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LL.M in Insolvency Law

Course Description

Dual Master’s programme in which you develop an understanding and knowledge of comparative and international corporate, insolvency and European Law for a legal career with a strong international focus.
Since the start of the global financial crisis, there has been a surge in the number of companies that find themselves in financial difficulties. It has not only greatly increased the need for experts in insolvency law but has also profoundly changed this field of law. It has given insolvency law a much higher profile.
Insolvency is no longer a national issue. Due to globalisation, most companies have international contacts that have to be taken into account during a reorganisation or liquidation process. Given the new transnational scope of this field of law, the Faculty of Law at Radboud University and the Nottingham Law School have joined forces to offer students a unique Master’s programme that joins comparative and international insolvency and corporate law, thus meeting the demands and challenges of contemporary insolvency law.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/europeanlaw/insolvency

Two Master’s degrees in one year

This dual LL.M programme will give you the opportunity of attaining two Master’s degrees in law in one academic year while living both in the Netherlands and the UK, thus adding to your personal international experience as well as increasing your knowledge. The courses taught at both campuses are presented in English, and you’ll enjoy the benefits of being taught by experts from both law schools.
Graduates of the insolvency law specialisation can expect to find a wide variety of employment prospects. These include law firms, financial institutions, multinationals and listed companies as well as governmental institutions and NGOs.

Why do the dual Master’s in Insolvency Law?

- You will participate in a unique and intense Master’s programme specialising in insolvency law.
- You will be awarded two LL.M degrees in the space of just one academic year: the LL.M Corporate and Insolvency Law from Nottingham Law School, and the LL.M European and Insolvency Law from Radboud University.
- You will study at a British Law School that was rated ‘excellent' by the British Law Society, and a Dutch Law School that was rated number one in the Netherlands for student satisfaction.
- You will work together with two prestigious research centres in the field of insolvency law: The NLS Centre for Business and Insolvency Law at Nottingham Law School, and the Business & Law Research Centre at Radboud University.
- You will be taught in a stimulating, collegial setting with small groups by internationally recognised professors of law, all specialists in their specific fields.
- You will have a chance to live in both Nijmegen in the Netherlands and Nottingham in the United Kingdom. The programme starts in the Netherlands and after the Christmas break you move to the UK.

Challenging, broad and interesting

During a reorganisation or liquidation process all (legal) relationships of a company are in a high state of tension and every aspect of a company is under severe scrutiny. This is what makes insolvency law a particularly challenging field of law, and the Master’s specialisation so broad and interesting. Experts in insolvency also need to deal with other fields such as corporate law, commercial law, administrative law and labour law.
At Radboud University and Nottingham Trent University we take a holistic approach to insolvency law while at the same time providing a level of practical detail through real-world scenarios. This ensures that our graduates get the relevant in-depth knowledge that is highly sought-after by employers all over Europe.

Career prospects

This Master’s specialisation is primarily designed for students who wish to pursue an international legal career in the area of insolvency law. It offers a thorough and broad education in insolvency law that includes corporate law, commercial law, labour law, personal bankruptcy law and competition law. And because it’s part of the European Law programme at Radboud University, you will also gain a good understanding of the internal and external markets of the European Union and the position of Europe in the world.

Job positions

As far as job positions go, it is seldom that you will find job positions advertised for insolvency law experts. That is not to say that these experts aren't highly sought after, especially since the start of the economic crisis. However, insolvency law experts will usually be part of a banking or corporate litigation team.
Graduates of Insolvency Law can expect to find a wide variety of employment prospects. You could work for financial institutions, multinationals and listed companies as well as governmental institutions and NGOs. There is also a high demand within the legal profession and judiciary for lawyers with thorough knowledge of insolvency law.

Our approach to this field

Besides the required knowledge of theories in Corporate, European and Insolvency law, and of insolvency law reform and policy, this specialisation specifically focuses on two aspects within the field of insolvency law:

1. Comparing national laws
When a company is in need of a corporate rescue, it has the possibility to use the legal instruments of several jurisdictions, not just the one in which it is located. This is known as forum shopping or regulatory arbitrage. To optimally do this, you need very good insight as to what’s out there. During this Master’s we teach students the basics they need to know to be able to compare the legal possibilities of several (European) countries.

2. Understanding the international consequences
If a company in, for example, the Netherlands goes bankrupt, what effect does this have in other countries? This dual Master’s teaches you how you can oversee the possible international consequences of relevant actions.

See the website http://www.ru.nl/masters/europeanlaw/insolvency

Visit the LL.M in Insolvency Law page on the Radboud University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Daniel Dimov

1650.jpg Everything was perfectly organised

Some people know the names of their future universities even at the age of ten. Some people, like me, do not know in advance even the name of the country in which they are going to pursue their university education. They just play a roulette game and hope that Fortuna, the goddess of the fortune, will guide them in the right direction. In my case, she, through the Internet, showed me the website of Radboud University Nijmegen. Before entering in that website, I did not know much for Nijmegen and Radboud University. However, since I was eager to acquire a sound understanding of European law, the Master's degree programme in EU Law offered by Radboud University immediately grabbed my attention.

A few months later, I was in Nijmegen. In this calm, green, and charming city, I participated in the orientation activities. I was oriented to the university, went through introductions, and listened a preliminary lecture. Everything was perfectly organized. Thanks to these activities, I was able to overcome the cultural shock that I experienced in the first days after my arrival in Nijmegen. During the orientation activities, I met many people from countries ranging from Indonesia to the United States. Having surrounded by so many new colleagues and friends, I was surprised at how quickly the time passed.

