New LLM curriculum: holistic approach of today's global legal challenges

Effective in September 2022, the Brussels School of Governance has refocused and fine-tuned the curriculum of its LLM in International and European Law programme. By providing its LLM students a more holistic approach of today’s emerging global and interconnected legal challenges, the new LLM curriculum offers the best of both worlds: on the one hand, solid foundations in the core areas of international and European law, building on the strengths of the programme’s 50-year history. On the other hand, a focus on three emerging global legal challenges, sustainability, social inclusiveness, and digitalisation, and on developing a practical skillset.

For 50 years now, this LLM programme has been a front-runner and a champion of innovation when it comes to international and European legal education. This was achieved by continuously updating programme content to reflect the latest trends and developments. The addition of a Data Law component in 2018 was the most recent example of this. The new September 2022 curriculum offering a holistic approach on contemporary global legal challenges, makes the LLM more relevant than ever before. The main differences as compared to the 2021-2022 curriculum are the following:

  • The programme moves from 19 (compulsory and elective) to 15 (compulsory) courses, all of 3 ECTS, and the thesis (which goes from 18 to 15 ECTS).
  • A new course was added as part of the ‘social inclusiveness’ track: International and European Migration and Asylum Law. With this addition, the new curriculum builds on the Brussels School of Governance's reputation as a leading research hub on matters such as sustainability, climate policies, the role of the EU in the world politicsdigitalisation, and migration and diversity. This environment allows LLM students to learn about developments in these topics directly from those who are leading the field.
  • The former specialisation options of Public Law, Business Law and Data Law have been brought into the core of the programme, meaning that all students will follow the same courses.
  • Increased focus on skills training: students will acquire a multidisciplinary perspective and will receive a versatile training, covering the various roles that they can take on professionally, be it legal advisor, policy maker, negotiator, data or sustainability consultant, human rights defender, or researcher.

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