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 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 (25 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
  4. Seminar: Foreign Chair (3 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  5. Skills For Lawyers and LLM Lecture Series (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf / Emma Wood / Dirk VandermeerschDirk De Meulemeester


Elective Courses (20 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 17 and not more than 20 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. Advanced EU External Relations Law (6 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  5. Contemporary Issues in EU Law - Course will not be given in AY 2020-2021
    Inge Govaere
  6. Contemporary Issues in European and Comparative Law (3 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  7. EU Enlargement and Proximity Relations (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  8. EU External Relations: Selected Topics (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  9. EU Justice and Home Affairs (4 Credits) - Course will not be given in AY 2020-2021
    Gert Vermeulen
  10. European Banking and Capital Market Law (4 Credits)
    Michel Tison
  11. European and Comparative Company Law and Corporate Governance (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  12. Constitutional Aspects of EU Integration (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  13. Comparative Contract Law (4 Credits)
    Ignace Claeys
  14. European Labour and Employment Law (4 Credits)
    Filip Van Overmeiren
  15. EU Social Law and International Employment (4 Credits)
    Yves Jorens
  16. EU Trade Policy (4 Credits)
    Jacques Bourgeois
  17. International and European Biodiversity Law (4 Credits)
    An Cliquet
  18. European Private Law (ius commune) (4 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  19. European Law and ICT (4 Credits)
    Eva Lievens
  20. Advanced European and international asylum and migration law and policy (6 Credits)
    Ellen Desmet
  21. Moot Court: International Commercial Arbitration (12 Credits) 
    Maud Piers
  22. Moot Court: European Law (12 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  23. Moot Court: Public International Law (12 Credits)
    Frank Maes


Master Dissertation (15 Credits)


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