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Application for the Academic Year 2017/2018




Thank you for applying! The application for the 2017-2018 EMLE year is now closed and will re-open again in September 2017 for the academic year 2018-2019. This 2017-2018 applicants will hear about their status of application in March 2017!





EMLE's real impact on policymaking:


EMLE's real impact on policymaking:

EMLE alumni have contributed to a project by the European Commission, which had a tangible impact on EU policymaking.

On 21 December 2015, the Financial Times published the article "Brussels to crack down on cross-border postal prices”, describing how parcel delivery prices are inconsistent across EU borders and restrain trade in the internal market. A group of EMLE alumni, acting as consultants for the European Commission, have contributed to the dataset on which these findings are based.




First Term (October - December)
(Hamburg, Bologna, Rotterdam)

In this term, students earn 20 ECTS credits. All students are offered two introductory tutorials and they must attend the same five fundamental courses. ECTS credits earned with each course are reported in brackets.

1. Foundations (4 ECTS)


1a. Introduction to Microeconomics
Economic analysis of law investigates legal rules and enforcement from an efficiency perspective.  The main purpose of this course is to equip students with a set of conceptual tools of microeconomics, which can be applied to different economic and regulatory problems.

1b. Introduction to Law

This course provides a general introduction to the law and to the study of law. Students will become acquainted with the main fields of law: private law, criminal law, constitutional and administrative law. Specific attention will be paid to the basic differences between common law and civil law systems and to the relationship between national laws and European law. Besides the study and discussion of literature, students will train specific legal skills, such as the use of statutes, the analysis of judgments and the solution of legal cases. This course seeks to:


  1. Harmonize levels of understanding of law among lawyers and economists in the EMLE programme
  2. Facilitate among lawyers from various countries an understanding of basic legal concepts and doctrines across legal systems
  3. Introduce both lawyers & economists to legal concepts and methods that are instrumental in the field of law and economics


2. Concepts and Methods of Law & Economics (4 ECTS)

This course offers an introduction to the basic concepts and methods of law and economics. It illustrates the broad utility of these tools by way of applications to the analysis of various core areas of law. This course does not aim to develop practical skills or new insights, but rather to show the broad utility of economic analysis of law. By combining examples from various areas of law, students will learn that the economic approach to law provides a unified vision of the law, tying together diverse areas of the law into a common theoretical structure.

3. Competition Law and Economics (4 ECTS)
Competition policy (also called "antitrust policy") is a term used broadly to describe intervention by public authorities to ensure competition in markets for goods and services. This course aims at making students familiar with the application of economic arguments in European competition law. Comparisons with US antitrust law are included where appropriate for a better understanding of cases and the implications of legislation and court rulings on economic efficiency.

4. Public Law and Economics (4 ECTS)

This course offers an introduction to the economic analysis of regulation, which is broadly interpreted as government intervention in market processes. The course illustrates the purposes of regulatory intervention from a welfare economics perspective, and it discusses the tension between public and private interest in regulatory choices. A special focus of this course is on issues of European regulation and on cost-benefit analysis.

5. Tort Law and Economics (4 ECTS)

This course offers a comparative analysis of the basic principles governing the law of torts in Europe.  The implications of liability rules on individuals’ behaviour and the causation of harm are investigated with the tools of microeconomics. The course also covers the interaction between tort law and insurance.

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Students Voices

roco robles

"My dear EMLE professors,

I'm writing you because I just came back home and I would like to say "thank you" for being part of the best experience of my life.

EMLE allowed me learn ideas that I had never thought before and made my brain touch its limits more than once, enhancing my knowledge each time.

Undoubtedly, you gave plenty of tools that I have to apply now in the case of my country to improve its development and the life of its people.

My best wishes,
Rocío Robles"

(Mexico) [EMLE Student 2008/2009]