University of Amsterdam

Introduction

The University of Amsterdam

A modern university with a city-centre campus, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) has a rich history and traces its roots back to 1632, when the Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and philosophy.

The UvA is an internationally oriented research university and consistently ranks among the best universities in Europe. The UvA seeks to provide an inspiring international academic environment in which both staff and students can develop their talents optimally. In addition to a broad range of English-taught Master’s programmes, the University offers a number of English-taught Bachelor’s programmes and more than 15 Summer School courses.

Heart of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the financial, cultural and creative centre of the Netherlands. It is home to many international and local businesses, organisations and institutes. English is widely spoken and understood in Amsterdam and the city centre is easy for international residents to access and navigate. Amsterdam is also ranked as one of the safest cities worldwide and the second safest city in Europe.

Rather than a secluded campus, the UvA has a four integrated city campuses throughout Amsterdam. Classes are held in quaint, old buildings throughout the city centre or at the state-of-the-art facilities at Amsterdam Science Park.

Studying in an international environment

The UvA’s strong international orientation is reflected in the curricula of its various degree programmes. The large selection of English-taught programmes makes the UvA more accessible to international students than most other European universities. The UvA also has an extensive network of foreign partner universities, facilitating student and staff exchanges.

Research

The University of Amsterdam has an outstanding reputation for research and is ranked among the world’s best in many fields. Its diverse application-oriented research programmes are often multidisciplinary and focused on societal issues. The UvA community consists of independent thinkers who dare to question dogmas and openly challenge each other’s opinions.

Scholarships for international talent

The UvA has established several scholarship programmes specifically designed to offer talented and motivated non-EU/EEA students the opportunity to attend a Master’s programme at our institution: the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship, the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship, the Holland Scholarship and the Amsterdam Science Talent Scholarship.

Further contact information:

The Student Service Desk is located at the Roeterseiland Campus, in the central hall on the ground floor of Building E, Roetersstraat 11, 1018 WB Amsterdam.

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Advanced Master's International Tax Law (LLM)

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

The advanced Master’s in International Tax Law is a full-time programme of one year. The curriculum covers both the established framework of international tax law and emerging issues. [+]

Principles, policy and practice The growing globalization of the world economy brings with it a growing demand for international tax law specialists who have a thorough understanding of the underlying principles, who are familiar with the policy perspectives of countries at differing stages of development and who are aware of the practical implications of the law. The University of Amsterdam has joined forces with IBFD, an internationally renowned tax research institute, to meet that demand. What we call international tax law is actually a fascinating mix of domestic law, treaty law and soft-law initiatives and this programme offers you the insight and skills you need to deal with this complex area. Highlights of this programme are: Core teaching staff drawn from the University of Amsterdam and IBFD Guest lecturers from a wide range of countries and backgrounds Programme includes optional courses and skills training exercises Small class of selected students Active involvement of IBFD and access to IBFD resources Networking opportunities Degree certificate After succesful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in International Tax Law and the title Master of Laws (LLM). International Tax Law The advanced Master’s in International Tax Law is a full-time programme of one year. The curriculum covers both the established framework of international tax law and emerging issues. A fundamental premise is that a proper understanding of this area of the law requires studying both the “big picture” and the technicalities. Optional courses allow you to give your study a regional focus. Major themes of the programme include: Evaluating the tax policy choices made by states, particularly in the context of cross-border structures and the flow of capital, income and persons; Examining the interaction among the various forces that shape international tax law - domestic law, bilateral treaties, multinational agreements, inter-governmental organizations, case law and academic writing. The programme also includes components that allow you to delve into selected issues in depth and, at the same time, develop your professional skills, such as: A moot court in which you present both written and oral pleadings; A mock tax treaty negotiation, carried out in small teams over a period of several months under the guidance of a mentor with extensive experience of tax treaty negotiations. Writing skills are particularly important and most of the course components conclude with a written exam requiring a number of short essays. You will also be required to write a final paper, giving you the opportunity to define and focus on your own research question. Throughout the programme attention will be paid to the structure of your written work as well as its content. [-]

LLM European Private Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

Private law in Europe has undergone a rapid transformation throughout the last two decades. Originating from a branch of law that was scarcely affected by EU legislation, it has become the object of a multitude of harmonisation measures. [+]

