Hosted at a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (IES-VUB) right at the heart of the European Union, this renowned Brussels-based LL.M. (formerly known as“PILC”) has offered excellence in the field for 47 years already.
The International and European Law programme from the Institute for European Studies (IES) is tailored for demanding global careers in law, as the professors are nominated specifically for each course in the Programme and are an international mixture of high-ranking practitioners and leading academics.
Small class size ensures a true “family feel” on a global scale. Our over 1250 PILC alumni are of 108 nationalities.
In addition to the networks that the LLM professors and Brussels in general offer, the Programme actively supports the students with the following specific career development tools.
VUB Career center
All IES students can benefit from career advice, including interview preparation and CV review at the VUB Career Centre. This unique service offered by the VUB in cooperation with Randstad was launched in 2011. Clients of the Career Centre include major law firms and the European Commission.
CV preparation workshop
Professors assist graduating students in their preparation of CVs and job applications.
LLM Job Market
A virtual platform for communicating job opportunities within the Alumni network.
- EU Institutional Framework and Judicial Protection
- International and Comparative Law
- Globalization, International Law & Sustainable Development
- International and European Protection of Human Rights
- EU Economic Law
- International Economic Law and Organizations
- European and International Competition Law
- EU External Relations
- Case Study on Public International/EU law
- EU Environmental Law in an International Context
- International and European Criminal Law
- Case Study on European Competition Law
- European and International Private Law
- International and European Taxation
- International and European Data Protection Law
- Data Policies in the European Union
- Case Study on Global Privacy and Data Protection
Students are eligible to apply when they have completed their study of law and have received, in accordance with the requirements in their host country, a final law degree that provides access to the legal profession or to the qualifying exams for admission to the Bar. The equivalence of foreign degrees will be decided by the Academic Board of the Programme.
Our staff is a unique mixture of renowned EU scholars and top level EU and international law practitioners. They combine academic rigour with the latest practical insights in a context of cultural diversity.
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
Applicants who need to apply for a visa are strongly encouraged to send their application before 1 April.
More informationGo to the official programme website
DisciplinesEuropean Law International Law Master of Laws (LLM) View 3 other Masters in International Law in Belgium
- Students are eligible to apply when they have completed their study of law and have received, in accordance with the requirements in their host country, a final law degree that provides access to the legal profession or to the qualifying exams for admission to the Bar. The equivalence of foreign degrees will be decided by the Academic Board of the Programme.
- Students are selected by the Academic Board of the Programme on the basis of an overall assessment of their profiles, including their academic qualifications, work and other relevant experience, motivation as well as the required level of proficiency in English.
International13000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA13000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
Study materials: ca. €500.
A number of (partial) tuition fee waivers are available. Students can apply for such a waiver until 15 April 2020, by writing a statement in the relevant section of the application form. Students must attach evidence of both merit and need to their application.
Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.