LLM in International and European Law


  • Master of laws (LL.M.)
  • Starting date: September
  • Tuition Fee: $5,765.00 USD
  • Language: English
  • Program type: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Specialization: International Law ; European Law


Director: Marc De Vos


The LLM in International and European Law offers the broadest spectrum of options available for students with an international career or research orientation. It allows students to handpick courses from a wealth of topics of European (EU) or international relevance, enabling students to create educational programme tailored to their personal interests and career needs.


Ghent University Law School has a wide array of English language courses on a great variety of European and international law issues. This LLM programme provides students with an opportunity to design their own curricula in accordance with their career priorities. It enables them to gain expertise on many contemporary topical issues of European and international law.


For students seeking to broadly develop their skills and knowledge for a career with an international dimension, this programme offers the best possible personal preparation. While enabling students to focus on particular subjects of interest, it also fully accommodates the needs of those students who seek a general European and international law education. With its combination of academic and practical skills modules, the programme prepares students for the international professional life that is increasingly the reality of law professionals all over the world.


Admission Criteria & Tuiton Fee


Students are eligible for admission if they fulfil the following admission criteria:



  • To have a law degree, i.e. the degree that in its country of origin makes one eligible to exercise the legal professions. Students in their final year of undergraduate studies may apply and may be conditionally admitted, subject to the successful completion of their degree.
  • Exceptionally, after an examination of their curriculum and in view of their acquired competences, candidates who do not have a law degree may also be admitted. In such an event, the admission may be made subject to limitations with respect to the courses to be followed.
  • To present proof of sufficient English proficiency (Applicable only to all non-native English speakers. We require a minimum score of 560 for paper TOEFL, 95 for Internet based TOEFL or 7 for IELTS. This should be equivalent to level C1). However, exemptions are for prospective candidates who have completed a study course for a minimum of a year at an English-speaking higher education institution.
  • To have sufficient financial support, as indicated in the application form, either through personal financial means or via financial aid. Please note that the tuition fee for the LLM programmes will be 5424,10 Euro (5765,00 USD) as of the academic year of 2017-2018 and onwards.
  • We welcome your applications from 01 October 2016 on until early July for the upcoming academic year.
  • To apply for admission to the LLM programme, with the completed application form and all required documents.





Students may subscribe to 38 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.



Core Elective Courses


Students may subscribe to not less than 35 and not more than 38 credit units from the following list. Subject to approval by the faculty.


  1. International and European Environmental Law (6 Credits)
    An Cliquet
  2. Advanced Human Rights (6 Credits)
    Eva Brems
  3. European Criminal Policy (6 Credits)
    Gert Vermeulen
  4. Advanced EU Competition Law (6 Credits)
    Jacques Bourgeois
  5. Advanced EU External Relations Law (6 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  6. Advanced EU Institutional Law (6 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  7. Advanced EU Internal Market Law (6 Credits)
    Inge Govaere
  8. The Autonomous EU Legal Order (6 Credits)
    Peter Van Elsuwege
  9. Air and Space Law (4 Credits)
    Frank Maes
  10. Contemporary Issues in EU Law - "Federalism in the European Union and in the United States of America" (3 Credits)
    Inge Govaere / Stanislas Adam
  11. Contemporary Issues in International Business Law: Intellectual Property Law (3 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf / Eric De Gryse
  12. Peaceful Settlement of Disputes in International Law (4 Credits)
    Tom Ruys
  13. EU Enlargement and Proximity Relations (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  14. EU External Relations: Selected Topics (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  15. EU Justice and Home Affairs (4 Credits) - Course will not be given in AY 2016-2017
    Gert Vermeulen
  16. European Banking and Capital Market Law (4 Credits)
    Michel Tison
  17. European Company Law and Corporate Governance (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  18. Constitutional Aspects of EU Integration (4 Credits)
    Erwoan Lannon
  19. European Contract Law (4 Credits)
    Ignace Claeys
  20. EU Labour Law (4 Credits)
    Marc De Vos
  21. European Media Law (4 Credits)
    Eva Lievens
  22. EU Social Law and International Employment (4 Credits)
    Yves Jorens
  23. EU Trade Policy (4 Credits)
    Jacques Bourgeois
  24. International Commercial Arbitration (4 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  25. International Business Transactions (4 Credits)
    Johan Erauw
  26. International Economic Law (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf / Diederik Bruloot
  27. International and European Biodiversity Law (4 Credits)
    An Cliquet
  28. Law of the Sea (4 Credits)
    Frank Maes
  29. Laws of Armed Conflict (4 Credits)
    Tom Ruys
  30. Maritime Transport Law (4 Credits)
    Kristiaan Bernauw
  31. Selected Issues: Organised Crime (4 Credits)
    Jelle Janssens
  32. EU Mergers and Acquisitions (4 Credits)
    Hans De Wulf
  33. Transport Insurance Law (4 Credits)
    Kristiaan Bernauw
  34. Transport Law (4 Credits)
    Kristiaan Bernauw
  35. European Private Law (ius commune) (4 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  36. European Law and ICT (4 Credits)
    Eva Lievens
  37. Legal Clinic: Human Rights (4 Credits)
    Eva Brems
  38. Moot Court: International Commercial Arbitration (12 Credits)
    Maud Piers
  39. Moot Court: Public International Law (12 Credits)
    Frank Maes


Master Dissertation (15 Credits)