminology European Law International and Comparative Private Law International Economic and Business Law International Law and the Law of International Organizations General Master of Laws Contents Contents... 1 Section 1 General provisions... 3 Article 1.1 Applicability... 3 Article 1.2 Definitions... 3 Article 1.3 Aim of the degree programmes... 4 Article 1.4 Type of degree programme... 8 Article 1.5 More than one Master of Laws degree... 8 Article 1.6 Honours programme master s degree programme... 8 Section 2 Structure of the degree programmes... 8 Article 2.1 Study load... 8 Article 2.2 Content of the degree programmes... 9 Article 2.3 Optional ECTSs Article 2.4. Extracurricular ECTSs Section 3 Examinations and final assessment of the degree programme Article 3.0 Board of Examiners and examiners Article 3.1 General Article 3.2 Frequency and Examination Periods Article 3.2a Seminar assessment Article 3.3 Form of Examinations Article 3.4 Oral Examinations Article 3.5 Marking of Examinations and Publication of Grades Article 3.6 Repeating a course unit passed Article 3.7 Validity Article 3.8 Post mortem Article 3.8a Assessment plan Article 3.9 Exemptions Article 3.10 Final Assessment (awarding of degree certificate) Article 3.11 Degree Section 4 Admission Article 4.1 Previous education and admission Article 4.2 Admissions Board Article 4.3 Admissions Assessment: times Article 4.4 Conditional admission June 2014 page 1

2 Section 5 Study supervision and the judicium abeundi Article 5.1 Study Progress Administration and Supervision Article 5.2 Refusal of registration (Iudicium abeundi) Section 6 Transitional and Final Provisions Article 6.1 Amendments Article 6.2 Publication Article 6.3 Deviations Article 6.4 Date of Commencement Appendix 1. Lists of optional courses per degree programme Article 1. List of optional courses for Criminal Law and Criminology Article 2. List of optional courses for European Law Article 3. List of optional courses International and Comparative Private Law Article 4. List of optional courses for International Economic and Business Law Article 5. List of optional courses International Law and the Law of International Organizations Article 6. List of optional courses for the Master of Laws degree June 2014 page 2

3 Section 1 General provisions Article 1.1 Applicability 1. These Regulations apply to the degree programmes and final assessment of the following Master s degrees: a. Criminal Law and Criminology (CLC); b. European Law (EL); c. International and Comparative Private Law (ICPL); d. International Economic and Business Law (IEBL); e. International Law and the Law of International Organizations (IL); f. General Master of Laws (ML) within the degree programmes a d; hereinafter referred to as: the degree programmes. The degree programmes are organised by the Faculty of Law of the University of Groningen, henceforth referred to as the Faculty. 2. This Teaching and Examination Regulation is also applicable to students of other faculties or universities insofar as they participate in parts of one of these master s degree programmes. Article 1.2 Definitions The following definitions apply to these Regulations: A. Act: Wet op het hoger onderwijs en wetenschappelijk onderzoek [Higher Education and Research Act]; B. Student: a person enrolled in the university for the purpose of taking courses and/or examinations and a final assessment leading to the conferring of a university degree; C. Course unit: a course as part of the degree programme within the meaning of the Act; D. ECTS: credit as mentioned in the Act with which the study load of the course unit within the programme is expressed. 1 ECTS is the equivalent of 28 hours of study; E. Seminar: a course unit that is rounded off by writing a paper; F. Examination: a test of the knowledge, understanding and skills of the student as well as an assessment of the results of research; G. Final assessment: the final assessment of the Master s degree programme; H. Semester: part of the academic year, either starting on 1 September and ending on a date to be determined by the Executive Board on or around 31 January, or starting on the aforementioned date determined by the Executive Board and ending on 31 August; I. Day: working day, except when stated differently. J. Degree programme: the Master s degree programme referred to in Article 1.1 of these Regulations, comprising a coherent set of course units K. Pre-Master s programme: a programme intended to remedy deficiencies for admission to the degree programme L. Academic year: the period of time that starts on 1 September and ends on 31 August of the following year M. OCASYS: the University of Groningen s online course catalogue N. Board of Examiners: an independent body with the duties and powers as stated in Articles 7.11, 7.12, 7.12b and 7.12c of the Act, including assessing whether the requirements of the final assessment have been met O. Admissions Board: the board that has decision-making powers in matters concerning admission to the degree programme on behalf of the Faculty Board. June 2014 page 3

