Structure and content

The scope of the Master's Programme in Global Governance Law is 120 credits (ECTS) to be completed in two academic years. It comprises compulsory and optional studies, seminars and research work culminating in the production of a Master’s thesis. You can also include an internship and a student exchange period as part of your degree.

Year 1 (60 ECTS)

The first semester provides you with theoretical knowledge of global governance and basic knowledge of relevant key fields of law. You are introduced to various aspects of global governance law, starting from its historical and theoretical aspects, and then moving to the broader legal framework consisting of public international law, European Union law, global administrative law and advanced human rights law. You attend interactive lectures that are supported by small-group tutorials led by post-doctoral researchers and doctoral students. The latter consist of assignments and readings with ample opportunity for discussion.

The second semester will deepen your understanding of global governance law through group work and essay writing. You will examine international institutions, decision-making and governance in the EU, and governance in various specific fields including economic and financial governance, environmental governance, private global governance and security and transnational crime governance.

Year 2 (60 ECTS)

The second year involves the Master’s thesis seminar. It consists of a research seminar essay and research seminar (5 ECTS), an introductory legal thinking and methodology course (5 ECTS) as well as completing the Master's thesis (30 ECTS).

During this one-year-long project, you participate in seminar meetings, complete seminar assignments, write your Master’s thesis and present your findings in research seminar meetings. You get regular feedback about your work from your supervisor and fellow students. Upon completing the seminar, you will have advanced academic argumentation and writing skills as well as a thorough understanding of your thesis topic.

In addition, you take 20 optional credits choosing one of the following streams:

1. Russian law, including;

  • Russian legal system and governance
  • Human Rights, Global and Regional Challenges
  • Russian Business and Company Law: Governing Economics
  • Justice, Law and Society in Russia

2. Chinese law, including;

  • Chinese legal system: history and presence
  • Business and Company law: Governing finance and the economy
  • China in international organisations – transnational governance
  • Corporate social responsibility and fundamental labour rights in China

3. Studies from the Master's Programme in Global Politics and Communication at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

See a preliminary list of courses and programme structure in the Master's Programme in Global Governance Law.

Please note that you can also include an internship and a student exchange period as part of your degree.

Language of studies

The teaching language of the programme is English. At least 75% of the degree must be completed fully in English (e.g. seminars, seminar papers and similar written work, exams and the Master’s thesis). However, you can also study in other languages, for example, include a semester abroad or law courses taught in Finnish or Swedish.  

Earned degree

You will complete the degree of Master of International and Comparative Law (MICL). It provides general eligibility for postgraduate studies and qualifies for positions which require a Master’s level education. However, it does not provide qualifications for positions which specifically require a Finnish Master of Laws (oikeustieteen maisteri , OTM) degree.