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Masters in International Business Law

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
On campus
Amsterdam
English
September 2020
Application deadline: Deadline: June 1st for Dutch students & also students from EU/EEA countries
2,143 EUR excl. VAT

Program description

International commercial transactions – Cross-border sales – Transfer of technology – Mergers and acquisitions of companies – Investment in complex construction projects abroad – International registration of trademarks

These are just a few examples of legal work that business lawyers managing their international clients’ portfolio are faced with in their everyday practice. The increasing level of globalization and interconnectedness requires a flexible and open approach to the legal problems which accompany the international trade of products and services. Predominantly, it entails the knowledge of legal rules that apply to such transactions.

Students who successfully completed the International Business Law (IBL) Master's programme have a wide range of career choices. IBL alumni opt for a career as professional business lawyers, in-house legal counsels for companies, government officials, corporate executives, legal professionals for an international (intergovernmental) organization, etcetera. Our alumni have jobs at, e.g., multinational companies, international law firms, banks and international accounting companies in their home countries or in the Netherlands. Others pusue a career as a legal counsel in government institutions or international organizations. 

Together with a Dutch academic Bachelor of Laws degree, the IBL Master's degree provides for the so-called effectus civilis. A Dutch IBL Master graduate may thus opt for a career at a law firm in the Netherlands and can become a member of the Dutch Bar Association (Nederlandse Orde van Advocaten).

The IBL Master’s programme of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam was evaluated as the best business law related master programme in the Netherlands (Master Guide 2016 and National Student Survey 2018).

Career prospects
Students who successfully completed the IBL Master's programme have a wide range of career choices. They can work as professional business lawyers, in-house legal counsels for companies, government officials, corporate executives, legal professionals for an international (intergovernmental) organization, etcetera. Our alumni have jobs at, e.g., multinational companies, international law firms, banks and international accounting companies in their home countries or in the Netherlands. Others pursue a career as a legal counsel in government institutions or international organizations. Some alumni choose to further develop their academic legal research skills by enrolling into a PhD programme at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam or elsewhere.

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Welcome to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (‘VU Amsterdam’) is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English-taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to more than 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff...


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Why study at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

With more than 24,000 students, of which 4,088 are international, VU Amsterdam conducts cutting-edge research into problems of societal and scientific importance.

They distinguish themselves in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes:

  • Human Health and Life Sciences
  • Science for Sustainability
  • Connected World
  • Governance for Society

As a student this will help you to look beyond the boundaries of scientific disciplines, and to seek for tangible solutions for a better world.

In addition, VU Amsterdam regards diversity, whether in culture, conviction, nationality or prior education, as source of innovation and progress, and hence as special strength.

The Dutch higher education system has been ranked in the top 10 by Universitas 21. In the first Times Higher Education University Impact Ranking, VU Amsterdam is ranked 16th worldwide. In this ranking, universities are assessed based on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to measure the impact of the universities on society. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 (Shanghai Ranking) VU Amsterdam holds the 104th position. The international QS World University ranking 2021 places the Vrije Universiteit at number 236 in the world, which means the Vrije Universiteit belongs to the top 20% of the world.

At VU Amsterdam, the teaching style can be described as student-centred: they encourage students to develop their own opinions through independent and creative thinking. This means that teaching is mainly conducted in small tutorials, where interactivity is the norm rather than the exception. At every opportunity, students are encouraged to engage in constructive dialogue with their professors.

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De Boelelaan 1105
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