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International Corporate Law


Disclaimer: This course has been updated to the best of our knowledge at the current time of publishing. Due to the Covid 19 pandemic and the fluctuating changes in lock down regulations all information contained within this course description are subject to change up to 1 September 2020.
Due to the uncertainty of the Covid 19 virus after 1 September 2020, changes to the course description can only be made in the event of strict necessity and only in the circumstances where the interests of the students are not impinged. Should there be a need for any change during the duration of the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis and will not be to the prejudice of students. Modifications after 1 September 2020 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board.


This course provides students with a general overview of the status of company law at an international and European level.

Doing business in a global world is the main theme of the course. It covers the establishment and mobility of companies within Europe, as well as international views on the rights and obligations of the key stakeholders of companies, including the board of directors, shareholders and creditors. In particular, management responsibilities and corporate governance structuring will be discussed.

The course also addresses several expansion strategies such as different types of mergers, acquisitions and takeovers and the legal framework of these strategies. In addition the execution of the process phases will be discussed: negotiations, due diligence reviews of the target company, the bidding process and preparation of agreements.

The course includes workshops in which students will put theory into practice in an intensive, interactive manner. In addition, the course welcomes a guest lecturer with years of experience in the international business environment to share with the students practical insights relating to management responsibilities and corporate governance issues. Links between theory and practice will therefore form an important part of this course.


Programme Coordinator LLM (Adv) International Civil and Commercial Law
Office for International Education / Leiden Law School



Online: interactive lectures, presentations and workshops


The form of examination and assignment will be up to the discretion of the examiner and will be confirmed at the start of the course.

The overall course grade should be at least 5.5 in order to complete the course successfully.
There will be one retake (100%) substituting all previous assessments. It will be up to the discretion of the examiner to decide on the form of the retake.


Full degree in law granting access to the legal profession (or equivalent).