Research at the Europa-Institut

Ideal Research Environment for Academics

Every year we invite national and international academics to begin, continue or complete their research at the Europa-Institut. Regularly, we have the pleasure of welcoming foreign professors and lecturers staying with us for research purposes, often sponsored by scholarships by the Deutsche  Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung, the German Academic Exchange Service and the Open Society Institute as well as by the ASKO EUROPA-STIFTUNG.


Cooperations with the Academic and Business Sector


Ph.D. Possibilities

The Europa-Institut offers optimal conditions for doctoral candidates. Already, a considerable number of doctoral candidates are in the process of completing their Ph.D. here, focusing on areas of European and International Law. Many of the Ph.D. students completed their LL.M. at the Europa-Institut beforehand and now benefit from both the extent of the academic freedom they are granted and from the intensive support and advice provided by their supervisors, either the Europa-Institut directors or in cooperation with a guest professor. Young researchers are also provided with the opportunity to further qualify themselves through academic exchange while working on their Ph.D. or habilitation thesis.


Library / European Documentation Center

The library focuses on European and International Law, and its collections reflect this choice, constituting a significant collection within its field with almost 50,000 volumes, 180 periodicals and 29 loose-leaf publications. In addition to classic information sources such as textbooks, loose-leaf collections, reference books, dictionaries and periodicals, students have access to the most important electronic legal information sources, databases, online bibliographies and library catalogues. The available material is extensive and up-to-date. In addition to the large volume of German, English and French sources, there are numerous publications in the other official languages of the European Union and increasingly so, even in the languages of the newest Member States.


Since 1972, the library of the Europa-Institut is one of 50 European Documentation Centers (EDCs) in Germany, inter-connected to a total number of 550 of its kind across Europe. The two quiet study rooms at the library are the perfect place to study and do research. There is a CIP-Pool in the library, offering access to a variety of publications electronically and databases free of charge. More than 10,000 publications are accessible through the databases, in addition to an ever increasing number of ebooks.



The Journal for European Studies - Zeitschrift für Europarechtliche Studien (ZEuS) - was founded at the Europa-Institut and is an internationally renowned forum for articles from the academic and business area. The journal makes a conscious effort to provide young academics and students with the opportunity to have their work published. Since 1998, ZEuS is being published by the Europa-Institut and is able to look back on 14 successful years. The concept of ZEuS is a wide one: the journal addresses current aspects and fundamental problems connected to European Integration, European and International Law.


Nomos Academic Publication Series

The academic publication series "Schriften des Europa-Instituts der Universität des Saarlandes - Rechtswissenschaft" is published by Nomos and provides the Europa-Institut with an ideal forum for the publication of speeches prepared for conventions, dissertations and Master's theses. The subject-matter covered by this academic series is wide and includes, among others, current topics of European law, including subjects broaching both EU law issues as well as issues related to the Council of Europe and its human rights protection system. To date the publication series includes almost 90 volumes.


Academic Awards
Every year, the Europa-Institut assign a number of awards to academics having contributed to the Institute's academic portfolio and research. The Professor-Dr.-Osthoff-Stiftung of Saarland University presents the writer of the best Master's thesis of the academic year with the Hans-Werner-Osthoff award and
1.500 Euros. Furthermore, the Villa Lessing association awards up to four Master theses and graduates of the Europa-Institut with the "European Villa Lessing award", as well as 1.500 Euros.



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