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European Competition Law and Regulation (International and European Law)

The European Competition Law and Regulation track of the LLM programme in International and European Law focuses on the law and governance of economic regulation and competition in the EU.


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Today’s markets are characterized by rapid developments due to disruptive innovation and dynamic technological changes. As businesses adjust their practices to the changing market environment, the boundaries of the law are greatly challenged. Cases involving Google or Facebook as well as attempts to regulate AirBnB and Uber or the position of household energy producers may serve as examples.

The master track European Competition Law and Regulation offers a unique program across European universities to specialize in competition law and study the regulatory framework applicable to economic activities in fast-moving and progressively digitalized markets. You will learn to fully understand and explain the complex web of market processes in the European law context and will also obtain the fundamental legal skills that allow you to master new legal fields and solve a diverse range of legal problems. 

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Research centres

The close connection to one of the university’s research centres of excellence, the Amsterdam Centre for European Law and Governance (ACELG), ensures that classes are taught by outstanding experts in their field. The quality of this programme is further enriched by our close academic partnership with the Amsterdam Centre for Law & Economics (ACLE), whose staff teaches in several core courses.

Is this programme for me?

Are you interested in European politics, economics, and the relationships between national and international laws throughout the EU? Would you like to gain hands-on experience in tackling legal problems, and be part of an international student community? If you have a good command of written and spoken English, an international perspective and enthusiasm for the study and practice of European Competition Law and Regulation, this could be the right LLM programme for you.

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Experiential education

Students of the European Competition Law and Regulation LLM programme are involved participants in interactive courses and extracurricular activities. 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 courts, moot lawmaking exercises, individual research projects and supervised work at the Amsterdam European Law Clinic provide our students with the chance to look beyond the black letter of EU Law and experience the ways in which it is applied and interpreted as a ‘living instrument’.

I think the most interesting aspect is the experiential learning programme

– European Competition Law and Regulation student Yannis Schlüter

Career prospects

Graduates of this master track will in particular be qualified for an international career in the EU institutions, national governmental organizations of EU Member States dealing with economic regulation and competition law as well as private practice, either as practitioner in national and international law firms or as in-house-lawyer in national and international companies.

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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 fulfill the requirements for ‘civiel effect’ upon completion of this Master’s programme.

Dhr. prof. dr. R. Wesseling [Rein]

Prof. dr. Rein Wesseling is Professor of European Competition Law at the University of Amsterdam. He is also a partner at the Dutch law firm Stibbe.

Meet prof. R. Wesseling

This is the time to study European law

After the Brexit vote and with rising calls for a fundamental reform of the European Union, studying EU law has become even more relevant and exciting.

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European Competition Law and Regulation (International and European Law)
Diploma LLM International and European law
Type Regulier onderwijs
Vorm Voltijd, deeltijd
Studielast 60 EC, 12 maanden
Voertaal Engels
Start Februari, september
CROHO-code 60224