The European Union Law track explores the constitutional, institutional and economic foundations of EU law, preparing students for a wide range of careers.
•EU Law trumps national law. It penetrates all legal disciplines, from administrative law to labour and criminal law: no field of law is unaffected by EU law.
•The LLM prepares for exciting (international) careers in private practice or public organizations in all fields of law. Students will acquire vital knowledge as well as the skills to apply those insights to concrete cases.
•Learning takes a variety of forms and includes lectures, seminars, interactive classes, presentations, and group assignments. The program is concluded with the completion of a Master's thesis.
The European Union, with its supranational powers, is interacting directly with the legal systems of its Member States in substantive as well as procedural matters. The EU is also playing an increasing role at the international level, creating obligations for its Member States. These developments are creating exciting opportunities as well as challenges - and a growing demand for professionals with the qualifications to address them.
Enthusiastic, highly-qualified teaching staff
All teachers on the program are highly qualified and enthusiastic academics with additional expertise emanating from their connections to international and European legal practice. Our classes are small-scale and characterized by teacher-student interaction. Well-known professors from other prestigious institutes as well as practitioners, enhance learning by giving guest lectures on specific issues. In addition, we organize regular Career Talks: a practioner that has made his or her career in a relevant field of EU law is invited to talk about his or her career path and work experience.
The Tilburg Law School is conveniently situated right between two of Europe's most important legal and political centers, making it the ideal place to study European Union and international law. Brussels is the seat of the European Commission, the EU Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament, NATO, lobby organizations, NGOs, and international law firms. The Hague is one of the world's largest hosts of international organizations involved in peace and justice. It is the seat of 'inter alia' the International Court of Justice, the Peace Palace Library, the International Criminal Court, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, among others.
Interpersonal and professional skill development
Small class sizes and interactive teaching methods ensure a high level of participation by students during the program, as well as contact between students and their professors. Group-work develops students' interpersonal skills and team-mentality - essential for any legal career. Competencies are also developed in areas such as analysis, judgment, formulating statements, and presenting professionally. Extra-curricular activities such as study-trips, moot courts, and social events & drinks, further foster the interactive climate.
Latest research and most topical issues
The department of European and International Law and the Tilburg Law and Economic Center (TILEC( is renowned for its international publications, prominent international affiliations, cooperation with leading International Law Schools, and the national and international advisory positions of its core researchers. Students in the program benefit from this profile in multiple ways: latest research is continuously fed into learning, while students are confronted with topics and ideas from the forefront of legal and meta-legal research.
Career perspective International and European Law
The masters in International and European Law qualifies students to pursue challenging careers in legal practice and/or advisory functions.
Potential career paths include posts within national and international public administration, national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the diplomatic service, European and international courts, multinational enterprises, and advocacy.
Dutch students who have followed the Bachelor International and European Law and who have completed the course 'Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution' (burgerlijk procesrecht en geschiloplossing) have the full 'civil effect'.
You have a Bachelor's degree in Law, European Studies, Political Science, International Relations before the start of this Master's program. You have an adequate knowledge of English before the start of this Master's program.