In the Master’s programme Law and Economics, you will focus on the economic and legal aspects of market regulation (in banking, energy, telecom, transport, health care, etc.), private equity, hedge funds, competition and competition policy, corporate governance, and mergers. You will learn from an interdisciplinary team of legal experts and economists who enhance the challenging course content with both theory and real-world knowledge. The interdependence of economics and law is the prime focus of the programme. As a graduate of this programme, you will be uniquely prepared to bridge what is a common gap between these disciplines.
Growing demand for multidisciplinary experts
Utrecht University’s Master of Law and Economics was established in response to growing demands from international employers for multidisciplinary experts in competition, regulatory issues, and governance. In the programme, you will examine legal and managerial issues as well as the underlying economic theories behind such cases as:
- the European Commission’s imposition of a €1.47 billion fine on Philips for operating a cathode ray tube cartel;
- UPS’s withdrawal from a €5.16 billion deal with TNT Express after European regulators moved to block the acquisition;
- the European Commission’s investigation into the proposed acquisition of Dutch cable operator Ziggo by US-based Liberty Global;
- the adequacy of governance codes in addressing Rhineland vs. shareholder economies in the area of executive pay, amongst other things;
- the demise and subsequent bailouts of international banks by governments attempting to prevent financial system collapse; and
- the relocation of financial headquarters, or the use of transfer prices, to avoid paying taxes, as was recently revealed by firms like Google, Starbucks, and the Rolling Stones.
Real interaction between two disciplines
If you have a Law background (LLB), you will qualify for an LLM degree through this programme, while an Economics background (BSc) typically qualifies you for an MSc degree in Law and Economics. Students from both (and other) backgrounds follow the same integrated programme in order to foster a multidisciplinary setting right from the start. Utrecht University’s Law and Economics professors – recognized as leading academics in their fields – investigate European as well as international regulation and governance.