4 The other definitions shall have the meaning that the Act ascribes to them. Article 1.3 Aim of the degree programmes The degree programmes have the following aims: A. Criminal Law and Criminology (CLC) a. Learning outcomes knowledge and understanding. The final attainment levels of the LLM programme Criminal Law and Criminology in the field of knowledge and insight of the graduate are: a.1. Thorough knowledge and understanding of substantive criminal law, procedural criminal law, international criminal law and basic knowledge and understanding of criminology in an international context through a deepening of the legal knowledge and understanding acquired during the Bachelor s phase and through an introduction at master level in criminology; a.2. Specialized knowledge and understanding to solve problems in a new or unknown environment within broader or multidisciplinary context related to criminal law and criminology; a.3. Well-developed comprehension and understanding of the wider international context in which criminal law and criminology function and the role they have to play in this regard. b. Learning outcomes skills and attitude. The final attainment levels of the LLM programme Criminal Law and Criminology in the field of skills and attitude of the graduate are: b.1. The ability to independently collect, evaluate and apply relevant legislation, jurisprudence and literature related to a complex problem of criminal law, including in its criminological aspects; b.2. The ability to conduct independent academic legal research in the field of criminal law and to make a societally relevant contribution to the development of the law; b.3. The ability to independently engage in academic discourse with colleagues regarding criminal law; b.4. The ability to make a complex argument concerning criminal law understandable to a group of colleagues and the public in written and spoken English. c. Final attainment level study orientation and careers guidance. The final attainment levels of the LLM programme Criminal Law and Criminology in the field of study orientation and careers guidance of the graduate are: c.1. Knowledge and insight in the career perspective; c.2. Insight in the requirements that are needed, as a result of the permanent and quick development of positive law, for self-study and personal decision-making. B. European Law (EL) a. Learning outcomes knowledge and understanding. The learning outcomes of the LLM programme European Law in the field of knowledge and understanding of the graduate are: June 2014 page 4

5 a.1. Thorough knowledge of and thorough understanding in European Law by deepening the knowledge gained during the Bachelor s degree programme; a.2. Thorough knowledge of and understanding in the specialized areas of European Law that are important for legal practice, academic research and European integration; a.3. Thorough knowledge and understanding in the functioning of the European institutions and of the interaction between the centralized and decentralized aspects of the European legal system, and the interaction between institutional and substantive European Law. b. Learning outcomes skills and attitude. The learning outcomes of the LLM programme European Law in the field of skills and attitude of the graduate are: b.1. The ability to independently assemble, assess and apply relevant facts, legislation, jurisprudence and literature in order to solve complex issues in the field of international law, especially European law; b.2. The ability to independently do academic legal research in the field of international law, especially European law and with that contribute in a socially relevant manner to the development of law; b.3. The ability to independently participate in the debate in the field of international law, especially European law, with colleagues; b.4. The ability to convey to a group of colleagues and non-colleagues both orally and in written form, a complex argumentation in the field of international law, especially European law, in English in a comprehensive manner. c. Final attainment level study orientation and careers guidance. The learning outcomes of the LLM programme European Law in the field of study orientation and careers guidance of the graduate are: c.1. Knowledge and understanding in the career perspective; c.2. Understanding in the requirements that are needed, as a result of the permanent and quick development of positive law, for self study and creating own judgments. C. International and Comparative Private Law (ICPL) a. Learning outcomes knowledge and understanding. The learning outcomes of the LLM programme International and Comparative Private Law in the field of knowledge and understanding of the graduate are: a.1. Thorough knowledge of and thorough understanding in international aspects of private law as a system; a.2. Thorough knowledge of and thorough understanding in positive law with regard to international aspects of private law; a.3. Thorough understanding in the coherence, differences and similarities between legal systems in the field of private law. b. Learning outcomes skills and attitude. The learning outcomes of the LLM programme International and Comparative Private Law in the field of skills and attitude of the graduate are: b.1. The ability to independently assemble, assess and apply relevant facts, legislation, jurisprudence and literature in order to solve complex issues in the field of international aspects of private law; June 2014 page 5

6 b.2. The ability to independently do academic legal research in the field of international aspects of private law and with that contribute in a socially relevant manner to the development of law; b.3. The ability to independently participate in the debate in the field of international aspects of private law with colleagues; b.4. The ability to convey to a group of colleagues and non-colleagues both orally and in written form, a complex argumentation in the field of international aspects of private law, in English in a comprehensive manner. c. Final attainment level study orientation and careers guidance. The learning outcomes of the LLM programme International and Comparative Private Law in the field of study orientation and careers guidance of the graduate are: c.1. Knowledge and understanding in the career perspective; c.2. Understanding in the requirements that are needed, as a result of the permanent and quick development of positive law, for self study and creating own judgments. D. International Economic and Business Law (IEBL) a. Learning outcomes knowledge and understanding. The learning outcomes of the LLM programme International Economic and Business Law in the field of knowledge and understanding of the graduate are: a.1. Thorough knowledge of and thorough understanding in international economic law and international business law by deepening the knowledge gained during the Bachelor s degree programme; a.2. Thorough understanding in the coherence of international economic law and international business law, especially insolvency law, company law, corporate governance and trade law by deepening the knowledge gained during the Bachelor s degree programme. b. Learning outcomes skills and attitude. The learning outcomes of the LLM programme International Economic and Business Law in the field of skills and attitude of the graduate are: b.1. The ability to independently assemble, assess and apply relevant facts, legislation, jurisprudence and literature in order to solve complex issues in the field of economic law and business law; b.2. The ability to independently do academic legal research in the field of international economic law and international business law and with that contribute in a socially relevant manner to the development of law; b.3. The ability to independently participate in the debate in the field of international economic law and international business law with colleagues; b.4. The ability to convey to a group of colleagues and non-colleagues both orally and in written form, a complex argumentation in the field of international economic law and international business law, in English in a comprehensive manner. c. Final attainment level study orientation and careers guidance. The learning outcomes of the LLM programme International Economic and Business Law in the field of study orientation and careers guidance of the graduate are: c.1. Knowledge and understanding in the career perspective; June 2014 page 6

