Highlights of Law and Economics - Track

Course code
Course fee (excl. housing)
Advanced Bachelor

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

An effective common market within the EU requires a fair and undistorted competition. The European Commission (EC) vigorously attacks cartels and other activities that distort competition within the European Union. The aim of the first part of this course is to give students insight in how unfair competition occurs into 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 Euro crisis 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. 

Download the day-to-day programme (PDF)

Course director

Prof. dr. Wilco J. Oostwouder

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.

Study load

Contact hours daily: 4-5 hours (lectures, group assignments) Self-study daily: 4 hours (preparation and research)


Course fee:
Housing fee:

Housing through:

  • Utrecht Summer School

More information

prof. dr. Wilco J. Oostwouder | E: w.j.oostwouder@uu.nl | T: +31 (0)6 229 38 31


Application deadline: 15 June 2020

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