Comparative Constitutional Law – credit requirements (CCL LL.M.)

Students studying for an LL.M. degree in Comparative Constitutional Law shall obtain 24 Legal Studies course credits and write a short thesis, or shall obtain 21 Legal Studies credits and write a long thesis.

 The course credits shall be obtained according to the following rules:

 Mandatory courses (0 credits)

  • Introduction to Public International Law / Charlotte Steinorth (Pre-session, 0 credit)
  • Introduction to U.S. Constitutional Law / Renáta Uitz (Pre-session, 0 credits)
  • Academic Legal Writing and Research / Sejal Parmar, Charlotte Steinorth or Matthias Möschel (Fall term, 0 credit)
  • Computer-based Legal Research / S.J.D. Candidate (Fall term, 0 credit)
  • Development of Legal Systems: Historical Context / Vladimir Petrovic (Fall term, 0 credit)
  • Thesis Writing Course / CAW Instructor (Winter term, 0 credit)

 Restricted elective courses (mandatory credits)

Advanced introduction to comparative constitutional law and methods (3 credits must be obtained out of 6)

  • Constitutions at Work: Comparative Perspectives / Renáta Uitz (Fall term, 3 credits)*
  • Elements of Comparative Constitutional Law / Mathias Möschel (Fall term, 3 credits)*
    *BOTH courses are open to a maximum of 8 CCL students.

Rights-related courses (5 credits must be obtained out of 7)

  • Freedom of Expression: Comparative Law Perspectives / Sejal Parmar (Fall term, 2 credits)
  • Political Rights in Comparative Perspective / Daniel Smilov (Winter term, 1 credit)
  • Comparative Equality / Michel Rosenfeld (Spring term, 1 credit)
  • Comparative Freedom of Religion / Cole Durham, Brett Scharffs (Spring term, 2 credits)
  • Freedom of Religion – Advanced / Cole Durham (Spring term, 1 credit)

Government-related courses (5 credits must be obtained out of 8)

  • Rule of Law in Public Administration: The German Approach / Alexander Blankenagel (Fall term, 1 credit)
  • French Constitutional Law and its Influence Abroad / Mathias Möschel (Fall-Winter term, 2 credits)
  • Constitution-Building in Africa / Markus Böckenförde, Gedion Hessebon (Winter term, 1 credit)
  • Comparative Federalism / Robert Schütze (Spring term, 1 credit)
  • Constitutionalism and Rights in South and South East Asia / Arun Thiruvengadam (Spring term, 1 credit)
  • Decline of Constitutionalism / András Sajó (Spring term, 1 credit)
  • Non-Democratic Constitutionalism / David Landau (Spring term, 1 credit)

Students are advised to consult their thesis supervisor when selecting restricted elective courses.
Students in the Clinical Specialization shall see further requirements.