Master of Laws (LL.M.)

Become a legal specialist in International and European Union Law. Develop excellent legal advisory skills that provide an ideal start for your career in the public or private sector!

Increased economic integration has become part of modern-day life both within the European Union and Internationally. It has severe consequences for the rule of law, democracy and human rights. This LLM gives you the opportunity to analyse these effects. You will acquire active working knowledge of the trade rules of the EU and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Also you are challenged to consider the effects of market integration including for example human rights and the protection of the environment.

Obtaining practical legal skills are an important aspect of this Master as well: you are asked to enhance your cross-cultural communication skills and to submit written and oral pleadings, writing reports, memoranda or case studies.

The Master in Laws is also offered in Dutch.

Why study a Master in Laws in Rotterdam?

Our courses are taught by practitioners, such as judges, politicians and representatives of international organisations. Visits to European and international courts and/or organisations are organised each year to see how these legal systems operate in practice

Within this LLM you can choose between two tracks: European Union Law or International Law and Global Governance. The European option focuses on economic integration law and includes courses like EU competition law, Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and Financial Supervision.
In the international law specialisation the focus lies on International Governance and includes courses like Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, International Economic Law and Environmental Law.

Career opportunities

This LL.M. prepares you to work towards an international legal career. This includes becoming a legal advisor or civil servant at a national ministry, European and/or International Institution. Other opportunities include a career in an international law firm, diplomacy, at an NGO or in the consulting and lobbying industry. Or, you may continue your career in the academia.

Education objectives

You have a solid grounding in all aspects of legal practice. You're well up on current developments and recent case law. Your research skills and written and verbal skills are at a high academic level.

Target audience

If you wish to study the effects of economic integration on the rule of law, democracy and human rights in theory and practice, this is your master!

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)**

Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in European Studies, Political Sciences or International Relations may also be considered.

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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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The English taught track International and European Public Law is a specialisation of the LLM in Laws.

Master Specialisation



International and European Public Law Full-time Part-time