James Bonat (Nigeria) specialisation Maritime Law:
As a graduate student of the 2007/2008 academic year, it suffices to briefly say that I am fortunate to have been taught by some of the best professors and experts in the field of maritime law. All the lectures were as much theoretical as they were practical, giving students the opportunity of putting theory into practice through series of workshops on salvage, general average and collision, aimed at inculcating and building analytical skills.
Furthermore, students are treated to series of guest lectures from judges, legal practitioners and renowned experts on recent issues on ship finance, ship mortgage,port state control and places of refuge; in addition to visits to the Maritime Museum, the port Authority and Maritime London. Importantly, students are taught to approach legal issues from an international or comparative perspective, thereby ensuring knowledge of international rules and conventions. I couldn’t have studied anything else!
Raine Pulkkinen (Finland), Corporate Law:
Talent and ambition unite at Erasmus University Rotterdam. The LL.M. Business and Trade Law is a meeting-point for like-minded professionals from around the world. My peers are established lawyers, functioning as legislatures, holding diplomatic posts and managing law firms. We are encouraged to exchange ideas and contribute, which results in profound and fruitful discussions that sometimes persist even after the lectures. Needless to say, the academic strength and encouragement of the University’s world-renowned lecturers is unmatched.
Rotterdam scholars stand out due to their hands-on experience. Lecturers hold prestigious posts in the private sector, and occupy honorary positions on Boards and Committees in their respective fields of interest. One professor, for example, invited the class to his law firm to discuss how they had structured the KLM-Air France merger. Such first-class instruction ensures that Rotterdam Business, Corporate and Maritime Law programme is second to none.
Annmarie Mavenjina Nkelame (Uganda) specialisation Business Transactions:
I have had a wonderful experience at Erasmus University Rotterdam. I highly value the time I have spent studying the LL.M programme on Business and Trade Law. There is a lot I have learnt within a very short time. The Professors are very competent in various areas of business law. The staff at the University is always willing to help. The University is also well equipped with technology, materials and facilities to enhance studies.
I always wanted to study in a reputable University and thanks to the Netherlands Fellowship Programme and Erasmus University Rotterdam I have achieved my goal.
This programme is up-to-date with contemporary International standards on legal education. Lawyers who pursue this programme are equipped with legal skills to critically analyze global legal business issues from a practical perspective.
I highly encourage lawyers considering pursing an LLM in Business, Corporate and Maritime Law to enroll at Erasmus School of Law. It is a worthwhile decision and a rational choice.
Saif Ahmed Khan (India) specialisation Corporate Law:
Before I decided to go to Rotterdam I was doing rather well in my legal profession. I was handling cases for multinationals (like ABN, Philips, Royal Dutch Shell etc), banks and financial institutions pertaining to arbitration and corporate issues. Dealing with corporate clients I realized that I was lacking a technical background in corporate law. This was obstructing my growth career wise. It motivated me to pursue a Master's in the field of Business and Corporate Law.
To be honest, I was quite interested to study in UK because of the common law system and very reputed and famous Universities like Cambridge, Oxford and Glasgow. I had even secured admission in Glasgow, Scotland. But in December 2006 I visited Netherlands for holidays and I found it very beautiful, advanced and sophisticated. It made me think about studying in The Netherlands. I started my search for prestigious Universities in The Netherlands.
What made me choose Erasmus University was the specific nature of the international Business, Corporate and Maritime Law programme.
Luciano Gómez Pérez (Mexico),
"Finding the right place to study a postgraduate programme is always difficult. When I started to look for programmes to study abroad I had great concern about choosing the right university. I expected from the university great facilities, quality of the programme, expertise of the lectures, among other things. Now that I have been studying at Erasmus University Rotterdam for almost one year I can tell you that I do not want to leave. The programme had everything I expected and more. If you expect to learn about the current trends of International Law at a high level but also meet people and make friends from all over the world you should come to Rotterdam."
Aska Martalia (Indonesia), Business, Corporate and Maritime Law:
"I will never regret choosing Erasmus University Rotterdam for my Master's Degree, because EUR has a excellent credibility internationally and Rotterdam is a splendid city to study in. Furthermore, I have an opportunity to broaden my relations with my foreign friends."
