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European Union Law (International and European Law)
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Study programme

The core curriculum is composed of 3 compulsery courses and a selection of usually 3 courses from a list of electives that allow different degrees of specialization. Both the compulsory courses and many of the electives contain distinct ‘EU law in action elements’, that allow students to experience the law in an interactive form.

Programme structure

In the first semester, all students attend the two compulsory courses (24 EC) that provide students with a deep understanding of the constitutional and institutional structures of the EU. In the second semester, all students attend EU Legal Remedies (6 EC) that familiarises students with the judicial and procedureal framework of EU law in practice. Both the compulsory courses and many of the electives contain distinct ‘EU law in action’ elements, that allow you to experience the law in an interactive form, such as moot courts.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Principles and Foundations of EU Law
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    12
  • European Constitutional Law and Fundamental Rights
    1—2
    12
  • EU Legal Remedies
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    6
  • Restricted-choice electives
    1—6
    18
  • Free-choice electives: Extracurricular
    1—2
  • Master's thesis
    1—6
    12
UvA Course Catalogue: European Union Law
  • Compulsory courses (30 EC)
    • Principles and Foundations of EU Law (12 EC)
    • European Constitutional Law and Fundamental Rights (12 EC)
    • EU Legal Remedies (6 EC)
  • Restricted-choice electives (18 EC)
    • European Competition Law (12 EC)
    • European Law Moot Court (6 EC)
    • Amsterdam Law Clinics (6 EC)
    • Internship (6 EC)
    • Law of the Internal Market I: Free Movement of Goods and Services (6 EC)
    • EU Foreign Relations Law (6 EC)
    • EU Migration Law: Forced and Unforced Migration to the EU (6 EC)
    • EU Regulated Markets (6 EC)
    • European Integration and National Constitutions (6 EC)
    • Foundations of EU Competition Law (6 EC)
    • Globalization of Cartel Law (6 EC)
    • Individual Research Project European Public Law and Governance (6 EC)
    • Advanced EU Competition Law (6 EC)
    • EU Migration Law: Free Movement of Persons within the EU (6 EC)
    • EU Trade and Investment Law (6 EC)
    • European Human Rights Law (6 EC)
  • Master’s thesis (12 EC)

    The Master’s degree programme is concluded by writing a Master’s thesis. Students will research and write their thesis on an approved topic under the supervision of their faculty adviser.

* The information on this website is valid for the current academic year and may change for next year. In May the course catalogue is updated for the next academic year.

Please note: Students who commenced the programme European Union Law in or prior to academic year 2018-2019 may elect to adhere to the 2018-2019 curriculum provided they graduate within two years after they commenced the programme. You'll find more information in Article B-7.3 of the Teaching and Examinations Regulations.

The two LLM tracks in European Law
Thinking of studying EU Law at the Amsterdam Law School? Staff and students explain the difference between the LLM tracks in European Union Law and European Competition Law and Regulation.

Amsterdam Law Practice

Our experiential education method inspires and motivates students to do research and increase their knowledge. At the Amsterdam Law Practice students learn by doing, and connect with society at large by working with fellow students towards the solution of social problems.

Moot Court participation

The European Law Moot Court Competition is one of the most prestigious Moot Court competitions in the world. Students have the chance to argue their case before practicing jurists and the final is held before judges from the Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

Put theory into practice

We also offer students the unique opportunity to combine the theory and practice of international law by working at the European Law Clinic. Working on cases with staff and fellow students during the course of the semester, you will earn credits by giving legal advice to real clients.

Discover the Master’s Honours programme
Are you looking for more challenge and academic depth? In that case the new Honours programme Academic Excellence track could be interesting for you!

Master’s degree International and European Law

The quality of this Master’s programme has been positively assessed by the Accreditation Organisation of The Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO). This means that upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in International and European Law and the title Master of Laws (LLM).