A complex relationship
Since its foundation in 1993, the European Union (EU) has grown into a powerful institution, controlling trade, establishing a currency, and even overturning national legislation. But as the European Union has developed, it has also caused controversy. France and the Netherlands rejected the European Constitution, Ireland turned down the Treaty of Lisbon, and Denmark retained its own currency. So what impact does the EU really have on national autonomy?
The dynamic relationship between national and European law means that the only way to understand individual state law today is to study it in a European context. Whether you aim to build a career in a major multinational, work for local government, prepare cases for the Prosecution, or head an NGO, you will continually be confronted by laws of the state, laws of the European Union, and even worldwide legislation. The LLM in European Law provides specialised training in recognising and understanding the interaction between these different jurisdictions so that whatever your position, you know how to work within this legal framework.
This LLM programme takes an in-depth and strongly comparative approach to European law. During the year, you develop a strong foundation of knowledge in the European Union’s general structures and principles while at the same time pursuing your own individual research interests into a particular country’s legal system, or a specific area of law. You focus on European law, but set it in the context of individual national laws, by examining case studies you learn to understand the way different governments respond to European legislation.
The ‘Gateway to Europe’
The Netherlands, often dubbed the ‘Gateway to Europe’, is home to some of the world’s leading international corporations and law firms. And Utrecht University, at the heart of the Netherlands, is the ideal place to study in Europe. Because it is located nearby some of Europe’s major organisations, including Europol and Eurojust in The Hague, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the many EU institutes in Brussels, you are well placed to build up professional contacts. And because we have close links to many professional institutions, you are able to visit them, see the law in action, and listen to eminent guest speakers.
Excellent Master’s tracé
Do you have the drive to go the extra mile in expanding your knowledge? If the answer to this question is ‘yes’, then you might like to find out more about the Excellent Master’s tracé. For more information about the Excellent Master’s tracé, please click here.
“Experiencing the excitement of the court sessions”
Ella van den Brink (The Netherlands), LLM student