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Law and Society (MSc)

About the programme

This unique, interdisciplinary Master focuses on the interaction and gaps between the “law on the books” and the “law in action.” It combines theories and methods from both law and the social sciences to the practical operation of law. The core curriculum equips students with the conceptual approaches and qualitative empirical research methods necessary to analyze law in context. Specialized electives enable students to dive deeper and focus on particular areas of legal practice—from legal mobilization to regulation and compliance.

Focus on practical operation of law

The Master is distinct from other degrees offered by law schools through its focus on the practical operation of law across a broad range of legal fields, from criminal law to climate change regulation. Students leave the program with a global perspective and insight into the social, economic, historical, and political factors that shape how law works in practice.

The curriculum was designed by the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Governance and Society (VVI) and is taught by VVI in collaboration with colleagues from the Department of Criminology, the Faculty of Governance and Global Affairs, the Faculty of Humanities and the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

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