The study programme comprises three kinds of courses. In order to make law students more familiar with basic economic reasoning, some courses are more economic in orientation. Other courses deal with comparative law in order to internationalise the legal background of the students. Most courses deal directly with the economic analysis of the most important branches of private, public, international and European law. The references to law in the courses will be of a comparative kind, due to the all-European character of the programme and the international composition of the audience.
The programme covers one academic year, for which successful students will receive 60 credits. The academic year is divided into three terms. The unique international and interdisciplinary character of the EMLE Programme is secured through an intensive co-operation between lawyers and economists at no less than eight European Universities and three non-European partners.
Students may study at up to three different universities but cannot spend all terms in the same location.
– In the first term courses will be offered at the universities of Rotterdam, Hamburg and Bologna.
– In the second term students will study at the universities of Ghent, Hamburg or Rotterdam.
– In the third term courses are offered in Aix-en-Provence, Hamburg, Rotterdam, Vienna, Warsaw, Mumbai and Haifa.
A bilateral exchange agreement exists between the University of Rotterdam and the University of California at Berkeley (3rd term).
> Master’s dissertation
The master’s dissertation is a requirement for every candidate to obtain a master’s degree. The master’s dissertation is an original piece of research work. It aims to develop and strengthen the research capacity skills of the students. The student selects a topic and is given guidance by a promoter or supervisor. The master’s dissertation consists of a critical bibliography review part, a theoretical reflection and an original analysis of the topic.
Law and economy interact in many ways. Private law assists individuals and groups willing to enter into agreements in a free market. Public law seeks to correct the outcomes of a free market system by means of economic and social regulation.
Economists should be informed about the legal environment in which economic activities must be conducted. Lawyers should be aware of the economic effects of current legal rules and the expected outcome under a different legal regime.
The master programme prepares students for a professional career, for example, in public organisations, in multinational law firms or consultancy firms. Graduates are also well prepared for doctorate research in a PhD programme.