“Joining CEU’s Legal Studies Department was one of the most rewarding decisions I have made so far. The supportive learning environment combined with the life-long relationships I have formed here with people from varied academic, professional and cultural backgrounds creates a unique, yet educational experience I have never had before. My time here has really put so much into perspective, and I will always have this school to thank for that.”

The Department of Legal Studies at Central European University (CEU) offers advanced degree programs in comparative constitutional law, human rights and international business law. The curriculum combines international and regional intellectual traditions, and offers students hands-on experience and internship opportunities. Outstanding faculty members, including visitors from leading universities around the world introduce students to legal reasoning, research and writing. The department is a consortium member of the China-Europe School of Law.

Programs offered

  • Master of Laws in Comparative Constitutional Law (LLM) / 1 year
  • Master of Laws in Human Rights (HR LLM) / 1 year
  • Master of Arts in Human Rights (HR MA) / 1 year
  • Master of Laws in International Business Law (LLM) / 1 year

Research areas

  • Constitutional transformations: to and from democracy
  • Constitutionalism and the rule of law – classic, modern, sham
  • European and international protection of human rights
  • Equality and nondiscrimination
  • Human rights advocacy and litigation strategies
  • Civil and political rights in established and emerging democracies
  • Human rights and criminal justice
  • Investment law
  • International commercial arbitration and mediation
  • Intellectual property and data protection law
  • Bankruptcy and secured transactions law
  • Corporate governance as well as capital markets and securities regulation 

Why CEU?

  • Students and faculty from 115 countries
  • Alumni on 6 continents in top positions
  • Accredited in the U.S. and Hungary
  • 8:1 student/faculty ratio
  • Based in Budapest, the heart of Europe 

Scholarships available
CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world, and provides generous scholarships available to accepted students from any country. In 2016-2017, 84% of CEU students received financial aid, ranging from tuition fee awards to scholarships with stipends and housing.

Apply by: 

  • February 1, 2018 for master’s studies with financial aid
  • June 1, 2018 for self-financing master’s studies 

Find out more about CEU programs, admissions requirements and available funding options here