The Project


From October 2011 to December 2013 a Project Consortium of the European Academy for Legal Theory (EALT) carried out the Erasmus Multilateral Project AMELIE (Advanced Master Programme of the European Academy of Legal Theory in European Legal Culture and Jurisprudence). The aim of the project was the development of the first joint European Master Program in Legal Theory.

The consortium consisted of 10 partner institutions: seven universities, two academic associations of legal theory and legal philosophy respectively and one representative of the private sector, in as follows: Universität Wien (Coordinator), Université Libre de Bruxelles, Universität Luzern, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/Main, Uniwersytet Jagiellonski Krakow, Stockholm University, Association européenne pour l’enseignement de la théorie du droit Bruxelles, IVR Deutsche Sektion e.V., OTY Startel Kft., and Freie Universitaet Berlin.

Throughout twenty seven months, the partners have divided the tasks among seven Work Packages containing a number of specific tasks, measured against quality indicators and monitored through a detailed quality assurance plan and with the help of an external consultancy. Most notably, the Consortium counted on the expertise of a network of associate partners (the European University Institute Florence, Sciences-Po Paris, University of Palermo, Max Planck Institute for European Legal History, Hans Kelsen Institute, Interdisciplinary Association of Comparative and Private International Law, Central and Eastern European Forum of Young Legal, Political, and Social Theorists, International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, Masaryk University Brno, City University Hong Kong, University of Bologna, Université Paris 1, "Globalisation and Legal Theory" Collaborative PhD Programme of the Universities of Antwerp, Glasgow, and Tilburg), a most valuable asset aimed at providing leading expertise in an extended area of topics covering legal theory, legal philosophy, legal sociology, comparative law and the internationalisation of law (“global law”).

The main achievement of the project was the development and testing of a one-year (60 ECTS) postgraduate master’s course in Legal Theory (LL.M.) that will be on regular offer from academic year 2014/15 onwards. Prospective students will have the opportunity to choose among various study tracks (a single degree track with and without short term mobility windows; double degree tracks with compulsory semester mobility windows; a multiple degree track with compulsory semester mobility windows).

The full range of study opportunities in the new EALT Master’s Course and related information is available on the programme website at The new curriculum will offer prospective students the benefits of studying and/or undertaking research in more than one of the partner institutions, depending on their scholarly expectations and preferences.

The manifold additional deliverables that the AMELIE Consortium has achieved are available in the deliverables section of this website. Those which stand out as the most innovative are the following: stakeholder consultation workshops in Stockholm, Luzern, and Frankfurt; the final curriculum developed; Administrative structure – Office environment and office procedures; E-learning concept and e-learning platform prototype – Virtual campus; a 3rd Term Network: Network of associated universities hosting students in the “3rd term” of the master programme for research internships; Testing phases: interdisciplinary international and comparative methodology and contents/global legal research and information management – Teaching modules; Quality assurance review and a Scientific Advisory Board; Stakeholder Database; AMELIE Ambassadors’ Network and Alumni Association; and last but not least, an employability needs analysis.

All in all, AMELIE aimed at responding to the increasing need of students and employers alike to be equipped with legal theory soft skills that would help them perform in the changing legal context, affected by Europeanisation and globalisation.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication  reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.