The Public Law unit at the Department of Law is concerned with the relationship between the institutions of government and various private parties as well as with the relationships among the authorities themselves. The subject of research is, on the one hand, the interaction among the three branches of government (legislation, administration, and jurisdiction) and on the other hand, issues concerning the power that public administrations hold over private individuals, and how individuals can defend themselves against unlawful encroachments of the public authorities.
While legal scholars working at the national level focus in particular on assessing and commenting on government, constitutional, and administrative law, their colleagues working at the international level concentrate on international law. Important fields of research in this area include international economic law, international investment law, international security law, and the protection of human rights.
On the supranational level, scholars focus on European law. Examining issues of European integration is one area of concentration within the research center “Citizenship in the EU.”