7 c.2. Understanding in the requirements that are needed, as a result of the permanent and quick development of positive law, for self study and creating own judgments. E. International Law and the Law of International Organizations (IL) a. Learning outcomes knowledge and understanding. The learning outcomes of the LLM programme International Law and the Law of International Organizations in the field of knowledge and understanding of the graduate are: a.1. Thorough knowledge of and thorough understanding in public international law as a legal system by deepening the knowledge gained during the Bachelor s degree programme; a.2. Specialized knowledge of and understanding in positive public international law in specialized areas of public international law and knowledge of processes and procedures for the further development of these areas; a.3. A well-developed understanding of and understanding in the broader (international) context in which international law functions and of the role of public international law in that. b. Learning outcomes skills and attitude. The learning outcomes of the LLM programme International Law and the Law of International Organizations in the field of skills and attitude of the graduate are: b.1. The ability to independently assemble, assess and apply relevant facts, legislation, jurisprudence and literature in order to solve complex issues in the field of public international law; b.2. The ability to independently do academic legal research in the field of public international law and with that contribute in a socially relevant manner to the development of law; b.3. The ability to independently participate in the debate in the field of public international law with colleagues; b.4. The ability to convey to a group of colleagues and non-colleagues both orally and in written form, a complex argumentation in the field of public international law, in English in a comprehensive manner. c. Final attainment level study orientation and careers guidance. The learning outcomes of the LLM programme International Law and the Law of International Organizations in the field of study orientation and careers guidance of the graduate are: c.1. Knowledge and understanding in the career perspective; c.2. Understanding in the requirements that are needed, as a result of the permanent and quick development of positive law, for self study and creating own judgments. F. General Master of Laws (ML) within the degree programmes stated in Article 1.3 A-D 1. To prepare students by means of a specialist degree programme in English, to exercise the profession of lawyer in the field of European/international public and/or private law; 2. To impart specialised knowledge, skills and understanding with a view to deepening and expanding the knowledge and understandings gained during the Bachelor s degree programme; 3. To teach students how to apply knowledge and understanding in such a way that they can independently solve legal problems and contribute towards the development of law; June 2014 page 7

8 4. To teach students to conduct independent juridical research and participate in the legal debate. Article 1.4 Type of degree programme The degree programmes are one-year, full-time programmes entirely taught in English. Article 1.5 More than one Master of Laws degree 1. If a student, after obtaining a Master of Laws degree of this University, would like to take another Master of Laws programme at this University, he or she has to fulfil all requirements of the curriculum of that Master of Laws programme that have been arranged for in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of that programme. Compulsory subjects from the curriculum that have already been sufficiently passed in the first Master of Laws programme can be exempt, with the exception of the Master s thesis. 2. If a student can fulfil the requirements of the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the second (third, etc) Master of Laws programme by taking less than 30 ECTS of new course units, the student needs to take, after approval by the Board of Examiners, new optional course units until 30 ECTS of new course units have been obtained. The Master s thesis can be included in these 30 ECTS in new course units. 3. A maximum of 30 ECTS can be exempt in a Master of Laws programme. Therefore a student needs to be registered as a master student of our faculty for a minimum period of at least one semester in order to be able to successfully pass the Master s examination. If a student wishes to be examined in multiple Master s degree programmes within the Faculty, the student needs to be registered during a minimum period of one semester in each of the programmes though this can be simultaneously. Article 1.6 Honours programme master s degree programme 1. A student can be invited to participate in an Honours programme which is being offered by the Honours College of the University of Groningen. 2. The Honours programme has a total study load of 15 ECTS. The Teaching and Examination Regulation of the Honours College is applicable to that programme. 3. The Honours programme is not part of the regular master s degree curriculum. The results and grades will not count towards awarding the judicium cum laude or summa cum laude of the master s degree programme. 4. The results of the Honours programme will be mentioned on the diploma supplement attached to the degree certificate of the master s degree programme which the student obtained. Section 2 Structure of the degree programmes Article 2.1 Study load The degree programmes referred to in article 1.1a-e each have a study load of at least 60 ECTS (European Credits), with one ECTS being the equivalent of 28 hours of study. The study load is expressed in full credits. June 2014 page 8

