LLM in International and European Trade and Investment Law

About the Programme

 

The Institute of Comparative Law has launched a new and exciting LLM in International and European Trade and Investment Law.

 

This LLM can be completed by both lawyers and non-lawyers who want to undertake further postgraduate training.

 

Those students who would like to start the programme in the 2016 semester must meet the following deadlines:

 

Application deadline: 15th of January 2016

Deadline for the consideration of applications: 22nd of January

Location of the entrance exam: Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, University of Szeged, Institute of Comparative Law, 6722 Szeged, Bocskai Street 10-12 Hungary. It is also possible to arrange a Skype interview where the applicant is not in the same country.

Students will receive an e-mail whereby they can arrange their oral entrance exam time with the course coordinator Harkai István via e-mail ( Ezt a címet a spamrobotok ellen védjük. Engedélyezze a Javascript használatát, hogy megtekinthesse. )

The application forms can be downloaded from the website.

  • The goal of the programme

The LLM programme aims to provide students with the experience of learning in a multicultural environment. This is achieved by having foreign invited lecturers who are experts in their fields.

 

It is also the aim of the programme to provide students with an education which will situate them well on the labour market. This aim is achieved by being able to offer students the options of two streams of study both legal in focus.

 

The Law Stream enables students to gain indepth knowledge of the subjects covered by the course as well as being assisted in the writing of their thesis by professionals.

 

The Social Science stream provides students with the ability to become a specialist in this area of law whilst they may not have had a law background to begin with.

  • The duration of the course

The LLM progamme is made up of two semesters. Plus the submission of a final thesis.

  • Entrance requirements

 

 

The LLM programme is open to applicants who have an undergraduate degree in law. Priority offers are offered to applicants with excellent grades in law and who rank amongst the best graduates of their law schools. Applicants whose first degree is not in law but have an acceptable degree with an appropriate graduate diploma in law may also qualify for a place. As such the examiners will take into consideration a multitude of factors such as the applicant's grades, letters of reference, the correct and timely submitted online application form and any other significant accomplishments.

 

Applicants must demonstrate an excellent command of English. Applicants will be required to submit an internationally accredited language examination. The following accreditations are recognised: TOEFL/IELTS/GRE/Other

 

  • Entrance examination

 

Applications open in December 2015 for with a starting date of February 2016. The deadline for applications is the 15th of January 2016.

It is strongly recommended that you apply as soon as possible as applications are not processed once the programme is full.

Applications must be submitted using the online application form. All applications should include two confidential academic references; a transcript of your previous studies; an internationally recognised and accredited English language exam (if applicable); a personal statement, and payment of the application fee.

 

  • Course fees

 

An application fee of $20 USD will apply to each application submitted to the LLM programme.

Fees for admissions are currently set at:$2000 USD per semester.

 

  • Final thesis

 

In addition to the core modules there is a 20 page dissertation which will be supervised by one of the course teachers who will oversee your work. This final thesis is then submitted in the final semester of the programme.

 

  • Application deadline

The 15th of January 2016

  • Course leaders

 

Programme Director, Prof. Dr Badó Attila ( Ezt a címet a spamrobotok ellen védjük. Engedélyezze a Javascript használatát, hogy megtekinthesse. )

 

Co-Programme Director, Dr. Nagy Csongor ( Ezt a címet a spamrobotok ellen védjük. Engedélyezze a Javascript használatát, hogy megtekinthesse. )

 

Programme Coordinators, Lele Gabriella ( Ezt a címet a spamrobotok ellen védjük. Engedélyezze a Javascript használatát, hogy megtekinthesse. ) and Harkai István ( Ezt a címet a spamrobotok ellen védjük. Engedélyezze a Javascript használatát, hogy megtekinthesse. )

Course outline

The LLM Programme offers students a wide range of courses to choose from.

There are several core subjects which form the basis of the LLM. There are an additional compulsory courses. The LLM programme is designed in such a way so as to enable students to choose from a wide range of elective courses which will then enable them to specialise. This flexibility then enables the student to either diversify into several areas of the law or to choose one particular area enabling them to gain a specialist LLM degree. In addition to the core modules there is a 20 page dissertation which will be supervised by one of the course teachers who will oversee your work.

 

The assessment of the LLM Programme is fulfilled by both written and oral examination. The exams are accorded different weighting. The dissertation is 5 credit points, the preparatory and introductory courses are 27 credit points, the compulsory courses are 16 credit points, the elective courses are 12 credit points, the professional internship practice forms 55% of the course assessment. Students must successfully complete all parts of the programme in order to be able to be awarded the LLM degree.

