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

  • Master 1: International & European Organisations – Bilingual
  • Master 2: Human Rights, Security & Development – 100% English

The LL.M. is an innovative bilingual programme (English/French) focusing on the structure and functioning of the international legal system. It combines a strong theoretical background with a distinctive professionalising dimension, which includes an experience up to 6 months in Europe or abroad during the LL.M.

A growing network of prestigious academic and professional partnerships enables students to approach and develop their future career in an ideal forward-looking environment.

Indeed, the Master welcomes every year numerous visiting professors from prestigious international institutions, allowing students to experience innovative teaching methods, while acquiring a global vision in the field of international legal studies.

Location : Lille

Since 2017, students from the Master 2 programme organise each year the Masterclass “Global Actors for Peace”, which analyses the role of global non-state actors in building a long-lasting international peace.


Our team arrived 2nd out of 50 and qualified best litigation team at the 2019 edition of the René Cassin moot court competition organised at the European Court of Human Rights.

A team of students of our Master will participate in a legal clinic in New Delhi in April 2020. They will notably collaborate with Indian colleagues in the drafting of a policy paper about stateless and asylum within the framework of our partnership with Jindal Global University.


  • 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 customised conditions for international students

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

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Aims of the programme


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


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


Work on contemporary questions related to international litigation and negotiations.


Train multilingual legal professionals able to face globalisation specificities and challenges.

Master 1 – International and European Organisations

60 ECTS credits – 600h+60h


• 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


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


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


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

Master 2 – Human Rights, Security & Development

60 ECTS credits – 468h+60h


• Philosophy and Theories of Human Rights
• Geopolitics and Human Rights
• Discriminations


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


• Situation des personnes en période de conflit armé
• Fight Against Terrorism and the Rule of Law
• International Protection of Minorities


• Séminaire de recherche fondamentale
• Legal English
• German / Spanish / French as foreign language


– Human Rights Litigation
– International Criminal Law Litigation
– Contentieux des étrangers
– Contentieux des réfugiés
– Concours Cassin or European Human Rights Moot Court Competition
– Clinique du Droit (ex. : Avocats Sans Frontières)


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


• Traineeship / Stage + rapport
• Master Thesis – Mémoire OR/OU Research Thesis – Mémoire de recherche
• Professional integration
• Professional Seminar integration

Educational +


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

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



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




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

Ioannis K. Panoussis is currently the Dean of the Law School of Lille Catholic University (Lille & Paris Campuses) and the co-director of the LL.M. in Human Rights, Security and Development.

Associate Professor of Public International Law at Lille Catholic University (since 2006), his research and teaching activities primarily focus on International Human Rights Law, Public International Law, European Law, Humanitarian Law and Refugee Law.

In 1994, he studied at the Faculty of Law of Lille 2, where he graduated valedictorian of his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. He then carried out in 2006 a PhD on Human Rights, which he rapidly affirmed as his vocation.

From 2011 to 2016, he was an expert for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and represented the organisation before the CNDA (Cour nationale du droit d’asile). He was additionally appointed by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a mission in Kabul (Afghanistan) aiming to promote Human Rights and to train Afghan nationals working for the Government, NGO’s and International Organisations.

Ioannis K Panoussis is also frequently invited as visiting lecturer and expert in many prestigious institutions, such as l’Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA), l’Institut International des Droits de l’Homme, the Aix-Marseille University, the Institute of Political Science (Lille), the EDHEC Business School and the IESEG Business School.

Valentina Volpe

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



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.


Faculty & visiting professors

Alessandro BUFALINI

Teaches Global Governance | Assistant Professor of International Public Law, Tuscia University, Viterbo (Italy)

Alessandro BUFALINI

Teaches Global Governance | Assistant Professor of International Public Law, Tuscia University, Viterbo (Italy)

Alessandro Bufalini is currently an Assistant Professor of Public International Law at the Tuscia University, Viterbo, where he was also a Research Fellow in International Law (2017-2019). Before joining the Tuscia University, he worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Milano-Bicocca (2014-2016). He is coordinator of the Italian Academy of Law and Migration (Accademia di Diritto e Migrazioni – ADiM), an academic network which involves more than 300 scholars and promotes advanced research activities on migration. He is currently member of the Editorial Committee of QIL-Questions of International Law and acts as reviewer and referee for a number of academic journals.
He holds a degree in law (cum laude) from the University of Bologna and a PhD from the University of Macerata. Over the last years, he has been Visiting Fellow at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, the Amsterdam Center for International Law, the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law in Freiburg, the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies in London and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law in Heidelberg.
He has published many articles and essays in collected volumes and peer-reviewed journals. His main research interests include international and EU migration law and policy, citizenship studies, the modes of liability and the principle of legality in international criminal law, the law of state responsibility, the use of force in international law and the relationship between peace and justice in the international legal order. He is the author of a book on the relationship between the International Criminal Court and the UN Security Council (I rapporti tra la Corte penale internazionale e il Consiglio di sicurezza, Napoli, 2018). https://independent.academia.edu/AlessandroBufalini


Teaches International Private Law | Professor of International Private Law, Lille Catholic University, Lille (France)


Teaches International Private Law | Professor of International Private Law, Lille Catholic University, Lille (France)

Andra Cotiga is Professor of Private International Law and Business Law at Lille Catholic University and the Director of the Master’s programme in International Business and Competition Law. In 2010, she obtained her PhD in European Company Law from the University of Strasbourg, where she focused her research on the Regulatory Competition between Legal Systems within the European Union.
Professor Cotiga received a scholarship on behalf of the Max Planck Institute of Comparative and International Private Law of Hamburg (Germany) in 2007 and 2013 and is member of the European Law institute since 2011. She is also a member of the Société de législation compare (Paris, France) and of the Council of the European Law Institute (Vienna, Austria).

Job & careers / Study opportunities

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.



Human Rights lawyer

International organisations

Ministry of Foreign Affairs


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For your professional project

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

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)

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.).

The FLD experience

The Masters’ multidisciplinary perspectives on Human Rights enabled me to acquire a solid theoretical and practical background, crucial for field work during my internship in an African NGO. Through the great variety of courses, taught both in English and French, and numerous practical experiences (legal clinics, MOOT competitions, Masters’ Week, job dating) I had the opportunity to exchange and learn, while developing my professional project. The academic and administrative team was always available and keen in supporting us over the year, thus offering the ideal framework for learning.

Léa Boudet, former student of the LL.M.

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