International and European Law: European Union Law (LLM track)

There is no part of national law that is not affected by European Union law. The ongoing Brexit debate brings, like nothing else, to the fore how relevant EU law is for the national legal orders, economies and politics of the Member States. The European Union Law track of the ‘Masters International and European Law’ at the University of Amsterdam offers a unique and challenging combination of foundational and specialized courses on EU law, with particular emphasis on EU law in its international and national context. Brexit and arguably the political change in the USA have made the interlocking of EU, international and national law all the more relevant

Law in action

We study ‘law in action’. This means that we examine not only what the law says but how it is adopted, applied, interpreted and practiced by political, judicial and administrative actors. We also let you experience ‘law in action’ through a large number of interactive elements and courses, such as moot courts, moot lawmaking simulations, and the individual research project. In fact, you can only study EU law at the UvA as an active and involved participant.

Our excellent student-teacher ratio, highly qualified teachers and the open and international teaching environment allow us to support you in meeting these challenges. All lecturers are part of a leading research centre, Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG) and both students and staff come from all over Europe (and beyond).

Last but not least we teach you in a truly international and exciting city that not only speaks for itself in terms of out-of-university activities, but also offers excellent career perspectives. Each year we organize a range of events to bring you in contact with alumni, potential employers and leading academics, and draw your attention to internships that precisely connect to the educational profile of our master students. This is law in action.

EU Law track

The European Union Law track combines a solid basis in substantive and institutional EU law with extensive opportunities to specialise. The complusory core courses ‘Principles and Foundations of European Union law’ and either ‘European Constitutional Law’ or ‘European Competition Law’ provide students with both a broad and deep understanding of European Union law. Building on this foundation, students may freely choose a large number of optional courses to specialize in the fields of their choice. Optional courses include

  • European Migration Law,
  • Law of the Internal Market
  • EU Foreign Relations Law
  • EU Competition Law
  • Globalization of Cartel Law

and many more. Please see the digital course catalogue for detailed and up-to-date information on the curriculum.

Studying European Union Law at the University of Amsterdam

EU law and its international roots

The track ‘EU law’ is one of four tracks under the umbrella master programme ‘International and European Union law’. As such it specifically aims to teach students European Union law in comparison with and in contrast to public international law and its effects in the European and national legal orders. This will allow students to understand and place EU law in the broader context of an increasingly globalised world.

Close connection between research and teaching

The close connection to one of the university’s research centres of excellence, the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), ensures that classes are taught by outstanding experts in their field. Because of this nexus between research and teaching we are able to integrate the most recent academic insights and legal developments and offer guest lecturers by renowned international scholars and practitioners. Last but not least the nexus between research and teaching guarantees that our lecturers are greatly enthusiastic about the topics they teach.
Our research into ‘law and governance’ translates for teaching into a ‘law in action’ approach that encourages students to look beyond the black letter of European law and introduces them to how it comes about, how it is interpreted and applied. 

Degree certificate 

European Union Law is a track of the accredited degree programme International and European Law. After succesful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in International and European Law, and the title Master of Laws (LLM). Dutch students with an LLB degree from a Dutch university will in principle fulfil the requirements for 'civiel effect' upon completion of this Master's programme.

Housing, visas and other practical matters

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LLM International and European law
Regulier onderwijs
Voltijd, deeltijd
60 EC, 12 maanden
Februari, september

Gepubliceerd door  Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid