Study Track: European Legal Studies

Academic Year 2022-2023

Why follow the European Legal Studies study track? 

MATA students wishing to focus on legal studies will benefit from a set of high-quality complementary courses in EU and International Law offered at the two institutions, as well as the MATA-specific course on transatlantic affairs. This will provide an all-round transatlantic legal education that will serve graduates in a variety of professional settings, from legal practice to public policy and academia. 

 

Students starting at the College of Europe

Students starting at the Fletcher School

 

Students starting at the College of Europe 

Semester 1 in Bruges 

At a glance 

  • 1 MATA compulsory course, 5 ECTS 

  • 1 compulsory LAW course on legal methodology, no ECTS 

  • 3 compulsory LAW courses, 20 ECTS 

  • Thesis and internship preparation  

 

MATA compulsory course 

  • US-EU Relations in the 21st Century: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Transatlantic Affairs (J. SHATTUCK, 5 ECTS, 27h) 

LAW compulsory courses 

  • Legal Methodology (GARBEN S, no ECTS, 10h) 

  • The Constitution(alisation) of EU Law (GARBEN S., 7 ECTS, 30h) 

  • Judicial Remedies in EU Law (TRIDIMAS T., 7 ECTS, 40h) (or L’ordre juridique de l’Union européenne, MEHDI R., 7 ECTS, 40h) 

  • EU Competition Law and Regulation (MEYRING B., 4 ECTS, 20h) 

NB MATA students are ineligible to participate in moot court competitions for workload and organizational reasons. 

MATA-LAW Thesis and Internship Preparation 

During this semester, students will start preparing their thesis proposal on transatlantic affairs as well as their internship search. The thesis will be co-supervised by one professor from each institution. 

Semester 2 in Bruges 

At a glance 

  • 1 MATA compulsory course, 5 ECTS 

  • 1 compulsory LAW course, 6 ECTS 

  • 3 LAW seminars, 12 ECTS 

  • LAW compact seminars, voluntary, no ECTS 

  • MATA study trip to Brussels, no ECTS 

  • LAW study trip, no ECTS 

  • Thesis and internship development

 

MATA compulsory course 

  • US-EU Relations in the 21st Century: Transatlantic Project (B. LÉTÉ & B. BERTI, 5 ECTS, 20h) 

LAW compulsory course 

  • External Relations Law of the EU Autonomous Legal Order   (GOVAERE I., 6 ECTS, 30h)  

LAW seminars (select 3, 4 ECTS, 25h) 

  • EMU, Financial Market Regulation and Supervision (AMTENBRINK F.) 

  • Economics of Competition Law (BISHOP W. & COPPI L.) 

  • Regulatory Aspects of the Digital Single Market (CHIRICO F. & ROCHE LAGUNA I.) 

  • Legal Transition in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe from a Pre-accession Dimension into a Post-accession Reality (CZUCZAI J.) 

  • Droit des industries de réseau : entre concurrence et regulation (DE STREEL A.) 

  • EU Migration Law and Practice (GUILD E.) 

  • Globalisation et déglobalisation du commerce : le cas de services (HATZOPOULOS V.) 

  • EU IP Policy & Regulatory Framework (JAEGER T.) 

  • EU Competition Law Procedure  (LAMADRID A.) 

  • The EU and its Neighbourhood : Typology and Content of the Legal Frameworks (MARESCEAU M.) 

  • Droit agroalimentaire de l'Union européenne (MESTRE C.) 

  • L'intégration européenne à travers le prisme des droits sociaux (et fondamentaux) (MUIR E.) 

  • EU Data Protection Law (NEMITZ P.) 

  • European Private International Law (NIELSEN P.A.) 

  • European Environmental Law and Policy (NOTARO N.) 

  • Droit fiscal européen (ROCCATAGLIATA F.) 

  • EU Law and Intellectual Property (SIRAGUSA M.) 

  • Ensuring Sustainability through EU Law (SJAFJELL B.) 

  • Le respect de l’Etat de droit dans l’Union européenne et ses Etats members (SMULDERS B.) 

  • New Directions in EU Trade Law & Policy (VAN DAMME I.) 

  • TO Law : Substantive and Institutional Aspects (VAN DEN BOSSCHE P.) 

  • Droit pénal européen et protection des droits de l'homme (VERVAELE J.) 

  • Le contrôle des concentrations (WACHSMANN A.) 

