The master level of the programme is documented through the use of a constitutive method (economic analysis) on a particular subject (law) combined with the fact that this economic analysis is based on a continuous legal comparison.
The programme duration lasts for one academic year with three terms; the first and second terms comprise introductory courses as well as core courses on the major topics in the economic analysis of law, while in the third term, students take specialized courses and write their master thesis.
The programme is led by the EMLE Board of Directors, which supervises the management and handles decision-making on key matters.
The programme covers one academic year, for which successful students will receive 60 ECTS points.
The academic year is divided into three terms; it starts at the beginning of October and ends in June. The unique international and interdisciplinary character of the EMLE Programme is secured through an intensive co-operation between no less than seven European Universities and two non-European partners.
Students may study at up to three different universities but cannot spend all terms in the same location. In the first two terms students can choose among three teaching centres. This leads to an average class size of up to 35 students, given a maximum of 105 admitted students in the entire program. In the last term students have the choice of seven different locations.
Terms & Courses
The first and second terms comprise introductory courses as well as core courses on the major topics in the economic analysis of law. In the third term, students take specialized courses and write their master thesis.
The program includes three kinds of courses:
– Economics Courses: In order to make law students more familiar with basic economic reasoning, some courses are more economics-oriented.
– Comparative Law Courses: Some courses deal with comparative law in order to internationalise the legal background of the students. Please note that all references to law in all courses will be of a comparative kind, due to the all-European character of the programme and the international composition of the student body.
– Law and Economics Courses: Most courses deal directly with the economic analysis of the most important branches of private, public, international and European law. The students will be confronted with examples of their native and foreign systems.
The EMLE is a full time programme and we discourage taking a side job, since you have to be available for classes during the week. Class attendance is obligatory (apart from the introduction to law and to micro lectures), except in case of absence for documented medical reasons, mutually agreed absences or other exceptional circumstances.
In the first term, all courses have the same contents at all participating universities, although the composition and structure of the materials used in the courses vary slightly. This makes it possible to freely choose a second term university.
All courses are taught in English. The thesis has to be written in either English or the third term local language, provided that the latter is not the student’s mother tongue.
Please note that the EMLE programme is changing from the Academic Year 2018-2019 onwards. The following information will still be relevant for students currently on the programme, but please should not be confused it with any information about courses and programme structure that is valid only from the upcoming academic year, 2018-2019.
The first and second terms comprise introductory courses as well as core courses on the major topics in the economic analysis of law. Students who choose one of three available tracks start their specialization. In the third term, all students take specialized courses and write their master thesis.
Please refer to:
– First Term Courses
– Second Term Courses
– Third Term Courses
Board & Consortium
Midterm Meeting Ghent 2008
The EMLE Board consists of the Director of the Programme, the Erasmus Mundus Coordinator and the Coordinators of the participating universities. The Board elects the management of the programme, including the Director, the Erasmus Mundus Coordinator, the Ombudsman and the Quality Assurance Officer. It supervises the management and takes decisions on important matters.
Details about the internal organization of the programme (programme coordination, duties of the consortium universities, academic goals at. al.) can be found in the EMLE Consortium Agreement. Please note that the annexes attached to the agreement may have changed since ratification.