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The Doctorate in Law

The Law Department offers a four-year programme leading to the doctorate. For the general rules governing admission and the doctoral programme go to the Academic Service webpages. The first year of the doctoral programme leads to the conferring of the Master in Comparative, European and International Laws (LL.M.). In the first year, researchers in the doctoral programme follow a series of seminars and courses jointly with the LL.M. researchers. Researchers who benefit from four years of grant will have four years to present their Ph.D. at the Institute and a fifth year during which the defence may take place. 


The One-Year LL.M. Degree (Legum Magister)

Since 1984 the EUI has offered law students a one-year programme leading to the degree of Master in Comparative, European and International Laws (LL.M.). LL.M. researchers, counselled and supervised by a professor in the department, participate in departmental seminars and courses along with the Ph.D. researchers and they write an LL.M. thesis which is the basis for the conferral of the degree. 

For more information on the LL.M. programme, see below.


The Structured LL.M./First-Year Programme

Research Development Workshops and Intensive Courses

The LL.M/First-Year Ph.D. Programme aims to provide LL.M. and doctoral researchers with opportunities for intensive engagement with permanent and visiting faculty, in order to assist in the iterative development of their research design and enhance scholarly literacy. 

The aim of courses and seminars is first and foremost to expand researchers' scholarly literacy and expose them to a variety of intellectual approaches to the advanced study of law. The seminars may also assist researchers with their own research design and development, and visiting faculty will be available for individual consultation and office hours during their stay. All LL.M./first-year researchers are strongly encouraged to meet with the visiting professors to discuss their research project.

For more information about the LL.M./First Year Programme Research Development Workshops and Intensive Courses, click here.


Courses and Seminars

Our courses and seminars seek to reflect the department’s commitment and profile: European and international in its character, comparative in its approach and contextual in its methods. These three dimensions are represented both in the general programme and within the individual seminars. They have, however, not been codified in a mandatory curriculum. Therefore, researchers enjoy freedom in the planning of their studies, subject to the agreement of their supervisors.  Researchers are expected to take an active role in all courses offered; course convenors will expect that researchers have carried out the required readings, and that researchers participate actively in seminar discussions. Each professor will also specify additional requirements for the courses for which they are responsible.

Participation in each seminar will be limited to 30 EUI researchers on a first-come, first-served basis. Visiting students, fellows and U.S. exchange students will be counted separately. Enrollment will only be accepted during the two weeks prior to the final deadline (2 - 26  September), when a link to the online registration form will be available in the description of each seminar in the Course Catalogue. All seminar materials will be made available to registered participants in the Sharepoint cloud directory.

Although some short seminars and workshops may be offered, the third term is essentially dedicated to the writing of the LL.M. thesis or a substantial paper relating to the doctoral project on the basis of which admission to the next year is decided.

In order to obtain credits, researchers are required to attend 80% of all sessions of each seminar they registered for, and they are responsible for ensuring that they register their presence on the lists circulated at each session. If there is a legitimate reason (e.g. illness, research mission) for not attending a specific session, the researcher must inform Valentina Gorgoni by email and include the written approval of the absence from the seminar coordinator. This should be done before the session takes place (or immediately afterwards in cases of sudden ill health). All researchers should read the seminar materials prepared for each session prior to attending class and they are expected to participate actively during seminars. 


Linguistic Diversity

The Law Department attaches particular importance to the maintenance and encouragement of linguistic diversity in all of its activities. It therefore encourages both professors and researchers to use languages other than English whenever they can be used by all those concerned. The writing of theses in languages other than English continues to be encouraged wherever this is desired by the researcher and appropriate supervision is available.

For more information, visit the Language Centre.

Page last updated on 28 August 2019