Master of Laws: European and International Law

General

Program Description

Application deadline update

  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 May (the original deadline of 1 April has been extended due to COVID-19)
  • EU/EEA students and students who do not need a study visa/residence permit through VU Amsterdam*: 1 June (the original deadline of 1 May has been extended due to COVID-19)

Master of Laws: European and International Law

Some examples of issues the Master's programme deals with are:

  • Can international and European law help address the challenges of our time, such as climate change, migration, new technologies, and conflicts between cultures?
  • How are ideas of risk and security used in international law? Do states use these ideas to promote peace, or justify aggression?
  • Is the EU effective and democratic? Can it provide security and freedom to its citizens? Does it undermine the sovereignty of its Member States?
  • How are economic interests and human rights balanced in European and international law? Does free trade help states develop, or encourage exploitation?

Your programme in a nutshell

European and International Law is a full-time, one-year specialization of the Law LLM graduate programme. Its curriculum should appeal to you if you want to pursue a career related to European and international issues and if you are passionate about exploring the political, economic and social context of law. You will follow:

  • European and International Law, an intensive, advanced level course taught conjointly by international and European law scholars.
  • Transnational Human Rights and Globalization, an innovative course exploring how the protection of human rights and the course of globalization interact and influence each other.
  • Further courses of your choice, allowing you to specialize, if you wish, in areas such as economic law (EU internal market law, competition law, international trade and investment law), human rights and equality (human rights protection in Europe, EU anti-discrimination law, irregular migration), or the law surrounding international conflicts (international humanitarian law, politics of international law, international weapons law).


The curriculum offers the possibility to undertake an internship or a period of study abroad. Former students have been working as interns in law firms, but also at international organizations, such as the UNHCR in Brussels and the UN in New York.

Career prospects


As transnational legal regulation is becoming more and more dense, both on the international and the domestic level, the need for transnationally trained lawyers continues to increase. Apart from the traditional legal professions (i.e. within the judiciary and national bars), transnationally trained lawyers can be employed by many organisations. Future employers include: EU institutions, the UN, international organizations, ngo's, national governments, and international and national law firms. In addition, the programme is an excellent choice if you wish to pursue an academic career after graduating. All in all, students specialising in transnational law have good employment prospects: in the Netherlands, in their home countries, and on the international labour market.

Admission requirements

  • Applicants should have at least a Bachelor's degree in Law.
  • Applicants who do not have a Bachelor in Law but in another subject are still encouraged to apply, provided that they have completed at least 60 ECTS of law subjects, including some international and European Law. This may be relevant for people with e.g. political science or liberal arts degrees and ‘Law and (..)’ degrees.
  • Applicants who do not meet the abovementioned requirement are also encouraged to apply, provided that they have a sound academic background and considerable experience in the field of law. AUC students are a perfect example of this group of students.
  • Applicants should have a good proficiency in the English language and should be able to provide proof in this format:
    • IELTS: 6.5 - please note that candidates must take the Academic test and not the General one!
    • TOEFL paper-based test: 580
    • TOEFL computer-based test: 237
    • TOEFL Internet-based test: 92-93
    • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): A&B
    • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A, B&C

Exceptions are made for students who have completed their education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia or who have obtained an International Baccalaureate or European Baccalaureate diploma.

Last updated Apr 2020

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 150 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to 23,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 122 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Read less