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Thesis Law & Finance


Course requirements

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

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Course information

TThe 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 their findings of this research in a clear and structured manner;

  • Students express their views 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 2019: General information meeting on the Thesis writing and exploring possible Thesis subjects;

End of December 2019: Approval of Thesis topic (subject) and allocation of Thesis Supervisor by Academic coordinator

January 2020: Submission of Thesis Outline and Brief Explanation

Mid Febuary 2020: Approval by Thesis Supervisor of Thesis Outline and Brief Explanation

Mid Febuary – Mid May 2020: Thesis writing process

11 May 2020: Deadline final Thesis draft.

May 2020: Feedback of supervisor and finalizing Thesis.

1 July 2020: Final Deadline Thesis submission.

Examination method

Thesis: 100%

Submission procedures:
Hardcopy (2x) + via Blackboard (Turnitin Assignments, including check on plagiarism)


Submission of thesis via Blackboard using Turnitin Assignments.

Course materials

Not applicable; students have to collect relevant materials themselves.


Thesis Coordinators:
Prof. Matthias Haentjens
Ilya Kokorin LLM

Academic Coordinator
M.E.J. Bracco Gartner LLM

Programme Coordinator:
Orsolya Kalsbeek-Bagdi
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