Meet a student
Marten Eleveld is an enthusiastic Master's student in the Law, Markets and Behaviour programme. He has always been interested in the connection between scientific insights and law.
Law is a rational affair, yet sometimes seems to stubbornly cling on to a certain status quo – going against scientific developments. Marten brings up the value of witness evidence. Although the reliability of witness evidence is brought into doubt by scientific insights time and again, it still has a strong reputation.
As a Bachelor's student, Marten became interested in company law and bankruptcy law. These elements are brought together in the LMB curriculum. 'You not only learn how the law works, but also why it works the way it does. This is also applied to issues related to company law. So it's all very interesting.'
The contagious curiosity of professors De Wijs and Smeehuizen made a strong impression on Marten. The combination of practice and science which they bring across is a true contribution to law teaching.
'I had a great time doing my Master's and have also gained a lot of insight.' Marten had expected a lot of 'dry' law, but was pleasantly surprised. He learned a lot, in particular with regard to the mutual developments which shape law.
Marten recalls a day spent studying with an Indonesian fellow student when they discovered that the Indonesian Commercial Code still clearly resembles the Dutch one. By understanding how the law in so many different countries is similar in many regards, it becomes clear that the answers to legal questions are much more cross-cultural than one might expect. At the same time the differences between legal systems forces you to consider the logic of some legal rules.
Where will we encounter you a few years down the line?
During the Master's you pay a number of visits to supervisory authorities. The reflexive view of the law you develop during the Master's is a good preparation for working for one of the supervisory authorities. This reflexive view can also be very useful in one of the court-related professions. However, thanks to the Master's, Marten does not rule out an academic career either, particularly one involving interdisciplinary research.
Tips, tips, tips?
'The most important thing is to enjoy yourself! Law is all about people.' There is no subject more interesting than that, as far as Marten is concerned. 'Remember all the dry courses during your Bachelor's and attempt to link the related insights during your Master's. It then turns out that those bone-dry courses also dealt with people and the relationships between them.'