Abraham Mwampashi (Tanzania), Business, Corporate and Maritime Law:
"Coming to Rotterdam and joining the Erasmus LL.M Programme leaving behind, thousands of miles away, my lovely wife Brenda, my children Happy, Warren and the last born Vivian –Wiza who very unfortunately has not yet seen the face of her father, not to mention a big office as a Senior Resident Magistrate and a High Court Registrar, was, I must confess, unbearable and not easy. It was not, however, until I arrived here and began attending the courses that I realised I had made a very wise decision.
The University was recommended to me by one of the Erasmus LL.M alumni. The extensive and rich lectures which are offered here focus on how to practically solve both legal and social problems ranging from International Business Law to Finance and Accounting. Nevertheless the course chosen, there is a good academic atmosphere in every class. Students are required to prepare the theme of the class in advance and, as a result, the two hours of the seminar are challenging and never boring. The competence and experience - both in theory and practice - of the lecturers are very much reflected in the classes, enabling a critical focus on the specialised themes of the course.
All that mentioned above together with a possibility to interact with my fellow students coming from all the six continents has really contributed to my feeling that studying an LL.M programme at the Erasmus University really pays off and to tell the truth there is nothing regrettable in spending this time away from my family and my office."
Fatma Asli Bayata (Turkey), Business, Corporate and Maritime Law:
"An Erasmus LL.M. Programme is unique both with the content of the courses it offers as well as the experienced academic staff it employs. The LL.M. staff are also very good at their jobs and they are always ready to help you in any kind of problems you may encounter. Also, the campus life is very attractive with many facilities: an advanced library, a high standard sports complex and a well-decorated restaurant where you can find some of your friends at any given time…. Also, Rotterdam is a very modern city which deserves to be lived in…. It owns a lot of examples of modern architecture… Everybody in the Netherlands speaks English so language is not a barrier here. The Dutch are very friendly and helpful people. The Netherlands is a very developed country and it has many historical and natural beauties. I would recommend an Erasmus LL.M. Programme to everyone who wants to improve themself in this branch."
Marta Borrat I Frigola (Spain) Business, Corporate and Maritime Law:
In July 1999 I received my law school diploma from the University of Girona, Catalunya, Spain. Before I would be confronted with the question “and now what?” I chose to enroll in the business and trade law (now Business, Corporate and Maritime Law) organized by Erasmus University Rotterdam. I wanted to understand law at another level. Being in an international environment with lawyers of other countries would help me contrast my law system against others and also my way at looking at legal problems.
This LLM did not only allow me to meet brilliant lawyers of other countries, a bunch of good friends and satisfy my expectations; it also became my ticket to my first job. I started as a paralegal at the law firm Simmons & Simmons. While assisting in international arbitrations, I qualified as a Dutch lawyer. In the meantime I started to learn more about privacy law. It was more a hobby than anything else, but after the publication of a few articles and assisting a number of clients on data protection, I saw that it was an interesting and yet unknown area of law that needed to be further explored.
In 2006 I left Simmons & Simmons to practice privacy law in house at ABNAMRO Bank. Currently I am fully dedicated to data protection. Personal data have become a new trade. I work where I always dreamed of working: in an international environment where complicated legal issues need to be solved as practically as possible. It all started with sending my application forms to Rotterdam, July 1999.
Fritz Edward Siregar (Indonesia) Business, Corporate and Maritime Law
"Learn about life, and you will live" Di Erasmus School of Law, dengan bahan ajar yang sangat practical dan disesuaikan dengan perkembangan, saya menyadari bahwa legal concept yang saya miliki sangat jauh berbeda dengan rekan mahasiswa dari negara lain. Hal itu memperluas cakrawala saya untuk melihat satu persoalan, tidak lagi dari satu perspective. Sebagai mahasiswa, pengalaman hidup dalam international community is priceless. Salahsatu keputusan terbaik yang pernah saya lakukan untuk memiliki sekolah di EUR."