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Programme Structure

The master consists of:

  • 10 core courses (200 hours)
  • 4 elective courses (at least 80 hours) 
  • Active participation to guest professional seminars organised by the LUISS Department of Law and LUISS School of Government and laboratories mainly focused on case law in the area of EU criminal law, company law, migration and legal drafting. 

Core Courses

This courses are mandatory to all participants

  • History of European Integration
  • The Systems of Governance of the European Union
  • Policies and Policy Making Structures in the EU
  • EU Legal Order and the Primacy of EU Law
  • EU Judicial Order
  • Legal Aspects of EU Institutions
  • The Substantive Law of the EU: The Four Freedoms
  • EU Internal Market and Competition Policies
  • Law of the External Relations of the EU
  • EU Trade Policy

Elective Courses

Participants are expected to complete at least 4 among these electives courses divided in the following two categories.

EU Public Policy electives

  • Migration and Security in the Mediterranean Area
  • European Common and Security and Defence Policy
  • Cohesion policies in the EU
  • Economic Crisis and Democracy in Europe
  • European Energy and Economic Policy
  • Respective roles of Member States and Institutions in EU major policy areas
  • The Economics of the European Economic and Monetary Union

EU Legal Electives

  • EU Administrative Law
  • EU Energy and Environmental Law
  • The Law of the European Economic and Monetary Union
  • European Constitutionalism: Theories and Experiences
  • EU Competition Law
  • EU Social Law
  • Representation of Interests in the EU: Legal and Political Aspects

Participants will also participate to two additional courses in:  

  • EPSO Preparation course fpr EPSO Selections 
  • Project Cycle Management for EU funded projects 

Participants are also expected to complete a 20.000  word final dissertation under the supervision of a member of the faculty of the Master course.

Following the successful completion of the academic requirements, students will gain 60 ECTS and be awarded the title of Second Level Master Degree in Law and Government of the European Union.

This programme has been developed in line with national approaches to LLM in Europe as to facilitate their acceptance. Therefore, an LLM mention is available to participants provided that they fulfil the following requisites:

  • Having completed full undergraduate degree in Law (for Italian candidates this is comparable to Laurea a ciclio Unico in Giurisprudenza) prior to the starting of the program
  • Choose 4 elective courses from the category “EU Legal Electives”.
  • Complete a master thesis on a topic associated to the core courses or one of the “EU Legal Electives”.