Master in Law: Transnational Legal Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Program Description

Master in Law: Transnational Legal Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Within the programme lecturers and researchers from various foreign backgrounds work together. The Faculty of Law of VU Amsterdam is distinctive in having united EU Law, International Public Law, Internet Governance and Legal theory all in one joint research programme. This approach allows a broad, and at the same time in depth, analysis of transnational legal issues. Students can design their own programme in line with their personal preferences: practical, academic, public law, civil law, economic, theoretical and social.


Transnational Legal Studies is a full-time, one-year graduate programme, organized as a specialization in the VU Master of Laws (LLM). Its curriculum is designed for students who want to pursue careers related to European and international issues and who are passionate about exploring the political, economic and social context of law. You will follow:

  • European and International Law, an intensive, advanced level course taught conjointly by international and European law scholars
  • Transnational Law in Social Context, an innovative course providing political and social perspectives on transnational legal processes
  • Further courses of your choice, allowing you to specialize in areas such as European economic law (EU internal market law, competition law), human rights law (European human rights protection, EU antidiscrimination law) or public international law (international humanitarian law, irregular migration)


The need for transnationally trained lawyers continues to increase. Any organisation can employ transnationally trained lawyers. Future employers can include (but are not restricted to!): EU institutions, the UN, international organizations, ngo’s, national governments, international law firms and universities. Students specialising in transnational law have good employment prospects.


The Master’s programme of Transnational Legal Studies is open to both Dutch and international students. Applicants must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Law. In some cases applicant with other academic backgrounds are selected. Applicants must be proficient in English.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated July 14, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
Application deadline Apr. 1, 2017
deadline for international students
End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
for EEA students; €13.400 for Non-EEA