Course & Curriculum

The course

The LL.M. course International and European Law provides an advanced and comprehensive study in Public International Law (PIL) and/or European Union Law (EUL). Our approach to teaching and assessment seeks to provide students with a strong background in core subjects, while also preparing them for ‘real world’ scenarios related to these fields.

Curriculum components




Coursework (8 modules)



Mandatory Seminar



LL.M. Thesis




(TOTAL = 75)


A. Coursework (60 ECTS)

In order to receive the LL.M. degree, students must obtain a minimum of 60 credit points through coursework, which accounts for at least eight (8) graded modules during the academic year. Modules are divided into core and optional ones. Each semester, a minimum of two (2) core modules shall be selected while the remaining credits may be obtained through a free selection among the core and optional modules which are offered during the semester. In order to cover the credit requirements pertaining to the required modules, candidates may also choose one (1) module (core or optional) in each semester from the LL.M course Private Law and Business Transactions. Credit points are obtained by attending the courses regularly and fulfilling the assessment requirements of each course (e.g. participation, presentations and exams).

B. Mandatory Seminar (2 ECTS)

During the first four weeks of the spring semester, students from both specialisations will have to attend a short seminar on a subject of general legal interest. The aim of the seminar is to offer an intellectually rich and stimulating forum, which shall allow students to develop their own conceptual and analytic skills and interests.

C. LL.M. Thesis(13 ECTS)

The LL.M. Thesis is on a subject of the student’s choice supervised by an academic staff member. Students choose the subject of their thesis during the first or second semester of their studies upon consultation with their academic supervisor. The topic must be related to one or more of the modules taught in the LL.M. programme. The dissertation must be written by each student individually and must be the result of their original scientific research. To that end, each student shall fill out a declaration form regarding the non-infringement of intellectual property rights. The dissertation is written in English, though a student may also write the dissertation in another working language of the programme (German and French), after having obtained the consent of their academic supervisor. Students will present their thesis before a 3-member panel of academic staff, who are also responsible for the final grade of the thesis.