LLM in International Business Law


  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: September
  • Tuition Fee: $5,765.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialization: Business Law


Director: Hans De Wulf


The LLM in International Business Law is a flagship programme for students seeking to specialise in the international legal aspects of business practice in our globalising world. While allowing a degree of personal choice, it steers students towards the key legal building blocks of international business law, guaranteeing an advanced degree with real added value for a business-oriented career.


The Ghent LLM in International Business Law allows students to gain in-depth knowledge about various practice areas and is aimed at future or already experienced lawyers and in-house counsels dealing with commercial, corporate, securities and banking legal issues, as well as international economic law.


Built around the renowned Financial Law Institute, the programme combines the expertise of its professors with that of experienced practitioners in areas like M&A, Intellectual Property and Arbitration.


All courses in this LLM focus either on EU-wide regulation or use a comparative law approach. The programme is ideally suited for students from outside the EU who need a thorough background in EU regulation and for those from within the EU who want to escape the provincial study of national law.



There are General and Elective Courses : 

General Courses (29 Credits):


  1. Advanced Study of European Union Internal Market (6 Credits)
  2. European Banking and Capital Markets Law (4 Credits)
  3. European Company Law and Corporate Governance (4 Credits)
  4. International Commercial Arbitration (4 Credits)
  5. International Business Transactions (4 Credits)
  6. Seminar: Foreign Chair: (3 Credits)
  7. Skills for Lawyers (4 Credits)


Elective Courses (16 Credits)


Students may subscribe to 16 credit units from not less than 1 and not more than 2 modules from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.


Introductory Course


Students may subscribe to not more than 3 credit units from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.


  1. European Law: The Basics (3 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon


Core Elective Courses


Students may subscribe to not less than 13 and not more than 16 credit units from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.


  1. International and European Environmental Law (6 Credits)
    An Cliquet
  2. Advanced EU Competition Law (6 Credits)
    Jacques Bourgeois
  3. Advanced EU External Relations Law (6 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  4. Advanced EU Institutional Law (6 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  5. The Autonomous EU Legal Order (6 Credits)
    Peter Van Elsuwege
  6. Contemporary Issues in International Business Law: Intellectual Property Law (3 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf / Eric De Gryse
  7. European Contract Law (4 Credits)
    Ignace Claeys
  8. EU Labour Law (4 Credits)
    Marc De Vos
  9. European Media Law (4 Credits)
    Dirk Voorhoof / Eva Lievens
  10. EU Social Law and International Employment (4 Credits)
    Yves Jorens
  11. EU Trade Policy (4 Credits)
    Jacques Bourgeois
  12. International Economic Law (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf / Diederik Bruloot
  13. Maritime Transport Law (4 Credits)
    Kristiaan Bernauw
  14. EU Mergers and Acquisitions (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  15. Transport Insurance Law (4 Credits)
    Kristiaan Bernauw
  16. Transport Law (4 Credits)
    Kristiaan Bernauw
  17. European Private Law (ius commune) (4 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  18. European Law and ICT (4 Credits)
    Eva Lievens
  19. Moot Court: International Commercial Arbitration (12 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  20. Moot Court: Public International Law (12 Credits)
    Frank Maes


Master Dissertation (15 Credits)


Admission Criteria & Tuiton Fee

Students are eligible for admission if they fulfil the following admission criteria:


  • To have a law degree, i.e. the degree that in its country of origin makes one eligible to exercise the legal professions. Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and may be conditionally admitted, subject to the successful completion of their degree.
  • Exceptionally, after an examination of their curriculum and in view of their acquired competences, candidates who do not have a law degree may also be admitted.
  • To present proof of sufficient English proficiency for non-native English speakers: paper TOEFL: 560; Internet based TOEFL: 95; IELTS: 7. This should be equivalent to level C1. However, exemptions are for prospective candidates who have completed a study course for a minimum of a year at an English-speaking higher education institution.
  • To have sufficient financial support, as indicated in the application form, either through personal financial means or via financial aid. Please note that the tuition fee for the LLM programmes will be 5424,10 Euro (5765,00 USD) as of the academic year of 2017-2018 and onwards. We welcome your applications from 01 October 2016 on until early July for the upcoming academic year.
  • To apply for admission to the LLM programme, with the completed application form and all required documents.