Commercial Law

Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Commercial Law

Commerical law, company law, international mergers, the legal aspects of shipping and the transportation of goods. Study the legal aspects of doing business in an international setting.

This programme focuses on developments and practical problems from a comparative law perspective. It provides you with the facts on intellectual-property, security and ownership rights. Learn how risks are shared, and about the key role of title documents such as bills of lading.

Get the tools to do business internationally! Participate in company visits to see how things work in practice. Rotterdam, Europe’s main port and the third largest in the world, is an important commercial center and one of the largest logistical hubs of the world. As a result it is a perfect location to study commercial law.

Why study a Master in Commercial Law in Rotterdam?

This LL.M. offers you a comparative law perspective with particular attention to differences in approach and outcome between civil and common law jurisdictions. In addition to learning through lectures and assignments, company visits and workshops are organized in the city and in the wider port area, to allow you to experience commercial, corporate and maritime practice.

Career opportunities

This LLM offers an excellent preparation for a successful international legal career. Our graduates work as attorney-at-law, are active in litigation, arbitration, transactions and contract-drafting or as in-house legal counsel. Others work as claims handler in the insurance industry, in advisory positions to government agencies and port authorities and as PhD-researchers.

Education objectives

The programme is aimed at establishing for each subject the relevant standards in the international arena based on uniform law, standard contracts and comparative law.


Subjects (depending on your specialization) in the fields of:

  • Commercial Law
  • Corporate Governance
  • Maritime Casualties
  • Marine Insurance

Mode of education

Lectures, seminars, essays/papers, coursework, thesis. By creating an interactive learning environment, especially during the seminars, students are required to actively participate in class discussions and use creative thinking.

Target audience

Students interested in the legal aspects of international business or shipping and transportation should apply. Does the complex interaction of corporate, commercial, national, international and private laws excite you? Do you see yourself operating as a legal professional in an international business environment? Then this is your Master programme.

Admission criteria

  • We require a law degree (Bachelor) from a recognised university
  • We require a minimum IELTS score of 6.5*, or TOEFL score of 90 (Internet based)**

Students with a first or second degree with the English language as medium of instruction (please submit proof) do not have to submit a TOEFL or IELTS test report.

* minimum score on each section should be 6.0, please also see NUFFIC database
**Erasmus University Institutional TOEFL code: 7199

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Do you meet the requirements? Start your application in Studielink. For most programmes, Studielink opens in October prior to your starting year. After your application in Studielink, Erasmus University Rotterdam informs you on the further application procedure.

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Please see below for information about the specialisation within this Master programme. Whether a specialisation is offered full-time or part-time, is indicated accordingly.

Master specialisation



Commercial and Company Law Full-time n/a
Maritime & Transport Law Full-time n/a