European Competition Law and Regulation (International and European Law)
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.
European Competition Law and Regulation at the UvA
The track follows a coherent set of strongly interrelated, and for that reason compulsory, core courses such as ‘EU Competition Law’ and ‘EU Regulated Markets’, but students can freely choose from various electives such as Globalization of Cartel Law and can specialize in particular areas of competition law and market regulation such as State Aid Law, Consumer protection, and sector specific regulation such as energy, telecommunications or banking law. In this track you will learn to fully understand and explain the complex web of market processes in the European law context and you will also obtain the fundamental legal skills that allow you to master new legal fields and solve a diverse range of legal problems.
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.
Amsterdam Law Practice
Students of the European Competition Law and Regulation LLM programme are involved participants in interactive courses and extracurricular activities. Our experiential learning method inspires and motivates students to do research and increase their knowledge. At the Amsterdam Law Practice (ALP) 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’.
Graduates of the master track ‘EU competition law and Regulation’ 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. Read more in our section Career prospects.
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 fulfil the requirements for ‘civiel effect’ upon completion of this Master’s programme.
- Degree programme
- LLM International and European law
- Regular study programme
- Full-time, part-time
- 60 ECTS, 12 months
- Language of instruction
- Starts in
- February, September
- CROHO code