Commercial and Company Law

Master Commercial Law

Zoya Gyurova, Bulgaria

"This LL.M. has broadened my horizons since it was full of new challenges you have to deal with all the time. What I liked the most was the practical aspect of this study. I was involved in many workshops and case studies in companies and law firms which gave me the opportunity to see how legal processes have been applied in practice. Along with studying I met amazing people with whom I spent the best days (and nights) in my life and I definitely recommend this experience to you!”


This specialisation of the LL.M. in Commercial Law provides you with a thorough insight on the legal aspects of doing business in an international setting.

During the specialisation Commercial and Company Law special attention is given to the influence of EU Law. Because of the unique combination of two jurisdictions, both international corporate law and commercial law, the master Commercial & Company Law provides a comprehensive overview of the company law field.

What aspects does the programme cover?

Company Law
The two main pillars of the Study Programme are 1. Company Law and 2. Commercial Law. The Company Law pillar focuses upon the main topics of corporate governance. Issues such as the functioning of the board of directors, shareholder rights and cross-border voting and some aspects of European labour law will be comprehensively discussed. Attention is also given to the EC-directives on the freedom of establishment, national and cross-border mergers, take over bids, representation, supra national companies and the Societas Europaea.

Commercial Law
The Commercial Law pillar consists of courses detailing the risks of international trade, how these risks can be allocated (e.g. by means of documents of title) and how they may be averted or minimized. 
Its focus is the individual contracts on which the cooperation between the multitude of businesses involved in an international sale of goods transaction is based as well as the legal foundations of these transactions. Such contracts include contracts of insurance, financing and payment, transport, storage and logistics. The legal foundations upon which this contractual cooperation rests include rights of ownership, security rights in goods, rules on liability, intellectual property rights and, due to the international nature of the dealings, guidelines as to which law applies and which court may be addressed.

Does the programme have a special focus? 

The Master Commercial Law distinguishes itself from other LL.M. programmes in Business law by putting an emphasis on private legal relationships, the balance between commercial law, corporate law and procedural law courses. 

Based in the port of Rotterdam, this programme educates legal professionals that are to become well versed in both Commercial and Company Law. Due to its position in the centre of a large trade hub the programme is able to offer students many opportunities for exploration of trade in practice by combining the theory that is taught with on-site workshops.

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