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At ACT, research and education are closely linked. ACT has its own Master’s programme in European Private Law. The programme aims to educate intellectually curious lawyers from across continents with a unique mix of rigorous legal knowledge and critical thinking. The students are introduced to core European and international aspects of private law, and are invited to reflect on the economic, social and political forces driving its Europeanisation and globalisation. In an international classroom, core ACT faculty teach contextual courses including ‘Private law in a European and international context’, ‘European contract law’, ‘European company law’, ‘Consumer rights in the Digital Single Market’, ‘Human rights in private law’, ‘Finance, security and insolvency’, ‘European tort law’ and ‘Making markets beyond the state: between private law and international law’. The students are involved in experiential learning centred around EU law-making practices and outcomes in the intensive module ‘European private law in practice’.

Master European Private Law

Private law in Europe has undergone rapid transformation over the last two decades. Next to its role in the dynamics of EU integration culminating in a debate around a European civil code, European private law has emerged as a constitutive factor for the grand societal challenges of the 21st century, in Europe and beyond.

The ACT Master’s programme in European Private Law equips students with a contemporary notion of private law that is reflective of globalization and digitalization. Students are trained to engage in multidisciplinary collaborations across legal fields and policies, but also, where required with non-lawyers, including economists and programmers. ACT researchers teach the majority of classes.

As career perspectives, EPL graduates are fit for a multiplicity of legal roles with an international outlook in the EU and beyond. While many work in (international) law firms, a growing number acts as compliance officers or in-house lawyers for banks and other larger companies; others have taken on national and European government functions, joined adjudication bodies or embarked on academic careers.

Master Privaatrecht 

Wil je een grondige verdieping van jouw privaatrechtelijke kennis? Dan is een van de tracks binnen de master Privaatrecht iets voor jou: Commerciële rechtspraktijk of Privaatrechtelijke rechtspraktijk.

Minor Law and Justice in the European Union

Do we want more or less integration in the EU? Both as lawyers and as citizens, we are all confronted with this question on a daily basis. Current challenges within the continent and at a global scale, such as growing inequality, seem to call for “more” and “less EU” at the same time. But does ''more'' integration necessarily mean legal homogeneity? How much regulatory diversity is possible and desirable among member states? The minor ‘Law and Justice in the European Union’ investigates integration and disintegration dynamics, their drivers and consequences in addressing several policy challenges for the Union and the world. Among other challenges, it explores the various ways in which European Union increases and reduces inequality, with a specific focus on the EU private law as an agent of inequality and equality.

This minor helps Bachelor’s students boost their learning of the law in its social, political and economic contexts. At the same time, it enhances students' abilities to read, listen, write and argue in English about legal issues, an indispensable skill in many working environments. The minor culminates in an intensive moot court exercise, in which students experience the law in practice.