International Law of Global Security, Peace & Development

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Programme

The Erasmus Mundus Master International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development was developed in cooperation with the University of Glasgow, the partner universities and a global network of 27 associate partners. The innovative and multidisciplinary programme addresses students interested in international law, politics and international relations. By placing international law in its political context, the programme prepares future generations of lawyers and policy makers for their contribution to global security, peace and development.

Build on this comprehensive understanding of the interaction of the different areas, Leuphana’s study track offers specialisation in the fields of international economics, sustainability and governance. The track offers an in-depth analysis of factors and preconditions in the areas of international economic law and policy, sustainability science and governance research building towards a comprehensive understanding for sustainable development. Upon completion of the programme, including the international mobility phases at the University of Glasgow, Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) and a master thesis, the Leuphana University Lüneburg, students will receive an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree.

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International Law of Global Security, Peace & Development - The Programme

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International Law of Global Security, Peace & Development - The Programme


This programme is at the forefront of cutting-edge teaching with its multidisciplinary and comprehensive approach to the international law of global security, peace and development. It offers a uniquely comprehensive degree, bringing together all international legal regimes relevant to global security, peace and development, by incorporating specialisms in human rights, migration, peace and security, and sustainable development. Students are offered mobility opportunities at leading European universities collaborating closely and promoting their intercultural skills. The multifaceted variety of summer schools, guest lectures, legal clinics, work placements, interaction with practitioners, moot courts and language training extends the programme´s comprehensiveness. This degree displays an innovative approach to legal education that is urgently needed for our increasingly volatile, interconnected and complex global future, and trains graduates of excellence with leadership potential in international law and global affairs. Especially the Leuphana study track touches on contemporary issues by offering the unique combination of international law and sustainability utilizing the university´s outstanding expertise in this subject area. Upon successful completion of the programme students will be awarded a joint LLM in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development by University of Glasgow and Leuphana University Lüneburg and a Masters in International Relations of Global Security, Peace and Development by Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).

Here you can find further information on the course content of the Masters programme International Law of Global Security, Peace & Development.


For all students the first semester of the study programme takes place at the University of Glasgow. The Core Course International Law and International Security provides a common foundation. Additionally, Electives can be chosen from the course tableau: Foundations of International Law; The Laws of Armed Conflict; International Courts and Tribunals; Law Clinic: Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Practice; Advanced Introduction to International Criminal Law; United Nations Law; International Human Rights Law; Law and Development.

Moving jointly to Barcelona, in the second semester at IBEI students gain an increased understanding from an international relations perspective. In addition to the Core course of the Theories of International Security, specific elective classes introduce them to their study track specialisations for the 3rd semester. Students may choose from an offer of courses including Peace Processes and Conflict Resolution; Terrorism & Counterterrorism; Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts; Geopolitics of Energy; Gender, Security and Development; Transitional Peace and Justice; Development, Environment and Natural Resources; Growth, Inequality and Poverty or Complex Governance and Global Challenges.

By choosing the study track at Leuphana in the 3rd semester, three compulsory modules deepen the student´s knowledge on international economic law and connect it to sustainability science: Module “International Economic Law” offers introduction to the main legal concepts under the existing international trade system. Module “International Sustainability Law” deals with international regulatory approaches and intersections among the three pillars of sustainable development: economic, environmental and social (human rights). Module “Sustainability Science” introduces theoretical foundations of sustainability science, its historical development and current challenges, focusing on the interaction of disciplinary, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research. In addition, the students will take two electives, which can be chosen from a diverse range of courses: : Introduction into Sustainability Governance, European and National Environmental and Energy Law, Sustainable Energy, Behavioral Public Economics, Institutions of Democracy, Security Policy in a Globally Comparative Perspective, Democracy in a Changing World Order, Climate Governance in the Global South, Replications Studies, Global Sustainability Politics and Sustainable Statehood, Introduction to Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions and Methods. Students complete their studies by writing their Masters Dissertation at the partner university where they spent semester 3.

Due to the international context of the subject matter all modules of the study programme in Glasgow, Barcelona and Lüneburg are offered in English. Besides professional qualifications, the close partnership between the universities ensures the acquisition of language and cultural skills, which are of great significance to the practice of international law.


Dates of Studies

University of Glasgow

September                                          International orientation week & ILGSPD orientation week
September - DecemberCourses

Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI)

JanuaryOrientation week
January – JuneCourses
June / JulyExams
Mid-August – early SeptemberSummer break / summer school

Leuphana University Lüneburg

OctoberOrientation week
October - JanuaryCourses
February - MarchExams

Masters Dissertation at University of Choice

January-AugustResearch Period
end of November/early DecemberGraduation

Study Regulations and Subject-Specific Schedule

The following link provides access to documents which set out the general conditions for examinations, an overview of the curriculum, as well as detailed and legally binding regulations.

General Assessment Regulations and the Subject-Specific Schedules

A student with a laptop on her lap working in front of the central building of Leuphana University. ©Leuphana/Jannis Muser
The Master's programme International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development is a Joint Master of Leuphana and four international partner universities.

