LL.M. in European and International Law - Specialization in International Dispute Resolution


Program Description

Important information for prospective students

You have applied for the Master's program "European and International Law" at the Europa-Institut and might be wondering how the current developments of the worldwide corona pandemic could affect the application process and your studies at the Europa-Institut.

Rest assured: We are prepared! The team at the Europa-Institut has already adapted the application and selection procedures as well as the planning of the academic year 2020/21 to current events and the new framework conditions that will accompany them, in order to offer you planning security for your studies with us. 

In the current summer semester, our students will be able to finish their studies with digital alternative formats such as e-learning and online lectures, in case there will be no more opportunities for face-to-face lectures until July 2020.

Of course, we hope that regular studies will be possible again in autumn. However, should this not be the case, we are prepared to let part of the winter semester take place online.

This way you can be sure that you can begin your studies at the Europa-Institut via e-learning on the regular starting date of the winter semester, if you are not able to attend in person at that time due to travel restrictions and security measures.

Current information on the application process

The application procedure for the academic year 20/21 will continue as planned and the selection procedure will take place regularly!

Here you will find some important changes in connection with the admission procedure, which we would like to inform you about:

  • Application documents: We are aware that many universities and institutions are currently closed and it can therefore be difficult to obtain transcripts and diplomas. Therefore we currently accept applications without officially certified copies and give you the opportunity to submit the official documents before the beginning of the winter semester.
  • Proof of language proficiency: The deadline for submitting your TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge test results will also be extended to 15 August 2020, as we know that many test centers will postpone the exam dates.
  • Application deadline: The general application deadline for the Master's programme is postponed to 15 August 2020.
  • Start of the semester: The start of lectures at the Europa-Institut for the academic year 2020/2021 will be 2 November 2020. 
  • Visas: At the moment there may be delays in the processing of visa applications due to the Corona crisis. Please check the websites of the local German consulate for the latest information and contact us if you have any difficulties in applying for a visa.

If you have any questions you can contact us by e-mail at application@europainstitut.de and we will be happy to arrange for a meeting over the phone with a member of our team.

In addition to telephone consultation, we also offer consultation appointments via Skype. Please make an appointment with our team in advance by e-mailapplication@europainstitut.de.

Applications can be submitted at any time via www.europainstitut.de/onlineapplication.

We are looking forward to your application, take care of yourself and stay healthy! Your Europa-Institut team


The Europa-Institut at Saarland University offers a one year Master's program in European and International Law with six modules: Module 1: European Integration and Modules 2-6 with the study units European Economic Law, Foreign Trade and Investment, International Dispute Resolution, European and International Protection of Human Rights and IT Law (from Winter Semester 2019/2020 on, initially only in German).

Example: Specialization in 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 aim of the study unit is to focus on efficient and fair dispute resolution in a transnational context, in a world where commercial courts are national institutions. This 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, 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) are on the agenda.

Key Facts

  • One-year Master's program focusing on European and International Law
  • Program can be done in English and/or German
  • Six modules are offered: Module 1: European Integration and Modules 2-6 with the study units European Economic Law, Foreign Trade and Investment, International Dispute Resolution, European and International Protection of Human Rights and IT Law (from Winter Semester 2019/2020 on, initially only in German)
  • Title “Master of Laws” (LL.M.) is awarded
  • Highly qualified specialists from the academic and business world
  • Practice-oriented teaching combined with excellence in academic training
  • 75 students from 40 countries
  • Excursions to European and international institutions
  • Intensive support from the Europa-Institut team
  • Access to an international network via our Alumni Association EVER e.V.
  • Excellent preparation for the European and international job market


The Europa-Institut offers the following modules:

  • Module 1: European Integration
  • Module 2: Study Unit European Economic Law
  • Module 3: Study Unit Foreign Trade and Investment
  • Module 4: Study Unit International Dispute Resolution
  • Module 5: Study Unit International and European Protection of Human Rights
  • Module 6: IT Law (from Winter Semester 2019/2020, initially only in German)
  • Module 7: Master's Thesis

Each unit offers a high degree of specialization in quickly expanding professional fields within the European and international law. It is possible for students to obtain up to two specializations in addition to their Master's degree, i.e. to obtain an LL.M. degree in International Dispute Resolution or European Economic Law.

Credit Points

A total of at least 45 credit points 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, making it a total number of 60 credit points that have to be reached for completion of the Master's program.

Entry Requirements

The requirements for admission to the LL.M. program "European and International Law" at the Europa-Institut are as follows

  • a university degree in law or in a comparable subject (business studies, humanities) from a German or foreign university and
  • proof of sound knowledge of German and/or English

More information on www.europainstitut.de/application

Application Procedure and Deadlines

The number of available places is limited. Candidates are selected on the basis of their academic qualifications and suitability.

The Master's program "European and International Law" begins in the winter semester. The deadline for applications is always 15 July, directly preceding the winter semester that candidates wish to commence in. Late applications may be accepted until 30 September.

More information on www.europainstitut.de/application.

Tuition and Fees

The tuition fees are 5,600 Euro per academic year (2,800 Euro per semester).

An additional administrative fee is payable to Saarland University. This entitles students to an ID-Card, which authorizes the 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.

Online Application

The Europa-Institut offers an online application that can be found here:


The Law School

The Europa-Institut is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Commission and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). It stands for high educational standards, close contact and regular exchange with institutions in the European Union, the Council of Europe as well as with the German Federal Foreign Office. The Europa-Institut was thoroughly examined and certified by the ACQUIN agency within the context of the system accreditation of Saarland University. The program accreditation states that the Europa-Institut offers both excellent research opportunities and excellent quality of teaching. The Europa-Institut also received the so-called “Certificate for Quality of Internationalisation (CeQuInt)” for the successful implementation of an internationalization strategy in its Master's program.

About Saarland University

Saarland University is a modern university within the Saar-Lor-Lux region - a dynamic part of Europe defined by the shared borders between Germany, France, and Luxembourg. An international perspective has been a defining feature of Saarland University ever since it was established in cooperation with France in 1948. Today, 18.500 young people study in Saarbrücken and Homburg (faculty of medicine), 17 percent of whom are international students. Located in a pleasant woodland setting, the university campus offers students and researchers a broad range of sporting and cultural activities, which together with the numerous cafés and restaurants make the campus an ideal place to relax between lectures or after work. And thanks to the high-speed ICE train link it takes only two hours to travel from Saarbrücken to Paris.

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