This specialisation concentrates on European, Transnational, and Comparative law. It benefits from first-hand interaction with current legal issues and leaders due to the proximity of numerous European institutions, including the Court of Justice of the EU and the European Investment Bank. The programme is research-based and offers broad insight into the different fields of European law and an additional option to specialise in Satellite, Communications and Media Law.
The specialisation in General European Law builds on the knowledge students acquired during their first year of studies in the Master in European Law LL.M. at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance or equivalent competencies acquired at another University. This specialisation addresses students with a more research-oriented focus and an interest in a broad overview of European Law, thereby allowing a vast possibility for areas in which to conduct professional work in the future.
Students in this field have the possibility to build their own study programme according to their interests. It allows a widespread insight into the different relevant topics in European Law by profiting from the other specialisations in European Law offered at the Faculty - altogether five other specialisations - from which the courses can be chosen. Altogether, the courses chosen in the first semester add up to 30 ECTS and after a short trial period at the beginning of each winter semester the students hand in their final choices which are then accepted on individual basis by the course director.
Why specialise in General European Law at the University of Luxembourg?
- Taught by leading academics in the field, as well as Judges and Advocate Generals of the Court of Justice of the European Union.
- Small group of 25 highly qualified studentsfrom across Europe
- Sharpen your English and French language skills, thanks to bilingual programme (specialised language training in legal English and French is offered by the University during the year).
- Rare opportunity to specialise in Satellite Communications and Media Law.
- Access to high-level conferences organised at the University.
- Participation in Moot Court competitions (the competitions cover the field of European Law in general, European Convention on Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Investment Arbitration Law, International Commercial Arbitration Law, WTO Law and others) is an obligatory part of this specialisation for which a number of ECTS are granted, thereby compensating for regular courses.
Access to any legal profession (national administrations, European institutions, law firms, notaries, judiciary, legal counsels, banks and financial institutions). Possibility to continue into a PhD programme.
Structure of studies
1 year LL.M. option
Advanced law students are welcome at the University of Luxembourg and may enter directly into the General European Law specialisation. Applicants should have completed successfully 4 years of law studies (Master / 240 ECTS), including courses on General European law.
2 year LL.M. option
The first year is common to all LL.M. programmes. It offers a variety of courses in European, comparative and international law from which the students may choose in order to prepare for the requirements of the second year. During the second year you will acquire an in-depth knowledge and practical training in European Law. Applicants should have completed successfully 3 years of law studies (Bachelor / 180 ECTS).
SatComMedia Law option
The University of Luxembourg offers students the rare opportunity to specialise in one of the most cutting-edge & rapidly developing fields of Law – that of Satellite Communications and Media Law. This includes elements of space law, telecommunication law, internet law, intellectual property and data protection law, all of which are taught in an International, European and also national Luxembourg perspective.
The programme of the third semester in the General European Law Master is individually built by the students according to their interests. It is a mixture of courses chosen from the different specialisations in the three Master programmes and can also include courses of the first year of the Master if they were not previously followed by the student. In order to find out about the concrete courses and possibilities interested applicants should consult the programmes of all the Masters to be found under the menu points of the second year.
In addition, the participation in a Moot court competition (more information here , areas of the competitions can cover the field of European Law in general, European Convention on Human Rights Law, Public International Law, Investment Arbitration Law, International Commercial Arbitration Law, WTO Law and others) is an obligatory part of this specialization for which a number of ECTS are granted, thereby compensating for regular courses. The competitions typically run during the first and a part of the second semester and the teams are put together after a selection process.
Also, some courses that are specific to the General European Law Master are offered in the option SatComMedia Law (Programme to download here). These courses include amongst others European Media Law, Luxembourgish Media Law, Satellite communications in the international Legal context, European Space and Telecommunications Law, Intellectual Property Law, Data Protection Law, Internet cases litigation. Students of the General European Law Master can choose some of these courses or do the full list of courses (in that case covering the entire third semester) if they would like to receive a certification of having passed the option in SatComMediaLaw.
Altogether, the courses chosen in the first semester add up to 30 ECTS and after a short trial period at the beginning of each winter semester the students hand in their final choices which are then accepted on individual basis by the course director.
The second semester is entirely made up of writing a Master thesis of around 100-120 pages. Finding a topic, researching and writing gives students the possibility to show their ability for individual research and in-depth analysis of a specific legal question. The thesis is then defended in an oral exam and the combination of both makes up the 30 ECTS of the second semester. Students of the SatComMedia Law option choose a topic for their thesis in the specific field of the option and can combine writing the thesis with doing a ‘stage’ in a law firm, company or government agency active in satellite communications and media law.
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Last updated April 25, 2016