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Universität des Saarlandes - Europa-Institut
Sektion Rechtswissenschaft
Postfach 15 11 50
66041 Saarbrücken

The University

Saarland University was founded in November 1948 under the aegis of the French government and the University of Nancy. The special situation that the Saarland found itself post World War II, namely that of being partly autonomous, yet linked to France by economic and monetary union, gave the University a European perspective right from the start. The system of education offered was based on a merger of German and French educational traditions, and courses were taught in both languages. Professor Joseph-Francois Angelloz, the second vice chancellor of the University and first director of the Europa-Institut, proclaimed the University a "European University" in November 1950.

The Law School

The Europa-Institut, the second eldest institution of its kind in Europe, celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011. More than 5,000 students from all over the world have been educated within the field of European and International Law at the Europa-Institut since its foundation in 1951. Year after year, students from over 40 countries come to us to study the legal, political, economic and cultural foundations of the European Union. Our graduates hold top positions in European and International Organizations, law firms, national governments and international companies.

The Program

The Europa-Institut of Saarland University has been certified by the international accreditation agency ACQUIN in line with the system accreditation of Saarland University. The program accreditation officially certifies that the Europa-Institut of Saarland University represents excellent research as well as high-quality education.

The accredited program offers five specialization study units and aims to provide students with great freedom of choice with regard to which courses they wish to attend and complete. The course plan is designed to allow for a choice of courses and lectures unbound by specific specializations, permitting students to freely choose and compose their LL.M. subjects according to their own wishes and interests within European and International

Our one-year master's program is divided into two parts; a nine-month study program over two semesters, followed by a three-month period for the drafting of the master's thesis. The program can be completed entirely in English, entirely in German or in a combination of these. The courses are held in German or in English, and students are assessed by lecturers
pursuant to the courses; mostly either in a written or an oral exam. A specific number of credit points will be awarded for the completion of almost all of the courses. A total of 45
credit points minimum must be attained during the course of the study program. 15 additional credit points are awarded after the completion and approval of the master's thesis. Three-quarters of the final mark therefore comprises the marks achieved during the study program, whilst the remaining quarter is composed of the mark awarded for the master's thesis. Our postgraduate study program offers, with its Module 1 European Integration and its Modules 2 to 5 with the Study Units European Economic Law, Foreign Trade and Investment, International Dispute Resolution and European Protection of Human Rights, a high degree of specialization in quickly expanding professional fields within European and International Law.

Module 1: European Integration
Module 1 focuses on the basics and foundations of European Law. Aside from more classical fields of European Law, lectures will illustratively broach subjects, such as Judicial Cooperation, European Private Law, and the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, in order to provide students with a basic understanding of and insight into the legal inter-connectedness of the Union and its institutions. Through a variety of practical simulation courses, such as the ECJ-Moot Court or EUROSIM, students are enabled to put their acquired theoretical knowledge into practice.

Module 2: Study Unit European Economic Law
The study unit comprises various areas of law which are of fundamental importance not only in Europe but in a global perspective, with regard to both business and legal practice. The courses convey sound knowledge of the general framework that characterizes economic activity in the European Union (the Economic and Monetary Union, Banking Law and European Tax Law). Students may additionally opt to deepen their knowledge
of more particular regulations which economic activities in the EU might be subject to (e.g. European Competition Law, Economic and Competition Policy) or that potentially accompany
such activities (e.g. Intellectual Property Law). The challenges of economic globalization are taken into account in courses in which the subject matter extends beyond EU borders. In addition, there are numerous case studies offered as part of the study unit, which allow students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice. Moreover, students have
the opportunity to focus in various tracks on the area of Corporate Law, European Management and/or questions on European regulations and their implementation on a national level.

Module 3: Study Unit Foreign Trade and Investment
The study unit deals with economic globalization especially in the areas of trade, investment and capital transactions. Courses such as International Trade and Investment Law and the Law of International Organizations and further selected parts of public international business law convey essential knowledge of key material in International Economic Law. Special attention is given to the interplay between economics and law, a relationship
that is becoming increasingly important in both international and European legal practice.
Courses that delve more deeply into the subject matter include lectures based on the foreign trade law of the European Union and its member states, substantive WTO Law (particularly focusing on the GATT, the GATS and the TRIPS Agreement) and
the harmonization of national trade laws. Certain courses are centered on legal areas that are becoming increasingly more important as a result of increased international trade (such as laws relating to financial supervision). In addition, courses on international economic and monetary policy as well as on international economic sanctions laws are offered. Moreover, the study unit offers a simulation called WTO Moot Court in cooperation with the University of Bern, which takes on the dispute resolution mechanisms of the WTO.