9 Article 2.2 Content of the degree programmes A. Criminal Law and Criminology (CLC) a. The degree programme comprises the following compulsory theoretical course units with their study loads: a.1. Comparative Criminal Law, 6 ECTS; a.2. International and Comparative Criminology, 6 ECTS; a.3. International Criminal Tribunals, 6 ECTS; a.4. Introduction to Criminology, 6 ECTS; a.5. Proof, Evidence and Law, 6 ECTS. b. In addition, the degree programme comprises the following compulsory course units with their study loads: b.1. Seminar International Cooperation in Criminal Matters, 6 ECTS; b.2. After approval by the Board of Examiners, other course units may be chosen from the list of English-language optional course units (see article 1, appendix 1) as far as they are not already compulsory parts of the degree programme, together at least 12 ECTS; b.3. Thesis 18 ECTS. B. European Law (EL) a. The degree programme comprises the following compulsory theoretical course units with their study loads: a.1. Competition Law, 6 ECTS; a.2. European Law 2 master-level, (European Law of Judicial Protection), 6 ECTS; a.3. European Union External Relations Law, 6 ECTS; a.4. European Internal Market Law, 6 ECTS; a.5. European Human Rights Law, 6 ECTS. b. [Repealed] c. In addition, the degree programme comprises the following compulsory course units with their study loads: c.1. Seminar EU Constitutional and EU Institutional Law, 6 ECTS; c.2. After approval by the Board of Examiners, other course units may be chosen from the list of English-language optional course units (see article 2, appendix 1) as far as they are not already compulsory parts of the degree programme, together at least 6 ECTS; c.3. Thesis 18 ECTS. d. Within European Law it is possible to opt for the specialization Energy and Climate Law d.1. This specialization comprises the following compulsory theoretical course units with their study loads: Energy Law, 6 ECTS; Climate Law, 6 ECTS; Energy Contracting, 6 ECTS. d.2. In addition, the degree programme comprises the following compulsory course units with their study loads: Seminar International Environmental Law, 6 ECTS; 2 course units to be chosen from the list of fixed optional course units, at least 18 ECTS. List of linked optional course units; June 2014 page 9

10 - Competition Law, 6 ECTS; - Economics of Regulation, 6 ECTS; - European Environmental Law, 6 ECTS; After approval by the Board of Examiners, other course units may be chosen from the list of English-language optional course units (see article 2, appendix 1) as far as they are not already compulsory parts of the degree programme, together at least 6 ECTS; Thesis in the field of Energy and/or Climate Law, 18 ECTS. C. International and Comparative Private Law (ICPL) a. The degree programme comprises the following compulsory theoretical course units with their study loads: a.1. Comparative Private International Law, 6 ECTS; a.2. Comparative Private Law, 6 ECTS; a.3. International Contracts Law, 6 ECTS. b. In addition, the degree programme comprises the following compulsory course units with their study loads: b.1. Seminar Cross-border Commercial Transactions, 6 ECTS; b.2. After approval by the Board of Examiners, other course units may be chosen from the list of English-language optional course units (see article 3, appendix 1) as far as they are not already compulsory parts of the degree programme, together at least 18 ECTS; b.3. Thesis 18 ECTS. D. International Economic and Business Law (IEBL) a. The degree programme comprises the following compulsory theoretical course units with their study loads: a.1. Company Law, 6 ECTS; a.2. International Contracts Law, 6 ECTS; a.3. International Corporate Insolvency Law, 6 ECTS; a.4. International Trade Law, 6 ECTS. b. In addition, the degree programme comprises the following compulsory course units with their study loads: b.1. Seminar International and Comparative Corporate Governance, 6 ECTS; b.2. 1 course unit to be chosen from the list of optional compulsory course units, at least 6 ECTS. List of linked optional course units; Competition Law, 6 ECTS; Corporate Law and Economics, 6 ECTS; International Commercial Dispute Settlement Law, 6 ECTS; International Investment Law, 6 ECTS; International Labour Law, 6 ECTS; b.3. After approval by the Board of Examiners, other course units may be chosen from the list of English-language optional course units (see article 4, appendix 1) as far as they are not already compulsory parts of the degree programme, together at least 6 ECTS; b.4. Thesis 18 ECTS. June 2014 page 10

