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 (Peru), 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)
    Hans De Wulf
  6. Skills For Lawyers and LLM Lecture Series (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf / Emma Wood / Dirk VandermeerschDirk De Meulemeester


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)
    Stanislas Adam
  4. Contemporary Issues in EU Law - Course will not be given in AY 2019-2020
    Inge Govaere
  5. Contemporary Issues in European and Comparative Law (3 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  6. EU Enlargement and Proximity Relations (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  7. EU External Relations: Selected Topics (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  8. EU Justice and Home Affairs (4 Credits) - Course will not be given in AY 2019-2020
    Gert Vermeulen
  9. European Banking and Capital Market Law (4 Credits)
    Michel Tison
  10. European and Comparative Company Law and Corporate Governance (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  11. Constitutional Aspects of EU Integration (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  12. Comparative Contract Law (4 Credits)
    Ignace Claeys
  13. European Labour and Employment Law (4 Credits)
    Filip Van Overmeiren
  14. EU Social Law and International Employment (4 Credits)
    Yves Jorens
  15. EU Trade Policy (4 Credits)
    Jacques Bourgeois
  16. International and European Biodiversity Law (4 Credits)
    An Cliquet
  17. European Private Law (ius commune) (4 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  18. European Law and ICT (4 Credits)
    Eva Lievens
  19. Advanced European and international asylum and migration law and policy (6 Credits)
    Ellen Desmet
  20. Moot Court: International Commercial Arbitration (12 Credits) - Course will not be given in AY 2019-2020
    Maud Piers
  21. Moot Court: European Law (12 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  22. Moot Court: Public International Law (12 Credits)
    Frank Maes


Master Dissertation (15 Credits)


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