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Thesis Law & Finance


Course requirements

Master degree in Law. This course is part of the Advanced Master Law and Finance.

More information:

Course information

The Advanced Master Law & Finance curriculum concludes with a master thesis. The thesis addresses and analyses a topic that falls within the subject area of one of the courses offered within the programme. It must include both a comparative perspective (e.g. between the national and the European level legislation) and a substantive perspective (e.g. the potential or actual impact of the relevant rules). The master thesis reflects individual research, but can be done in combination with an internship, if approved by the programme director. The topic of the thesis must mirror the international and academic nature of the advanced master. Therefore topics that deal primarily with domestic law or are descriptive do not qualify. Also subjects that have (largely) been covered in a thesis written by past students of the programme, or by articles published in periodicals etc., or in books are also not available as thesis topics. The thesis should be between fifteen to twenty thousand words, including footnotes (approx. 30 and 50 pages) but excluding cover, personal statement, table of contents, executive summary, overview of main findings and bibliography.

Course objectives

The following learning objectives apply with regard to the Thesis.

  • Students show their ability to conduct academically sound research on a topic in the area of Law & Finance by presenting a wide range of diverging opinions;

  • Students present the findings of this research in a clear and structured manner;

  • Students express their views and arguments on the thesis topic in a clear and readily understandable text that is convincing and stimulates academic debate.

Ideally, the thesis is of publishable quality.

Mode of instruction

In addition to bilateral meetings in the context of the individual supervision of the student by
a professor or lecturer:

November 2022: General information meeting on the Thesis writing and exploring possible Thesis subjects;

End of December 2022: Approval of Thesis topic (subject) and allocation of Thesis Supervisor by Academic coordinator

January 2023: Submission of Thesis Outline

Mid Febuary 2023: Approval by Thesis Supervisor of Thesis Outline

Mid Febuary – April 2023: Thesis writing process

8 May 2023: Deadline final Thesis draft.

May 2023: Feedback of Thesis Supervisor.

June 2023: Finalizing Thesis.

30 June 2023: Final Deadline Thesis submission.

Examination method

Thesis: 100%

Submission procedures:
Via email to the Thesis Supervisor and the Thesis coordinator and via Brightspace (Turnitin, including check on plagiarism)


Submission of Thesis via Brightspace using Turnitin.

Course materials

Not applicable; students have to collect relevant materials themselves.


Thesis Coordinator:
Ilya Kokorin LLM

Prof. Dr. Matthias Haentjens (Program Director)

Ms M.E.J. Bracco Gartner LLM (Academic Coordinator)

Programme Coordinator:
Orsolya Kalsbeek-Bagdi
Email address:

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Should there be any future changes of the Covid 19 virus which may impinge our teaching and assessment, these could necessitate modification of the course descriptions after 1 September. This will only happen in the event of strict necessity and the interests of the students will be taken into account. Should there be a need for any change during the course, this will be informed to all students on a timely basis. Modifications after 1 September 2022 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board and Programme Director.