LLM in European Union Law

The LLM in European Union Law 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 a 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 studied law at Ghent University (1987) and obtained her Ph.D at the European University Institute (E.U.I.) in Florence (Italy, 1994). She is also a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Cornell University, N.Y. (USA, 1998). Ms. Govaere is currently a professor of European Law and Jean Monnet Chair in EU Legal Studies at Ghent University as well as the Director of the European Legal Studies Department at the College of Europe, Bruges.

She gives guest-lectures and participates in conferences in the EU and abroad, a.o. European University Institute (E.U.I., Firenze), Cambridge University (UK), Yale University (USA), Columbia University (N.Y., USA), Pittsburgh University (USA), Bond University (Queensland, Australia), Sao Paolo (Bresil), Lima (Perou), La Paz (Bolivia), Sofia (Bulgaria), Budapest (Hungary), Warsaw (Poland), Tunis (Tunesia), Ankara (Turkey).



General Courses (31 Credits)

  1. Advanced EU External Relations Law (6 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  2. Advanced EU Institutional Law (6 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  3. Advanced EU Internal Market Law (6 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  4. The Autonomous EU Legal Order (6 Credits)
    Peter Van Elsuwege
  5. Seminar: Foreign Chair (3 Credits)
    Marc De Vos
  6. Skills For Lawyers and LLM Lecture Series (4 Credits)
    Marc De Vos / Emma Wood / Dirk VandermeerschDirk De Meulemeester / Avi Schneebalg


Elective Courses (14 Credits)

Students may subscribe to 14 credit units from not less than 1 and not more than 2 modules from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.

Introductory Course
Students may subscribe to not more than 3 credit units from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.

  1. European Law: The Basics (3 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon


Core Elective Courses

Students may subscribe to not less than 11 and not more than 14 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)
    Jacques Bourgeois / Stanislas Adam
  4. Contemporary Issues in EU Law - "Federalism in the European Union and in the United States of America" (3 Credits)
    Inge Govaere / Stanislas Adam
  5. EU Enlargement and Proximity Relations (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  6. EU External Relations: Selected Topics (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  7. EU Justice and Home Affairs (4 Credits) - Course will not be given in AY 2016-2017
    Gert Vermeulen
  8. European Banking and Capital Market Law (4 Credits)
    Michel Tison
  9. European Company Law and Corporate Governance (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  10. Constitutional Aspects of EU Integration (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  11. European Contract Law (4 Credits)
    Ignace Claeys
  12. EU Labour Law (4 Credits)
    Marc De Vos
  13. EU Social Law and International Employment (4 Credits)
    Yves Jorens
  14. EU Trade Policy (4 Credits)
    Jacques Bourgeois
  15. International and European Biodiversity Law (4 Credits)
    An Cliquet
  16. European Private Law (ius commune) (4 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  17. European Law and ICT (4 Credits)
    Eva Lievens
  18. Advanced European and international asylum and migration law and policy (6 Credits)
    Ellen Desmet
  19. Moot Court: International Commercial Arbitration (12 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  20. Moot Court: Public International Law (12 Credits)
    Frank Maes


Master Dissertation (15 Credits)


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