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Masters in Law: European and International Law

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1 year
Full time/part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 September 2022

About this program

Masters in Law: European and International Law

You will study the core principles of European and international law in depth, and go beyond this to understand the role of law in a globalizing world, and the challenges that it raises to our traditional ideas of sovereignty and democracy. Optional courses allow for specialization, and whether your interests are in human rights, economic law, constitutional principles, security and terrorism, equality and justice, or cross-border phenomena such as global warming and the internet, the friendly and diverse department of European and International Law will help you achieve a Master of Law degree (LLM) which takes you further in your career.

Some examples of issues the Master's program deals with are: 

  • Is there a way of achieving a Europe without barriers to movement while still preserving national identities and laws?
  • How are ideas of risk and security used in international law to create new legal regimes and justify interventions?
  • Is the European crisis of economics, society, and identity all about a dysfunctional EU, or is it a crisis of aimless and path-dependent nations?
  • Is law-making at the international and European level effective, democratic and necessary? Whose interests does it serve?
  • How are economics, politics and individual rights related at the transnational level?

The program in a nutshell

European and International Law is a full-time, one-year graduate program, organized as a specialized track in the VU Master of Law (LLM). Its curriculum should appeal to you if you want to pursue a career related to European and international issues and if you are passionate about exploring the political, economic and social context of law. You will follow: 

  • European and International Law, an intensive, advanced level course taught conjointly by international and European law scholars
  • Transnational Law in Social Context, an innovative course providing political and social perspectives on transnational legal processes
  • Further courses of your choice, allowing you to specialize in areas such as European economic law (EU internal market law, competition law), human rights law (European human rights protection, EU antidiscrimination law) or public international law (international humanitarian law, irregular migration)

The curriculum offers the possibility to undertake an internship or a period of study abroad. Former students have been working as interns in law firms, but also at international organizations, such as the UNHCR in Brussels.

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Admission requirements

Applicants with a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in Law can apply. To be admitted you need permission from the Admission Board.

Your bachelor education is compared to and valued through the UK Naric comparison system and, if necessary, through the Nuffic comparison and validation programmes.

Especially students from non-EU countries should factor in the possibility that a relevant Bachelor’s degree proves insufficient to enroll in this Master in Law programme.

If you have an academic degree which is relevant for the specialization you wish to do and you have knowledge of and insight into at least one area of law to at least the level of the end-terms of the VU Law bachelor, and you can prove this through at least 60 EC in completed courses in law or knowledge and experience in the field of law equivalent to this, you may also be eligible for enrollment. This is determined by the Admission Board.

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  • Tuition fee for EU: € 1,084
  • Tuition fee for NON-EU/EEA: € 15,546


Upon completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a MSc in Law: European and International Law

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Career prospects

As transnational legal regulation is becoming more and more dense, both on the international and the domestic level, the need for transnationally trained lawyers continues to increase. Apart from the traditional legal professions (i.e. within the judiciary and national bars), transnationally trained lawyers can be employed by many organisations. Future employers include: EU institutions, the UN, international organizations, ngo's, national governments, and international and national law firms. In addition, the program is an excellent choice if you wish to pursue an academic career after graduating. All in all, students specializing in transnational law have good employment prospects: in the Netherlands, in their home countries, and on the international labor market. 

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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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