Teaching Personnel

Programme Directors

Leuphana University

  • Prof. Dr. Jelena Bäumler

University of Glasgow

Prof. Dr. Christian Tams


School of Public Affairs

  • Prof. Dr. Tobias Lenz
  • Prof. Dr. Mario Mechtel
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Philipp Terhechte

Faculty of Sustainability

  • Prof. Dr. David Abson
  • Prof. Dr. Jelena Bäumler
  • Prof. Dr. Jörn Fischer
  • Prof. Dr. Jens Newig
  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Schomerus
  • Prof. Dr. Vicky Temperton

Partner Universities

Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Leuphana University of Lüneburg is a young and dynamic public university renowned for its innovativeness and unique university model within the German academic landscape. Based on a comprehensive and holistic education philosophy it considers itself a humanist and sustainable university. Leuphana Law School is the first Law School in a German public research institution that offers interdisciplinary study programmes mainly conducted in English. Combining law and business issues through a special inter-disciplinary approach, research and teaching at Leuphana Law School is both innovative and internationally focused. Inter- and transdisciplinary teaching and research also characterise Leuphana´s Faculty of Sustainability, which is the first and only one in Europe. With an innovative combination of social, natural and technical sciences, diverse teams research topics of sustainable development and develop recommendations for action and design often in cooperation with external political and international actors. A broad range of study programmes deal with sustainability as a continuous and holistic challenge. Sustainability is addressed by the whole University as it is climate neutral, a Fairtrade University and aims at creating a model sustainable campus.

The Faculty of Management and Technology hosts the Centre of European and International Law (CEIL), with a research and teaching agenda customized to International and European economic law. In this context, the students  benefit from access to resources, activities, courses and events of the already existing joint LLM programme in International Economic Law with the UoG. Leuphana also hosts the European Centre for Advanced Studies (ECAS), an independent research institute that was co-founded by UoG and Leuphana. ECAS organises events on various topical issues e.g. Lower-Saxony – Scotland Joint Forum.

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow (UoG) is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and is ranked in the top 100 of the world's universities (QS World University Rankings). It is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading British universities and is considered a research powerhouse. Law has been taught at the University of Glasgow since the 15th century and today the School of Law is top-rated not only in Scotland and the UK, but among the top 40 law schools worldwide. Drawing on the expertise of its international staff, the School of Law promotes academically rigorous research that contributes to the theoretical and practical advancement of the discipline. Its postgraduate programmes offer a broad range of specialised courses in core fields of law, including International Law, International Competition Law, International Commercial Law, Corporate and Financial Law. Every year, they bring students from all over the world to Glasgow for a unique professional and personal experience.

Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals

Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) is an inter-university institute created in 2004 as a joint effort of all five public universities in the Barcelona metropolitan area and CIDOB (Barcelona Centre for International Affairs). Their aim was and is the promotion of postgraduate training and research in politics and international relations in order to advance the understanding of global challenges to governance in our world. As IBEI is now into its second decade, it has achieved a high level of recognition as an academic and research centre at both European and international level.

Career Prospects

This Masters programme is a springboard for a career in the fields of international law, policy and international relations, as students are equipped with unique multidisciplinary and transferable skills, as well as professional experience through internships and work placements. Possibilities include occupations in the traditional international legal avenues such as working in legal departments of international organisations e.g., the United Nations, the European Commission or national ministries, as well as careers in policy and practice both at the international and domestic level.

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Admission Requirements and Application

The study track International Economics, Sustainability and Governance is open to students with a 2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent in Law, as well as to students from other disciplines, in particular Politics, International Relations, European Studies, provided that at least 50% of the credit points have been earned in Law courses.

All applicants must demonstrate sufficient knowledge of English, with the exception of native speakers.

You can apply as an Erasmus Mundus scholarship-funded student or as a self-funded student. There are separate application procedures for scholarship and self-funded students.

All applications for the ILGSPD programme and Erasmus Mundus scholarships must be submitted online to the University of Glasgow. Applications are not accepted in any other way.

For detailed information on entry requirements, application and admission procedures and fees for the Masters in International Law, please visit the ILGSPD website.

Once you have made your choice, please note that application is only possible via the consortium website:

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International Students

The study programme matches your interests? Then you will find further information for prospective international students on residence and social matters, such as visa, residence permit, health insurance or finding accommodation, on the following pages. Please note that the information for incoming exchange students and international degree-seeking students differs slightly.

Information for incoming exchange students

Information for international degree-seeking students

At a Glance

Degrees awarded: Upon successful completion of the study track International Economics, Sustainability and Governance, students receive a Joint LL.M. in International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development from the University of Glasgow and Leuphana University Lüneburg and a Master's degree in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (IBEI).
Application deadline: see Website of the consortium
Application via:Website of the consortium
Start date: Every winter term, September
Extent: 120 ECTS
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: English
Location: Glasgow (semester 1), Barcelona (semester 2) and Lüneburg (semester 3)
Tuition fees: Please note that there are tuition fees for this programme. For further information please visit the website of the consortium.

Contact and Counselling

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Student Counselling

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Appointments are usually available in the following time slots (CET/ CEST):
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Thursday 4 - 6 pm