European Master in Law and Economics (EMLE), Erasmus+

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Location (s):

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Spain
Vienna, Ghent, Aix-en-Provence, Hamburg, Mumbai, Haifa, Bologna, Rome, Rotterdam, Warsaw, Barcelona


EMLE provides an experience lauded as “an outstanding educational concept” which synthesizes law and economics together into a programme that is both manageable in its structure and innovative in its design. This programme creates an atmosphere of internationality through its students and its universities, which provides both a learning experience for its scholars and a desirable trait for future employers. The combination of law and economics fosters an atmosphere of idea sharing and introduces different techniques for examining and handling problems. EMLE is forging a path in producing future lawyers and economists equipped with an interdisciplinary background ready to handle the multidimensional challenges of European and international business and law.


Students can choose to follow one of three different tracks in the EMLE programme: the ‘Economic Analysis of Markets, Corporations & Regulators track’ (MCR), the ‘Economic Analysis of Public & International Law track’ (Public), and the ‘Economic Analysis of Innovation and Intellectual Property track’ (IP). While in the first term the courses are the same across all tracks and universities, specialization starts in the second term with two specialized courses per track and three courses that will be the same across the different tracks and university partners. The third term finalizes the chosen specialization with two courses that are unique to the chosen track and university, and the final thesis written under supervision of a professor from the third term University. Below you can find more information about the courses of each of the tracks. 

Students are not obliged to follow a track but will earn a recognizing certificate if they do so. If students decide not to follow a track, they may choose the universities to study at freely, always based on availability of spots per university. In this, however, they need to follow the general mobility rules of the programme: all students need to study at least at two different European universities. Therefore, students who wish to study at either Haifa or Mumbai, our two non-European partners, will have to choose two other European partners to spend their EMLE year. It is therefore not possible to study both at Haifa and Mumbai during the year, and likewise, it is both not possible to spend the first term in Haifa followed by two terms in Hamburg, or also spending the two first terms at the same European partner (e.g. Rotterdam or Hamburg) to go to Mumbai in the third term.




The EMLE programme not only provides a rare opportunity for students to synthesize and improve upon their knowledge of law and economics, but it also blends academic excellence with a high level of internationality.

In addition, the EMLE structure allows for idea exchange and networking between students and scholars, lawyers, economists and businesspeople.

The programme covers one academic year, and its Master’s level curriculum is not only documented through the use of a constitutive method (economic analysis) on a particular subject (law) but by the fact that this economic analysis is based on a continuous legal comparison.

The functional approach of the economic analysis of law is well suited to compare different solutions to problems, which are in their essence identical. Since differences between national laws have been at the core of European policy making, the EMLE Master’s course offers unique value concerning the EU’s central ambitions.

Academic Excellence

The European Master in Law and Economics (EMLE) programme provides a level of academic excellence recognized by Erasmus Mundus as well as additional academic experts. The programme has recruited distinguished scholars from across Europe and the rest of the world to share their knowledge and instruct the next generation of lawyers, economists, and policy makers.

Accredited by numerous institutions in Europe, the programme also provides a supreme level of internationality in its professors, universities and its students.

Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus

In 2018 the EMLE has been recognized for the fourth time by the EACEA of the European Commission as Erasmus Mundus:Erasmus+ Master’s programme. With this it was added to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) Catalogue, a predicate of excellence of the Erasmus+ funding scheme of the European Commission. The funding will be applicable for four student intakes, specifically the EMLE academic years of 2018-2019 up until 2021-2022.

Before the current recognition, the EMLE participated in a selection reserved to master’s programmes that had already successfully applied for recognition under the preceding Erasmus Mundus programme (“quality review procedure”) and received funding for the academic years 2015-2016 up until 2017-2018. Before that period, the EMLE was recognized as Erasmus Mundus Masters Course, both under the first edition of Erasmus Mundus (2004-2008) as under Erasmus Mundus II (2009-2015). The programme has always been evaluated very positively by the reviewer-panels from independent academic reviewers. Like this, it was chosen by the selection committee in the first round of funding in 2004 as only few out of 128 applying programs. It is currently the only master’s programme that received funding over such a long period – from the beginning of the funding action until today.


The EMLE programme has been recognized by several accreditation authorities as an outstanding educational concept. In addition to Erasmus Mundus accreditation, the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Agency NVAO in 2004 accredited the EMLE programme at the Universities of Rotterdam and Ghent, while the EMLE programme at the University of Hamburg was accredited in 2005 by ZEvA, the Central Accreditation Agency of the Federal State of Lower Saxony.


As the world becomes more integrated, it is of great significance that our future leaders experience the world on a larger scale. The EMLE programme provides this through its multi-dimensional approach to internationality.

  • First, the opportunity to study and live in foreign countries and encounter different cultures is an educational challenge, which cannot be taught in a classroom.
  • Second, our scholars and lecturers have divers backgrounds regarding nationality, professions, and life experiences. Many of them are also former EMLE students.
  • Finally and perhaps most importantly, our students are also a very international group. On average per academic year, our students come from 30 different nationalities, which creates a global working atmosphere while providing constant opportunities to improve social skills and cultural competences. 


