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LL.M. Law in a European and Global Context

This is a programme like no other offered in Europe. It is not simply one more programme focusing on European and International Law, our aim is to teach Law in a European and Global Context and to do so with a top international faculty and employing new methodologies and pedagogical techniques.

This LL .M. is a one year full-time programme running from September to July.

Application Status: Open
Why Law in a European and Global Context

  • Law is changing. Lawyers increasingly need to operate in the context of a plurality of jurisdictions and legal sources. As a consequence, a growing number of legal actors (in courts as outside courts and even in the legislative process) need to operate in multiple jurisdictions and be comfortable working with different legal sources.
  • At the same time, economic and social integration increases the multinational character of the cases in which lawyers are called in to assist on a daily basis. This has also given rise to an emerging international market for legal services. All this requires a different type of lawyer from the traditional lawyer trained exclusively in a particular domestic legal system. It requires a truly international legal education, where courses are specifically tailored to meet the challenges of this pluralism of legal sources and jurisdictions. This is the purpose of this Master/LL.M. Degree on Law in a European and Global Context.
  • The programme will adopt the approach to teaching that Joseph Weiler has coined as “Total Law™”. This represents a bold pedagogical and intellectual break with the traditional ways of teaching Law.
  • The students enrolled in this course will face a huge effort with which most will be unfamiliar: it will demand a sustained level of very high commitment, preparation and engagement. But the rewards will be rich: both in intellectual excitement and professional formation. 

Joseph H. H. Weiler
Miguel Poiares Maduro (on leave)

Law students tend to classify their seminars and courses as falling between two poles: Law Seminars or Seminars about the Law (Sociology of Law, Law and Politics etc.). The Total Law™ approach sets out to debunk this distinction.

Testimonials
Mattias
Mattias Kumm
(NYU / WZB Berlin)
The LL.M. in Lisbon is a remarkable innovation because those who planned it had a very particular idea of what they wanted to do different from the other LL.M.s 
Maryant N. Fernández Pérez
(Spain)
"(...) It was precisely our various backgrounds what I enjoyed the most (...) I see this LL.M. as the springboard to the future international career I have always dreamt about. (...)"
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