EMLE - European Master in Law and Economics

The European Master in Law and Economics (EMLE) is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge in Economic Analysis of Law: the use of economic methods to explain and assess the effects of law. A comparative approach is used to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of alternative legal rules from an economic perspective. Since differences between national laws have been at the core of European policy making, this Masters course offers unique value concerning the EU’s central ambitions.

The EMLE covers all major fields of economic analysis of law, ranging from private law to public law and economic regulation. Students on this programme will become competent to work for private companies, public organizations, economic advisers and large multinational law firms. Graduates are also well prepared for Ph.D. research in Law and Economics. The language of instruction is English, but the master thesis can also be written in another European language, excluding the student’s mother tongue. The study programme covers one academic year, divided into three terms. In the first two terms, students are distributed among three teaching centres. This leads to an average class size of 35 students given a maximum of 105 admitted students in the entire programme. In the third term, there are more teaching centres and a lower average class size. More than fifty teachers (both lawyers and economists) offer classes and thesis supervision in the Masters course. In the first and second terms, there are both introductory courses and core courses in the major topics in the economic analysis of law; students also attend one specialized course depending on their secondterm university. In the third term, students only follow specialized courses and they write their master thesis.

The Consortium has nine members: the Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Co-ordinating institution in NL), the universities of Aix-Marseille (FR), Bologna (IT), Ghent (BE), Haifa (IL), Hamburg (DE), Vienna (AT), the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Reserch at Mumbai (IN), and the Warsaw School of Economics (PL). Every partner university awards a Master degree to students who spent at least one term at that university and have successfully completed the one-year programme. The degree is officially recognised in all the countries involved. Applicants must have law degrees or economics degrees from a recognised university. Also applicants with another background than law or economics are eligible, provided they have had a substantial amount of courses in these fields. Students with high grades will be preferred as candidates for admission.

Moreinfo: www.emle.org
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