Program mission 

The mission of the MBL Programme is to improve and broaden the knowledge and skills of legal practitioners to make them more competent, able to work effectively in the context of an evolving legal system facing increasing challenges of ongoing globalization and regionalization, thereby contributing to the quality of legal practice and discourse in Suriname. FHR School of Governance, Law & Humanities with the support of The International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University, the University of Maastricht (UM), The Leiden University and The Tilburg University conducts the programme.

Learning Goals

The MBL Programme’s educational objectives follow from its mission and domain definition. The overall objective is to educate and transform students into professionals who can function effectively within today’s domestic and global legal environment. As legal practice is no longer limited to domestic legal dimensions but also includes dimensions of international, comparative and foreign law, practitioners must acquire the ability to work effectively with these systems.

Learning Outcomes

Have profound knowledge and understanding of:

  • the main theories, disciplines, paradigms and the intellectual traditions used in the study of law;
  • the distinctive nature of law and law making in the context of a developing economy;
  • the ways in which law influences society and vice-versa, at several levels ( locally, nationally, regionally, and internationally);
  • the core object of the law ( justice) and the main instruments of the legal system principles. concepts, regulations, jurisprudence and doctrine,)
  • the dynamics and functions of the law and its interaction with the global and the domestic society.

Have the ability to:

  • formulate judgments;
  • report, orally and in writing, on crucial issues of law and lawmaking on the basis of independent study;
  • make well founded, critical and convincing arguments.

Have an aptitude for learning which:

  • encourages and enables continuation of study on issues related to Business law in a manner that may be largely self-directed;
  • enables to move beyond one’s own discipline or professional circle, but reach out to others working in the broad sphere of legal practice.
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Contact Shaneel Tilak
MBA Program Manager
Telephone: +597 520797

Target population

The Programme is aimed at students with a Bachelor’s degree who are involved in legal practice and who have the potential to widen the scope of their knowledge and practice to include aspects of International and Business Law. It is meant to train them at Master’s level complying with international standards.

Mode of Delivery

In-class lecturing is from Monday until Friday from 18:00 – 21:30 and on Saturday from 9:30 – 15:00 hrs.

Individual in-class exams are on a Saturday from 10:00 – 13:00 hrs.

Class attendance is compulsory.

Program Structure

This part-time MBL programme consists of 70 ECTS and is lectured over approximately 30 months in 12 modules and an Individual Study Project. The modules are characterized as Skills, Core and Focus.

Title upon completion

Master of Business Law (MBL), granted by the FHR Institute for Higher Education and certified by supporting institutions.

National accreditation is provided by Nationaal Orgaan voor Accreditatie (NOVA) and international accreditation is being pursued.

Block Description Course ECTS
Leveling Courses The leveling courses provide students with the basic skills and knowledge required for successful participation in a master level programme in Business Law. Hoge School taal-English 0
Academic Skills 0
Legal English and Legal Systems 0
Peregrine: Legal Environment of Business 0
Skills The skills courses introduce students to the basic foundational disciplines of the MBL program. Legal Argumentation 3
Legal Writing 3
Research Methods 3
Core This category focuses on the principal instruments of private law available to ensure private goods and services. The courses provide students with an understanding of key aspects of the functioning of the properties in the private sector, and the contracts and torts to apply this knowledge in positions within the business related organizations. Property Law 5
Contract Law 5
Tort Law 5
Commercial Law 5
Focus This category focuses on the issues and implications on the business level. The general features of these issues will be addressed in the courses on conflict resolutions, competition and corporate Social Responsibility. Competition Law 5
Corporate Law 5
Financial Law 5
Conflict Resolutions 5
Corporate Social Responsibility 5
Thesis Trajectory The program is then completed with a Master Thesis on a topic of students own interest but it must connect with a practical or theoretical topic in one (1) of the areas covered by the curriculum. The thesis is to be prepared under supervision of a professional coach assigned by FHR. Thesis Research 1 3
Thesis Research 2 3
Writing and Defense 10

*EC (European Credit): A unit expressing the Study Load for students, whereby 1 EC = 28 hours of study. An EC encompasses all study activities, including classroom contact hours as well as hours spent on self-study and group work


A Master degree in Business Law opens the gateway to a number of career possibilities. With a focus and ethical decision-making, the Master of Business Law has academic knowledge of Suriname’s position in Business Law and the consequences of this position for its citizens and business corporations at the international and national level.

Career opportunities

Lawyer: Representing clients in court cases. Can prepare contracts or property agreements for organizations and give legal advices for business in adhering legal regulations.

Financial analyst: Give advice to business and organizations. Do research on the market for new investment opportunities and prepare financial reports for Management teams.

Corporate paralegal: Legal professional assisting a lawyer in business law.

Compliance officer: Ensuring that all laws and regulations are followed in a company while operating its business. Can collaborate with the government to ensure of any updates needed to pass on to clients.

Litigation attorney: A lawyer taking on civil court cases for clients. Can manage negotiations during business disputes about property or contracts and respond to claims from former employees.

Policy Manager: Oversees the policies in an organization ensuring they are effective and adhere to laws and regulations.

Admission requirements

Candidates are admitted on a competitive selection basis.

Eligible candidates must possess:

  1. Degree: A Bachelor’s degree, consisting of a minimum of three years University or HBO study, in law preferably.
  2. Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting official test scores from Hogeschool Taal (B2 & C1 level), TOEFL or from another Equivalent Test.
  3. Successful completion of the Admission Required Leveling Courses. All applicants must successfully complete the admission required leveling courses before October 2023.
  4. Submit mandatory documents:
    • a completed and duly signed application form providing the candidate’s personal data, educational record and employment record
    • copies of certificates and academic transcripts
    • copies of certificates and academic transcripts
    • Two (2) reference letters from employers or other professionals
    • copy of a valid ID or passport
    • one passport size picture
    • Proof of payment of the application fee and a payment plan for the tuition fee of €12.500.
All letters and documents must be submitted in English.

Application Fee

The admission required leveling courses start in April 2023 and the admission fee of € 400 is due by that date.

Program tuition Fee

The tuition fee amounts to € 12.500 (including costs of textbooks and other study material).


Payment of the Program tuition Fee (incl. E-Books and study material):

a. Full payment at once
b. Two installments:

50% to be paid latest by TBD
50% to be paid latest by TBD

c. A free of interest periodic installment agreement with FHR

We expect each participant to arrange own funding of the tuition fee or through sponsorship of his/her employer.

*The above mentioned fees may be converted to Surinamese dollars based on the Centrale Bank Exchange sales rate on the day of payment.
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