The Faculty of Law 1. Introduction The Faculty of Law of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the most prestigious in the Netherlands. It is a medium-sized and efficiently run Faculty with well-established contacts in the legal and judicial institutions in the Netherlands and abroad. It has a long tradition in law and society. A large number of the staff has become judges or advocates general in the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Located in the capital city of a country with a long tradition of international trade, the Faculty of Law is experienced in teaching students about an open legal system. Historically, the Dutch have borrowed important elements from different European legal traditions. The mix of Roman law and the peculiarities of the Dutch legal system together with French, German and English influences produce a perfect environment to become acquainted with the characteristics of the internationally complex legal systems of the future. The VU-building is located in the financial-economic district of Amsterdam, where international banks and multinationals have their headquarters. It is also directly connected to ‘Law Street’, the corridor where all major international law firms have their offices and where the Amsterdam District Court resides. Organisation The Faculty employs 41 professors and 80 lecturers and researchers. A number of them combine professional careers in law firms, government institutions or industry with their academic careers. The organisational structure of the Faculty creates an informal atmosphere and gives students easy access to professors and lecturers. Over 2200 law and criminology students are enrolled in the Faculty including 200 part-time students. Each year, 300 new students register. In addition, some 1000 practising lawyers attend post-academic courses to continue their education with respect to recent developments. The Faculty comprises the following departments: Private Law Constitutional Law and Administrative Law Criminal Law International and Comparative Law Criminology Notarial and Tax Law The Computer Law Institute Jurisprudence and Legal Philosophy, Legal History, Sociology of Law Criminology 2. International Policy and Partners The Faculty of Law offers international law students a unique opportunity to explore Europe from an unknown angle. Its experience in international law enables the Faculty to provide insight into the workings of the international legal system currently being developed. Over the years, the Faculty has established a network of international contacts ranging from international institutions such as the EU and the OECD to the International Institute of Administrative Studies, a great number of international research groups and numerous university faculties abroad. As part of the Faculty’s international network much of its research focuses on international comparisons. Student Mobility The Faculty of Law has bilateral agreements with the following universities participating in the ERASMUS/SOCRATES programme: Belgium Universiteit van Gent, Gent Universit van Antwerpen Great-Britain University of Leeds, Leeds Keele University, Keele Italy Università degli studi di Bologna, Bologna Università degli studi di Ferrara, Ferrara Università Cattolica di Milano, Milano Austria Universität Salzburg, Salzburg Karl Franzens Universität, Graz Sweden University of Uppsala, Uppsala Spain Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid Universidad de Deusto, Bilbao Universitat de Girona, Girona Germany Ludwig Maximimilians Universität, München Mannheim Universität, Mannheim France Université de Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, Paris Poland Uniwersytet Warszawski, Warsaw Denmark Aarhus Universitet, Aarhus Norway Universitetet i Oslo Turkey Istanbul Bilgi University, Istanbul Galatasaray University, Istanbul In addition to the European partners the Faculty of Law has bilateral agreements with top universities around the world Australia University of Sydney, Sydney United States of America Boalt Hall Law School, Berkeley, California North Western University, Chicago North Eastern University, Boston Canada McGill University, Montreal University of Dalhousie, Halifax University of Victoria, Victoria York University, Toronto Université de Montreal China East China University of Politics and Law, Shanghai Mexico Tec de Monterrey, o.a. Mexico City Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, Mexico City South Africa University of Pretoria, Pretoria Universiteit van Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch University of Potchefstroom, Potchefstroom University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg Taiwan National Taiwan University, Taipei Staff mobility The Faculty has a staff mobility programme with her European and transatlantic partners. Staff can contact the Head of the Office of International Affairs, Ms Tessel van Essen, if interested in this kind of cooperation. How to apply? Admission Students from partner universities only can participate in the exchange programme. The selection procedure for students goes through the international officer/Erasmus coordinator at the home university. Once selected, applicants