The Master’s in International and European Law offers students the opportunity to expand their legal knowledge in an area that is becoming increasingly essential considering world globalization, in which national boundaries are losing importance.

Operating within an increasingly transnational and globalized world requires legal knowledge that today is less focused on classical issues of public international law, and more on areas that focus on issues related to the internationalization of businesses and private/public transnational legal relationships, as well as human rights, humanitarian law and new developments in international criminal law. European integration is part of the new geopolitical environment. This explains the focus of the master’s on several areas of European Union law such as the freedom of movement of people and the European jurisdictional system. It is crucial for a lawyer to be familiar with the diverse and increasingly vast areas of International Law and European Union Law in order to successfully address the theoretical and practical challenges they face.


Building on the knowledge acquired in the bachelor’s degree in the fields of International Law, this Master in Law develops the interdisciplinary nature of both International and European Law, namely in the area of the protection of human rights. It addresses the development of skills in scientific research, and prepares students for their professional life.


Graduates in Law or in other social sciences who wish to deepen their knowledge.


This course is taught during working hours.



Study Cycle


A3ES Decision

Number of Years

Publication of the A3ES decision

DGES registration number

Publication in Diário da República





R/A-Ef 3196/2011/AL02

Curricular Plan

Mandatory OB
Optional OP

Para além da disciplina obrigatória, os estudantes devem completar 32 ECTS em disciplinas de opção restrita das aqui elencadas e 20 ECTS em disciplinas de opção livre que podem escolher livremente de qualquer disciplina lecionada na NOVA School of Law ou de entre as aqui apresentadas.

1º ano - Parte letiva

Methodology of Legal Research** 8
Diplomatic and Consular Law* 6
Legal English* 4
International Economic Law * 4
Data Protection and Management Law* 6
Competition Law* 6
International Commercial Law* 6
International Tax Law* 6
International Humanitarian Law* 6
Moot Courts* 4
Transitional Justice* 4
Direito Europeu do Asilo e da Imigração 6
Estudos Interdisciplinares (Cinema e Direito) 4
Direito Administrativo Europeu 4

*Lecionadas em inglês

**A mesma disciplina será lecionada em Português e Inglês. Os alunos optam pela versão que pretendem frequentar.

2º semestre - parte não letiva

Tese, estágio em instituição nacional ou internacional ou trabalho de projeto 60
Opportunity to benefit from the THEMIS NETWORK international experience. Three core elements: a semester abroad, an international internship and the THEMIS seminar.


Francisco Pereira Coutinho
Associate Professor and Vice Dean
Francisco Pereira Coutinho



120 ECTS



100 Places for the Master of Laws


Candidates will be distributed across the various areas of specialization (Public Law, International and European Law, Law and Technology, Social and Innovation Law).


Conditional applications are accepted from students who demonstrate they can complete the degree by September.




Applications 2021/2022 academic year

1st phase

  • Submission of applications: February 1 to 26, 2021
    Placement results: March 30, 2021
    Submission of complaints over results: March 30 to April 5, 2021
    Enrolment: 06 to 12 April 2021


Holders of a graduate degree from the first cycle of studies or legal equivalent.



Candidates will be selected according to the following criteria:

– Final grade of the higher education course with which you apply (50%);

– Relevance and appropriateness of the previous course for the Master’s degree (50%); 

(The jury awards each candidate a classification on a scale of 0 to 20, based on analysis of the letter of motivation and curriculum vitae. The members of the jury may decide to conduct interviews with some or all of the candidates).

– Candidates evaluated according to these criteria with a rating lower than 9.5 will automatically be excluded.



– Completion of the application form (online);

– Payment of the application fee through the ATM reference provided through the application procedure (51.00€);

– Online submission of the following documents: (i) letter of motivation, (ii) curriculum vitae (European model), (iii) copy of course(s) certificate(s), (iv) proof of identification and tax identification number;

– Applicants conditional upon the conclusion of their undergraduate degree must submit an interim academic transcript showing the subjects already completed with their final grades, and the degree, the institution, expected average and the conclusion date. In addition, a statement from the institution of higher education where they are attending the degree should be submitted, proving their academic situation;

– Applicants with foreign qualifications must send an academic transcript or a declaration with the final average of the degree;

– Applicants who do not report the final grade average, expected or completed will be graded with a minimum score of 10 on a scale of 0-20;

– Applications omitting the documents requested or where the application fee has not been paid will be rejected. 


Applications available through the NOVA School of Law applications portal.


– Application fee ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………… 51,00€

– Administrative costs per registraton/enrollment (each year) …………………………………….. 35,00€

– School insurance (esach year) ……………………………………………………………………………………………………. 3,00€

– Annual fee of the thaught component …………………………………………………………………………. 4.200,00€
(annual amount paid in instalments (1 x 1.260,00€ + 7 x 420,00€)

– Non-curricular phase, one year …………………………………………………………………………………………. 2.000,00€

– Extension of the non-curricular phase (90 days) …………………………………………………………… 600,00€


*Tuition fees are subject to approval of the General Council of NOVA University, Lisbon.

*Consult the full documentation regarding fees, emoluments and taxes for the academic year in question.

