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Globalisation and Law: Specialisation Free Programme

Course Description

Globalisation is impacting every area of economic, social and technological activity. It is having an enormous influence on international structures, governance and the legal systems of individual nations, posing challenges in all fields of the law. The globalisation of the law is producing a tremendous increase in international and regional regulation, global litigation and cross-border legal dialogue. Whether to serve multinational enterprises or indeed to control and regulate their activity, law firms, governments and international organisations alike are in growing need of lawyers who understand the complexities of globalisation and law.

The Master Globalisation and Law offers a unique one-year English taught programme designed to fill that need. Rather than taking the ‘globalist’ or the ‘anti-globalist’ perspective it teaches you to make up your own mind, to think ahead and to respond quickly to evolving situations.

The confluence of research interests at the Faculty of law creates a unique environment in which to approach the issues not only from the humanitarian perspective but also from the business point of view.

Among the programme’s assets is its small group setting and its very active student body composed of participants from all parts of the world.

The programme offers three specializations: Human Rights, Corporate and Commercial Law and International Trade and Investment Law. As an alternative for picking one of the tracks students are also allowed to combine courses from the three tracks in a so-called ‘free track’.

International profile

With highly specialised and experienced academic staff from across the continent, the Globalisation and Law programme mirrors living and working in an integrated Europe. Staff members include former officials of European institutions and international organisations. Members of our staff have worked at research institutes, think-tanks, NGOs, and in private practices all over Europe.

More than one-third of the student population of Maastricht University is from outside the Netherlands and over 700 exchange students come to study every year. Within the Faculty of Law itself, about 20% of the students are from outside the Netherlands. The faculty employs staff from all over Western Europe and a large number of foreign academics and specialists in comparative, international and European law. Such diversity is strengthened by the international orientation of the Globalisation and Law curriculum.

The language of instruction for the programme is English, the most widely used international language. For students who are non-native English-speakers, the programme’s English language curriculum will strengthen your command of the English language and prepare you for a career in an international environment.

Study abroad
Within the Globalisation and Law master's programme it is possible to study abroad. This allows you to acquire specialised knowledge of the legal system of another country and develop your language skills. Study abroad is available via a student exchange with one of the Faculty of Law's partner universities. The faculty also offers study abroad opportunities under the Socrates/Erasmus programme.

Entry Requirements

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