Study programme

European Private Law (LLM)

This programme combines a coherent set of core courses on topics at the heart of Europeanisation and internationalisation, with a broad range of elective courses on subjects of high economic and societal relevance. The central aim of this innovative programme is to educate a new generation of internationally oriented private lawyers with a broad, deep and critical understanding of the on-going Europeanisation and globalisation of private law and its dynamics.

International and European perspective

Vital private law questions are addressed consistently from international and European perspectives. Students are invited to engage critically with private law rules and doctrines and the forces driving their Europeanisation and globalisation. The courses offered are taught by internationally renowned experts conducing innovative research at the frontiers of private law and its critique.

Mandatory courses

  • Private Law in European and International Context
  • European Contract Law 
  • European Private Law in Practice
  • European Company Law

You will also have to write a Master's thesis (12 EC).


You will choose four electives from the programme's shortlist:

  • Comparative law
  • Consumer Rights in the Digital Single Market
  • Human Rights in Private Law
  • Finance, Security and Insolvency
  • European Tort Law
  • EU Private International Law
  • Private Law and Justice
  • Making markets beyond the state: between private law and international economic law

You may, subject to approval by the Examinations Board, replace one of the four official electives with another relevant course from the Law School's course catalogue. 

Current range of courses in the Course Catalogue

The UvA Course Catalogue lists all the courses available this year.

Next year, the range of courses on offer may look somewhat different.

Students and alumni

Read the stories of our students and former students. ‘During my previous studies, I’d been introduced to the basic concepts of German insolvency law, but the LLM in European Private Law offered me a new, international perspective’, says former student Johannes Mönch.

Picture Johannes Mönch

Johannes came from Germany to study European Private Law in Amsterdam.

Accreditation and academic title

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 European Private Law and the title Master of Laws (LLM).

Published by  Amsterdam Law School

19 July 2018