Central European University (CEU)

Comparative Constitutional Law, L.L.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 10 months
  • English
The Comparative Constitutional Law Program at Central European University (CEU) Legal Studies was established in 1992, and remains the only LLM program of its kind in the world. Over the years the Program had students from Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, North America, while more recently we have been also having an increase in the number of students from Africa and the Americas.


The Master of Laws in Comparative Constitutional Law is offered by Central European University (CEU).

Constitutional problems at the time of transition to democracy and constitutional design have been explored in the program ever since its foundation. The shift in the curriculum towards issues concerning the development and strengthening of good government in a globalized world reflects our commitment to the broader international context in which contemporary constitutional systems operate. The core curriculum centers on fundamental issues in comparative government and constitutional rights protection in leading and emerging democracies around the world. Since its establishment the curriculum of the program has examined the legal traditions of both civil law (continental) and common law systems.

As all programs at the Department of Legal Studies, we are also committed to research-based teaching. Areas of research and teaching cover subjects in transition to democracy and the rule of law, constitution-making in historical perspective and in on-going processes, comparative constitutional adjudication, civil and political rights in established and emerging democracies, freedom of religion and free speech in a global world, broadcasting law, biomedical law and reproductive rights, enforcement of socio-economic rights, European Union law with emphasis on institutional law and select advanced subjects, constitutional transplants and comparative administrative law.

Our highly qualified and diverse faculty prepares students to engage in comparative and inter-disciplinary analysis of complex constitutional problems. Courses prepare students to explore constitutional issues across legal systems, to engage in critical reading and refine their arguments in oral interactions. Individual research skills are developed and furthered through comparative problem papers and group work. Students are encouraged to lace theoretical insights from the literature with concerns and lessons from practice. Our graduates are thus able to respond to challenging constitutional and fundamental rights problems with advanced analytical skills, offering comparative insight and policy-relevant responses.

Over the years the Comparative Constitutional Law Program has educated many high-ranking civil servants, successful NGO and IGO professionals and academics. We are proud that our academic community is chosen by many visiting and exchange students 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.

Career path

Graduates of the department pursue careers as policymakers, diplomats, scholars, human rights professionals, judges, arbitrators, consultants and lawyers in business and public administration.

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Academic Legal Writing And Research Group 1
  • Academic Legal Writing And Research Group 2
  • Academic Legal Writing And Research Group 3
  • Clinical Course
  • Comparative Equality
  • Comparative Federalism
  • Comparative Freedom Of Religion
  • Computer Based Legal Research
  • Constitution Building In Africa
  • Constitutionalism And Rights In South And South East Asia
  • Constitutions At Work: Comparative Perspectives
  • Courts In Dialogue
  • Critical Race Theory: Race And Law From The United States To Europe
  • Decline Of Constitutionalism
  • Development Of Legal Systems: Historical Context
  • Elements Of Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Eu Constitutional Law - Advanced
  • Eu Human Rights Law And Policy
  • Europe: Transnational Constitutional Identity
  • Freedom Of Assembly
For more information, please visit programme website.

                                                                          Detailed Programme Facts

                                                                          • More details:

                                                                            Apply by: 

                                                                            • February 1 for master’s studies with financial aid      
                                                                            • June 1 for self-financing master’s studies
                                                                          • Programme intensity Full-time
                                                                            • Full-time duration 10 months
                                                                          • Credits
                                                                            56 ECTS 24 CEU alternative credits
                                                                          • Languages
                                                                            • English
                                                                          • Delivery mode
                                                                            On Campus
                                                                          • More information Go to the programme website

                                                                          English Language Requirements

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                                                                          Academic Requirements

                                                                          Application requirements

                                                                          Required documents for online application:

                                                                          • Curriculum Vitae
                                                                          • Copy of passport containing the applicant's ID photo
                                                                          • Proof of English proficiency 
                                                                          • Certified English version of full transcripts
                                                                          • Certified English version of diploma(s), or official documentation indicating the expected date of graduation
                                                                          • Two academic referees / One academic and one professional referee if the candidate has more than three years of work experience (email addresses directly uploaded to online application system)
                                                                          • 1500-word essay on the topic below specified by the respective programs
                                                                          For more information, please visit programme website.

                                                                          Tuition Fee

                                                                          • International Applies to you

                                                                            13000 EUR/year
                                                                            Tuition Fee
                                                                            Based on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 10 months.
                                                                          • EU/EEA Applies to you

                                                                            13000 EUR/year
                                                                            Tuition Fee
                                                                            Based on the original amount of 13000 EUR per year and a duration of 10 months.
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                                                                          Living costs for Budapest

                                                                          148000 - 232000 HUF/month
                                                                          Living Costs

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                                                                          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 awards to scholarships with stipends and housing.

                                                                          • CEU Master's Scholarship: covers up to 100% of tuition, health insurance and a monthly stipend of HUF 96,000 (approx. EUR 310) or HUF 50,000 (approx. EUR 160) to assist with living costs. Single or shared housing in the CEU Residence Center may also be offered to scholarship recipients.
                                                                          • CEU Alumni Scholarships: funded by alumni, are awarded to master’s degree students with financial need who have a proven record of leadership in extra-curricular activities, community service and civic engagement.
                                                                          • External Scholarships: administered through CEU, include the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, Erasmus research grants, and other private and public fellowships and scholarships.

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                                                                          • U.S. Federal Student Loans
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