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Programme Directors

The LL.M. Law in a European and Global Context was designed in collaboration with its directors, Joseph H. H. Weiler, now President of the European University Institute (Florence), and Miguel Poiares Maduro, at this moment on leave as a Minister of the Government of Portugal.

These renowned scholars in the areas of European Union Law, International Trade and Global Constitutionalism work closely with Católica to ensure the consistency of the curricular offerings and the overall quality of the programme. They are committed to establishing a teaching methodology that is the mark of the LL.M. Law in a European and Global Context - the Total Law ™ approach - and expect that every aspect of the programme lives up to the standard of excellence set by that approach.

Joseph H. H. Weiler
President at the European University Institute

Programme Director at Católica Global School of Law

Joseph H. H. Weiler President of the European University Institute (EUI). Prior to his appointment as President of the EUI, he was the holder of the Jean Monnet Chair at the New York University (NYU) School of Law. At NYU, he was the Director of the Jean Monnet Center for International and Regional Economic Law & Justice. He is also an Honorary Professor at London University and the University of Copenhagen. Before his NYU appointment, he was the Manley Hudson Professor of Law and Jean Monnet Chair at Harvard University.  

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a WTO and NAFTA Panel Member. He is Editor in Chief of the European Journal of International Law, and of I.CON - The International Journal of Constitutional Law. He writes in the fields of International Law, the Law of the European Union, and Comparative Constitutional Law. His publications include: The Worlds of European Constitutionalism (CUP 2012 with G. de Burca); Un’Europa Cristiana: Un saggio esplorativo, (BUR Saggi, Milano, 2003 - translations into Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Slovenian, Hungarian); and a Novella, Der Fall Steinmann (Piper, 2000).


Miguel Poiares Maduro
On leave as a Minister of the Government of Portugal
Programme Director at Católica Global School of Law

Miguel Poiares Maduro is on leave as a Minister of the Government of Portugal. He is Professor and Director of the Global Governance Programme at the European University Institute and Visiting Professor at Yale Law School. He was Advocate General at the European Court of Justice (October 2003 – October 2009). He has taught at many other institutions in a visiting capacity, including the Centro de Estudios Constitucionales (Madrid), Chicago Law School and London School of Economics. Until October of 2003 he was a Professor at the Law School of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa with whom he still collaborates. He is also an external Professor at the College of Europe. He is a Doctor of Laws by the European University Institute (Florence) and was the first winner of the Rowe and Maw Prize and winner of the Prize Obiettivo Europa (for the best Ph.D. thesis at the EUI). He has been Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar at Harvard Law School. He is Co-Director of the Academy of International Trade Law (Macao). He co-edited with Joseph Weiler the Special Book Review Issue of the European Law Journal. He is co-editor with Francis Snyder of the Hart Publishers Series Studies in European Law and Integration. He belongs to the editorial or advisory board of several law journals, including the European Law Journal and the Common Market Law Review. He is the author of We the Court - The European Court of Justice and the European Economic Constitution (Oxford, Hart Publishing, 1997). He has published articles, in several languages, on issues of EU law, constitutional law, human rights law and international economic law. He has recently published A Constituição Plural - Constitutionalismo e União Europeia (Lisboa, Principia, 2006) and his first non-legal book (Crónicas de um Peixe Fora de Água, Lisboa, Entrelinhas, 2006). He has been honoured by the President of the Portuguese Republic with the Order of Sant’Iago da Espada for literary, scientific and artistic merit. He has taught courses on EU constitutional and economic law, international trade law, and comparative institutional analysis. He was awarded the Gulbenkian Science Prize 2010, in recognition of outstanding work in the field of law.

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