The program includes 8 core LL.M. courses, 1 optional course, and a LL.M. thesis.
The LL.M. is structured on the European credit system. Each course (compulsory and elective) is worth 5 credits, for a total of 45 credits. The remaining 15 credits are earned by writing and defending a Master’s thesis.
The 8 Core LL.M. Courses are reserved for the LL.M. students. They provide the primary teaching load, covering the main areas of international business law. The students will benefit from small class sizes, close relations with the ULB teaching staff and group camaraderie amongst the LL.M. students.
The 1 Optional Course may be selected from any of the courses that are offered in the law faculty of ULB (in English or in French) and courses from the Institute of European Studies. LL.M. students can capitalize on the truly remarkable curricular and methodological diversity offered at ULB.
The LL.M. Thesis involves the preparation of a written work on a topic of international business law of the student’s own choosing, under the one-to-one supervision of a member of the teaching staff.
Core LL.M. Courses
- International Company Law & Corporate Governance
- International Commercial Transactions
- International and European Competition Law
- International Regulatory and Tax Law
- International Investment Law and Dispute Settlement
- International Litigation and Arbitration
- International Banking and Finance Law
- International Intellectual Property and Electronic Commerce
Students must choose at least one additional course of 5 credits. The list of optional courses is very rich. Examples of courses which have been available in the past include:
- Law, Finance and Economics (Prof. Marco Becht)
- Free Movement of Goods (Prof. Peter Oliver)
- European Private and Comparative Law (Prof. Erik Van den Haute)
- Economics and the Law of the WTO (Prof. Petros Mavroidis and André Sapir)
- Interest groups and lobbies in the European Union (Prof. Pascaline Winand)
- Global Governance (Prof. Luk Van Langenhove)
- The European Union and developing countries (Prof. Nicolas Schrijver)
The LL.M. is partnering with the Executive Master in EU Studies (MEUS) of the Institute for European Studies (IEE – ULB) for the first term of 2016-2017. LLM students can chose their elective course amongst the MEUS courses while joint activities are organised between both programmes to enable cross-fertilization and networking