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International Corporate Law


Disclaimer: Should there be any future extenuating circumstances 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 2023 may only be done with the approval and consent of the Faculty Board and Programme Director.


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 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 lectures 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, corporate governance or M&A 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


Mr. Mark Oldenburger


Interactive lectures, presentations and workshops (combined with online components if necessary).


Written exam 80%
Written assignment 20%

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).