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Master’s Degree (M2) in Comparative & European Private International law (CEPIL)

General information

Prerequisites for enrolment
Bac + 4
Length of studies
1 year
Accessible as
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This second year* of Master in Comparative and European Private International Law (CEPIL) provides a research master’s degree. It is entirely taught in English and has been set up in September 2011 by a cooperation agreement between the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole and the University of Dundee in Scotland. This programme is a double degree giving the chance to the students into it to be graduated of a Master 2 and a LL.M (Latin Legum Magister) in the same time. The French Master is issued after having spent the first semester in the Université Toulouse 1 Capitole and the LL.M after the second semester in the University of Dundee. The LL.M certificate is presented during a graduation ceremony taking place in the University of Dundee.

This kind of programme remains unusual in France because of the cross competences, reflexes, methodology and knowledge necessary to the Internationalisation and especially Europeanisation of private law situations and regulations.
The LL.M is a diploma globally recognised, in particularly in the English countries. The graduation implies to write a short thesis in English according to the regulation of the University of Dundee.

* In the French system, the master program is divided into two years: Master 1 (first-year of Master) and Master 2 (second-year of Master). It is possible to apply either for Master 1 or Master 2.



Prerequisites for enrolment : Bac + 4

Admission conditions

Admission conditions for the academic year 2017/2018 are currently updating.
You wish enter a master 2 in the university for 2017/2018: the procedure implies a selective access, considering there are no selections for the master 1. Considering a Master 1 (or equivalent) graduation in 2016/2017, your continuation into a master 2 is compelled by the regulation in force at the start of the academic year 2016/2017.
Are designed to enter this program the students who are graduated with a Master 1 in European Law, International Law, Business Law or in another specialty in Law or with an equivalent diploma from a foreign university.
This diploma is accessible for people with a certificate of partial validation of prior professional experience (VAE partielle) or academic experience (VES) in this academic area.
In any case, the admission is processed after review of the whole applicant’s academic and/or professional file and after reading of the motivation letter. The admission may be subject to acquirement of prerequisites.


Semester 1 – Université Toulouse 1 Capitole – 30 ECTS

Module 1: Private international law – General part
- Private international law - Fundamental rules and principles (20hrs)
- European Private international law (15hrs)
- Introduction to comparative Private international law (8hrs)

Module 2: Private international law – Specific areas
-    Private international law and business law (15hrs)
-    Private international law and contracts (15hrs)
-    Private International law and Intellectual Property Law (9hrs)

-    European contract law (10hrs)
-    European business law (10hrs)
-    European criminal law (10hrs)
-    Intellectual Property Law (10hrs)
-    Conferences in European and International law and politics (mainly about the philosophical aspects of law) (10hrs)

-    Legal English (15hrs)
-    Project management

Semester 2 – University of Dundee – 30 ECTS

UNIT 3 (40hrs)

Module 1: PIL- Common Law Perspectives

Module 2 and 3 (to choose amongst the following):
-    International Dispute Resolution;
-    Corporate Governance;
-    IP Law;
-     Cross-border Tax Law;
-    Competition Law;
-     Banking and Financial Services Law;
-     Private International Law of Family Matters;
-    Oil and Gas Law.

LL.M ‘s thesis :
The student must produce a research thesis written in English. The topics will be chosen from a list made by the University of Dundee in association with the UT1.
This thesis has to be submitted by August according to the examination rules in the University of Dundee.
This work does not lead to an oral defence.

A professional internship is still possible but optional.

Programme cost:
about 4000 euros
Some bonus points may be granted to the students who practice sports or participate to national or international moot court competition.

Year of highschool graduation
Bac + 5

Career Opportunities

The teachings in the both semesters pave the way to European and international careers or employment which involves knowing how to manage different situation connected with international and European law.

The encouragement to the students to develop student life and initiatives is for the purpose of bringing out skills in organisation, communication, exchanges which are essential for any legal practitioner who works in a team, with potential partners from all around the world, in practice, international organisation, firm or university.
The exchange during the second semester is a chance for developing the abilities of adaptation and communication in an international context.

Professional opportunities are:

  • Lawyer practise – National of international private litigation
  • Legal office in French or foreign private, public or public-private companies.
  • Public service entrance examinations
  • Occupation in governmental or non-governmental international organisations.
  • Assistance and expert assessment for international institutions or national institutions regarding their relation with foreign countries.
  • Academic career in France or abroad.
More Details: You may read the OFIP’s surveys about occupational integration of the graduate student.
The OFIP (Observatoire des Formations et de l’Insertion professionnelle) examines the academic and professional future of the alumni: continuation or resumption of studies, access to the labour market, after 30 months situation (work, studies, unemployment,…), occupation characteristics (sector, status, functions, professions, wages, geographical mobility,…).
Available on the UT1 website, tab “Orientation et insertion” or at the SUIO-IP.

Contact details

Registrar office contact details

  • Registrar
Vocational Training Department
Bureau AR 120
2 rue du Doyen Gabriel Marty
31042 Toulouse Cedex 9
Mail: Scolformprof10@ut-capitole.fr