PROJECT NUMBER: 1252701
Master of European Legal Studies 2012 - 2014 (Year 1)/Master en études européennes - Spécialité Droit de la construction européenne (1ère année) - MELS Online, in partnership with the Université de Lorraine
28/Sep-31/Dec/2012 • Luxembourg and online
Interpretations available in English, French.
EIPA Luxembourg, the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers, is offering a two-year postgraduate programme leading to a Master degree in European Legal Studies.
In 2006, the programme was updated to meet the new academic requirements laid down by the so-called Bologna process, which aims to harmonise graduate and postgraduate studies at EU level; as of 2010, it is offered as a blended programme, combining face-to-face lectures, e-Learning sessions and distance learning.
This Master is a truly international study programme offered in partnership with the Université de Lorraine and in cooperation with members of the law faculty of Luxembourg University. Apart from academic excellence assured by professors of these two universities, the programme’s faculty line-up is completed by experienced legal professionals trained in different European jurisdictions: officials of the legal services of EU institutions, legal secretaries of the EU Courts, representatives of national judiciaries and privately practicing lawyers. Moreover, each promotion attracts students representing roughly half of the Member States of the EU (some of them travelling from their home states). Students who successfully conclude the programme are awarded a Master degree (Master en études européennes - spécialité Droit de la construction européenne) by the Université de Lorraine (France).
This Master degree is fully recognised throughout the European Union!
The programme is designed to achieve two principal aims: to provide an initial background to the fundamental issues underlying the European integration process; and to offer progressive and increasing specialisation in the vast field of European law, with a view to enabling students to deal with legal questions in a practical way.
The legal focus of the programme is on the broader ambit of European integration, also touching upon different economic and political aspects of the integration process and duly considering their legal and practical implications.
The programme spans two years (M1 & M2) and is based on a combination of teaching methodologies. First, students attend face-to-face lectures and tutorials using interactive education methods such as group work, case studies, simulation exercises and problem-solving learning. Second, a set of web-based learning tools such as audio-video tutorials, web-conference lectures, assignments and online tests are offered. Finally, students are invited to engage in guided distance learning. Attendance is compulsory in order to be able to sit the examinations. The face-to-face tuition takes place on specific weekends per academic semester, when students gather from Friday afternoon to Sunday lunchtime. These weekends are supplemented by online work and self-study, providing students with an excellent opportunity to broaden and deepen their knowledge of the law and how it works in practice.
By virtue of the campus – MELS e-Learning platform – Students regularly receive up-to-date learning material, including extracts of legislation, case law and references for recommended literature designed to structure and supplement their study.
The programme is mainly intended for civil servants, EU officials, lawyers, judges and other legal experts, as well as other professionals and graduates interested in European law. No prior degree in law is required to participate in the programme.
The courses are held in English and in French. The participants must have an active knowledge of both languages in order to be able to sit the examinations.
The Master degree in European Legal Studies is a highly valuable instrument for graduating participants in the development of their respective professional careers. For example, graduates can use it as a stepping stone to enter international and European organisations, while those already working as EU officials may use their degree to advance their career within the EU administration. The degree also allows those participants already working as lawyers to practise in the various areas of European law. Finally, the degree can also enable graduates to pursue a professional career within any of the wide range of national administrations as well as European associations and companies (consultancy firms, European federations, lobby groups, territorial representations in Brussels, etc.) involved in the various aspects and facets of the European integration process.
The registration fee is €4875 per academic year and includes enrolment fees with the accrediting university, online materials, tuition, etc. Note that you may be eligible for EIPA discounts and that participation in the programme may make you eligible for financial support from national continuous education programmes.
Download the application form here
(September 2012 – January 2013)
Introduction to European geopolitics. Theories on the European integration process
- Introduction to European geography and geopolitics
- History of the European integration process
- Theories and methods of the European integration process
- Introduction to legal concepts
- EU information systems
Introduction to European legal affairs
- The EU Legal System
- Institutional law
- Decision-making processes in the EU
- The judicial system of the EU. The system of EU judicial remedies
(January 2013 – June 2013)
Specialised European legal issues (I): Internal Market and European economic law
- From Customs Union to Internal Market and beyond: the economic dimension of the European integration process
- The four freedoms of the Internal Market
- Competition law in the EU
- European company law
- European tax law
- Economic and Monetary Union
Specialised European issues: broadening, deepening and reform of the EU. The future of the European integration process
- Legal aspects of the enlargement process
- The legal mechanisms of EU Treaty reform
- The future of the European integration process
SECOND ACADEMIC YEAR (M2)
(September 2013 – January 2014)
Specialised European legal issues (II): European legal issues related to the Internal Market
- Intellectual property law
- European environmental law
- EU law on consumer protection
- EU rules on electronic activities
- European social law
Implementation of the European legal system
- EU administrative law
- Implementation of EU law at European level
- Implementation of EU law at national level
Master thesis: Methodology seminar
(January 2014 – July 2014)
The European Area of Justice, Freedom and Security
- Visas, asylum, immigration and other policies related to the free movement of persons
- Judicial cooperation in civil matters & European private international law
- Police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters
Europe as an international actor
- External relations of the EU
- Common commercial policy and economic external relations of the EU
- European Common Foreign and Security Policy
Fundamental rights in Europe
Visit the Master webpage for more details on the MELS programme.