Law and Economics - Track

Corporate Governance and Sustainability and Mergers and Acquisitions

Corporate Governance, Sustainability and Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A) provide excellent case studies for Law & Economics.



Course Level
Advanced Bachelor
ECTS credits
Course location(s)
Utrecht, The Netherlands


This special track deals with these two subjects. This is a very suitable course for students who are keen to appreciate an international, non-mainstream, multidisciplinary and interactive approach to Corporate Governance, Sustainability (ESG) and M&A.

During the first part of this course we will deal with failures and weaknesses in corporate governance arrangements and the influence of the threat of Climate Change on corporate governance. Measures have been taken in order to stimulate boards and shareholders to pursue long-term value strategies and take Environment, Social an Governance (ESG) issues into account. We will deal with the question whether these measures will work out and will prevent short-termism and excessive risk taking, both from an economic and a legal perspective.

In the second part of this course the economic, legal and financial aspects of Mergers & Acquisitions will be addressed.This course aims to increase the understanding of merger dynamics, determinants, effects and merger policy. Is M&A a means to consolidate and expand the market position and to increase efficiency? We will explore the 'merger paradox' extensively and we will participate in a negotiation training workshop following the Harvard Principled Negotiation method. The special track consists of the two courses: Corporate Governance and Sustainability (ESG) Understanding and Managing Mergers and Acquisitions.

Day program Corporate Governance and Sustainability (ESG) 2024_12-11.pdf

Day program MA Summer Course USS 2024-v1.pdf

Aim of the course

To give advanced bachelor students (from economics, management, business and law backgrounds) an insight into the backgrounds and developments of Key Issues of Corporate Governance and Sustainability and into the economic causes and effects of M&A. Master and PhD students ánd young professionals can also apply.

Study load

Contact hours daily: four to five hours (lectures, group assignments). Self-study daily: four hours (preparation and research). A final written exam will be part of the course for students who need a grade. Grading is based on a 10-point scale on the weighted sum of different elements. The other students will be required to present a short research paper on a notable actual case related to the subject of the course.


  • Price €1400.00
  • Fee covers Course + course materials
  • Housing fee: €400
  • Housing provider: Utrecht Summer School

Additional information

The housing costs do not include a Utrecht Summer School sleeping bag. This is a separate product on the invoice. If you wish to bring your own bedding, please deselect or remove the sleeping bag from your order once you apply for this course.