Private law in Europe has undergone a rapid transformation throughout the last two decades. Originating from a branch of law that was scarcely affected by EU legislation, it has become the object of a multitude of harmonisation measures. Intervention by the EU legislature has evolved from a sectoral approach to a horizontal approach, to the point that adopting a comprehensive European Contract Law instrument is now high on the political agenda. As a result of this development, there is a growing demand for lawyers with a thorough understanding of existing European private law and the ongoing Europeanisation process within legal practices, as well as national and EU institutions and academic research institutes. Studying European Private and Commercial Law at the University of Amsterdam Should fundamental rights be used by judges in solving private law cases? To what extent can shareholders of a company also be creditors in the winding up of this company? Is it possible for a company to change its seat to another member state? When can you claim compensation from the airlines in case your flight was cancelled or delayed? These and other private and commercial law questions are addressed in the diverse courses our Master's programme offers. The curriculum provides students with a unique opportunity to specialise in European private law, through a comprehensive set of courses covering the issues that are central to the Europeanisation of private law. Students study existing European rules, current harmonisation endeavours and compare –in fields of law where European rules are lacking- national rules of the most influential European systems. Lecturers for the Master’s in European Private Law programme have diverse European backgrounds and many also work with the University of Amsterdam’s Centre for the Study of European Contract Law (CSECL), which conducts research specifically on the consequences of European integration and globalisation for private law. Students are invited to participate in the bi-weekly guest seminars organized by the CSECL. European Private Law as a Part-Time Programme It is possible to complete the Master's programme in European Private Law through part-time study. However, classes are only given during the day. Part-time students are advised to complete the programme in two years. Programme outline The Master's programme in European Private Law offers a variety of courses on European and comparative private law. Students are expected to obtain 60 ECTS credits throughout the course of the degree, including elective courses for about one third of the programme and a thesis of 12 ECTS credits. Tuition €1.984 per year for EU/EEA students Master's one year: €14,700 for non-EU/EEA students Master's two years: € 10.450 per year for non-EU/EEA students [-]

LLM in International & European Law: European Union Law

Campus Full time 12 months February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The European Union Law track will provide you with a solid foundation in EU law. In addition, the programme offers a large number of optional courses given... [+]

LLM in International & European Law: European Union Law

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: February, september

The European Union is in constant development, produces new legal problems and solutions almost daily. This Master's track includes the most recent academic insights and legal developments promptly in its courses, without losing sight of the broader legal perspectives.The European Union Law track will provide you with a solid foundation in EU law.  In addition, the programme offers a large number of optional courses given by experts, that you can use to construct a personalised specialisation, focusing e.g. on European competition law, European environmental law, European migration law, European criminal law, Law of the internal market, European constitutional law, European administrative law, or law of the economic and monetary union.... [-]


LLM in International & European Law: International Trade and Investment Law

Campus Full time 12 months February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The programme in International Trade and Investment Law is a track within the LLM in International and European Law. Upon completion of all programme... [+]

LLM in International & European Law: International Trade and Investment Law

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: February, september

International trade and investment are driving forces in the world economy and its increasing globalization. This track focuses on the international law that governs these economic relations for states and regions.

 

 

Studying International Trade and Investment Law at the University of Amsterdam

A significant part of the programme concerns the Geneva-based World Trade Organisation (WTO). The WTO provides the legal framework for the multilateral trading systems for goods and services, including its advanced system of dispute resolution.An important body of WTO case law balances trading interests and other societal objectives, such as the protection of human health or the environment. The international regulation of trade also goes beyond traditional market access issues into the realm of domestic regulation, to consider intellectual property rights and international product and food safety standards. All this and much more makes it a crucial and dynamic field of international law.International investment law is the second big part of this programme. In this subject area, a large network of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) set the legal frameworks for the treatment of foreign investors and for the settlement of their disputes by international arbitration. The increasing number of investor-state arbitral awards testifies to the importance and centrality of investment law. It also comes with a host of new challenges.... [-]


LLM International and European Law: European Competition Law and Regulation

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The programme allows students to combine the study of broader legal and theoretical perspectives on EU competition law and regulation with its practical application, for example by participating in the various moot courts, the Amsterdam Law Clinic or in individual research projects. [+]

"The European Competition Law and Regulation Master’s track is about regulating businesses in Europe. Companies such as Google and Gazprom operate in the 'free market'. But what are the limits to free markets within the EU? What is the balance between individual freedoms and public interests? Can consumers regulate markets and if so, what kind of legal tools are available for them to do so? What is the role of independent regulatory agencies in market regulation?These are the types of questions this track focuses on. As part of this programme, you will learn about the law, economics and politics surrounding EU competition law and economic regulation." Prof. Rein Wesseling, Professor of Competition Law and Regulation The European Competition Law and Regulation programme offers a unique opportunity to specialise in competition law and study the regulatory framework applicable to European economic activities. The programme combines both theory and practice in a distinct manner and is taught by highly qualified international and European lawyers and lecturers. The track focuses on the law and governance of economic regulation and competition in the EU. It covers regulatory processes and sector-specific regulatory regimes such as those for the financial, telecom and energy sectors. Furthermore, students will explore other significant issues for the EU, such as banking and tax law, public procurement and intellectual property rights. The quality of the programme is enriched by UvA’s close academic partnership with the Amsterdam Centre for Law & Economics (ACLE) and the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG). Degree certificate European Competition Law and Regulation is a track of the accredited degree programme International and European Law. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in International and European Law and the title Master of Laws (LLM). Dutch students with an LLB degree from a Dutch university will in principle fulfil the requirements for 'civiel effect' upon completion of this Master's programme. Programme outline The programme allows students to combine the study of broader legal and theoretical perspectives on EU competition law and regulation with its practical application, for example by participating in the various moot courts, the Amsterdam Law Clinic or in individual research projects. The curriculum consists of a comprehensive set of strongly interrelated core courses, but there is also room for electives. [-]

