Global Governance Law | Master's programme

How to deal with the challenges of globalising law?

Globalisation has brought about a situation where lawyers are now required to grapple with national, international, European, and transnational laws when they apply norms. In the two-year research-oriented Master's Programme in Global Governance Law (GGL), you develop the skills to understand and deal with the challenges of globalising law.

You study law and globalisation, public international law, European Union law, global administrative law, advanced human rights law and examine for example international institutions, decision-making and governance in the EU. You can also choose optional studies from a wide variety of courses in other Faculty of Law programmes, or engage in interdisciplinary studies in Global Politics and Communication.

In the GGL Programme, ‘law’ is conceived in a broad manner as something that goes beyond ‘law’ as it has been traditionally understood in the international sphere – as norms produced by states and international organisations. In this programme, for example, various codes of conduct, recommendations, opinions and forms of self-regulation are also taken into account. In essence, the GGL Programme reaches beyond public international law to cover other actors and normativities including networks, expert bodies and governance structures not limited to the official relations between governments of states. Its interest is in the new power and governance structures – both public and private - that are used to govern the world today.

Find out more about the programme structure, content and courses from the link below.

Basic information
Scope of studies and length 120 ECTS credits, 2 years
Degree level Master
Language English
Tuition fee per year (only non-EU/EEA citizens) 15 000 EUR
Application period Begins: 02 Jan 2025 at 08:00 (UTC+2) Ends: 16 Jan 2025 at 15:00 (UTC+2)
How to ap­ply

The quick guide gives you a general overview of the application process and how to apply. Make sure that you meet the admission criteria, prepare your documents in advance and apply when applications are open.

Please note that there is only one intake per academic year. The online application form is open only during the application period. Also the admission criteria for the programme can be found in Studyinfo.

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