International Business Law Specialization

The International Business Law Specialization 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.

This 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 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.



Hans De Wulf

HANS DE WULF studied law at the University of Ghent and in Tübingen (LL.M. 1994). After a brief stint at the bar, he became a full time researcher at the Financial Law Institute, Ghent University, focusing on company law and corporate governance in particular. He currently teaches several courses on company law at the faculty of law.



General Courses (10 Credits)

  1. The EU and the US Constitutional Orders Compared (4 Credits) 
    Stanislas Adam
  2. LLM Lecture Series (3 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  3. Seminar: Foreign Chair (3 Credits)
    Inge Govaere    


Courses related to the main subject (16 Credits)

  1. European Banking and Capital Market Law (4 Credits)
    Michel Tison
  2. European and Comparative Company Law and Corporate Governance (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  3. International Commercial Arbitration (4 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  4. Mergers and Acquisitions (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf


Elective Courses (19 Credits)

Students may subscribe to 19 credit units from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.

  1. Advanced EU Internal Market Law (6 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  2. International Business Transactions (4 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  3. International and European Environmental Law (6 Credits)
    An Cliquet
  4. Advanced EU Competition Law (6 Credits)
    Stanislas Adam
  5. Advanced EU External Relations Law (6 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  6. Advanced EU Institutional Law (6 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  7. The Autonomous EU Legal Order (6 Credits)
    Peter Van Elsuwege
  8. Contemporary Issues of IP Law (3 Credits)
    Simon Geiregat
  9. European Labour and Employment Law (4 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  10. European Media Law (4 Credits)
    Eva Lievens
  11. EU Social Law and International Employment (4 Credits)
    Yves Jorens
  12. EU Trade Policy (4 Credits)
    Jacques Bourgeois
  13. International Economic Law (4 Credits)
    Diederik Bruloot
  14. Transport Insurance Law (4 Credits)
    Kristiaan Bernauw
  15. Transport Law (4 Credits)
    Kristiaan Bernauw
  16. European Law and ICT (4 Credits)
    Eva Lievens
  17. Selected Issues: European and International Migration Law and Policy (6 Credits)
    Ellen Desmet
  18. Moot Court: International Commercial Arbitration (12 Credits) 
    Maud Piers
  19. Moot Court: European Law (12 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  20. Moot Court: Public International Law (12 Credits)
    Frank Maes
  21. Pax Moot Court (6 Credits)
    Jinske Verhellen
  22. Data Ethics (4 Credits)
    Mahsa Shabani​​

Master Dissertation (15 Credits)