 

There are also two streams of study which can be pursued by the students. For law graduates there is the law stream with classes more tailored to their legal background. Whereas non-law graduates can gain a specialist LLM with classes focused on providing them with a more nuanced education.

 

Law stream

 

Semester 1

 

1. Methodology (2 credit points)

2. International Business and Legal English and Drafting Legal Documents

3. International Negotiations and Intercultural Communication

4. International Private Law and the Law of International Economic Relations

5. International Financial Management

6. Comparative Company Law

7. International Trade Law and the Law of WTO

 

Semester 2

 

1. ADR in International Investment Transactions

2. European Business Environment

3. International Tax and Banking Law

4. Comparative Competition Law

 

Elective courses

 

1. Industrial Relations and Employment Policies

2. International and European Copyright Law

3. International and European Patent and Trademark Law

4. European Economic and Monetary Union

5. Atypical Contracts and Public Procurement Law

6. Capital Markets and Securities Regulation

 

Social Science stream

 

Semester 1

1. Introduction to Law

2. International Business and Legal English, Drafting Business and Legal Documents

3. Introduction to Comparative Law

4. International Private Law and the Law of International Economic Relations

5. Introduction to Comparative Company Law

6. International Trade Law and the Law of WTO

 

 

Semester 2

1. Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Investment Transactions

1. European Business Environment

2. International Tax and Banking Law

1. Comparative Competition Law

1. Preparatory Consultations for the Final Examination

 

Elective courses

 

1. Industrial Relations and Employment Policies

2. International and European Copyright Law

3. International and European Patent and Trademark Law

4. European Economic and Monetary Union

5. Atypical Contracts and Public Procurement Law

6. Capital Markets and Securities Regulation

 

Application and contact details

  • the application form itself
  • If you have any queries about the LLM please contact us at;
    • Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, University of Szeged, Institute of Comparative Law, 6722 Szeged, Bocskai Street 10-12 Hungary

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Teachers

In addition to the teachers listed below we have internationally recognised lecturers who are experts in their fields. These professionals are invited by the Institute of Comparative Law to hold classes within the remit of this programme. Their classes compliment and complete the training of students in the LLM Programme and help to further the academic studies of the students enrolled in our LLM Programme.

 

1) The Programme Director, Prof. Dr. Attila Badó is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Institute of Comparative Law at the University of Szeged, Szeged, Hungary.

His main areas of Research include Comparative Law, judicial independence and the administration of justice. He is the author of numerous books, textbooks, articles and essays. His work has been published in Hungarian, English, French as well as German. Professor Badó has been the recipient of many distinctions including the 'Pro Scientia Gold Medal', awarded by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences for excellence in mentorship and commitment to undergraduate research activities, and he also received the French honourary title of 'Officer of the Order of Academic Palms' (Ordre des Palmes Academiques) for his contribution to academics and education.

2) The Co Programme Director, Dr. Csongor István Nagy Ph.D., LL.M., S.J.D, dr. juris is an associate professor in Hungary, the head of the Department of Private International Law at the University of Szeged, Faculty of Law, the leader of the Federal Markets “Momentum” Research Group at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and an attorney-at-law admitted to the Budapest Bar. Furthermore, he is visiting professor at the Sapientia University of Transylvania and at the Riga Graduate School of Law.

Nagy graduated at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE), at the Faculty of Law in Budapest, in 2003, where he also earned a PhD in 2009. During his studies he became a member of Eötvös Loránd University István Bibó College of Law and Political Sciences and of the Invisible College. He received his master (LL.M, 2004) and S.J.D degree (2010) from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest. He pursued graduate and postgraduate studies in Rotterdam, Heidelberg and New York.

He had visiting appointments in the Hague (Asser Institute), Munich (twice, Max Planck Institute), Hamburg (Max Planck Institute), Edinburgh (University of Edinburgh) and London (British Institute of International and Comparative Law) and was visiting faculty, among others, at CEU Business School, the Corvinus University of Budapest, the International Business School, Budapest and at the Masarykova University, Brno. He was Eurojus legal adviser in the European Commission’s Representation in Hungary.