LLM International and European Law: Public International Law

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam + 1 more

The programme introduces students to the core areas of general international law, including sources, international responsibility, international organisations, and human rights. There is ample room for elective courses (about half of the programme) and the wide variety of electives allows you to design a programme to match your specific interests and ambitions. [+]

Public international law has a long tradition but also an acute modern relevance. Its main functions are the facilitation of the co-existence of independent states and communities and the furtherance of international cooperation for shared interests. Both functions are of critical importance in an era of internationalisation and globalisation. The Public International Law curriculum provides students with a broad knowledge of general international law. Public international law encompasses a wide diversity of specialised fields. The wide variety of elective courses allows students to specialise in particular areas of public international law such as human rights law, humanitarian law/the law or armed conflict, international criminal law, international trade and investment law, and international environmental law. The Public International Law track aims to advance research and writing skills and to involve students in the practical application of international law. This may be accomplished through enrolment in the Amsterdam International Law Clinic, the International Law in Domestic Courts project or one of the international moot court competitions in which the University participates. The Public International Law track is taught by leading international law scholars with a high academic reputation and broad experience in the practice of international law. In addition to lectures, most courses are taught in smaller seminars or working groups allowing for a challenging exchange of ideas on the latest developments and academic insights in this dynamic area of law. Degree certificate Public International Law is a track of the accredited degree programme International and European Law. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master's degree in International and European Law and the title Master of Laws (LLM). Programme outline The programme introduces students to the core areas of general international law, including sources, international responsibility, international organisations, and human rights. There is ample room for elective courses (about half of the programme) and the wide variety of electives allows you to design a programme to match your specific interests and ambitions. The programme allows students to combine their study of the theoretical aspects of international law with its practical application, for example by participating in the Amsterdam International Law Clinic or in the various moot court competitions. [-]

LLM Law, Markets and Behaviour

Campus Full time 1 year September 2016 Netherlands Amsterdam

This Master's delivers lawyers who know their way in the wider arena of the future. The law still is pivotal. Tort law, contract law, corporate law, regulatory law and insolvency law are subjects at the heart of this Master's and the anatomy of these fields will be explored in depth. [+]

The modern lawyer: not just the law, but finance and behavior as well Lawyers used to only deal with the law. Advise your client on the rules, if need be litigate, and you do a good job. In our changing world, this is no longer true. For a lawyer, to live up to the expectations of clients and society, you need to have broader skills. Lawyers also have to understand the underlying economic principles of transactions and procedures they are involved in. Furthermore, behavioral perspectives are key in the actual dynamics of the governance of a company, mergers and acquisitions and the formation of contracts and lawyers need to understand these dynamics. In other words: lawyers will fall short by just knowing the legal rules, even if they know them very well. This Master's delivers lawyers who know their way in the wider arena of the future. The law still is pivotal. Tort law, contract law, corporate law, regulatory law and insolvency law are subjects at the heart of this Master's and the anatomy of these fields will be explored in depth. But further perspectives are added. We will examine the legal side of corporate finance and also delve into the underlying balance sheets and profit and loss accounts; we will examine the regulatory framework in which banks operate and also question their role in society as a whole; we will examine the structure of contract law and also focus on the psychology behind contract negotiations and dispute resolution. In short, we offer a multidisciplinary Master's that both deepens your understanding of the law and fosters your knowledge of the fields with which the law interacts, such as corporate finance, psychology and ethics. A joint UVA-VU programme The law faculties of the UvA (University of Amsterdam) and the VU (Vrije Universiteit) have combined their expertise to cover the wide range of the programme. The programme is selective. [-]

Master of Laws (LLM) in International Criminal Law

Campus Full time 12 months August 2017 Netherlands Amsterdam

The programme is unique because of the dual perspective it offers on international criminal law: the common law and criminal law-oriented focus from Columbia... [+]

Master of Laws (LLM) in International Criminal Law

 

Language of instruction: English

Starts in: August

Columbia University School of Law and the Amsterdam Law School offer a joint LLM programme in International Criminal Law. The Master's programme in International Criminal Law is the first programme to focus on international criminal law as a distinct field of legal study. The central aim of the programme is to train a new style of international criminal lawyers by offering a broad and deep understanding of relevant issues and supporting the development of academic skills through the analysing of such issues.The programme is unique because of the dual perspective it offers on international criminal law: the common law and criminal law-oriented focus from Columbia University and the civil law and criminal law perspective offered by the Amsterdam Law School.... [-]


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