The masters in European Union Law deals with the interplay between national and European Union law - focusing on the manifold ways in which the laws emanating from the European Union and other European organizations are influencing the legal developments within national states.
Conducted over one intensive year, this program offers students the opportunity to gain in-depth specialized knowledge in European Union Law, taught by experienced and highly-qualified professors and practitioners from within and outside of Tilburg Law School.
Learning is distinctly collaborative and interactive, with an emphasis on professional development. A broad and in-depth coverage of the subject material is provided, enhanced by the university's central location between two of Europe's leading legal and political centers: The Hague and Brussels.
The masters in European Union Law qualifies students to pursue challenging careers in legal practice and/or advisory functions.
Potential career paths include posts within national and international public administration, national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the diplomatic service, European and international courts, multinational enterprises, and advocacy.Dutch students who have followed the Bachelor European and International Law and who have completed the course 'Civil Procedure and Dispute Resolution' (burgerlijk procesrecht en geschiloplossing) have the full 'civil effect'.
The masters in European Union Law provides thorough preparation for students striving to pursue successful legal careers. Learning takes a variety of forms and includes lectures, seminars, interactive classes, presentations, and group assignments. The program is concluded with the completion of a Master thesis.
A highly relevant degree
The European Union, with its supranational powers, is interacting directly with the legal systems of its Member States in substantive as well as procedural matters. The EU is also playing an increasing role at the international level, creating obligations for its Member States. These developments are creating new and exciting opportunities as well as challenges - and a growing demand for professionals with the qualifications to address them.
Enthusiastic, highly-qualified teaching staff
All teachers on the program are highly qualified and enthusiastic academics with additional expertise emanating from their connections to international and European legal practice. Well-known professors from other prestigious institutes as well as practitioners, enhance learning by giving seminars on specific issues, such as US Attitudes towards International Law, the Future Protection of Indigenous Peoples, and International Law Before and After the South-African Apartheids Regime.
The Tilburg Law Faculty is conveniently situated right between two of Europe's most important legal and political centers, making it the ideal place to study European and international law. The Hague is one of the world's largest hosts of international organizations involved in peace and justice. It is the seat of 'inter alia' the International Court of Justice, the Peace Palace Library, the International Criminal Court, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, among others. Brussels is the seat of the European Commission, the EU Council of Ministers, the EU Parliament, NATO, lobby organizations, NGOs, and international law firms.
Interpersonal and professional skill development
Small class sizes and interactive teaching methods ensure a high level of participation by students during the program, as well as contact between students and their professors. Group-work develops students' interpersonal skills and team-mentality - essential for any legal career. Competencies are also developed in areas such as analysis, judgment, formulating statements, and presenting professionally. Extra-curricular activities such as study-strips, moot courts, and social events drinks, further foster the interactive climate.
Latest research and most topical issues
The department of European and International Public Law is famous for its international publications, prominent international affiliations, cooperation with leading International Law Schools, and the national and international advisory positions of its core researchers. Students in the program benefit from this profile in multiple ways: latest research is continuously fed into learning, while students are confronted with topics and ideas from the forefront of legal and meta-legal research.
The Master's program European Union Law comprises a minimum of 60 ECTS:
For those students applying for the program who have insufficient knowledge of European Union law, an introductory course (3 EC) must be completed in addition to the requisite 60 ECTs.
The European Union Law specialization offers in-depth knowledge on the constitutional and economic foundations of the European integration process. Students gain a broad understanding of not only the EU itself, but its relation to member States and the rest of the world. This specialization offers advanced knowledge of the most significant EU policies, including competition, immigration, environment, social, and sport policies, also within the societal and political context within which they occur ('law in context'). Students thus analyse the European integration process and policy-making from a perspective beyond its purely legal aspects.
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You only need to take one of these language tests:
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Before applying, please make sure that you meet the following admission requirements:
You are exempt for the English proficiency test if:
You are a native English speaker, i.e. if you are a citizen of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America;
You completed all your secondary education in English. This only applies to scholars from the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America;
You completed all your university education in English. This only applies to scholars from the following countries: Australia, Canada (with exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and United States of America.
Tilburg University offers scholarships for both prospective and current students.
At Tilburg University we are committed to financially supporting talented and motivated students to study in our graduate programs. Below you will find a short description and a link to various types of scholarships which can help you finance your studies at Tilburg University.
Please note that the number of scholarships are limited and mainly targeted at students with excellent study results. We therefore recommend you to carefully read the requirements and observe the deadlines.
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