must complete the application form that has been sent to their coordinator and send it in before the mentioned deadline. Upon receipt of the application and the other required documents, the applicant will be sent further information. Free movers The Faculty of Law cannot accept free movers in the exchange programme due to capacity problems in its English courses. Students interested in a full LL.M. degree or the LL.M. Certificate programme can apply for the LL.M. International Business Law or LL.M. International Commercial and Trade Law. Please visit our website for more information: www.rechten.vu.nl/llm or ask us for our brochure. Introductory meeting An introductory meeting for all international students will take place at the start of each semester in September and February. Registration Upon arrival students should first contact the Office of International Affairs of the Faculty (main building, room 5A18). It will process the enrolment of the student at the Vrije Universiteit. It is important that they bring all the required documents when they register. Their temporary student card will be issued as soon as possible and the permanent card will be send to their address in Amsterdam. Students must bring the following documents to register: Passport or a birth certificate, Valid MVV (if applicable) 2 passport photographs Student card from their home university, Proof of the selection by the home university for the exchange programme Proof of health insurance coverage and a personal liability policy Student Facilities Office of International Affairs Faculty of Law De Boelelaan 1105, Room 5A-18 1081 HV Amsterdam The Netherlands Tel: +31 20 598 6205, Fax: +31 20 598 6209 E-mail: email@example.com. Office hours: Monday to Thursday from 10.00 – 11.00 hrs and 15.00-16.00 hrs. Student Advisor The Faculty of Law has a well-run system of counselling and supervision. If you have any general questions related to studying at our Faculty as a guest student, please contact the officer of International Affairs Library The (main) university libraries are situated in the VU Main Building, De Boelelaan 1105. The VU has special collections on Old Prints, Rare Modern Editions, Protestantism, Education and Press Documentation. The VU Library is an official European Documentation Centre. A library card is available upon presentation of a VU (temporary)student card (see also Part One of this guide). The Faculty’s library is located on the 5th and the 6th floor. Computers International students have access to the computers in the whole university building and in the Faculty’s computer rooms 7A-24 and 7A-39. They will receive a VU-net-ID upon registration with which they can access all the computers at the VUA. The VU also has a wireless network on the campus. Courses Requirements Exchange students are required to choose from the list of courses mentioned below. They must choose courses adding up to at least 26 ECTS per semester i.e. a full-time programme. Those who have good knowledge of the Dutch language can also enrol for courses in the regular Dutch programme. Please contact the Office of International Affairs should you have any further inquiries. Certificate If students have passed the exams and/or papers, the Office of International Affairs will issue a certificate. The Certificate will be sent to the student’s home address and a copy to her/his home university. Very important! Please refer to our website www.rechten.vu.nl/exchangecourses , for more course details and specific requirement per course, Programme: Law Semester 1 Course name Credits Dutch Criminal Law Historical Introduction to European Legal Science International Commercial Arbitration International Economic Law Introduction to Common Law Public International Law European Union Law Comparative Constitutional Law Financing and Secured Transactions Government Regulation of Business International Labour Law Terrorism. Counter-terrorism and International Law 6 6 6 8 6 6 8 6 4 6 6 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 1+2 2 2 2 2 2 M M M M M M M M M M M M 200929 200926 200946 200972 200961 200950 200944 200955 200945 200932 200948 200974 Period Level Course code Semester 2 Course name Credits Children’s Rights from an International Perspective European Competition Law European Private Law Human Rights Protection in Europe The Impact of Intellectual Property on International Trade International Company Law International Insolvency Law E-commerce Law International Tax Law International and European Public Procurement Law International Law, Selected Topics 6 6 6 6 4 6 4 6 6 4 6 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 M M M M M M M M M M M 200928 200943 200944 200933 200956 200936 200947 200942 200949 200970 200975 Period Level Course code Programme: Criminology* Semester 1 Course name Corporate and Governmental Deviance Crime and Crime Policy in the Netherlands ** Credits Period 6 6 1 2 Level M B Course code 200967 200964 Semester 2 Course name Cultural Criminology Transnational Organized crime ** * ** Credits Period 6 6 1 1+2 Level M B Course code 200967 200964 Criminology students only, unless indicated otherwise Law students are allowed to take part in this course.