Navigating tommorow's competition and regulation challenges

In the past two decades many aspects of business and social life have been disrupted by high-growth corporates like Google, Apple and AirBnB, and by developments on financial markets. Think about the emergence of new crypto currencies and the (so far, unchallenged) hierarchy of Facebook as a leading social media platform. Should firms that agree to raise prices because of sustainability concerns be applauded, or fined as a cartel?
Market power of corporate organisations is based on brilliant but sometimes debatable strategies, which brings challenges to policy makers, regulators and supervisors like the national enforcement authorities and the European Commission. How can markets and organizations function effectively, while taking into account legal and societal challenges? Why do companies behave the way they do, and to what extent is this behavior acceptable?  In this highly international environment of powerful corporates and policy makers, competition, regulation and supervision challenges require profound expertise in both economics and law to be effective. This Master's programme prepares you for addressing these challenges in present or future markets. 

Bridge the common gap between law and economics

In this LLM programme in Law and Economics we focus on the practical and academic toolkit to operate in the world of leading corporates, law firms, policy-making organisations, regulatory and supervisory bodies, and economic or legal consulting. You will focus on such issues as the economic and legal aspects of market regulation and supervision, competitive strategy, competition policy, private equity, mergers and acquisitions, and finance and banking. 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 and useful interplay between economics and legal perspectives is the prime focus of the programme and is discussed  from both the perspectives of the regulator and of the regulated. As a graduate of this programme, you will be uniquely prepared to bridge the gap between law and economics and contribute to addressing the relevant challenges of public and private organisations. 

Would you like to know more about studying Law and Economics at Utrecht University? Get in touch with the programme leaders Dr. Miroslava (Mira) Scholten and Dr. Jasper Sluijs
If you are more interested in pursuing a Master of Science in a comparable field, have a look at this Master's Programme: 
Strategy, Competition and Regulation or find more information about their Admission and Application

Read the blog about the experiences of our previous Master's students Law and Economics

Real interaction between two disciplines

The unique aspect of this programmes is the increased interaction between students, course instructors and professionals from both legal and economics disciplines, which is facilitated by a number of joint courses and educational activities such as guest lectures, study visits and internships. Utrecht University’s Law and Economics professors – recognised as leading academics in their fields – investigate European as well as international regulation and governance, and offer academic and real-life insights on the most relevant regulatory challenges. We are proud to have the Utrecht University School of Economics involvement in our curriculum, which makes the programme truly multidisciplinary and unique in strategy, competition and regulation.

I support students' initiatives to do more with their interesting research findings and knowledge gained during our programme. I facilitate students' blogging, vlogging, making podcasts and publishing an academic article experiences. Bring your ideas on!

Focused on both the legal and economic perspectives

Through its interdisciplinary approach focused on competition and regulation, this Master’s programme will equip you with a completely new perspective and tool set, while also enriching your current knowledge of law, regulation, economics and strategy. 

The curriculum will provide you with the academic knowledge, interdisciplinary understanding and research and analytical skills required for either a professional or academic career at the intersection of economics and law (here you can explore your career prospects). You will also learn to communicate effectively with professionals from either disciplines.

Upon graduation, you will be:

  • Capable of conducting independent research in the areas of law and law and economics.
  • Able to solve problems in the areas of law by using economic theories, both independently and with others, while taking societal considerations into account.
  • Apply legal knowledge for the testing or the development of policies of firms, organizations, or governmental bodies.
  • Able to professionally collaborate with others in interdisciplinary teams while evaluating your own performances, and contribute to combining and generating new knowledge within the team.

Do not waste good students’ research

In this master's programme, we support an idea of doing more with good research done by students. Good students’ research can be used for students publishing academic articles, making education materials for future students and teachers, also in schools, and supporting the society. Watch our video about this idea, discuss this with the director of your programme and propose your own ideas.


Degree: This Master's programme is officially registered under its name in the Central Register of Higher Education Study Programmes
  • Title: LLM
  • Master's degree in: Law and Economics, Economics of Competition and Regulation
  • Programme: Law and Economics
Accredited by the NVAO
Croho code:
60742, 60388
Language of instruction:
Part- or full-time status:
1 year
Credits: 60 credits equals one year full-time study load (European Credit Transfer System, ECTS)
Start of studies:
Application deadline:
  • Dutch & EU/EER students: 1 June
  • Non-EU/EEA students: 1 April
Tuition fees:
Law, Economics and Governance 
Graduate school:
Law, Economics and Governance