In the Master’s programme in 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. You combine the joint goal of this programme with one of the two distinctive tracks of Law and Economics. Find out more about the following tracks:
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.
- 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.