3) Prof. Dr. János Martonyi MP, is currently the Minister for Foreign Affairs in Hungary. Prof. Dr. János Martonyi MP is an expert in International Trade Law. His expertise means that he has held several visiting professorships at the College of Europe in Brugge and Warsaw as well as the Central European University in Budapest. He is an associate professor at both the Eötvös Lóránt University and the University of Szeged in their Departments of Private International Law. From 2000-2010 he was the Head of the Private International Law Department at the University of Szeged. Prof. Dr. János Martonyi MP has received several decorations including the Commander's Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, National Order of the Legion of Honor of France (commander's and officer's rank), National Order of Merit of France as well as British, Austrian, Polish and Bulgarian state decorations.

4) Dr. János Bóka is a senior lecturer at the Institute of Comparative Law at the University of Szeged, Faculty of Law, Szeged, Hungary. He attended High School in Hungary and the United States and obtained his law degree from the University of Szeged in 2001. Between 2001 and 2003, he worked as a junior lecturer at the Department of International and EU Law. Until July 2009, he worked as a legal and policy advisor at the European Parliament. He obtained a MA degree in European Integration and Development at the VUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium). He defended his Ph.D. thesis in 2012 at the University of Szeged. He has published in Hungarian, English and French in the area of international and EU law as well as comparative law.

His main areas of research are European integration, judicial politics and comparative law.

5) Dr. Péter Mezei is a full-time faculty member of the Szeged Law School and an adjunct professor (dosentti) of the University of Turku.

He has delivered 25 English language lectures at universities in Finland, the United States, France, Germany and Russia. He has held over 55 conference presentations in Hungary, Germany, Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Austria, Finland, France, Poland and Indonesia. He is the author/editor of 7 books and author of 57 articles/book chapters. His main articles in English language are accessible on the [Social Science Research Network]((http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=1697918)). He is the consultant of two PhD students at the Szeged Law School. Four of his graduate students won Hungarian contests with their papers on copyright law. Besides his academic career he is working as a legal advisor specialized in the field of copyright law. His clients include book publishing companies, recording companies and private people. He is a member of the Hungarian Copyright Expert Board and participates in the conclusion of expert opinions on digital copyright issues.

6) Dr. Samantha Joy Cheesman is currently a senior law lecturer at the Institute of Comparative Law, University of Szeged. She is also is the current course coordinator and responsible for the content, teaching and adminstration of the LLM.

She graduated with LL.B (Hons.) in Law from the University of Bristol and a Masters (LL.M) in International Human rights from the University of the West of England. She is also a non-practising barrister of the bar of England and Wales. She also has worked with several non government agencies looking at analysis and policy making in Human rights for people living with disabilities, sexual minorities and freedom of expression. Her current research focuses upon the right to a fair trial, in particular defence rights as well as plea bargaining and its implementation in newly formed jurisdictions

7) Dr. Anita Pelle was born in 1975 in Szeged, Hungary. She first worked for a German multinational trading company in Germany and Hungary. She then returned to her alma mater where she is currently associate professor at the University of Szeged, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Institute of Finance and International Economic Relations.

Anita Pelle defended her PhD (summa cum laude) in 2010 in the field of European competition regulation. In 2013-2014 she held a Zoltán Magyary post-doctoral scholarship, and since September 2014 she has been appointed Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Szeged.

She is currently involved in the research and teaching on the European economy, competition in the internal market of the EU, and European competitiveness. She has also been regularly teaching in France (Lyon and Angers), and lately in Italy (Pavia). She is the author of 44 scientific publications in English and Hungarian, including 4 university textbooks.

8) dr. Benedek Toth is an assistant lecturer at the Department of Private International Law in Szeged. He earned his law degree in 2006 in Szeged, than he worked in a law office and as governmental lawyer as well. Since 2013 he has run his own law office. He is member of the Department of Private International Law since 2009, and a lecturer since 2012.His research focuses on private and public regulations of global trade, and within this framework, particularly the global legal system of the World Trade Organization. In these fields he has held lectures in many national and international scientific conferences, and published significant papers.

9) dr. Márton Sulyok is a graduate of law, a Ph.D. candidate and a junior lecturer at the Department of Constitutional Law at the University of Szeged, Faculty of Law, Szeged,Hungary.

His main research areas include the right to a fair trial in the changing world of the information age, with respect to the right to privacy, as well as emerging governance theories and the changing facade of the right to a fair trial in different legal systems throughout the world, with respect to transparency of the justice system and the protection of fundamental rights. In his research he benefits from the well-founded knowledge of the US constitutional law acquired through the completion of a joint American Legal Expert certificate programme organised by the University of Toledo, OH, College of Law, and the University of Szeged, Institute of Comparative Law. He speaks fluent English, French and German.

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