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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
JAN
Jan Dalhuisen
(Miranda Chair )
This is a highly innovative programme that prepares the students for what they are likely to face in international commerce and finance in the next 30 years.
Andrei Gavril Suse
(Romania)
"(...) The highlight of this LL.M. lies in the unique feature of having gathered a stellar faculty. (...) It is not an overstatement when saying that a fairly high number of the professors who teach here are among the best, if not the best, in the world in their respective field of expertise. (...)"
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