Programme

Get prepared to provide profound legal advice to both public organisations and private companies

Increased economic integration has become part of modern-day life both within the European Union and Internationally. Economic integration is often translated into policy and law. It affects our lives in multiple ways and has severe consequences for the rule of law, democracy and human rights. This LLM gives you the opportunity to analyse these effects. After completion you are able to provide profound legal advice in the field of international and European law and economic integration to both public and private entities.

What aspects does the programme cover?

 In the first block you will learn how European and International institutions encourage market integration. You will acquire active working knowledge of the trade rules of the EU and the World Trade Organization (WTO). Also you are challenged to consider the effects of market integration including for example human rights and the protection of the environment.

In the second block you will explore the multidimensional nature of legal orders. You will study ‘real world issues’ to learn how international and European legal orders inter-relate with international private legal orders and national legal orders.

In the third and fourth block you choose your specialization. You can opt for a track in European Union Law or in International Law and Global Governance. The European option focusses on Economic Integration Law and includes courses like EU competition law, Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and Financial Supervision.
In the International Law specialization the focus lies on International Governance and includes courses like Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, International Economic Law and Environmental Law.
During the final block you follow only one course because you will spend the majority of your time in writing your thesis based on your specialization.

Practical skills

Acquiring practical legal skills is an important and useful aspect of this programme. You are trained to structure, write and present legal advice for example by producing a policy paper or pleading in a moot court session. In addition you will receive cross-cultural communications training which enables you to successfully negotiate in an international environment.

Each year visits to European and international courts and/or organisations are organised by the staff and students. During these visits you are able to see how things work in practice. The LL.M. programme in International and European Union Law offers small scale education in which international students and the international staff actively engage with each other. 

Does the programme have a special focus?

This one year intensive LL.M. programme offers the following specialization possibilities:

European Union Law
This track is ideal for students who wish to prepare themselves for a career on EU economic law in the public or private sector.

This specialisation offers students the possibility of creating a tailor-made programme choosing from a selection of electives. These electives include, among others: EU Competition Law, EU Citizen and Market, EMU and Financial Supervision.

International Law and Global Governance
Focus of this specialisation lies on the fact that public power is now being exercised globally by international and transnational institutions. Students will be able to take courses in different area, including Human Rights in International Law, International Criminal Law, International Environmental Law and International Economic Law.

This specialisation is particularly attractive for students who are interested in working in International Organizations but also in public institutions at the domestic level, such as Ministries. This specialization is equally attractive for students who may work in the private sector (e.g. Human rights lawyers; lawyers for international law firms dealing with WTO law, etc.) or in public advocacy.

How is the study programme structured?

The content of this programme builds on prior courses (Introduction to International and European Law and European Law and Public International Law - taught in our Bachelor programme). Students who do not possess knowledge in these fields will be assigned specific literature to be read prior to the start of the programme. 

The study programme is divided over five blocks of between six and eight weeks each. All blocks involve one or two courses. At the beginning of the third block you choose one of the two specialisations. 
During the last block you follow one course and you write a thesis (10 ECTS).