LAW compact seminars (voluntary, no ECTS, 8h) 

  • Droit et politique de l'Union de l'énergie - Le rôle de la réglementation et de l'innovation  (ANDOURA S.) 

  • Brexit Law (BRADLEY K.) 

  • EU Agencies : Shifting Paradigms of EU Administration (CHAMON M. & VOS E.) 

  • La crise du Covid : vers une Europe de la Santé ? (DELSAUX P.) 

  • Changement climatique et politique énergétique en droit européen et international (DE SEPIBUS J.) 

  • Typologie des cadres et fondements juridiques liant l’Union européenne aux 22 membres de la Ligue des États arabes (LANNON E.) 

  • Parlement européen : le défi de la complexité (MARTINEZ IGLESIAS M.J. & VISAGGIO L.) 

  • Libéralisation des services d’intérêt économique general (MOAVERO-MILANESI E.) 

  • The European Ombudsman and Citizen Complaints : Building EU Legitimacy through Accountability (O’REGAN F. & O’REILLY E.) 

  • Protection des consommateurs et libre circulation des marchandises et des services (PICOD F.) 

  • Competition Policy and the Digital Economy (RENDA A.) 

  • The CJEU and the ECHR post Opinion 2/13 (ROSAS A.) 

  • Comparative Federalism : The Division of Powers in the United States, Germany and the EU (SCHÜTZE R.) 

  • The Legal Framework of the Relations between the EU and China (SNYDER F.) 

  • The Law of the Banking Union and Capital Markets Union (CMU) (TORNESE E.) 

Study trip 

  • MATA-LAW students participate in the MATA study trip to Brussels and the LAW study trip  

MATA-LAW Thesis and Internship Development 

During this semester, students continue to develop their thesis proposal on transatlantic affairs as well as identify their internship. The thesis will be co-supervised by one professor from each institution. 

Semesters 3 and 4 in the US  

At a glance 

  • 4 courses at The Fletcher School, 24 ECTS 

  • Thesis submission, 25 ECTS 

  • High-level internship, 25 ECTS 

 

During the second year, MATA students will spend one semester at the Fletcher School and one semester doing a high-level internship (25 ECTS) related to transatlantic affairs for a minimum of 3 months. Students can select which semester for both the internship and Fletcher coursework. 

Students submit their master’s thesis (25 ECTS) in April on a topic related to transatlantic affairs, supervised by a faculty member from both the College of Europe’s LAW faculty and the Fletcher School. 

At the Fletcher School, MATA students select 4 courses (6 ECTS and between 26.5h and 32.5h each) from any of the three divisions: 

  • International Law and Organizations (ILO);  

  • Diplomacy, History and Politics (DHP);  

  • Economics and International Business (EIB) 

They may also cross-register and substitute one of these four courses from Tufts University or Harvard University. Additionally, they may take an extra half course. 

Students starting at the Fletcher School 

Semester 1 at Fletcher 

At a glance 

  • 1 MATA compulsory course, 5 ECTS 

  • 3 courses from Fletcher (with cross-registration at Harvard or MIT possible), 18 ECTS 

 

MATA compulsory course 

  • US-EU Relations in the 21st Century: A Multidisciplinary Analysis of Transatlantic Affairs (J. SHATTUCK, 5 ECTS, 27h) 

Students also choose at least one course from each of the three divisions (‘breadth requirement’):  

Semester 2 at Fletcher 

At a glance 

  • 1 MATA course, 5 ECTS 

  • 4 Fletcher courses, 24 ECTS

 

Students follow 5 courses during the second semester, in addition to preparing for their internship and continuing work on their thesis.  A supervisor from the Fletcher School and the LAW faculty are identified. 

Compulsory course 

  • US-EU Relations in the 21st Century: Transatlantic Project (B. LÉTÉ & B. BERTI, 5 ECTS, 20h) 

Students also choose at least one course from each of the three divisions (‘breadth requirement’), with the following recommended courses:  

  • International Law and Organizations (ILO) 

    • ILO L201: Public International Law (recommended) 

    • ILO L209: International Treaty Behaviour (recommended) 

    • ILO L232: International Investment Law (recommended)  

  • Diplomacy, History and Politics (DHP)  

  • Economics and International Business (EIB) 

Students may also cross-register and substitute one of them by a relevant course from Tufts University or Harvard University. 