The academic year began. The quality of the education was really very high. Most of the professors are highly renowned in their fields. The communication between students and professors was highly encouraged. One should bear in mind, however, that a successful competition of the program requires many hours of hard work. I did not expect acquiring so much knowledge in a so short time. Finally, after writing a thesis dealing with the European rules on anti-dumping, I successfully graduated from Radboud University Nijmegen.

At present, I do an internship in T.M.C. Asser Institute in the Hague and write a PhD dissertation at Leiden University. My research interests include online dispute resolution, collective intelligence and law, and IT Law. During my internship and research, I use the valuable knowledge acquired during my studies at Radboud University.

(Student Profile)

Yonathan Pahlevi

“I chose Radboud University because they were the first university to accept my application. Unfortunately, getting my visa took a lot longer. All I could do was wait and wait. Two days before departure I got it! Coming to the Netherlands was my first time abroad. At first I felt like a stranger and a little uncomfortable. But after only a few weeks I began to feel at home and nothing is better than feeling at home while studying abroad. I met people from the Indonesian community and I also made Dutch friends. Life here is comfortable. If I didn’t have a job to go back to in Indonesia, I would definitely stay longer.

I just wanted to pass my courses and not get homesick. But I was surprised how quickly I felt at home. Dutch people are helpful and easy to talk to.”

(Student Profile)

Linda Papa

"A place where I feel at home"
After I finished my Bachelor's in law science, I wanted to expand my knowledge in other foreign legal systems and therefore, decided to do my Master's abroad. I chose the Netherland because one of my professors, whose lectures I appreciate, finished his PhD in the Netherlands.

I liked the Master's degree programme at Radboud University, and now that I am here, I really feel at home. The University has a nice environment, where students are divided in small classes. And when you have any questions about the study programme, the administrative staff will answer your questions very quickly. Being surrounded by this individual care, all you have to do is focus on your study.

At Radboud University you can express your academic skills freely. Students have the opportunity to discuss many issues and questions with the professors, during and after the lecture. It's the perfect place to learn, develop, and practice your knowledge. The more you learn at Radboud University, the more exciting challenges are presented to you.

Apart from all this, the social life is also interesting. I have made a lot of international friends who share the same experiences. You can exchange information about different ways of life and thinking, in different cultures. At the end of the day, you can always enjoy the amazing parties and the beauty of Nijmegen.

After finishing my Master's degree in ‘business law' in Nijmegen I will, on one day, start my own law practice .


Radboud Scholarship Programme - 20+ Awards

The Radboud Scholarship Programme is very selective and is only intended for talented students who have obtained outstanding study results and are highly motivated to pursue a Master's degree programme at Radboud University. You must have finalized your request for admission via our online application system OSIRIS Incoming Students before 1 April.The scholarship is not paid in money but instead covers the additional non-EEA expenses.
For example: a grant holder in 2017/2018 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,006, instead of €9,432 or €10,360. In addition the Radboud Scholarship also covers costs such as those for visa, residence permit, health insurance and liability insurance. This amounts to about €725.Each year about 30 Radboud Scholarships are awarded to selected talented non-EEA students for the duration of one of the Master's degree programmes *Learn more about other applicable scholarship programmes on the website of Radboud University.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees


The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a scholarship to pursue an English-taught Master's degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen.Selection criteria:1. talent: this means that you must have outstanding study results in your present field of study;
2. expected to be a promising students in your desired field of study at Radboud University;
3. proven academic quality and good results of your prior education for example through grades, test scores, publications.
4. quality of the recommendations in the two letters of recommendation;
5. motivation: based on your motivation letter.

Application Procedure

The application for admission and the application for the scholarship is fully integrated, there is no separate procedure for the scholarship. You apply for a Radboud Scholarship by indicating during your application for admission that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two recommendation letters and a curriculum vitae.

Further Information



Fullbright-Radboud Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

The Fulbright Center, sponsored by Radboud University, is offering scholarships to excellent American students for study and research purposes at graduate and PhD levels at Radboud University Nijmegen. The Fulbright Center's mission is to promote mutual understanding between Dutch and American citizens by providing financial assistance for study, research and teaching. To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.The grant will be paid in 12 monthly instalments of €1050. International travel will be reimbursed up to a maximum of €900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately €350) will be covered as well. An extra allowance of €1150 will be paid on arrival, and can be used to cover the cost of the tuition fee or the costs of settling in. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per program.
Application for 2016-2017 opens on 1 May 2016 and closes on 13 October 2016.

Value of Scholarship(s)

12 monthly instalments of €1050 + extra allowance for travel and additional costs


For American students.
The Fulbright Centre, sponsored by Radboud University, is offering scholarships for talented American students to study at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

For more information please see the Fulbright website.

Further Information



The Holland Scholarship Programme - 12 Awards

The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University. The HS is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American, Indian and Turkish. All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the HS and amount to € 5,000.-

Value of Scholarship(s)

The scholarship amounts to £ 3.700


The HS is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American, Indian and Turkish. All English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the HS.

Application Procedure

You can apply for the Holland Scholarship at Radboud University when you apply for a Master's programme in Osiris. That means that the application for admission and the application for the scholarship are fully integrated.
The application deadline is 1 February. If not all scholarships will be given out, the second deadline is 1 May.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree in Law and knowledge of the basic concepts of international or European Law (as established by the Examinations Board). • Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following: a TOEFL score of >87 with a minimum of 23 for writing; An IELTS score of >6.5 average (test score of 6.5 overall with a 6.0 minimum for each test result); a Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a mark of C or higher.

Course Fees

€2,006 (from EEA countries); €9432(from non-EEA countries). For the dual LL.M in Insolvency Law there is also the Nottingham Law School fee of €2944.

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