The master level of the programme is documented through the use of a constitutive method (economic analysis) on a particular subject (law) combined with the fact that this economic analysis is based on a continuous legal comparison.

The programme duration is one academic year, consisting of three terms; the first term comprises introductory courses as well as core courses on the major topics in the economic analysis of law, although the composition and structure of the materials used in the courses vary slightly. In the second term students take specialized courses, within the specialization of their chosen track. In the third term further specialized courses are offered and students will write their master’s thesis.

The programme is steered by the EMLE Management Board, which supervises the management and handles decision-making on key matters.


The programme covers one academic year, for which successful students will receive 60 ECTS.

The academic year (1 October – 30 September) is divided into three terms. The first term starts in the first week of October, and lasts until the end of December. The second term lasts from January until the end of March. The third term starts in the first week of April and the last classes are generally in June. The thesis deadline is in mid-August each year. The unique international and interdisciplinary character of the EMLE Programme is secured through an intensive co-operation between no less than eight European Universities and two non-European partners.

Students may study at up to three different universities but cannot spend all terms at the same location. In the first two terms students can choose among three teaching centres. This leads to an average class size of up to 35 students, given a maximum of 105 admitted students in the entire program. In the last term students have the choice of seven different locations.

Terms & Courses

The first term courses and most of the second term courses are introductory courses as well as core courses on the major topics in the economic analysis of law. In the third term, students take specialized courses and write their master thesis.

The program includes three kinds of courses:

  • Economics Courses: In order to make law students more familiar with basic economic reasoning, some courses are more economics-oriented.
  • Comparative Law Courses: Some courses deal with comparative law in order to internationalise the legal background of the students. Please note that all references to law in all courses will be of a comparative kind, due to the all-European character of the programme and the international composition of the student body.
  • Law and Economics Courses: Most courses deal directly with the economic analysis of the most important branches of private, public, international and European law. The students will be confronted with examples of their native and foreign systems.

The EMLE is a full time programme and we discourage taking a side job, since you have to be available for classes during the week. Class attendance is obligatory (apart from the introduction to law and to micro lectures), except in case of absence for documented medical reasons, mutually agreed absences or other exceptional circumstances.

All courses are taught in English. The thesis has to be written in either English or the third term local language, provided that the latter is not the student’s mother tongue.

Multiple Degrees/Joint Degree

One of the key features is that the students who participate in the EMLE programme will receive an official degree from every partner university where they have spent a term. This means that students will receive double or even triple degrees, depending on their allocation.

Students will receive a joint degree issued by the universities of Barcelona, Ghent, Hamburg and Rotterdam.

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Educational Qualifications

  1. Law or Economics Degree - EMLE is a postgraduate course, and preference will be given to applicants who have already a first Master’s degree. The minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree in law or economics (for other degrees see below), provided that this degree leads up to employability in the relevant labour market (see below). 
  2. Other degrees - Applicants with a degree in business administration, social sciences or other relevant topics may also apply under the condition that the completed study programme includes a substantial number of courses in law and/or economics. If you’re in doubt whether your degree qualifies, please contact 
  3. Applicants without a degree - Students who have not yet graduated but who expect to graduate before July of the same year the programme starts can also apply for admission to the EMLE programme. If such a student is selected for the programme, this is under the deferring condition that (s)he sends a copy of the diploma before mid-July.

The admission process consists of several steps, beginning once a student has sent in the application and the appropriate documents. Each application is ranked based on several factors, and then available places in the programme are offered.

An accepted student must then submit another series of documents to complete the admission process. On the following pages, each of these steps will be examined in more detail.

Due to limited time capacities, the EMLE staff cannot provide individual feedback on the specific reasons for a declined application or on the specific ranking of each applicant.

All applicants are assessed according to the following admission criteria:

  1. Quality of the university career (including duration, number and quality of the degrees obtained, academic credentials and academic performance)
  2. Quality of motivation letter
  3. Affinity to/previous studies in law and economics
  4. Letters of recommendation

Due to limited time capacities, the EMLE staff cannot provide individual feedback on the specific reasons for a declined application. Declined applicants are welcome to re-apply for the following academic year.


Deadline: January 13, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:

As in the past years, we will be receiving funding for scholarships from the European Commission under the Erasmus+ funding programme (EMJMD Programmes). As of the academic year 2018-2019 we may award up to 16 scholarships for Programme country students and 42 scholarships for Partner country students in total over upcoming academic years (from 2018-2019 up to 2021-2022). Therefore, we will be able to award each year on average up to 15 EMLE students with a full scholarship from the European Commission. EMJMD scholarship holders will receive a generous grant that covers the tuition fees, contributes to travel and installment costs and gives a monthly contribution to cover subsistence costs for the duration that students will be studying on the programme. Monthly contribution to subsistence costs will not be paid for any periods (study/research/placement/thesis) that students will spend in their country of residence. It will also not be paid to Partner countries (non-EU) students for the EMJMD periods exceeding three months (indicatively the equivalent of 15 ECTS credits) spent in any Partner (non-EU) country. Moreover, the EMLE consortium will provide scholarship holders with substantial insurance coverage over the whole period of the EMLE academic year.

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