LL.M. in International & European Law
Human Rights, Security & Development

  • Master 1: International & European Organisations
  • Master 2: Human Rights, Security & Development

The LL.M. program in International & European Law focuses on the structure and functioning of the international society and is addressed to students willing to build a globally oriented career in Europe or abroad.

Distinguished international visiting professors teach in this bilingual master (English/French) every year, allowing students to acquire a global vision in the field of international legal studies. The Master combines a strong theoretical legal background with a professionalizing dimension, which allow our students to spend between 3 and 6 months in France or abroad during their internships.

Diploma recognized by the French State in agreement with the University Toulouse 1 Capitole – Master’s degree Law, Economy, Management, Mention International Law, course type International and European Law, Human Rights, Security and Development.

Headquarter: Lille campus

Prerequisites

  • Master 1 (year 1) – Degree in Law or in neighbouring disciplines (equivalence to be assessed on a case by case basis)
  • Master 2 (year 2) – Diploma (Master 1) in Law or neighbouring disciplines
  • Proficiency in English and French (C1 according to the Common European Framework).

Possibility of customized conditions for international students

  • Admission based on a selective process (application and interview in English)

Double Degrees

Aims of the program

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Acquire a legal and geostrategic expertise in the areas of Human Rights, Security & Development

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Work on contemporary questions related to international litigation and negotiations

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Train multilingual legal professionals able to face globalization specificities and challenges

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Learn fundamental rules of international law and international relations, while improving general legal culture

Educational +

Pedagogy

Multilingualism
Bilingual Program (English/French) + knowledge of a third language (Spanish or German)

Global Visiting Professors
Participation of Visiting Professors from prestigious universities and international institutions

Moot Courts and/or Law Clinics
Possibility of taking part in international Moot Courts competitions and legal clinics

Masterclass
Annual Masterclass « Global Actors for Peace » with distinguished scholars and practitioners

Educational Trips
At least two educational trips per academic year to European institutions and/or International Tribunals and organizations

International Conferences
Conferences and workshops on contemporary issues of international, comparative and human rights law

Professional project

Internships
Between 3 and 6 months abroad or in national institutions having an international focus

Networking Opportunities
Participation of scholars and practitioners from leading national and international institutions (e.g. Défenseur des Droits, International Tribunals, Council of Europe, European Court of Human Rights, etc.)

Double Degree
Possibility of earning a double degree (French/USA) spending the second semester of our Master 2 in one of the partner universities (under conditions)

Zoom on

86,35% of the former LL.M. students in International & European Law – Human Rights, Security & Development were in employment and/or further education six months after graduation

Master 1 – International and European Organisations

60 ECTS credits – 600h+60h

FUNDAMENTAL UNIT / 240 h

• Law of International Organisations
• International Responsibility & Litigation
• European Legal Proceedings
• International Private Law
• Droit et pratique de l’ONU
• EU Policies
• Human Rights & Fundamental Liberties
• International Arbitration

SPECIALITY UNIT / 192 h

• Philosophie du droit international
• Architecture  juridique du système international
• Global Governance
• Non-State Actors and International Law
• International Humanitarian Law
• International Criminal Law
• International and EU Environmental Law
• International Trade Law

UNIT OF LEGAL PRACTICE / 104 h

• Advanced International Law Clinic
• Research Seminar in International and EU law

LANGUAGES / 64 h

• Legal English
• German / Spanish / French as foreign language

Master 2 – Human Rights, Security & Development

60 ECTS credits – 468h+60h

FUNDAMENTAL UNIT / 72 h

• Philosophie et théories des droits de l’Homme
• Geopolitics and Human Rights
• Discriminations

HUMAN RIGHTS & DEVELOPMENT UNIT / 72 h

• Business law and human rights
• Environmental Protection and Human Rights
• Protection of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

HUMAN RIGHTS & SECURITY UNIT / 72 h

• Situation of the Persons During an Armed Confl ict
• Fight Against Terrorism and Rule of Law
• International Protection of Minorities

INTERNATIONAL LAW CULTURE UNIT / 32 h

• Research Seminar in International and EU law
• Legal English
• German / Spanish / French as foreign language

LITIGATION UNIT / 132 h

• LAW IN ACTION
– Human Rights Litigation
– International Criminal Law Litigation
– Contentieux des étrangers
– Contentieux des réfugiés
• ADVOCACY AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
– Moot courts competitions
– International Human Rights Advocacy

