Comparative Constitutional Law Program
The Comparative Constitutional Law Program at CEU Legal Studies was established in 1992. Since its inception the curriculum of the program has examined the legal traditions of both civil law (continental) and common law systems. The core curriculum centers on fundamental issues in comparative government and constitutional rights protection in leading and emerging democracies around the world. A rich selection of elective courses allows insight into the main problems of constitutionalism, human rights and minority protection, and into issues that are relevant to the understanding of the European and international legal system.
Constitutional problems at the time of transition to democracy and constitutional institution building have been among the staple issues of expertise of the program ever since its foundation. The shift in the curriculum towards issues concerning the development and strengthening of good governance practices in a globalized world reflects our academic community's commitment to the broader international context to which it aspires to remain relevant and responsible. A recently established clinical specialization furthers our professional cooperation with NGOs, providing a unique opportunity for our students to experience the advantages of their studies in a professional environment.
Our highly qualified and diverse permanent faculty is accompanied by a unique cohort of most distinguished international visiting faculty in accomplishing our academic, educational and professional goals. As all programs at CEU Legal Studies, we are also committed to research based teaching. Areas of research: civil and political rights in established and emerging democracies; biomedical law and reproductive rights; enforcement of socio-economic rights, governance in transition to democracy; comparative constitutional adjudication; freedom of religion and free speech in a global world; broadcasting law; European Union law with emphasis on institutional law and litigation; comparative constitutional adjudication; corruption; constitutional transplants; administrative law.
Over the years the Comparative Constitutional Law Program at CEU Legal Studies has educated many high ranking civil servants, successful NGO and IGO professionals and academics. Alumni are regular participants of conferences and professional events organized by the department.
Graduates of the LL.M program may also seek admittance to the doctoral program (SJD) of CEU Legal Studies Department.
Our LL.M program is eager to receive applications from prospective students who are interested in pursuing similar careers. For information on admissions and fellowship opportunities please see http://www.ceu.hu/admissions.
We are proud that our academic community is chosen by many visiting and exchange students in each academic year predominantly from North America and all parts of Europe. With their diverse background, rich academic and professional experience they contribute greatly to the success of our educational program.
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