Module 4: Study Unit International Dispute Resolution
The study unit International Dispute Resolution familiarizes students with typical problems and the basic concepts of international commercial arbitration, international investment
arbitration and alternative dispute resolution. The program focuses on efficient and fair dispute resolution in a transnational context, in a world where commercial courts are national
institutions. Hereto the study unit offers, in addition to the named lecture topics, complementing lectures for increased understanding and insight, for instance in International Business Transactions, a lecture focusing on students acquiring
specialized expertise as well as insight into the many cultural perspectives and aspects relevant to doing business across borders, in order for students to get an enhanced understanding of the complexity of cross-border trade. Case studies as well as negotiation and procedural training are an important part of the study unit and provide an ideal addition
to the lectures on offer. This enables students to obtain an ideal mix of theoretically minded lectures, equipping students with the necessary analytical abilities, and more practically applicable courses, allowing students to put their acquired theoretical knowledge into practice. Distinguished guest lecturers form an integral part of the program. Furthermore, excursions to International Institutions (such as the ICC in Paris or the ICSID in
Washington) are on the agenda.

Module 5: Study Unit European Protection of Human Rights
Participants in this study unit will be focused on the main features, limits and developments in human rights protection and shown how to put this knowledge successfully into practice. The study unit centers on the development and realization of human rights in public international law and in multilateral contracts, and focuses on the relationship between the European Union as well as the European Convention on Human Rights and on
the practice of the organs of the European Convention on Human Rights. The practical application of human rights law is of particular relevance and interest for the purposes of this study unit, and the courses cover both past and pending case law, of which it will provide an overview. Amongst the topics studied are for example the legitimacy of private broadcasting, the banning of political parties, the freedom of the press, minimum
standards for deportation as well as more general questions such as those relating to the rights of individuals in relation to the sovereignty of the European Union.

Module 6: Master's Thesis
The thesis constitutes an independent academic dissertation in the field of European or international law. The thesis may be written in English or German. Students have a deadline of three months to write and submit their thesis. Pursuant to its successful completion, an additional amount of 15 credit points will be awarded. Students are free to choose when to start working on their master's thesis. Thus, the thesis can also be written at a later stage, for example when already working. Once it has been successfully approved and graded by a nominated lecturer, the title Master of Laws (LL.M.) is awarded.

The Faculty

The Master's degree qualifies as a model program for European studies: it has been officially approved, and is supported by, the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Ministry of Education, Science Research and Technology, the European Commission and the “Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft.”

Key characteristics of the faculty include the teaching body, the combination of teaching methods employed and the resources available to students.

The mixture of lectures, seminars, interactive exercises, moot courts, language courses, communication skills training and discussions, specifically attuned to the curriculum content, allows the Europa-Institut to offer an optimal combination of theoretic knowledge and practical application. The lecturers at the Institute on the other hand complement the program by guaranteeing a highly practical and professional approach to their respective subjects. Along with professors based at Saarland University, there are guest lecturers from an array of countries, top officials from all major European institutions and leading personalities from the judiciary, administration, political sector and the business realm. To date, many prominent personalities have lectured at the Institute, including the former German judge at the European Court of Justice and former President of the German Federal Supreme Court, Prof. Dr. Günter Hirsch; the former German Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, Prof. Dr. Siegbert Alber; the former German judge at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, Prof. Dr. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Georg Ress; and the Registrar of the Civil Service Tribunal, Prof. Dr. Waltraud Hakenberg. In addition, lawyers from leading international law firms such as Norton Rose, Baker & McKenzie and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer also teach at the Institute. A great additional advantage of the faculty is therefore the opportunity for students to establish direct contact to top level professionals in Europe, a fact that often leads to the attainment of highly sought-after internships and thus constitutes a great step towards promising careers.