RESEARCH UNIT / 72 h

• Fundamental Research Seminar
• Organisation of an International Workshop
or Humanitarian Action
• Legal English
• German / Spanish / French as foreign language

PROFESSIONAL INTEGRATION UNIT

• Traineeship + Master thesis or Research thesis
• Professional seminar integration

Directors

Ioannis Panoussis

Doyen et Responsable du master Droits de l'Homme, Sécurité et Développement -
EN- Dean and Associate Professor of Public International Law
Co-Director Master 2 in Human Rights, Security and Development

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Ioannis Panoussis

Doyen et Responsable du master Droits de l'Homme, Sécurité et Développement -
EN- Dean and Associate Professor of Public International Law
Co-Director Master 2 in Human Rights, Security and Development

Ioannis Panoussis est Doyen de la Faculté de Droit depuis juillet 2014. Il est docteur en droit public depuis 2006 après une thèse portant sur : «  »La combinaison normative : recherches sur une méthode d’interprétation au service des droits de l’Homme » ».
Maître de conférences permanent à la faculté depuis 2006, il est directeur du master 2 droit international et européen parcours droits de l’Homme, sécurité, défense et membre du C3RD.
Il dispense des enseignement en droit international public, en protection des personnes vulnérables, en Human Rights & Fundamental Liberties – Droits de l’Homme et libertés fondamentales, en droit international humanitaire ou en core en protection internationale des droits de l’Homme.
Ses domaines de recherche sont essentiellement le droit international public, le droit européen, les droits de l’Homme, le droit des réfugiés et le droit constitutionnel.
Il est membre du Global Legal Network (GLN).

English version
Ioannis Panoussis is Dean of the Faculty of Law since July 2014. He also is Associate Professor of Public International Law at the faculty since 2006, he is the co-director of the Master 2 in International and European law in Human Rights, security and Development and a member of the C3RD. He holds a Ph.D. in public law since 2006? His doctoral thesis is « The normative combination: research on an interpretation method at the service of human rights ». Among the courses he teaches: Public International law, protection of vulnerable persons, Human Rights and Fundamental Liberties, International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Protection. His main areas of research are public International Law, European law, human rights, Refugee Law and Constitutional Law.

Valentina Volpe

Associate Professor of Public International Law
Co-Director Master 2 in Human Rights, Security and Development

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Valentina Volpe

Associate Professor of Public International Law
Co-Director Master 2 in Human Rights, Security and Development

Valentina Volpe is Associate Professor in Public International Law at the Lille Catholic University, Co-Director of the LL.M in International Law, Security and Development and Senior Research Affiliate at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL) in Heidelberg (Germany).

She holds a Ph.D. summa cum laude in Law and Legal Theory from the Italian Institute of Human Sciences (SUM) of Naples (today Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa) and is a former Visiting Researcher at Yale Law School. During her career, she has had the opportunity to study in Italy, France and in the US and to work as project manager for a grassroots NGO in the areas of international cooperation and human rights protection. She is currently an Associate Lecturer at LUISS Guido Carli University, Rome. She has been a Visiting Professor at the CUPL of Beijing, the UN-mandate University for Peace (UPEACE) in San José, Costa Rica, and at the University of Mannheim, Germany. Her research interests cover the fields of European and International Public Law, encompassing disciplines such as global governance, democracy promotion, human rights, comparative public law, and European law.

 

Job & careers

  • The Master prepares students for entering into the world of international organisations, specialised national and international institutions, research centres, NGOs or international law firms active in the Human Rights field.It also offers a research path for students potentially interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in France or abroad.

Academia

Diplomacy

Human Rights lawyer

International organisations

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

NGOs

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FLD experience

The LL.M. in Human Rights, Security & Development is a unique and highly rewarding course. Its first strength is to offer many classes in English, an essential language for International Human Rights Law.
In addition, this course allows to acquire solid theoretical knowledge while developing practical skills, for example, through law clinics.
Finally, we are able to meet numerous professors and practitioners from different backgrounds who are really helpful for the construction of our professional project and network.

Léa Jardin, former student of the LL.M. in Human Rights, Security & Development and Ph.D. Candidate at the Faculty of Law

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