The Master's program at the Europa-Institut

Key Facts

  • One-year Master's program focusing on European and International Law
  • Program can be done in English and/or German
  • Six modules are offered: Module 1: European Integration and Modules 2-6 with the study units European Economic Law, Foreign Trade and Investment, International Dispute Resolution and European, International Protection of Human Rights and IT Law (from Winter Semester 2019/2020 on, initially only in German)
  • Title “Master of Laws” (LL.M.)
  • Students can obtain up to two specializations in addition to their Master's degree, i.e. to obtain an LL.M. degree in International Dispute Resolution or European and International Protection of Human Rights
  • Highly qualified specialists from the academic and business world
  • Practice-oriented teaching combined with excellence in academic training
  • 75 students from 40 countries 
  • Soft Skills trainings
  • Excursions to European and international institutions
  • Intensive support from the Europa-Institut team
  • Access to an international network via our Alumni Association EVER e.V.
  • Excellent preparation for the European and international job market



The program offers one basic module (Module 1) and five specialization modules (Module 2 - 6). Module 7 includes writing the Master's thesis.



Module 1 focuses on the basics and foundations of European law. Aside from the more classical fields, lectures will also cover subjects such as European Private Law, and the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, in order to provide students with a basic understanding of and an insight into the legal inter-connectedness of the European Union and its institutions. Through a variety of practical simulation courses, such as the ECJ Moot Court or EuroSim, students are able to put their acquired theoretical knowledge into practice.

The study unit comprises various areas of law which are of fundamental importance not only in Europe but also from a global perspective, with regard to both economic and legal practice.
The courses convey sound knowledge of the general framework that characterizes economic activity in the European Union (the Economic and Monetary Union, Banking Law and European Tax Law). Students may also deepen their knowledge of more particular regulations which economic activities in the EU might be subject to (e.g. European Competition
Law, Economic and Competition Policy) or that potentially accompany such activities (e.g. Intellectual Property Law).
The challenges of economic globalization are taken into account in courses in which the subject matter extends beyond EU borders. In addition, there are numerous case studies offered as part of the study unit which allow students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. Moreover, students have the opportunity to focus on European Management.

The study unit deals with economic globalization especially in the areas of trade, investment and capital transactions. Courses such as International Trade, Investment and Raw Materials Law and further selected parts of International Economic Law convey essential knowledge of key material in International Economic Law. Special attention is given to the interplay between economics and law, a relationship that  is  becoming  increasingly  important  in  both  international and European legal practice. Courses that delve more deeply into the subject matter include lectures based on the Foreign Trade Law of the European Union and its member states, substantive WTO Law (particularly focusing on the GATT, the GATS and the TRIPS Agreement) and the harmonization of national trade laws.
Certain courses are centered on legal areas that are becoming increasingly more important as a result of increased international trade (such as laws relating to financial supervision). In addition, courses are offered on international economic and monetary policy as well as on international economic sanctions laws.

The study unit International Dispute Resolution familiarizes students with typical problems and the basic concepts of international commercial arbitration, international investment arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. The aim of the study unit is to focus on efficient and fair dispute resolution in a transnational context, in a world where commercial courts are national institutions. This study unit offers, in addition to the lecture topics listed, complementing lectures for increased understanding and insight, for instance in “International Business Transactions”, a lecture in which students can acquire specialized expertise and enhanced understanding of the complexity of cross-border trade as well as insight into the many cultural perspectives and aspects relevant to conducting business across borders.
Case studies, negotiation and procedural training are an important part of the study unit and provide an ideal addition to the lectures on offer. This enables students to obtain an ideal mix of theoretically minded lectures, equipping students with the necessary analytical abilities, and more practically applicable courses, allowing students to put their acquired theoretical knowledge into practice. Distinguished guest lecturers form an integral part of the program. Furthermore, excursions to international institutions (such as the ICC in Paris) are on the agenda.

Participants in this study unit will focus on the main features, limits  and  developments  in  human  rights protection  and will be shown how to put this knowledge successfully into practice. The study unit deals with the development and realization of human rights in public international law and in international treaties on a global level as well as on a regional European level and their respective interrelations. Moreover, the study unit focuses on the relationship between the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights as well as on the practice of the bodies of the United Nations, the European Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe.
The practical application of human rights law is of particular relevance and interest for the purposes of this study unit. The courses cover both past and pending case law which addresses current issues. But it also involves more general questions such as those relating to the rights of individuals in relation to the sovereignty of the European Union and the questions of how and  whether  the  "neverending story" of an accession of the European Union to the European Convention on Human Rights can be brought to a successful conclusion.

The Master's program in European and International Law at the Europa-Institut will offer a focus on IT Law starting in the winter semester 2019/2020. In addition to the main areas of European Commercial Law, Foreign Trade and Investment Law, International Dispute Resolution and European and International Human Rights Protection, students can now also further their education in this area in the Master's program. The study unit will initially only include German lectures and will focus on the following contents:
- Technical Basics of the Internet
- IT law
- Public information law
- Data protection law
- IT security

The Master's thesis is an independent academic thesis in the field(s) of European or international law. It can be written in English or German. Students have three months to write and submit their thesis. 15 credit points are awarded for the successful completion of the Master's thesis and the title “Master of Laws” is awarded to the student. Students are free to choose when to start working on their Master's thesis, i.e. they may choose to start writing the thesis at a later stage, for example when already working. 

Credit Points

The courses are held in German or in English, and students are assessed by lecturers pursuant to the courses; primarily through a written or an oral exam. A specific number of credit points will be awarded for the completion of almost all of the courses. A total of 45 credit points minimum must be attained during the course of the study program. 15 additional credit points are awarded after the completion and approval of the Master's thesis. Three-quarters of the final mark therefore comprises the marks achieved during the study program, whilst the remaining quarter is composed of the mark awarded for the Master's thesis.



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