Netherlands, Utrecht (Utrecht University)

Highlights of Law and Economics

when 4 July 2016 - 15 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 1430

This course deals with the highlights of Law & Economics and Europe. In the first part of this course the effects of European Competition Law on the economy are discussed. In the second part of this course the effects of Financial Law on the (European) Economy and the Eurocrisis are discussed. In both weeks students are asked to formulate sustainable solutions for current issues in the domain of European Law and Economics

This course deals with the highlights of Law & Economics in Europe. In the first part of this course we deal with the effects of European Competition Law on the behavior of businesses in the European Union. An effective common market within the EU requires a fair and undistorted competition. The European Commission (EC) vigorously attacks cartels within the European Union. The aim is to give students insight in how unfair competition occurs in practice, how this can be prevented and how to react if unfair competition is detected within a company.

In the second part of this course we will deal with the effects of Financial Law on the economy. Inefficient regulation of securitizations (of mortgage products) and poor governance of banks contributed to the financial crisis that started in 2008. The Eurocrisis showed the effect of the lack of rules and tools at the level of the European economy; financial institutions collapsed and bank lending was disrupted. By way of lectures and workshops, students get thorough insights in these issues while learning to formulate solutions for a more sustainable financial system.

This course is taught at Utrecht University (Netherlands) as part of the China Europe International Summer School (CEISS). CEISS is a collaboration between Fudan University (China), Peking University (China), Utrecht University (Netherlands), Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy) and Edvance Education International (China), offering summer courses that explore the world's main economic, social and political trends and themes and the way they impact on the economies and societies of Europe and China.


This course can be combined with the following CEISS courses:
-Global Sourcing and Supply Chain Management in China (Fudan University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-Essentials of Investment Management (Fudan University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-China and the Dynamics of Globalization (Fudan University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-Asia-Pacific Security (Peking University, 18 - 29 July 2016)
-Humanism and Chinese Urbanization (Peking University, 18 - 29 July 2016)

Course leader

Prof. dr. Wilco Oostwouder

Prof. dr. Wilco Oostwouder (1959), attorney at law, is Professor of Business Finance Law at Utrecht University, as well as a member of the Corporate practice group at leading Dutch law-firm Loyens & Loeff NV. He specializes i

Target group

Ambitious advanced bachelor students (law, economics) who are keen to get an active insight into the public enforcement of European Competition Law and compliance with anti-trust rules, the backgrounds of the Credit Crunch and the Eurocrisis, and who have the ambition to be involved in the creation of courageous suggestions for a sustainable financial system.

Course aim

To give advanced bachelor and master students (Law, Economics) an insight into the effects of rules, or the lack of these, on the (European) economy, and vice versa, i.e. into how the economy affects rule-making, and to make students familiar with the career opportunities after a Master in Law & Economics or Economics & Law. This course is an excellent introduction to the LLM program Law & Economics and the Msc prgramme Economics & Law of Utrecht University

Fee info

EUR 1430: course fees + course materials + housing

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