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).


The 2016-2017 programme consists of seven courses and a Master Thesis divided over five terms.



block 1

block 2

block 3

block 4

block 5 

RB51Research & Writing Skills15 ects    
RB52Globalization and Multidimensional Legal Orders 10 ects   
RB53Specialisation European Union Law:
Law and Policy of European Integration
  10 ects  
RB54Specialisation International Law:
International Law and Global Governance
  10 ects  
 Restricted elective European Union Law
Restricted elective International Law
   5 ects 
 Elective   5 ects 

Multidisciplinary perspectives on
Multidimensional Legal Orders

    5 ects
 Master Thesis    10 ect

Restricted elective European Union Law:

  • EU Competition Law (RM73)
  • From Market Citizen to Union Citizen - The Role and the Status of the Individual in EU law (RM72)
  • Economic and Monetary Union and the European System of Financial Supervision (RB55)
  • Economic Analysis of European Integration (RB36)

Restricted elective International Law:

  • Human Rights in International Law (RM66)
  • International Economic Law (RM68)
  • International Criminal Law and Procedure (RM58)
  • International Law and the Environment (RB56)

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  • Send in your application package before the application deadline as complete as possible, otherwise we cannot enter your application into the selection procedure for the upcoming academic year. If the assigned programme director after review decides that you are a suitable candidate to participate in the programme, your admission will be conditional upon receipt of the missing documents in your application package.

    Please take into consideration that the final Letter of Admission will only be sent to you upon review and approval of a complete application. If you need a visa to enter the Netherlands, the Dutch Embassy wants to have a copy of your (unconditional) Letter of Admission for your visa application. The visa application procedure can take up to 10 weeks. If necessary, the Erasmus LL.M. Office will initiate a fast visa procedure on your behalf.

    You will receive more information about this procedure as soon as you enrol in the programme.

  • In principle, both EU and non-EU students are requested to apply before the deadline of 1 July.

    N.B. If you are applying for an NFP (or any other type of) scholarship, the deadline for application is 1 December of the year preceding enrolment. The deadline for admission is fixed among other reasons to ensure that non-European applicants will have sufficient time to arrange their visa.

    To be able to review and compare all applications in a selection procedure, the admission deadline is in principle not flexible. When we receive your application package after the admission deadline, you will be informed about it. However if your decision to subscribe to one of the Erasmus LL.M. programmes can only be made after 1 May, you can contact us. Your application forms might still be taken into account. We will do our utmost to help you! 

  • All non-native speakers must demonstrate their English proficiency with a test result in the International English Testing System IELTS or the test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL. A TOEFL test with a minimum passing score of 90 (575/232) is required. For IELTS we require a minimum passing score of 6.5 (min. 6.0 for each section).

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    The LL.M. Office will not accept copies of TOEFL and IELTS test results. Please note that Erasmus LL.M. Office does not accept any Institutional TOEFL scores. We do not request an English proficiency test if the student holds a first degree or higher degree from an institution in which English is the primary language of instruction. If this is the case, please provide us with a statement from the institution that the education was given in English.

  • If, after the deadline for application, the assigned programme director selects you for final admission, an official Letter of Admission will be sent out to you by mail. After receipt of your tuition fee, your enrolment into the programme is definite.

  • There are no application fees.

  • In Holland a university bachelor programme (LLB), does not give access to the legal profession. Students should also have a Master (LLM) in order to be able to become a lawyer etc.

    Commercial Law and International and European Public Law are both LL.M. programmes on Master's level, i.e. this is the first type of Master's programmes that Dutch students can join and which they need to get access to the judicial profession.

    Most foreign Bachelor Law degrees do give access to the judicial profession. Business, Corporate and Maritime is a Master's programme on postgraduate level, meaning that students joining this Master should already have access to the judicial profession based on their LL.B.

  • As a participant in the Master's in International and European Public Law and Commercial law you will have several options to choose from.

    As a participant in the Master's in International and European Public Law, you can specialise in 4 directions.

    As a participant in Commercial law, you will be able to specialise in the fields of Commercial and Company law or Maritime and Transport Law.