Central European University

Central European University

Comparative Constitutional Law

Program Information

Degree Offered:

Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) (3-6 years), Master of Laws in Comparative Constitutional Law (LLM) (one year)

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Comparative Constitutional Law Program was established at CEU 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.

The department's 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.