The application fee is to be paid by ATM or Paypal. The reference will be given online upon submission of the application form.

Tuition fees are annual and due in full upon enrolment in the course. The payment in instalments is allowed for the students’ mere convenience.

In the case of withdrawal from the course, the amounts already paid are not refundable. The remaining tuition fee payments due for the academic year to which the application relates must also be paid.



– Students whose final average admission to this Master is equal to or higher than 17 points ​​(on a scale 0/20) benefit from a 50% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee.

– Students whose final average admission to this Master is equal to or higher than 16 points ​​(on a scale 0/20) benefit from a 30% discount on the total amount of the tuition fee.

– Three merit scholarships will be granted in the non-curricular semester (in either the master’s or specialization area): one corresponding to the total of the tuition fee, which will be awarded to the best grade in the curricular phase, and the other two merit scholarships will be granted to the second and third best classifications, which will receive a reduction of 50% of the tuition fee. To assess the best classifications in the curricular phase, only the classifications obtained in the NOVA School of Law will be taken into account. This scholarship assumes the conclusion of the curricular phase in due/regular time.


Students or ex-students (undergraduate, graduate, master’s and doctoral) with a degree already completed at NOVA School of Law benefit from a 10% discount on the tuition fee, in addition to the financial discount.



– Students who choose to pay tuition fees in a single initial payment (for the entire study cycle) receive a 5% discount on the amount to be paid;

– Students who choose to pay tuition fees in two annual payments receive a 2.5% discount on the amount to be paid.


Discount of 25%, which cannot be combined with other discounts, for members of:

– Association of Portuguese Judges and the Trade Union

– Association of Public Prosecution Service Magistrates.


* Discount on the annual fee is only provided if the degree is completed within the stipulated time limit.

* Discounts are applied on the final payment of the tuition fee.



National and International Students


Annual fee of the thaught component: 4.200,00 €

Instalments Amount € Payment deadline payment 1.260,00€ Upon registration/enrolment
2.nd payment 420,00€ From 1 to 10 September 2020
3.rd payment 420,00€ From 1 to 10 October 2020 payment 420,00€ From 1 to 10 January 2021 payment 420,00€ From 1 to 10 February 2021 payment 420,00€ From 1 to 10 March 2021 payment 420,00€ From 1 to 10 April 2021 payment 420,00€ From 1 to 10 May 2021

Tuition fees are annual and are due in full upon enrollment in the course.


Annual fee of the research component: 2.000,00 €                            

Instalments Amount € Payment deadline payment 500,00€ Upon registration/enrolment
2.nd payment 500,00€ From 1 to 10 January 2021
3.rd payment 500,00€ From 1 to 10 March 2021 payment 500,00€ From 1 to 10 May 2021


Tuition fee of the extension of the research component: 600,00 €
Request for extension of the dissertation, internship report or work project delivery deadline, (90 days).




Amount €


Payment deadline

Single parcel 600,00€ Before the delivery of the dissertation, internship report or work project.


Students who have been admitted in previous editions of the Master’s Degree continue to pay the amounts announced at the time of their application. If the students do not conclude the course in due time, the amounts published in this current notice will be applied.


If the student does not deliver the dissertation within the regular time, he/ she can register for another year paying the corresponding amount of 2000.00€


Emoluments/Charges and Taxes
The presented table is the one currently in use. The publication of the national table of fees and charges of academic acts and services of public university education and polytechnic higher education is still awaited, so it may change at any time.

Designation Amount € Payment Deadline
Administrative costs per enrolment/registration 35,00€ Upon registration/enrolment
School Insurance 3,00€ Upon registration/enrolment
Registration Certificate 6,00€ At time of the request
Conclusion Certificate 50,00€ At time of the request
Improvement grade exam 15,00€ At time of the request


Payments must be made at ATM or Paypal using the references available at Netpa (student area). Failure on tuition fees payment within the indicated periods may imply an increase charge in the amount to be paid or the suspension of registration and enrollment, as well as the nullity of all acts performed in the academic year to which the non-compliance relates.


Patrícia Raminhos

Patrícia Raminhos

Jurist at Altice Portugal

“This Master’s is ideal for anyone who wants to have a career with an international focus. The student has the opportunity to choose their curriculum path according to their own professional ambitions.
As a student of this Master’s, I had the once-in-a- -lifetime opportunity to visit the European Court of Justice and to see a judgment taking place. Recently, I was recruited by Altice Portugal, and am working with European Data Protection Law, and currently doing my Master‘s thesis in this field.
I strongly recommend this Master’s for those of you who, like me, have a thirst for knowledge which goes beyond national borders and who wants to be a jurist of XXI century.”

Sérgio Abreu

Sérgio Abreu

Trainee at Portuguese Embassy in Brussels

“The Master’s in International and European Law with NOVA School of Law distinguishes itself
for its approach to contemporary topics while contemplating the future, thus enabling its students to choose the topics that interest them from a wide array of curricular options. Due to the various protocols signed with the Faculty, in this Master’s I had the chance to do my second semester at the University of Ljubljana, and obtain professional experience through a curricular internship in Brussels. As I was looking for a master’s that steered away from the traditional path of advocacy, and which would prepare me for a career in an international setting, this was the obvious choice for me!”