Study Programme
Modules and Couses (general overview)

I. Compulsory Courses (23 ECTS)

Module A. Jurisprudence (9 ECTS)

  • A1 History of Jurisprudence, 3 ECTS
  • A2 Theories of Law, 3 ECTS
  • A3 Moral & Political Philosophy of Law, 3 ECTS

Module B. Theory of Comparative & Global Law (6 ECTS)

  • B1 Theory of Comparative Law and European Legal Integration, 3 ECTS
  • B2 Theory of Global Law, 3 ECTS

Module C. Methodology and Research in Legal Theory (8 ECTS)

  • C1 Methodology in Legal Theory and Legal Research , 4 ECTS

Several options for C2 (1 to be chosen):

  • C2a Global Legal Skills - Legal Argumentation (Formal Logic), 4 ECTS (local track at GU Frankfurt)
  • C2b Global Legal Skills - Selected Current Developments, 4 ECTS (mobility window at University of Palermo)
  • C2c Global Legal Skills - Legal Writing, 4 ECTS (mobility window at MU Brno)

Module D. Master Thesis (Independent Research, 16 ECTS)

Students select a topic for their master thesis within the range of jurispridence and carry out independent research and legal writing in order to develop, draft and submit the final thesis (ranging from 17.000-20.000 words = approx. 50 pages). After completion of the course sessions in spring term, students are free during summer term to complete their thesis at the host university, at another EALT reaserch network (Master's Course "3rd term network") partner institution or at home. The master thesis will be supervised by one or - in case of a dual degree track - two members of the programme's teaching faculty.

II. Electives (Optional Courses, 21 ECTS)

Students select 1 out of 3 electives in fall term (7 ECTS) and 2 out of 4 electives in spring term (2 x 7 = 14 ECTS).

Fall Term Electives (E1 and E2 offered at GU Frankfurt)

Module E1. Law and Society (7 ECTS)

  • E1a. Sociology of Law, 3 ECTS
  • E1b. Legal Sociology: Reading Classics & Case Studies, 2 ECTS
  • E1c. Legal Gender Studies, 2 ECTS

Module E2. Legal Anthropology (7 ECTS)

  • E2a. Legal Anthropology, 3 ECTS
  • E2b. Indigenous Cultures and Law, 2 ECTS
  • E2c. Law and Religion, 2 ECTS

Module E3. Law, Science and Technology (offered at Stockholm University, 7 ECTS)

  • E3a. Epistemology & Legal Informatics: Introduction to Methods, Ideas and Models, 3 ECTS
  • E3b. Law, Information and Communication Technology, 2 ECTS
  • E3c. Law and Social Media, 2 ECTS

Spring Term Electives

Module E4. Formation of Normative Orders (alternatively offered at GU Frankfurt and University of Palermo, 7 ECTS)

  • E4a. Global Legal Pluralism – descriptive and normative, 3 ECTS
  • E4b. Human Rights and Democracy, 2 ECTS
  • E4c. International Criminal Justice, 2 ECTS

Module E5. Legal Theory and Good Governance (offered at GU Frankfurt, 7 ECTS)

  • E5a. Governance, Compliance, Integrity – ethics and law, 3 ECTS
  • E5b. Historical Aspects of Governance, 2 ECTS
  • E5c. Foundations of Law & Economics, 2 ECTS

Module E6. Global Law (offered at ULB in Brussels, 7 ECTS)

  • E6a. Philosophy of International Law: From Int´l Law to the Birth of Global Law, 3 ECTS
  • E6b. Advanced Seminar in Global Legal Theory, 2 ECTS
  • E6c. Global Law in Practice, 2 ECTS

Module E7. Law, Language and Reasoning (offered by the Universities of Bologna, Cracow, Groningen, and the EUI Florence in cooperation with Harvard Law School at EUI Florence, 7 ECTS)

  • E7a. Philosophy of Language and Legal Semiotics, 3 ECTS
  • E7b. Formal Logic & Legal Argumentation (basic seminar),  2 ECTS
  • E7c. Formal Logic & Legal Argumentation (special seminar), 2 ECTS

General Structure of the Programme

The curriculum consists of 7 modules: Basic Modules A (9 ECTS), B (6 ECTS), C (8 ECTS) and Elective Modules E1-7 (7 ECTS each, 3 to be chosen); the master thesis forms module D (independent research, 16 ECTS). Modules A, B, and C are entirely compulsory. Out of the 7 elective modules 3 have to be attended successfully; participnats are however encouraged to (what is the aim of the curriculum) attend more or less the whole set of modules (optional), thereby profiting most from the inner coherence and richness of the curriculum.

Level/Types of Courses/Study Modules

  • A- and B-modules: compulsory main basic courses (jurisprudence historically & systematically; jurisprudence and internationalisation of law);
  • C-module: compulsory methodology (link between various approaches in A- and B-courses and reflection/re-consideration of the interdisciplinary context of legal theory) and additional research courses in preparation of the master thesis (research practice)
  • D-module: master thesis (independent resaerch)
  • E-modules: electives, deepening the basics of jurisprudence taught in A- and B-courses, with a special focus on the philosophy of legal doctrine in various fields of law; in general each elective consists of 1 introductory course (E-a) and 2 advanced seminars (E-b and E-c)
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