11 E. International Law and the Law of International Organizations (IL) a. The degree programme comprises the following compulsory theoretical course unit with its study load: a.1. International Institutional Law, 6 ECTS; b. [Repealed]; c. In addition, the degree programme comprises the following compulsory course units with their study loads: c.1. 4 course units to be chosen from the list of International Law courses (at least 24 ECTS): International Criminal Tribunals, 6 ECTS; International Environmental Law, 6 ECTS; International Humanitarian Law, 6 ECTS; International Human Rights Law, 6 ECTS; International Investment Law, 6 ECTS; International Labour Law, 6 ECTS; International Trade Law, 6 ECTS; Law of International Peace and Security, 6 ECTS; Refugee and Asylum Law, 6 ECTS; Seminar International Relations, 6 ECTS; c.2. Seminar Advanced Public International Law, 6 ECTS; c.3. After approval by the Board of Examiners, other course units may be chosen from the list of English-language optional course units (see article 5, appendix 1) as far as they are not already compulsory parts of the degree programme, together at least 6 ECTS; c.4. Thesis 18 ECTS. d. Within International Law and the Law of International Organizations it is possible to opt for the specialization Human Rights: d.1. This specialization comprises the following compulsory theoretical course units with their study loads: International Humanitarian Law, 6 ECTS; International Human Rights Law, 6 ECTS; International Institutional Law, 6 ECTS; Law of International Peace and Security, 6 ECTS; Refugee and Asylum Law, 6 ECTS; d.2. In addition, the degree programme comprises the following compulsory course units with their study loads: Seminar Human Rights, 6 ECTS; After approval by the Board of Examiners, another course unit may be chosen from the list of English-language optional course units (see article 5, appendix 1) as far as it is not already a compulsory part of the degree programme, at least 6 ECTS; Thesis in the field of Human Rights, 18 ECTS. F. General Master of Laws (ML) within the degree programmes stated in Article 2.2A-D a. The degree programme comprises the following theoretical course units with their study loads: 6 course units to be chosen from the list of English-language optional course units, together at least 36 ECTS. June 2014 page 11

12 b. In addition, the degree programme comprises the following compulsory course units with their study loads: b.1. Seminar to be chosen from the seminars of the five set Master degree programmes, at least 6 ECTS; b.2. Thesis 18 ECTS; c. The degree programme must form a coherent entity in relation to the desired degree. It may not be realised within one of the existing degree programmes and must be at least 50% different with regard to the compulsory part of the programme of the desired degree. d. Before the start of the course, the programme must be discussed with the LLM study advisor and submitted for approval to the Board of Examiners. Article 2.3 Optional ECTSs 1. After approval of the Board of Examiners a student can fill in the optional ECTSs by: a. An optional course unit (from the list of English language optional course units); b. A short thesis. 2. Optional course units must be chosen from the course units with level M4 or M5 (see list of English language optional course units). If an M4 course unit was taken for the optional ECTSswithin a bachelor, this course unit cannot be chosen for the optional ECTSsof the master degree programme. 3. The student will hand in a request for approval of the optional ECTSsat least three months before he wants to take the course unit involved. If a request is handed in, exceeding this term, the Board of Examiners can decide that the request is not admissible. 4. The Board of Examiners will take a motivated decision if the request is declined. 5. The Board of Examiners decides within six weeks after receipt of the request, or, if the request was handed in within an academic holiday, within a fortnight after its ending. The Board of Examiners can adjourn the decision for a fortnight maximally. The student will be notified of such an adjournment in writing by the Board of Examiners before the ending of the term mentioned in the first full sentence. 6. The student will be informed of the decision in writing immediately. If the Board of Examiners has not decided within the possibly extended term, mentioned in paragraph 5, the approval is considered given. Article 2.4. Extracurricular ECTSs After approval of the Board of Examiners and the Academic Director of his/her programme a student is allowed to add extracurricular activities to his/her degree. These extracurricular activities are limited to the following activities: 1. Participation in a Moot Court which is initiated by a Department of the Faculty; 2. An internship, which is consistent with the programme the student is participating in and is fulfilling all requirements as mentioned in the Internship Regulation of the Faculty. June 2014 page 12

13 Section 3 Examinations and final assessment of the degree programme Article 3.0 Board of Examiners and examiners 1. The Board of Examiners is the independent body that determines whether individual students have the knowledge, understanding and skills required to be awarded the degree. 2. The Faculty Board appoints the members of the Board of Examiners on the basis of their expertise in the field of the degree programme (or group of degree programmes) in question. 3. The Board of Examiners must comprise at least one member who is: a. a lecturer in the degree programme b. from outside the degree programme 4. Members of the Board or other people who have financial responsibilities within the institution may not be appointed as members of the Board of Examiners. 5. The Board of Examiners will appoint examiners to set examinations and determine the results. 6. The Board of Examiners will set out the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Examiners. Article 3.1 General The results of an examination are given as pass or fail, in figures expressed as 6 or above or 5 or below, respectively. Article 3.2 Frequency and Examination Periods 1. With the exception of the seminars at least one opportunity for an examination and one opportunity for a resit will be offered per year for the examinations of the course units listed in article 2.2. This does not apply to the subjects listed as seminars. If a seminar paper is marked a fail, students must complete a supplementary assignment. 2. The two examinations for a subject referred to as the examination and the resit are taken during the examination period of the semester within which the course unit was offered. 3. Notwithstanding to the provisions of paragraph 2, all subjects with an examination halfway through the semester will have their resit examinations during the second half of the examination period of that same semester. 4. The Board of Examiners may in exceptional circumstances of pressing nature grant permission for examinations to be sat at other than the regular times. 5. The Board of Examiners may in exceptional circumstances grant permission for an extra written or oral resit. Article 3.2a Seminar assessment 1. A student needs to fulfil all the requirements for the seminar which have been set by the lecturer in order to obtain a sufficient assessment or final grade. If a student has not fulfilled the requirement of the seminar according to the lecturer, the result fail will be registered. The requirements that the student has fulfilled will be declared null and void at the end of that academic year. June 2014 page 13

