European Union Law Specialization

The European Union Law Specialization presents the best of Ghent Law School’s renowned expertise in EU law for students aspiring to specialise in the law and institutions of the European Union. By a careful combination of compulsory core subjects and elective specialised courses, students receive an all-round high-level EU law education, while maintaining freedom of focus on personal career or research needs.

The Ghent Law School is a EU "Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence", recognised for its expertise and its available resources for European Union Law. With the EU institutions in its vicinity, Ghent Law School offers all the necessary facilities for an in-depth study of the law and practice of the European Union. Students can also benefit from the excellent library, which doubles as a European Documentation Centre.

With an ever expanding and further integrating European Union, and in an ever more global legal environment, this LLM offers an additional law degree that is instrumental on the international job market. The specialised nature of the programme allows students to develop specific skills and competences in the rapidly developing areas of EU law. In short, this Ghent University Law School LLM programme forms a significant stepping stone for lawyers and professionals who require knowledge of EU law and/or EU institutions for their career development.



Inge Govaere

INGE GOVAERE is Professor of EU Law, Director of the Ghent European Law Institute (G.E.L.I.) and Director of the LLMs at Ghent University. She is also the Director of the European Legal Studies Department at the College of Europe in Bruges. 

She obtained her PhD at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence (Italy). Inge Govaere was  Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Cornell University (Ithaca NY, USA) and has been a visiting professor or given conferences and guest lectures at many universities worldwide, inter alia Columbia University (N.Y., USA), Yale University (C.T., USA),  Curtin University (Perth, Australia), University of Sao Paolo (Brazil),  Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II, France), Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition (Munich, Germany), the European University Institute (EUI) (Firenze, Italy), and Cambridge University (UK). 

Her academic interests vary from EU external relations law to Internal Market and EU intellectual property rights. Her latest (co-edited) books are “The Division of Competences between the European Union and its Member States: Reflections on the Past, Present and Future”, Hart Publishing (2017, paperback 2020); “The EU Better Regulation Agenda”, Hart Publishing (2018, paperback 2020); “The Interface Between EU and International Law: Contemporary Reflections”, Hart Publishing (2019); “Critical Reflections on Constitutional Democracy in the European Union”, Hart Publishing (2019); “EU External Relations Post-Lisbon: The Law and Practice of Facultative Mixity”, Brill (2020); “Internal Market 2.0”, Hart Publishing (2020, forthcoming).

Inge Govaere is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB).



General Courses (10 Credits)

  1. The EU and the US Constitutional Orders Compared (4 Credits) 
    Stanislas Adam
  2. LLM Lecture Series (3 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  3. Seminar: Foreign Chair (3 Credits)
    Inge Govaere            


Courses related to the main subject (18 Credits)

  1. Advanced EU Institutional Law (6 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  2. Advanced EU Internal Market Law (6 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  3. The Autonomous EU Legal Order (6 Credits)
    Peter Van Elsuwege


Elective Courses (17 Credits)

Students may subscribe to 17 credit units from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.

  1. European Criminal Policy (6 Credits)
    Gert Vermeulen
  2. International and European Environmental Law (6 Credits)
    An Cliquet
  3. Advanced EU Competition Law (6 Credits)
    Stanislas Adam
  4. EU Enlargement and Proximity Relations (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  5. EU and the Wider World: Americas, Africa and Asia (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  6. Advanced EU External Relations Law (6 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  7. European Banking and Capital Market Law (4 Credits)
    Michel Tison
  8. European and Comparative Company Law and Corporate Governance (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  9. Constitutional Aspects of EU Integration (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  10. European Labour and Employment Law (4 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  11. EU Social Law and International Employment (4 Credits)
    Yves Jorens
  12. EU Trade Policy (4 Credits)
    Guillaume Van der Loo
  13. International and European Biodiversity Law (4 Credits)
    An Cliquet
  14. European Law and ICT (4 Credits)
    Eva Lievens
  15. Selected Issues: European and International Migration Law and Policy (6 Credits)
    Ellen Desmet
  16. Moot Court: International Commercial Arbitration (12 Credits) 
    Maud Piers
  17. Moot Court: European Law (12 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  18. Moot Court: Public International Law (12 Credits)
    Frank Maes
  19. Advanced Course on Human Rights (6 Credits)
    Eva Brems
  20. European Media Law (4 Credits)
    Eva Lievens
  21. International Economic Law (4 Credits)
    Diederik Bruloot
  22. Human Rights and Migration Law Clinic (8 Credits)
    Eva Brems
  23. Data Ethics (4 Credits)
    Mahsa Shabani
  24. Healthcare, Innovation and Law (4 Credits)
    Mahsa Shabani


Master Dissertation (15 Credits)


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