Master of Laws in Comparative Constitutional Law
Central European University (CEU)
EUR 12,000 / per year **
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The curriculum of the Master of Laws in Comparative Constitutional Law covers issues concerning the development and operation of constitutional government in its broader political, social, historical, regional, and international context. The core curriculum centers on fundamental issues in comparative constitutional law regarding constitution-making and constitutional design, constitutional government (horizontal and vertical separation of powers), and constitutional rights protection in leading, emerging, and declining constitutional democracies around the world. The curriculum covers historic and current developments in all major legal systems.
As with all programs at the Department of Legal Studies, the LL.M. program in Comparative Constitutional Law is committed to research-based teaching. Areas of research and teaching by full-time faculty include the transition to (and from) democracy and the rule of law, constitution-making from a historical perspective and in ongoing constitution-building processes, comparative constitutional adjudication, civil and political rights in established and emerging democracies, issues of equality and non-discrimination, socio-economic rights, biomedical law, and reproductive rights, as well as European constitutionalism. Courses by our part-time (visiting) faculty build on this core and permit us to introduce courses on newly emerging constitutional developments as they arise. The program also benefits from close cooperation with other departmental Master’s programs via two optional thematic specializations on "global rule of law" and "justice and equality".
Our highly qualified and diverse full-time and part-time (visiting) faculty prepares students to engage in comparative and interdisciplinary analysis of complex constitutional problems. Courses enable students to explore constitutional issues across legal systems, engage in advanced critical thinking, and refine their arguments in oral interactions and group work. Classes are highly interactive, enabling students to benefit from the international composition of the student body; in-class discussions allow insight into contemporary constitutional developments as they evolve, enabling critical engagement with these developments in a manner that is sensitive to the multicultural composition of our academic community. Individual research skills are developed through comparative problem-driven papers written for various courses, as well as in the final thesis (in the Thesis Track) or capstone thesis (in the Capstone Track).
Students are encouraged to address practical constitutional problems through comparative constitutional analysis, using a theoretical framework informed by inter-disciplinary insight. As a result, our graduates can respond to challenging constitutional and fundamental rights problems with advanced analytical skills, drawing on critical comparative constitutional analysis and seeking to offer practice-oriented and policy-relevant responses.
- The program was approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
- Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
Scholarships and Funding
To master’s candidates, we award financial aid based on academic merit. You can apply for financial support for master’s studies in the Funding section of the Online Application Form.
On completion of the program, the student will have gained
- A Substantial Knowledge of Constitutional Law in Major Jurisdictions via a Comparative Perspective;
- A Substantial Knowledge of the Protection and Enforcement of Constitutional Rights and Human Rights in Major Jurisdictions;
- The Capacity to Conduct Research on a Wide Range of Constitutional Problems in Different Constitutional Regimes Across a Changing Constitutional and Political Landscape;
- The Ability to Analyze Constitutional Problems From a Comparative and Interdisciplinary Perspective in Light of Their Historical Context;
- Relevant Skills to Analyze and Critically Assess Constitutional Problems in Their Regional, International, and Global Contexts;
- Expertise to Provide Policy-relevant Solutions to Constitutional Problems as an Individual Researcher and as a Member of an International Team.