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Master Comparative & European Private International Law (CEPIL)

General information

Prerequisites for enrolment
Bac + 3
Cost and financial aid
1st year : 3000 €, no matter the candidate's nationality 2nd year : about 6000 £ ( Tuition fees of 5300 £ to be paid at the University of Dundee and tuition fees of 243 € to be paid at Université Toulouse 1 Capitole)
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Capacity : 25 students max for the 1st year
                  20 students max for the 2nd year


Semesters 1 and 2 aim at giving students a thorough knowledge of the private and public aspects of international and European legal issues.
The programme offers a comparative perspective, focuses on methodology with a view to providing the students with the tools needed to hold positions as lawyers in an international and European context.
A study trip to Brussels is organised for students to discover the European Institutions.

Semesters 3 and 4 provide a research degree in Comparative and European Private International Law (CEPIL). The programme is entirely taught in English and was set up in 2011 by a cooperation agreement between Université Toulouse Capitole and the University of Dundee in Scotland. This programme is a double degree giving students the chance to graduate both with a Master 2 and an LL.M (Latin Legum Magister). The French Master’s is issued after spending the first semester at Université Toulouse Capitole and the LL.M after the second semester at University of Dundee. The LL.M certificate is awarded during a graduation ceremony at the University of Dundee.

This type of programme remains rare in France and provides the cross competences, reflexes, methodology and knowledge that are necessary to the internationalisation and europeanisation of private law cases and regulations. The LL.M is a globally recognised degree, particularly in English-speaking countries. One of the requirements to graduate is a short thesis in English, according to the regulations of the University of Dundee.



Prerequisites for enrolment : Bac + 3

Admission conditions

Targeted public:
A three-year degree in law is required, equivalent to 180 ECTS (European credits) i.e. Bachelor’s degree, Licence or equivalent.
Other qualifications and area of study may be considered by the Admission Committee.
Students must have an adequate command of the English language to enrol. An applicant's English proficiency level may be demonstrated by means of score reports of recognized exams, tests or certificates or by any relevant means (study and life experience in a program taught in English…).


Selection criteria
The admission committee will assess your application based on academic results, English proficiency, personal experiences (international and/or professional) and motivation.

The application file must mainly consists in detailed academic CV and grade records and a motivation letter.
French applicants will have to demonstrate their English proficiency.
French applicants must have sufficient skills in English to attend class in Toulouse and Dundee.
Any academic or internationally admitted language certificate is welcome (DULS, BULATS, TOEFL, TOEIC...).

For candidates holding a French and a foreign  diploma, the application period will be open from May 3 until May 17 2021  (no application will be accepted beyond this period) :
Procedure for candidates holding a French diploma

Beware : depending on your country of residence and the held diplomas, you may have to comply with additional procedures and earlier deadlines :
Procedure for candidates holding a foreign diploma

Applications will have to include, in any case and imperatively, the following documents :
- Copy of ID or passport
- Official transcipts of records and diplomas/certificates
- Cover letter
- CV
- Proof of English proficiency i.e. official exam certificate (TOEFL, TOEIC, IELTS, etc.), proof of studies in an English speaking country...

Note that other specific documents might be required at the time of application.
Procedure : Application must be made from May,3 until May, 17 2021 through the university's platform e-Candidatures. 
A selection interview might also take place at some point, either for all the candidates or only for those pre-selected in view of the sent documents.
The exhaustive list of documents needed as well as the procedure's exact details will be given at the time of application.

Cost and financial aid :

1st year : 3000 €, no matter the candidate's nationality 2nd year : about 6000 £ ( Tuition fees of 5300 £ to be paid at the University of Dundee and tuition fees of 243 € to be paid at Université Toulouse 1 Capitole)



SEMESTER 1 – 33 ECTS – 192h50

UE1: Introduction to European Union law - 30hrs - 5 ECTS
UE2: International and European criminal law - 30hrs –5 ECTS
UE3: Fundamental rights - 30hrs - 5 ECTS
UE4: Private international law - 30hrs - 5 ECTS
UE5: Introduction to legal system - 30hrs - 5 ECTS
UE6: Public international law - 30hrs - 5 ECTS

UE7: French or intensive English (for French speakers) - 12,5hrs - 3 ECTS

UE8: Non-assessed courses :
Conferences on legal cultures - 35hrs
Legal research - 3hrs
French and European culture and civilization - 15hrs

SEMESTER 2 – 27 ECTS – 207h50

UE9: Contract law - 30hrs - 5 ECTS
UE10: International and European business law -30hrs - 5 ECTS
UE11: Intellectual and Industrial property– 30hrs – 5 ECTS

UE12: labour and company liability -30hrs – 5 ECTS
UE13: Module 4ECTS
E-commerce Law - 15hrs
Company law - 15hrs

UE14: French or intensive English (for French speakers) - 12,5hrs - 3 ECTS
UE15: Non-assessed courses:
Conferences on legal cultures – 30,5hrs

SEMESTER 3 - UT Capitole - 30 ECTS - 169 hours

UE1: PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW – Core areas : (48hrs – 8 ECTS)
- Private International law - Fundamental rules and principles (24hrs)
- European Private international law (12hrs)
- Introduction to comparative Private international law (12hrs)

UE2: PRIVATE INTERNATIONAL LAW – Specific areas : (48hrs – 7 ECTS)
- Family property in an International Context (12hrs)
- International Sales of Goods (12hrs)
- International Intellectual Property Law (12hrs)
- International Criminal Law (12hrs)

UE3: EUROPEAN LAW: (48hrs – 15 ECTS)
- European Insolvency Law (12hrs)
- Personal data protection (12hrs)
- European Consumer Law (12hrs)
- European Business Law (12hrs)

- Conferences in European and International Law and politics (10hrs)
- Philosophical aspects of law (6hrs)
- Other conferences (4hrs)
- Legal English (15hrs)
- Project management

SEMESTER 4 - University of Dundee - 30 ECTS - 40hrs

UE4: (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 write a research thesis in English. The topics will be chosen from a list made by the University of Dundee in association with UT Capitole. This thesis has to be submitted by August according to the examination rules at the University of Dundee. This work does not lead to an oral defence.
A professional internship is still possible but optional.

Conditions of validation

Terms and conditions of the examinations are determined in the examination rules published at the begining of every year.

Year of highschool graduation
Bac + 3

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.

Contact details



Pôle Master
Bureau : AR 123 (Bâtiment Arsenal)
2 rue du Doyen Gabriel Marty
31042 Toulouse Cedex 9
Courriel :  pmd10@ut-capitole.fr

Information about the mobility period:


Service Universitaire d’Information d’Orientation et d’Aide à l’Insertion Professionnelle (SUIO-IP)
(Anciennes Facultés)
2 rue du Doyen Gabriel Marty
31042 Toulouse Cedex 9
e-mail : suio-ip@ut-capitole.fr
05 61 63 37 28

Registrar office contact details

Pôle Master

Bureau : AR 123 (Bâtiment Arsenal)
2 rue du Doyen Gabriel Marty
31042 Toulouse Cedex 9
Courriel :  pmd10@ut-capitole.fr