In terms of research, the faculty boasts an excellently equipped library which also serves as a European Documentation Centre, as it contains all official publications of the European Union, and an IT center exclusive to students of the Institute. In respect of publications, the Europa-Institut has been publishing its own academic journal, ZEuS (“Zeitschrift für europarechtliche Studien”) since 1998. It appears on a quarterly basis and is dedicated to topical problems relating to European integration, European and international law, as well as international aspects of constitutional law. In addition, the NOMOS-Verlag offers a forum for the publishing of speeches, dissertations and master’s theses, exclusively for the Europa-Institut.

Entry Requirements

The most important requirement for admission is a university degree in law or a comparable subject from a German or foreign university and proof of sound knowledge of German and/or English.

Please note that it is not necessary to commit in advance to undertaking the program in a specific language; if students develop language skills over the duration of their stay, they may still opt to combine English and German classes at that stage.

Application Procedure

The LL.M. program begins in the autumn, usually in mid-October, with the winter term.

The deadline for applications is 15th July, but late applications may be accepted until 30th September, subject to the availability of places. Applicants who have already obtained their full university degree by spring are encouraged to apply by 1st April.

The number of available places is limited to 75. Candidates are selected on the basis of academic record, motivation and criteria applied to their specialized field of study.

The application form can be downloaded from our homepage and is available under the following link:


We look forward to receiving your application - good luck!

Tuition and Fees

The tuition fees amount to 5,000 € per academic year (2,500 € per semester).

An additional administrative fee is payable to Saarland University. This entitles students to an ID-Card, which authorizes free use of public transportation within the Saarland and accident insurance. In addition, it confirms student status and can therefore be used to obtain student discounts.

Financial Aid

If you would like to know more on scholarship opportunities, please visit the relevant section of our website where you will find more extensive information and links:

In addition, numerous scholarships are granted to applicants by the governments or state departments of their home countries. Searching locally for grants is therefore always a good place to start.


The Europa-Institut is part of Saarland University, a campus university located close to the city centre of Saarbrücken.

Saarbrücken is a very pleasant and active city to live in. Due to its proximity to France, the locals have in many ways adopted the French way of life, as can be seen when strolling around the picturesque St. Johanner Markt with its many cafés on a sunny afternoon.
However, although the city has much to offer in itself, exploring other attractive destinations is never a difficult task due to its central location. The cities of Metz and Luxembourg, for example, are within an hour of Saarbrücken, and both well worth a visit. Paris can be reached in under 2 hours by TGV or ICE, and, for a less “cosmopolitan” feel, the pretty villages of Alsace or Lorraine are only a stone's throw away.


The Europa-Institut assists students with finding accommodation. Private estate agents and the student council ("Studentenwerk") are also useful.

Student accommodation is available for approx. € 200-300 per calendar month and can range from studio apartments (most popular) to shared housing or student halls. Living expenses will of course depend on lifestyle choices, but should not total more than € 500-600.

Student Life

Saarland University offers its students a range of activities to participate in. Apart from the numerous parties and get-togethers organized by students and held both on and off campus, the University provides students with the possibility of participating (generally even free of charge!) in different kinds of sporting activities, cultural activities (including theatre groups, the university orchestra, choir or cinema society), and language or other additional skills courses, as well as membership of international student societies such as ELSA and AIESEC.

Excursions to the institutions of the European Union and other international institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, The Hague and Geneva form an integral part of the study program, as do interactive academic events such as moot courts (modeled both on the European Court of Justice and on the arbitration proceedings of the WTO) and EUROSIM, the annual simulation of European decision-making processes which is organized by the Europa-Institut in cooperation with a consortium of universities from the State of New York and Europe.

With a student population of approximately 20,000, life in Saarbrücken offers a variety of pastimes. For those who are nocturnal, the city offers several nightclubs, a wide variety of bars and numerous international restaurants. For those who enjoy the fresh air, the many beer gardens and grassy areas around the river "Saar" have much to offer. Where culture is concerned, Saarbrücken is home to the main theatre and opera house of the Saarland, the Staatstheater, as well as to numerous small theatres, including those specializing in more “arty” and original performances. In addition, summer time is festival time, meaning that a range of events for a variety of ages are on offer during the summer months.

Program Information

  • Master's Program (LL.M.) in European and International Law
Program Features
  • The curriculum can be completed in English, German, or in a combination of both languages.
  • The LL.M. program is especially designed for postgraduate study in European and International Law, with the possibility of specializing in one of the following study units: European Economic Law, Foreign Trade and Investment, International Dispute Resolution, and European Protection of Human Rights.
Language of Instruction
  • English, German
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