The core curriculum centers on fundamental issues in comparative constitutional law regarding constitution-making and constitutional design, constitutional government (horizontal and vertical separation of powers), and constitutional rights protection in leading, emerging and declining constitutional democracies around the world. The curriculum covers historic and current developments in all major legal systems.
As with all programs at the Department of Legal Studies, the Comparative Constitutional Law program at Central European University (CEU) c is committed to research-based teaching. Areas of research and teaching by full-time faculty include the transition to (and from) democracy and the rule of law, constitution-making in historical perspective and in on-going constitution-building processes, comparative constitutional adjudication, civil and political rights in established and emerging democracies, issues of equality and non-discrimination, socio-economic rights, biomedical law and reproductive rights, as well as European constitutionalism. Courses by our part-time (visiting) faculty build on this core and permit us to introduce courses on newly emerging constitutional developments as they arise. The program also benefits from close cooperation with other departmental Master’s programs via two optional thematic specializations on "global rule of law" and "justice and equality".
- Program approved and registered by the New York State Education Department
- Program registered as a non-degree post-graduate specialization program by the Hungarian Educational Authority (HEA)
Program accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance and Accreditation Austria (AQ-Austria)
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- Comparative Constitutional Legal Research Methodology
- Comparative Federalism: A Critical Perspective
- Comparative Freedom of Religion
- Constitution-Building in Africa
- Constitutional Law from Common Law and Civil Law Perspective
- Constitutionalism and Rights in Latin-America
- Constitutionalism and Rights in South and South East Asia
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- 10 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
- Feb. 1: financial aid
- March 15: self-financing candidates requiring a study visa
- Aug. 15: self-financing candidates not requiring a study visa
DisciplinesEuropean Law Legal Studies Master of Laws (LLM) View 6 other Masters in Legal Studies in Austria
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Applicants for the LL.M. in Comparative Constitutional Law program must have completed their undergraduate studies in law before enrolling to the program. A law degree will be considered as adequate if, in a given country, academically it would allow the applicant to take the bar exam. Non-university practice or traineeship periods for such bar exam shall not be necessary. Candidates with a degree in social sciences (e.g. political science, international relations, etc) may also apply for admission, provided their degrees have had some significant legal element.
- Completed CEU Application Form
- Letters of Recommendation
- Two academic referees / One academic and one professional referee if the candidate has more than three years of work experience
- Academic Records
- Curriculum Vitae or Resume
- Proof of English Proficiency
- Academic Writing Submission(s)
- 1500-word essay on the topic specified below:
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International13000 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13000 EUR for the full programme during 10 months.
EU/EEA13000 EUR/fullTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 13000 EUR for the full programme during 10 months.
Generous scholarships are available to accepted students from any country.
Living costs for Vienna
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