 

Semester 3 High-level internship in Europe (25 ECTS) 

 

Students undertake a high-level internship related to transatlantic affairs (25 ECTS) for at least 3 months. 

Semester 4 in Bruges 

At a glance 

  • Thesis submission (25 ECTS) 

  • 2 LAW compulsory course (6 ECTS)  

  • 3 LAW seminars (12 ECTS) 

  • MATA study trip (no ECTS) 

  • LAW study trip (no ECTS) 

  • LAW compact seminars (voluntary) 

 

Compulsory courses 

  • Thesis submission (25 ECTS) 

  • External Relations Law of the EU Autonomous Legal Order   (GOVAERE I., 6 ECTS, 30h)  

  • Legal Skills : The College of Europe Moot Court (GARBEN S., no ECTS, 10h) 

LAW seminars (select 3, 4 ECTS, 25h) 

  • EMU, Financial Market Regulation and Supervision (AMTENBRINK F.) 

  • Economics of Competition Law (BISHOP W. & COPPI L.) 

  • Regulatory Aspects of the Digital Single Market (CHIRICO F. & ROCHE LAGUNA I.) 

  • Legal Transition in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe from a Pre-accession Dimension into a Post-accession Reality (CZUCZAI J.) 

  • Droit des industries de réseau : entre concurrence et regulation (DE STREEL A.) 

  • EU Migration Law and Practice (GUILD E.) 

  • Globalisation et déglobalisation du commerce : le cas de services (HATZOPOULOS V.) 

  • EU IP Policy & Regulatory Framework (JAEGER T.) 

  • EU Competition Law Procedure  (LAMADRID A.) 

  • The EU and its Neighbourhood : Typology and Content of the Legal Frameworks (MARESCEAU M.) 

  • Droit agroalimentaire de l'Union européenne (MESTRE C.) 

  • L'intégration européenne à travers le prisme des droits sociaux (et fondamentaux) (MUIR E.) 

  • EU Data Protection Law (NEMITZ P.  ) 

  • European Private International Law (NIELSEN P.A.) 

  • European Environmental Law and Policy (NOTARO N.) 

  • Droit fiscal européen (ROCCATAGLIATA F.) 

  • EU Law and Intellectual Property (SIRAGUSA M.) 

  • Ensuring Sustainability through EU Law (SJAFJELL B.) 

  • Le respect de l’Etat de droit dans l’Union européenne et ses Etats members (SMULDERS B.) 

  • New Directions in EU Trade Law & Policy (VAN DAMME I.) 

  • TO Law : Substantive and Institutional Aspects (VAN DEN BOSSCHE P.) 

  • Droit pénal européen et protection des droits de l'homme (VERVAELE J.) 

  • Le contrôle des concentrations (WACHSMANN A.) 

LAW compact seminars (voluntary, no ECTS, 8h) 

  • Droit et politique de l'Union de l'énergie - Le rôle de la réglementation et de l'innovation  (ANDOURA S.) 

  • Brexit Law (BRADLEY K.) 

  • EU Agencies : Shifting Paradigms of EU Administration (CHAMON M. & VOS E.) 

  • La crise du Covid : vers une Europe de la Santé ? (DELSAUX P.) 

  • Changement climatique et politique énergétique en droit européen et international (DE SEPIBUS J.) 

  • Typologie des cadres et fondements juridiques liant l’Union européenne aux 22 membres de la Ligue des États arabes (LANNON E.) 

  • Parlement européen : le défi de la complexité (MARTINEZ IGLESIAS M.J. & VISAGGIO L.) 

  • Libéralisation des services d’intérêt économique general (MOAVERO-MILANESI E.) 

  • The European Ombudsman and Citizen Complaints : Building EU Legitimacy through Accountability (O’REGAN F. & O’REILLY E.) 

  • Protection des consommateurs et libre circulation des marchandises et des services (PICOD F.) 

  • Competition Policy and the Digital Economy (RENDA A.) 

  • The CJEU and the ECHR post Opinion 2/13 (ROSAS A.) 

  • Comparative Federalism : The Division of Powers in the United States, Germany and the EU (SCHÜTZE R.) 

  • The Legal Framework of the Relations between the EU and China (SNYDER F.) 

  • The Law of the Banking Union and Capital Markets Union (CMU) (TORNESE E.) 

Study trip 

  • MATA-LAW students participate in the MATA study trip to Brussels and the LAW study trip  

 

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