14 2. An examiner will decide the mark of a seminar as soon as possible, but within twenty working days after the final seminar-class at the latest or within twenty working days after the student has fulfilled all requirements of the seminar at the latest. Article 3.3 Form of Examinations 1. Examinations will be taken in the form stated in OCASYS 2. At the student s request, in exceptional circumstances of pressing nature, the Board of Examiners may allow an examination to be taken in a form different from that stated in the course unit description. 3. Students with a functional disorder will be given the opportunity to take examinations in a form that will compensate as far as possible for their individual handicap. If necessary, the Board of Examiners will seek expert advice on this matter. 4. The assessment of a Master s thesis and of participation in research projects, internships, seminars and other practical assignments is done by the examiners in a way determined by the examiners. The assessment of a Master s thesis of at least 18 ECTS of which the thesis topic has been registered by the thesis coordinator on or after 1 September 201 will be conducted by two examiners, on the basis of the Thesis Regulations. 5. When the assessment of a course consists of assignments and papers, according to the course description, a student should participate in all components of the assessment, unless the examiner decides differently, which should be clearly stated in the course description. The student s result of the seminar will be expressed in a final mark. The examiner defines the weighing factor of the separate components. If a student did not participate in all components of the assessment, the result insufficient will be registered. The components of the assessment that the student did participate in will be cancelled at the end of that academic year. 6. The Board of Examiners for the degree programme setting the examinations is authorized to assess the examinations, deal with any complaints and decide upon requests for alternative exam regulations. Course units taught by other degree programmes or faculties are the responsibility of the Board of Examinations of the degree programme in question. Article 3.4 Oral Examinations 1. Unless the Board of Examiners decides otherwise, an oral examination may only be taken by one student at a time. 2. Oral examinations will be taken in the presence of two members of the academic staff. Article 3.5 Marking of Examinations and Publication of Grades 1. The examiner will determine the result of the examination. 2. The Faculty Examination Administration is responsible for posting the results of written examinations on the announcements board and via Progresswww. The Examination Administration will normally post the results between the fourth and the ninth working day after the date of the examination. 3. Notwithstanding the provisions of paragraph 2, an examiner will decide the mark of an oral examination immediately and provide students with a copy of the written confirmation, thereof; the original will be sent to the Faculty Examination Administration. June 2014 page 14

15 4. If an examination is taken in a form other than oral or written, the Board of Examiners will determine in advance how and when students will receive written confirmation of the result. 5. The written exam sheet with the results of an examination listed in paragraph 2, 3 or 4 will inform the students of their right of inspection, as stipulated in article 3.9, paragraph 1, as well as of the possibility of an appeal to the Board of Appeals for Examinations. With regard to the results of written examinations within the meaning of paragraph 2, the results posted by the Examination Administration on the publications board are considered to be written confirmation. Article 3.6 Repeating a course unit passed 1. A course unit that has been completed with a pass cannot be taken again. 2. In deviation of paragraph 1, students may submit a request to regard an examination that was passed, not being the seminar, as not taken. This request has to be submitted within three days after publication of the results of that examination. This regulation may be applied to a maximum of two examinations per academic year. 3. If the, at the request of the student, deleted examination result will, during the post mortem of the examination, be raised to a result that would lead to a student s approval for registration, he/she can request the examiner to register this result in the Faculty s Examination Registration. With this request, the previous deletion request is considered to not have been sent. Article 3.7 Validity Examinations that have been passed remain valid indefinitely. Article 3.8 Post mortem 1. If a written examination has been taken, the exam must be made available to students after the examination, and at least within the period stated in paragraph Every examination sheet will be provided with information about time, place and type of consultation, whether the corrected exam can be collected and discussion times such that students can take it along with them after the examination. Further, (the appendix to) the examination form states that an appeal may be lodged against the decisions of examiners within 6 weeks with the Board of Appeals for Examinations, in accordance with article 7.61 of the Higher Education and Research Act (WHW). 3. The member of the academic staff involved, will arrange a time and place where either; a. the corrected examination will be returned to the examinees for inspection and a general post mortem will be held, or b. the corrected examinations with standard answers will be shown or handed out to examinees. With multiple-choice examinations or similar examinations or partial examinations, the lecturer may choose not to make the corrected examinations available to the examinees. The time of the post mortem must be no later than I) one week after the announcement of the exam results and II) four working days before the resit examination. For examinations for the second semester the time mentioned under 1 may be deviated from and may fall in the period around the start of the next first semester. June 2014 page 15

