Targeting the Most Complex Legal Challenge of Our Time
How does the law facilitate sustainability? What rights and responsibilities do businesses, governments and NGOs have in addressing the issues of climate change? Can states be forced to bring their policies in line with the Paris 2015 Agreement?
VU Amsterdam is the first university in Europe to offer a specific International Business Law degree that combines an outstanding, all-around Master’s in Business Law with a specific focus on one of the most complex legal challenges of our day: sustainability. It took some time for the corporate world to acknowledge the existential threat to mankind that climate change poses. But now, sustainability goes hand-in-hand with business success – and business survival. VU Amsterdam will help you become a lawyer in high demand, in both the public and the private sector.
What does the programme involve?
In sustainability issues, the role of the law is complex. There are multiple jurisdictions, numerous areas of law and multiple actors. Scientific, economic, political, social and ethical questions feed into legal processes. We will ensure you’re ready to address those questions.
However, you must first be trained as an all-round attorney. High-level thinking about climate change and sustainability i only possible with a thorough understanding of classical fields of law, such as Corporate, Contract, Tort and Public International Law. This Master’s thus begins with a core curriculum that will make you a great lawyer. We then explore the sustainability question in depth, from a variety of disciplines.
We will delve into doctrinal issues, legislation and case law. You will visit law firms, welcome guest speakers and work on real-life cases. The combination of law in the books and law in action has proven to be highly successful – and the most fun.
To break it down:
You’ll take four courses, to prepare you for any career in law:
- Contract Law and Psychology of Negotiations
- Anatomy of Corporate Law
- Problems of Market Regulation
- Corporate Social Responsibility
The rest of the curriculum focuses on sustainability and the law:
- International Law on Climate Change and Sustainability
- Energy and Climate Governance
- Climate Change Litigation
- The Circular Economy LAB
- You'll write a Master’s Thesis on the topic of your choice, in consultation with your advisor.
- You’ll work with experts in Psychology, Economics, and Physics, and hear from thought-leaders to help you gain a well-rounded view of this highly complex field of law.
Why International Business Law: Climate Change and Sustainability at the VU?
- VU Amsterdam is the only university in Europe that offers a specific Law Master’s track that combines business law with climate change and sustainability.
- Our close connections with local firms, businesses, and governmental agencies give us first-hand knowledge of the most pressing legal issues, and what is being done to address them.
- With only around 25 students admitted into the programme, you will get the individual attention you need and will be one of only a select few lawyers with this type of specialised and in-demand expertise.
- The International Business Law programme at VU Amsterdam is already highly regarded by employers around the world. The addition of this particular study track only increases the value of your degree.
- Professors and guest speakers in the programme are law practitioners, physicists, judges, psychologists, economists, and academics. Their multi-disciplinary approach will ensure you the most well-rounded view of the legal aspects of this topic.
Are you a Good Fit for International Business Law: Climate Change and Sustainability?
This Master’s degree is not for everyone. It takes a unique blend of empathy and ambition. Passion and drive. Compassion and intellect. You must be able to apply your legal mind to address some of the most complex and challenging legal issues of our day. That means:
- You’re not only passionate about addressing climate change and sustainability, but also have an analytical mind that can apply the rules of law to help companies make the right decisions.
- You aspire to serve both your own interests and the common good.
- You’re hardworking and dedicated.
- You are eager to study the law from many different perspectives: not only the letter of the law but psychological, economic, political and social components, as well.
Does this sound like you? Then come along to our Master’s Evening, where you can find out more and try out the programme for yourself! If you’re keen to apply and meet the entry requirements (see below), then take a look at our application procedure and deadlines.
What's Next After International Business Law: Climate Change and Sustainability?
How employable will you be after completing the programme?
There isn’t a single company – large or small – that isn’t affected by the increasing attention and legislation with regard to climate change and sustainability. It’s not a question of whether companies will want you, but which company is the right fit for you.
What will your role be in future jobs?
Depending upon how – and in what country – you choose to use your Master’s in International Business Law, your role will be to guide corporate decision-making, business strategy, and innovation, based on your knowledge of climate change legislation. You will be an invaluable asset to any company or organisation for whom you work.
Why will you be in such high demand with employers?
You will not only be a highly qualified and trained all-round jurist, but you will also have the latest and most influential information about sustainability. You will be trained by the leading minds in the field and will have access to state-of-the-art tools and information that will make you a specialist in your field.
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