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LL.M in European Integration
Europa-Institut, Saarland University


Address Europa-Institut, Department of Law, Saarland University, P.O. Box 15 11 50, 66041 Saarbrücken, Germany
Tel. No. +49 (0)681 302-3653
Fax No. +49 (0)681 302-4369
E-mail address
Course LL.M in European Integration
Type of course Full-time degree program
Length of course 12 months (9-month teaching period and 3-month period for preparation of the Master’s thesis)
Date of commencement Mid-October
Class size Lectures are limited to a maximum 40 participants; case studies to 20
Cost/Fees The tuition fees amount to 4,000 EUR per academic year (2,000 EUR per semester).
An additional administrative fee (currently € 130) is payable to Saarland University. Payment of this fee entitles students to an ID-Card, which authorizes free use of public transportation within the Saarland, and accident insurance.
Student grants / financial assistance There are several scholarship options. Please consult the appropriate section on our website for detailed information and useful links:
Accommodation The Europa-Institut assists students with finding accommodation. The options range from studio apartments (most popular) to shared housing and student halls.
Exchange partner schools The WTO Moot Court is organized in cooperation with the Institute for Economic and International Law (“Institut für Wirtschafts- und Völkerrecht) Bern.
The annual simulation of European decision-making processes (EUROSIM) is held in cooperation with a consortium of universities from the State of New York and Europe.
Major recruiters of our graduates Our alumni work at the European institutions, at international organizations, for national governments, NGOs, international law firms and professional services firms. More information on our Careers Service and links to employers is available on our website:
Student profile The Europa-Institut is renowned for its polyglot flair: over 5,000 students from over 40 countries have graduated from our program over the past 60 years. As we offer a postgraduate study program, students of all ages and all walks of life are invited to apply. As such, students of the Europa-Institut are not only given the chance to develop their theoretic legal knowledge and various soft skills, but also to learn to work with, and to build lasting friendships with, colleagues of contrasting cultural backgrounds and opinions.
Admissions requirements The requirements for admission are as follows:
  • a university degree in law or in a comparable subject from a German or foreign university and
  • proof of sound knowledge of German, as well as basic knowledge of English or French, and/or
  • proof of sound knowledge of English, with basic knowledge of German being an advantage.
    Please note that it is not necessary to commit in advance to undertaking the program in a specific language; if students develop their language skills over the duration of their stay, they may still opt to combine English and German classes at that stage.
    The number of available places is limited to 75 and the deadline for applications is July 15th.Students graduating after July 15th may apply until September 30th, subject to the availability of places.
  • Programme Directors Prof. Dr. Werner Meng and Prof. Dr. Torsten Stein
    Contact details for application The deadline for applications is July 15th, although late applications are accepted until September 30th, subject to availability of places. Applicants that have already obtained their full university degree by spring are encouraged to apply by April 1st.


    LL.M in European Integration

    Course Structure

    The Master's program "European Integration" constitutes a law-based postgraduate program that centers on EC law, policies of the European Union and international economic law. The program conveys both institutional and substantive aspects of European law. The possible areas of specialization are European Economic Law, Foreign Trade, European Media Law, European Protection of Human Rights and European Private Law.

    The program is divided into a nine-month teaching period and a three-month period for preparation of the Master’s thesis. The teaching period consists of basic courses, specialized courses and seminars. Each course is assessed by a written or oral test and carries a certain number of “credit points”. The Master's degree can be completed entirely in English, entirely in German or in a combination of both, depending on the desired specialization. The “basic courses” deal mainly with institutional European law and substantive European law of a general nature.

    The “specialized courses” allow for specialization in one or more of the five study units: European Economic Law, Foreign Trade, European Media Law, European Protection of Human Rights and European Private Law. In order to attain a “specialization” and have this displayed on the Master's certificate, students must gain a minimum of 12 credit points on courses of a particular unit.

    Areas of Specialization

    European Economic Law (taught in English)

    The courses convey knowledge of the general framework that characterizes economic activity in the European Union (e.g. economic and monetary union, banking law and European tax law). Students may also opt to deepen their knowledge of more particular regulations to which activities in the EU can be subject (e.g. European competition law, economic and competition policy) or which can accompany such activities (e.g. intellectual property law). The concerns of economic globalization are additionally taken into account in courses where the subject matter goes beyond EU boundaries.

    Foreign Trade (taught in English)

    The special study unit on foreign trade deals with economic globalization in the areas of trade, investment and capital transactions. Lectures dealing with foreign trade law of the EU and member states, with GATS and the service sector, with TRIPS and the harmonization of trade laws, and with international monetary policy or international economic sanctions, constitute both the more general courses and those that delve further into the theory of foreign trade and into economic analysis of law.

    European Media Law (taught in German)

    Electronic media constitutes an important domain today, its significance increasing continuously. The main focus of this unit of specialization is directed towards legal questions pertaining to the Internet, e-commerce and online multi-media offers. The specifics of other electronic communication forms, such as broadcasting and telecommunications, are also on the agenda. Furthermore, there are courses available that deal with the printed media, law of the fine arts or photo and film law.

    European Protection of Human Rights (taught in English and German)

    Participants of courses of this study unit are familiarized with the main features, limits and developments in human rights protection and trained to apply this knowledge in practice in the future. This unit centers on the development and realization of human rights in public international law and in multilateral contracts, on the practice of the European Court of Justice for Human Rights in Strasbourg and on the relationship between the European Union and the European Convention of Human Rights, particularly in light of the EU’s expected accession to the Convention following the coming into force of the Treaty of Lisbon.

    European Private Law (taught in German)

    The study unit European Private Law centers on examination of the relevant harmonizing measures in place and their consequent impact on the law of the member states. Conflict of laws, which is relevant to areas of private law which have not been harmonized within the EU, will also be covered (focusing particularly on the application of Rome I and Rome III), as will international civil procedure law (especially with regard to the Brussels I and II Regulations).

    The Master’s Thesis

    The prerequisite for writing the Master’s thesis is the successful completion of the study program by the attainment of at least 45 credit points. The thesis must constitute an independent exposition in the field of European or international law and is awarded with fifteen credit points. Students have three months to write their thesis, once they have officially registered to do so. As soon as the thesis has been successfully graded by a nominated lecturer, the title "Master of European Law" (LL.M.) is awarded. Students are free to choose when to start working on their Master’s thesis. As such, the thesis can also be written at a later date, for instance whilst in employment.


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