LLM International and European Union Law


Program Description

Are you ready to study the legal effects of economic integration? Economic integration affects our lives in multiple ways and is often translated into policy and law. Think of the role of law in the process of European integration and in bodies such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in regulating international trade. This unique and innovative LL.M. provides you with the skills to analyze the legal effects of economic integration and its consequences for the rule of law, democracy, and human rights. Profit from our international and approachable teaching staff who are also active in the legal practice. After you have graduated from this programme, 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?

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. Several courses include lectures from professionals working in the legal practice including (international) judges and lawyers.Each year visits European and international courts and/or organizations are organized 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.

Why choose this programme?

  • Study the processes of economic integration and its impact on the rule of law, democracy and human rights from an international and European legal perspective;
  • Develop exceptional legal advisory and cross-cultural communcation skills that provide an ideal start for an international career in public organisations at national or international levels, multinational law firms or consultancy firms;
  • Acquire an active working knowlegde of the trade rules of the EU and the World Trade Organization (WTO);
  • Courses are taught by international staff members who are also active in legal practice;
  • Enjoy small-scale education in an international classroom;
  • Benefit form discussions with well-known academic scholars and practitioners, such as judges, politicians and representatives of international organisations;
  • Participate in study trips to Brussels, Geneva or Strasbourg.

Why Erasmus School of Law?

Erasmus School of Law offers you high quality education in an international learning environment. Our Law School applies an interdisciplinary approach that combines legal, economic, social and political thinking.

In addition Erasmus School of Law is located in Rotterdam. With the largest port in Europe, Rotterdam is one of the most important drivers of the Dutch economy. As a result, Rotterdam today is a vibrant cosmopolitan and multicultural city that is home to over 160 nationalities and a host of multinational and local enterprises, like Unilever and Shell.

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Last updated Oct 2020

About the School

Erasmus School of Law is one of the schools of Erasmus University Rotterdam: a world-class university ranked 71th in the Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking. Our LLM programmes combine a ... Read More

Erasmus School of Law is one of the schools of Erasmus University Rotterdam: a world-class university ranked 71th in the Times Higher Education World Universities Ranking. Our LLM programmes combine academic thinking with practical training. Read less