16 4. At the time referred to in paragraph 3, the examinations will be returned to the examinees by members of the relevant department in such a way that name, student card number or registration number can be checked during the inspection or taking out of the exam. 5. The member of the academic staff involved, will provide students with the opportunity to discuss the examination individually, either at a time immediately subsequent to that stated in paragraph 3, or on a later day. If individual post mortems do not take place at the time stated in paragraph 3 but at a later time, the lecturer may collect the papers of those students who wish an individual post mortem and keep them until this later date. If students wish to take out examination papers for which they have scored a 5, this will always be a copy of the original. 6. A student who does not attend the post mortem at the time and place stated in paragraph 3 and does not submit a notice of absence based on reasonable grounds, has no right to a post mortem as set out in paragraphs 3 and Post mortems must aim at clarifying errors or omissions in an answer given by a student. 8. Students may take notes during the post mortem as long as this is not done on the examination sheet. 9. If corrected examinations may be taken out by the examinees, the lecturer must offer one more occasion subsequent to the time stated in paragraph 3 at which they may be collected. The examinations then also will be returned to the examinees by members of the relevant department in such a way that name, student card number or registration number can be checked during inspection or taking out. 10. Every examinee is allowed to arrange for his or her corrected examination to be collected by someone else at the time stated in paragraph 3 or 9. That person must present the registration number and proof of identification of the examinee. Article 3.8a Assessment plan An assessment plan has been approved by the Faculty Board, comprising the following topics: 1. The learning outcomes of the degree programme; 2. The course units of the degree programme and the learning outcomes of each course unit; 3. the relationship between course units and learning outcomes; 4. The test method to be used and the test moments for each course unit; 5. The test design and assessment procedures, and assessment criteria; 6. Who is/are responsible for the implementation of the various components of the assessment policy; 7. The method of regular evaluation. Article 3.9 Exemptions At the student s request, the Board of Examiners, having discussed the matter with the examiner in question, may grant exemption from an examination for a compulsory course unit, thesis and seminar excluded, on the condition that the student has already passed such a course unit of a university law degree similar in size, content and level. June 2014 page 16

17 Article 3.10 Final Assessment (awarding of degree certificate) 1. At least once a year there will be the opportunity for the final assessment (degree certificate ceremony). 2. The Board of Examiners will determine the result of the final assessment at the student s request when it is determined that the student has successfully passed all examination components of his/her by the Board of Examiners approved programme. Also the Examination Administration can request the Board of Examiners to determine the result of the final assessment when it has been confirmed that he student has successfully passed all examination components of his/her by the Board of Examiners approved programme. Before the Examination Administration requests the Board of Examiners to determine the result of the examination, the student has to be informed of this request. If the student would like to take additional examination components, he/she will have to request this to the Board of Examiners within two weeks. 3. Students who have passed all the examinations for a degree programme must apply for the certificate no later than two weeks after doing so. The examination date entered on the certificate by the Board of Examiners is the date on which the student is deemed by the Board to have satisfied the final examination requirements. 4. If students apply for their degree certificate after the period mention in paragraph 3, the Board of Examiners will mention as graduation date the date that the Board of Examiners determined that the student in question has completed his/her programme, even if this date at which the Board of Examiners takes this decision is in a different academic year and the student should be registered in that new academic year. 5. When determining the result of the final assessment, the Board of Examiners will use the data about the examinations taken registered with the Faculty Administration, unless the student can prove the contrary. Article 3.11 Degree 1. Those who passed the final assessment will be awarded the degree of: a. for the degree programme Criminal Law and Criminology: Master of Laws (LLM) in Criminal Law and Criminology b. for the degree programme European Law: Master of Laws (LLM) in European Law c. for the degree programme International and Comparative Private Law: Master of Laws (LLM) in International and Comparative Private Law d. for the degree programme in International Economic and Business Law: Master of Laws (LLM) in International Economic and Business Law e. for the degree programme in International Law and the Law of International Organizations: Master of Laws (LLM) in International Law and the Law of International Organizations f. for the General Master of Laws degree programme: one of the degrees listed under paragraph 1a-d, namely that for which the Board of Examiners approved the General Master of Laws programme. 2. The degree awarded will be stated on the certificate. June 2014 page 17

