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Study programme

The programme European Private Law combines a coherent set of core courses on topics at the heart of Europeanisation and internationalisation, with a broad range of elective courses on subjects of high economic and societal relevance.

Curriculum

  • Compulsory courses (24 EC)
    • Private Law in a European and International Context (6 EC)
    • European Contract Law (9 EC)
    • European Private Law in Practice (3 EC)
    • European Company Law (6 EC)
  • Restricted-choice electives (24 EC)

    You must choose courses from the list below with a total value of 24 EC. You can replace a mandatory elective course with a course chosen from the list Mandatory electives: other elective courses. You may, for a maximum of 6 EC and after approval of the Examinations Board, also choose other university law courses, provided that these courses are related to the Master’s programme and do not overlap with the compulsory courses of the programme.

    • Comparative Law (6 EC)
    • Consumer Rights in the Digital Single Market (6 EC)
    • Finance, Security and Insolvency (6 EC)
    • Human Rights in Private Law (6 EC)
    • EU Private International Law (6 EC)
    • Foundations of EU Competition Law (6 EC)
    • European Tort Law (6 EC)
    • Making markets beyond the state: between private law and international economic law (6 EC)
  • Restricted-choice electives: other elective courses (0 EC)

    You can replace a mandatory elective course with the course Amsterdam Law Clinics. You may, for a maximum of 6 EC and after approval of the Examinations Board, also choose other university law courses, provided that these courses are related to the Master’s programme and do not overlap with the compulsory courses of the programme.

    • Amsterdam Law Clinics (6 EC)

* The information on this website is valid for the current academic year and may change for next year. In May the course catalogue is updated for the next academic year.

Please note: Students who commenced the programme European Private Law in or prior to academic year 2018-2019 may elect to adhere to the 2018-2019 curriculum provided they graduate within two years after they commenced the programme. You'll find more information in Article B-7.3 of the Teaching and Examinations Regulations.

The central aim of the track European Private Law is to educate a new generation of internationally oriented private lawyers with a broad, deep and critical understanding of the on-going Europeanisation and globalisation of private law and its dynamics.

International and European perspective

Vital private law questions are addressed consistently from international and European perspectives. Students are invited to engage critically with private law rules and doctrines and the forces driving their Europeanisation and globalisation. The courses offered are taught by internationally renowned experts conducing innovative research at the frontiers of private law and its critique.

Master’s degree European Private Law

The quality of this Master's programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme students will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in European Private Law and the title Master of Laws (LLM).