International and European Union Law

Study programme

Focus on the legal effects of economic integration

Increased economic integration has become part of modern-day life both within the European Union and Internationally. Economic integration often translates 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 LL.M. programme allows you to analyse these effects. After completion, you can 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?

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

1. 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.

2. International Law and Global Governance

The 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 a 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 specialisation is equally exciting 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 Union Law, European Union Law and Public International Law - taught in our LL.B. programme). Students who do not possess knowledge in these fields will be assigned specific literature to be read before the start of the programme. 

This 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 EC).

First block

In the first block, you will learn how European and International institutions encourage market integration. You will acquire knowledge of the trade rules of the European Union 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.

Second block

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.

Third and fourth block

In the third and fourth block, you choose your specialisation. You can opt for a track in 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. 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 specialisation.

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. Also, you will receive cross-cultural communications training which enables you to negotiate in an international environment successfully.

The staff and students organise visits to European and international courts and organisations annually. During these visits, you can 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.

      • In this course you will set your first steps on an exploration of the socio-legal dimensions concerning the integration of markets in the European Union and at the global level. This course will give you a foretaste of topics, which will be revisited and dealt with in greater depth during subse­quent cour­ses in the master programme.

      • During this course students will explore the multidimensional nature of the legal orders (a new development) that lawyers are confronted with in a globalized world. The focus will be on how various above-national legal orders, such as the international and European Union legal orders but also international private legal orders (think e.g. of the Forest Stewardship Council wood certification scheme), inter-relate and how they relate to the values enshrined in national legal orders.

      • The course imparts in-depth knowledge on European Union law including the law of the fundamental freedoms, EU institutional and procedural law, EU competition law (including EU State aid law), the law of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) and the law of external trade relations.

      • This course focuses on the changing institutions underpinning the international legal order and the emerging systems of global governance (that is governing without the traditional forms of ‘government’).

      • During this course participants will be exposed to perspectives from a variety of disciplines on multidimensional legal orders. Participants will be challenged to relate some of these perspectives to the topic considered in their thesis as well as to critically reflect on value-added of various perspectives, for both policy aims and academic research.

    • In this part of the Master, students are required to write a masterthesis on a topic of International law or European Union law (10 EC).