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Study programme

European Union Law (International and European Law)

Programme outline European Union Law

The programme introduces students to the core areas of European Union law, including the most recent academic insights on administrative law and governance, EU substantive law and EU institutional and constitutional law. There is ample room for elective courses (about half of the programme) and the wide variety of electives allows you to design a programme to match your specific interests and ambitions.

The programme allows you to combine the study of broader legal and theoretical perspectives on European integration with practical application of EU law, for example by participating in the various moot courts, the Amsterdam Law Clinic or in individual research projects.

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


Evaluation methods focus on the development of in-depth knowledge of European Union law, in addition to strong writing, analytical and communication skills. Written and oral assignments are preferred over traditional exams.


The Master's programme concludes with a thesis on a substantive or institutional issue in the field of European Law (12 ECTS credits). Students will research and write their thesis on an approved topic under the supervision of their faculty adviser.

Amsterdam Law Practice

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. This Master's programme offers a range of extra-curricular activities for students, such as:

  • site-visits to EU institutions
  • the possibility of working on a real case through a law clinic
  • numerous seminars and discussion groups, focused on recent legal developments and topical issues
  • participation in the European Law Moot Court Competition

Moot Court participation

The European Law Moot Court Competition is one of the most prestigious Moot Court competitions in the world. Students have the chance to argue their case before practicing jurists and the All European Final is held before judges from the Court of Justice in Luxembourg. Successful participation may earn you 6 or 12 ECTS credits towards your degree programme.

European Law Moot Court Competition

Amsterdam International Law Clinic

The Amsterdam Law Practice also offers both Dutch and international students the unique opportunity to combine the theory and practice of international law by working at the Amsterdam International Law Clinic (AILC). Working on cases with staff and fellow students during the course of the semester, you will give legal advice to the clients of the clinic while earning ECTS credits towards your degree programme.

Amsterdam International Law Clinic (AILC)

View the programmes of the other International and European Law tracks