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European Private Law (LLM)

Course Description

This Master's programme provides students with a unique opportunity to specialise in European private law, with a coherent set of courses covering the issues central to the Europeanisation of private law. The University of Amsterdam houses the Amsterdam Institute for Private Law (AIP), which conducts research specifically on the consequences of European integration and globalisation for private law. The AIP has two research programmes, European Contract Law and Dutch private law in an international legally comparative perspective. It collaborates closely with other law schools in the Netherlands, and with individual researchers around the world.

Private law in Europe has undergone rapid transformation over the last two decades. From being a branch of law that was hardly affected by European Community (EC) legislation, it has become the object of a multitude of harmonisation measures, to the point that the elaboration of a legal instrument on European Contract Law (the so-called Optional Instrument) is now a priority on the political agenda. This development has given rise to a growing demand within the legal profession, within national and EC institutions and in academic research for lawyers with a thorough understanding of both existing European private law and the ongoing Europeanisation process and its dynamics.

The Master's programme in European Private Law gives students a thorough understanding of this developing multilevel system of private law in Europe. Relevant insights from other disciplines such as Economics and Political Science are integrated into the discussion of legal questions, thereby broadening and deepening the debate.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the Master's programme depends on your academic background:Academic background in law: * An academic level comparable with a Dutch Bachelor of laws diploma. * Basic knowledge of European law is required. The Amsterdam Law School offers a deficiency course in European Union Law. This course is provided by the Law School in September. Credits earned in this courses are not included in the required 60 ECTS credits.

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