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International Business Law: Climate Change and Sustainability, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #101 (ARWU) ,
How does the law facilitate sustainability? What rights and responsibilities do businesses, governments and NGOs have in addressing the issues of climate change? VU Amsterdam is the first university in Europe to offer a specific LLM degree that combines an outstanding, all-round Master’s in Business Law with a specific focus on one of the most complex legal challenges of our day: sustainability.


 It took some time for the corporate world to acknowledge the existential threat to mankind that climate change poses. But now, sustainability goes hand-in-hand with business success – and business survival. Through the International Business Law: Climate Change and Sustainability programme, VU Amsterdam will help you become a lawyer in high demand, in both the public and private sector. 

In sustainability issues, the role of the law is complex. There are multiple jurisdictions, numerous areas of law and multiple actors. Scientific, economic, political, social and ethical questions feed into legal processes. We will ensure you’re ready to address those questions.

We will delve into doctrinal issues, legislation and case law. You will visit law firms, welcome guest speakers and work on real-life cases. The combination of law in the books and law in action has proven to be highly successful – and the most fun.

Programme Structure

You’ll take four courses, to prepare you for any career in law:

  • Contract Law and Psychology of Negotiations
  • Anatomy of Corporate Law
  • Problems of Market Regulation
  • Corporate Social Responsibility

The rest of the curriculum focuses on sustainability and the law:

  • International Law on Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Energy and Climate Governance
  • Climate Change Litigation
  • The Circular Economy LAB
  • You'll write a Master’s Thesis on the topic of your choice, in consultation with your advisor.
  • You’ll work with experts in Psychology, Economics and Physics, and hear from thought-leaders to help you gain a well-rounded view of this highly complex field of law.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

This Master is selective and open to a limited number of students only. The Admission Board selects on merit.

Factors which will be taken into account are:

  • GPA at least 3.25 or an overall grade point average at least B+ or 7.8
  • talent and motivation
  • proficiency in research methods and techniques
  • relevant extra-curricular academic and/or work experience
  • sufficiently proficient in the English language (see language requirements for details)

Applicants with a Bachelor's degree in Law (LL.B) can apply.

Applicants who do not have such a degree, but who have considerable experience in the field of law, are also invited to apply, provided that they have a sound academic background.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14600 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2083 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Amsterdam

  • 1000 - 1500 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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