18 Section 4 Admission Article 4.1 Previous education and admission 1. Students with a Dutch or foreign university Bachelor degree in Law (LLB) or similar certificate that indicates that they have the following knowledge and skills shall be admitted to the degree programme: a. a thorough basic knowledge of the field of law covered by the degree programme to the level of a Bachelor degree. b. a GPA (Grade-point Average of Bachelor degree) of 7/10, 70/100, 3.5/5, 2.75/4 or the equivalent, in level at least the equivalent of a second class honours degree within the British educational system. c. for non-native speakers of English, an internet based TOEFL score of 92; or an IELTS score of at least 6.5. All separate sections of both tests must be sufficient (21 for all sections in the TOEFL test but 23 for the writing section; 6.0 for all sections in the IELTS test, but 6.5 for the writing section). A CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) or a CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English) is also accepted. The internet based TOEFL score should hold a spoken part. The IELTS should be an academic IELTS test. 2. Bearing in mind the admissions procedure for the degree programme within the meaning of paragraph 4, the Admissions Board shall assess the knowledge and skills of the candidate. In addition to the written proofs of degree programme(s) already followed, the Board may ask experts from within or outside the university to test certain areas of knowledge and skills. 3. Only in highly exceptional cases the Admissions Board can decide to take additional factors into consideration for admission if one of the admission requirements is not fully met. 4. Admission under the terms of paragraph 1 grants, in combination with a positive result of the admissions assessment as set out in paragraph 2 and 3, the right to register for the degree programme. 5. The admission requirements stated in paragraph 1, 2 and 3 apply to students participating in the LLM programmes in the academic year New admission requirements might be set for the academic year Article 4.2 Admissions Board 1. The Admissions Board of the degree programmes decides on behalf of the Faculty Board with regard to admission to the degree programmes. The Admissions Board consists of five members of the academic staff, one of whom functions as the chairperson. Each member has one deputy. 2. The staff member concerned with preparing the admissions will be appointed as an advisory member, and is secretary as well. 3. Members of the Admissions Board are appointed by the Faculty Board. The Faculty Board also determines the Admission-regulation. Article 4.3 Admissions Assessment: times 1. Assessment of admissions may take place throughout the entire year. June 2014 page 18

19 2. A request for admission to one of the degree programmes, accompanied by all the relevant and required documents, must be submitted before 1 June via the International Office to the Admissions Board. Candidates who wish to be considered for one of the scholarships offered by the relevant organizations must submit their request to the Admissions Board at least one month before the closing date for scholarship applications set by those organizations. 3. In exceptional cases the Admissions Board will consider an application submitted after the date stated in paragraph The Admissions Board will make its decision about the application as quickly as possible, though at the very latest 6 weeks after receipt of all the documents. Admission will be on the condition that the candidate has satisfied the requirements listed in Article 4.1 concerning knowledge and skills by the date the degree programme starts at the latest, supported by certificates from his/her Bachelor s programme. The written admissions declaration will include information for the student about the possibility of an appeal to the Faculty Board. Article 4.4 Conditional admission 1. At a candidate's request, if he/she is preparing for the final examination of a Bachelor s degree as described in article 4.1. paragraph 1, the Admissions Board may decide to grant conditional admission to the degree programme on receipt of a clear, written declaration from the relevant faculty that the Bachelor's degree programme in question will be completed successfully before the start of the Master's degree programme. 2. Provisional and/or conditional admission will be converted into full admission within the meaning of article 4.1 on receipt by the Admissions Board of the Bachelor s degree certificate. Section 5 Study supervision and the judicium abeundi Article 5.1 Study Progress Administration and Supervision 1. The Faculty is responsible for registering the study results in such a way that students can be provided with an overview of their results concerning the teaching and examinations programme of the degree programme at least once a year. Article 5.2 Refusal of registration (Iudicium abeundi) 1. In extraordinary cases of reprehensible behaviour and/or statements made by a student, the Board of the University may, on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners or the Faculty Board, terminate said student s registration. 2. The Board of the University will not make a decision as referred to in Article until after the student in question has been heard about the proposed decision, any interests of the student and the institution have been carefully assessed and it has been proven reasonable to assume that the student s behaviour and/or statements prove him/her to be unsuitable for one or more of the professions which he/she is being trained for in his/her degree programme of for the practical preparation for the profession. In such cases the Faculty Board, the Board of Examiners and the Board of the University will follow the Protocol Iudicium Abeundi [protocol for refusal of registration] as approved by the Nederlandse Federatie van Universitaire Medische Centra [Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres] on 1 November June 2014 page 19

20 Section 6 Transitional and Final Provisions Article 6.1 Amendments 1. Any amendments to these Regulations will, after discussions with the curriculum committees and after they have been presented to the Faculty Council, be confirmed by the Faculty Board by decision. 2. An amendment to these Regulations shall not apply to the current academic year, unless it may reasonably be assumed that the amendment will not harm the interests of students. 3. In addition, an amendment may not influence any decision concerning a student taken under these Regulations to the detriment. Article 6.2 Publication 1. The Faculty Board shall duly publish these Regulations, any rules and guidelines formulated by the Board of Examiners, and any amendments to these documents. 2. Copies of the documents referred to in paragraph 1 shall be available from the Faculty Office. Article 6.3 Deviations In extraordinary cases of a pressing nature, the Board of Examiners can deviate in favour of the student from what is determined in the Teaching and Examination Regulations. Article 6.4 Date of Commencement These regulations shall take effect on 1 September As decreed by the Faculty Board in June Approved by the Faculty Council in its meeting of June June 2014 page 20

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