LLM in International Business Law

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.



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 (29 Credits)

  1. Advanced EU Internal Market Law (6 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  2. European Banking and Capital Market Law (4 Credits)
    Michel Tison
  3. European and Comparative Company Law and Corporate Governance (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  4. International Commercial Arbitration (4 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  5. International Business Transactions (4 Credits)
    Johan Erauw
  6. Seminar: Foreign Chair (3 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  7. Skills For Lawyers and LLM Lecture Series (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf / Emma Wood / Dirk VandermeerschDirk De Meulemeester


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)
    Stanislas Adam
  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 European and Comparative Law (3 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  7. Contemporary Issues of IP Law (3 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf / Eric De Gryse
  8. Comparative Contract Law (4 Credits)
    Ignace Claeys
  9. European Labour and Employment Law (4 Credits)
    Filip Van Overmeiren
  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. Maritime Transport Law (4 Credits)
    Kristiaan Bernauw
  15. Mergers and Acquisitions (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  16. Transport Insurance Law (4 Credits)
    Kristiaan Bernauw
  17. Transport Law (4 Credits)
    Kristiaan Bernauw
  18. European Private Law (ius commune) (4 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  19. European Law and ICT (4 Credits)
    Eva Lievens
  20. Advanced European and international asylum and migration law and policy (6 Credits)
    Ellen Desmet
  21. Moot Court: International Commercial Arbitration (12 Credits) - Course will not be given in AY 2019-2020
    Maud Piers
  22. Moot Court: European Law (12 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  23. Moot Court: Public International Law (12 Credits)
    Frank Maes
  24. Dare to Venture (4 Credits)
    Johan Verrue
  25. Dare to Start (3 Credits)
    Frank Gielen


Master Dissertation (15 Credits)