Become a world-class business lawyer
International commercial transactions. – Cross-border sales. – Transfer of technology. – Mergers and acquisitions of companies. – Investment in complex construction projects abroad. – International registration of trademarks.
These are just few examples with which lawyers managing their international clients’ portfolio are faced in their everyday practice. The increasing level of globalization requires a flexible and open approach to the legal problems which accompany the international exchange of products and services. Predominantly, it entails the knowledge of legal rules (both national and international) which apply to such transactions.
Study and understand the implications of law in the international arena
The IBL Master's programme was launched in 1999. Since then, it offers a comprehensive graduate course of study to students who aim at a career in the field of international commercial law and trade. The IBL Master's programme is designed to cover a wide range of legal aspects relating to international commercial transactions. The courses are structured and coordinated to complement each other in order to give a student the broadest possible view of issues that appear in international legal practice. Because the courses are taught by academics who are often also practicing lawyers, the students learn how to anticipate the problems with which they will be confronted in their future work.
The IBL Master's programme includes a study trip to Geneva (Switzerland) in January. This trip is partly funded by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and will be organized by a small group of students as volunteers. During the trip the students and staff will visit several international organizations located in Geneva.
Students who successfully completed the International Business Law (IBL) Master's programme have a wide range of career choices. They can work as professional business lawyers, in-house legal counsels for companies, government officials, corporate executives, legal professionals for an international (intergovernmental) organization, etc. Our alumni have jobs at, for example, international law firms, banks and international accounting companies in their home countries or in the Netherlands. Others pursue a career as a legal counsel in government institutions or international organizations. A number of students choose to further develop their academic skills by enrolling into a PhD programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam or elsewhere.