2023-2024 / DROI1108-1

Introduction to private law


50h Th, 10h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in law7 crédits 
 Bachelor in political sciences : general7 crédits 


Pascale Lecocq

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

After an introduction whose purpose is to set private law within the Belgian legal system, we address the topic of private rights (notions of real rights and claims; birth, transmission and extinguishment) as well as the concept of possession in patrimonial domains.
The legal act (definition, classifications, creation, performance, effects regarding people) will then retain our attention, before we examine a specific legal fact, the one of civil responsibility (torts).
In the final part of the class, attention is given to the subjects of Evidence in civil law (ways of proving, admissibility and power of various ways of proving) and to the notion of legal personality (study of natural and legal persons and their capability).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim of the class is to provide students in law and political sciences with the basic principles of private law, contracts, torts, property law, family law and merchant law. First, these fundamentals constitute the basis of a legal culture; second, they are necessary for understanding further legal classes.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Five lessons of practical cases are organized to prepare the student for the exam.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

The course consists in 2X2 h. a week during the first semester and practical work.

Recommended or required readings

Syllabus to complete.  Legal dispositions.

Exam(s) in session

January exam session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

May-June exam session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

August-September exam session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Additional information:

inal examination. Civil code and other legal dispositions are necessary.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Civil law service : Law of property, Evidence, B31
prof. : P. LECOCQ, office, I.23, tél. : 04/3663095,
email : Pascale.Lecocq@uliege.be

Assistants :
LLaura DERU (mi-temps), I.15, tel. : 04/3663093,  email :   laura.deru@uliege.be

François BOUSSA (mi-temps) : 1.22, tel. 043663096, email : françois.boussa@uliege.be

Isaline DELANGE (mi-temps) : 1.22, tel. 043663096, email :

mailbox at the university : box 16

Association of one or more MOOCs

The MOOC entitled 'Introduction au Droit (D3)' is associated with this course.