Become one step closer to your dream career!
Become one step closer to your dream career!
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 International Business Law specialization 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 Commercial Arbitration, in order to give students hands-on experience.

All courses in the 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.
60 Credits
1 Year ( full-time)
Ghent, Belgium
English (C1)
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Students need to obtain 60 credits, over a period of two semesters. There is great flexibility in shaping one’s own curriculum.

Sixteen credits cover courses specializing in company and corporate governance law, commercial arbitration and capital markets law. Ten more credits are dedicated to the compulsory supporting courses dealing mainly with various legal and political developments in order to broaden the horizons of legal professionals. Students are also required to write a fifteen-credits’ worth LLM Paper in connection with one of the courses on the curriculum.

The remaining credits are filled with elective courses on a variety of topics from the following fields: Economic and Social Law, European Law, Transport Law etc. Students can choose from approximately twenty five different courses, all of which are exclusively taught in English. Teaching is generally done interactively, requiring advanced reading and class participation.

The programme typically hosts several internationally reputed guest professors with a rotation on a yearly basis. Students can also choose to participate in one of the various moot courts or legal clinic as an official part of their curricula.

Organised social activities are an important part of the LLM-experience, and not all are extracurricular. Curricular activities include guided visits to important EU and international institutions and participation in several colloquia.
Hans Merket
LLM Class 2010
The LLM Programme allowed me to get in touch with a bunch of interesting, ambitious and wonderful people. Exchanging knowledge and experiences in such a setting was truly inspiring and thought-provoking.
Yimei (May) Lu
LLM Class 2004
The LLM programme in Ghent enabled me to build up solid knowledge of European and Comparative Law, which helped me to grow professionally in commercial law as well as to excel academically.
Emma Wood
LLM Class 2007
The most fantastic academic experience in my life. On top of the academic benefits, I also enjoyed living in such a stunning city.
Hans De Wulf studied law at the University of Ghent and and obtained an LL.M degree in German Civil Law from the University of Tübingen. After a brief stint as an attorney, he became a full time researcher at the Financial Law Institute, Ghent University, focusing on company law and corporate governance in particular.

Since 2001, he teaches several courses on Belgian and European company law, including M&A. He has been a full professor since October 2003.

He is Director of Ghent Law School’s LLM in International Business Law, is a member of Ghent University’s Research Council and former Director of International Relations at the law school. Apart from numerous articles on company law, he has also written a few articles in the areas of general commercial law and international insolvency.
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Designed for students with an international career or research orientation in comparative law.
Tailored for students seeking to specialize in the field of public international and human rights law.
Ideal for students seeking to specialise in the international legal aspects of business practice in our globalising world.

Perfect for students aspiring to specialise in the law and institutions of the European Union.
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