About us

Established in 2001, Union University Faculty of Law in Belgrade (the “Law School”) is known for its modern approach to studying legal disciplines which include a composite of theoretical lecturing and practical training. The Law School is different from other law schools in teaching and studying, in addition to standard legal disciplines, modern disciplines such as EU law, media law, medical law, legal ethics, environmental law, IT law, rights of the child, etc.

The program of studies is designed and harmonized with the relevant programs of the European universities.

The distinctive contribution in teaching is given by a group of young people and faculty members who have studied at prestigious universities abroad such as London School of Economics, Sorbonne, Central European University, Columbia University, University of Connecticut, University of Leicester, etc.

This is the only school in the Republic of Serbia in which full time professors, often engaged as visiting professors, have been awarded honorary doctorates by world renowned universities for their contribution to the development of jurisprudence, such as Prof Vladimir Vodinelić, Ph.D., who was awarded a honorary doctorate in Germany.

Professors of the Law School represent the Republic of Serbia in different commissions of the UN, Council of Europe and in European professional organizations.

The Law School is registered under Decision No. 612-00-298/2001-04 dated 01. 11. 2001 with the Ministry of Education and Sport of the Republic of Serbia.

Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance of the Republic of Serbia issued on 20.03.2015 Certificate on accreditation of the academic studies, master program in Human Rights Law, No.612-00-02500/2013-04.

Equal opportunity:
The Law School does not discriminate against students, faculty members and/or employees on any basis including race, national origin, religion, creed, sex, ancestry, sexual orientation, political affiliation, property status, culture, language, age, mental or physical disability.

Admission

The Law School organizes and implements postgraduate studies after the completion of which the title of Master of Laws is awarded.

Admission to a master program is permitted to all persons who successfully completed Bachelor program in law or Bachelor  program  at  the  Faculty  of  related  social  sciences  and  humanities, and who have knowledge of the English Language (240 ECTS).

Program

The academic program of the Master Studies is a one year program, divided into two semesters, Winter and Summer.

The academic program of the graduate studies at the Law School is aimed at students who wish to gain more advanced academic training and the profession of a master of legal sciences, the development and application of scientific and professional achievements in the field of law,practice and application of scientific and doctrinal achievements.

The master studies at the Law School accumulate 60 ECTS; out of which, the Master Thesis is allocated 20 ECTS, while the required and elective courses are allocated 40 ECTS.

Three required courses are taken in the Winter Semester, while one required course and one elective course are taken in the Summer Semester.

Classes in the Master Program consist of lectures and research.

Examination is organized in six terms: February, April, June, September I, September II and October.

The Master Program Curriculum includes lectures and examination in 9 courses: 4 required plus 5 elective courses, and the preparation of Master Thesis.

Courses

Course Status Semester Number of lecture and seminar classes per week ECTS
Theory of Human Rights and Equality Law Required Winter 4+3 12
Human Rights Protection Required Winter 2+0 6
European Union and,Human Rights Required Winter 3+2 10
European Convention on,Human Rights Practicum Required Spring 3+0 6
Child rights Elective Spring 2+0 6
Democratisation Elective Spring 2+0 6
Human Rights and Health Elective Spring 2+0 6
Human Rights and,Human Security Elective Spring 2+0 6
Privacy Rights and the law on Information Elective Spring 2+0 6
Master Thesis Required 20
Total ECTS 60

Class attendance and semester certification:

Class attendance is mandatory.

Class attendance is a requirement for certification of a semester. Both Winter and Summer Semesters need to be certified.

If no classes are held because of insufficient number of candidates, mentoring is organized for the purposes of better comprehension of the study material, minimum 5 times in one semester.

Exemption from class attendance: Students who reside outside of Belgrade, or those who are sent to work outside of Belgrade, and for other justified reasons, may, on a substantiated request, be exempt from the requirement to attend lectures and seminars, but can not be exempt from participating in mentoring/consultations once per semester.

The Dean decides on the exemption from attendance.

Examination:

Examination cannot be applied for if the contractual financial obligations are not met.Students will be prohibited from taking examination until all the candidate’s financial obligations owed to the Law School.

Students are required to take the examination soon after classes are completed in the first examination period. Student who does not take the examination will be deemed as having it taken but not passing it.

In other examination periods, the student will voluntary decide whether or not to take the examination.

During the academic year, i.e. ending with the October Examination Period, the same examination can be taken 3 times in total by the student.

The student is required to re-attend the classes and meet all pre examination requirements if the former fails to pass the examination until the end of the academic year, i.e. ending with October Examination Period.

Examination is awarded grades from 5 to 10.

Teaching materials:

Textbooks, notes and other teaching materials can be found in the Law School’s bookstore or the library.

Master thesis

Master thesis is a scientific or scholarly work in which the candidate demonstrates that he/she has mastered the methodology and the art of independent written presentation of a specific legal issue, its processing, and the ability to reach conclusion in conformity with dogmatic, historical, comparative and social methods appropriate for the analyses of the legal issues or a term. Scientific and scholarly forms (references to literature, sources of law, court judgments, sentences, legal opinions, general positions, etc.) appropriate for the scientific and scholarly works in the field of law are used. Master thesis needs to be applied for in the Summer Semester. An application is submitted to the Postgraduate Studies Committee. The submitted topic has to be from the field of the study program of the student; if the topic is outside that field, the application will be decided on by the Postgraduate Studies Committee at a proposal of a faculty member.

Timeline: The Postgraduate Studies Committee approves the topic of the thesis and appoints a scholarly mentor. The master thesis must be orally defended by the end of the next school year following the year of enrollment.

Mandatory content of the master thesis application:

  • Topic
  • Reasons for choosing the topic
  • Goals to be achieved
  • Structure of the work with a thesis for each title
  • Bibliography – minimum 15 sources, minimum 10 of which sources have to be scholarly publications and minimum five of which have to be in a foreign language.

Important: The candidate is required to submit consent of the scholarly mentor related to the approved topic of the thesis.

Standards:

  • Number of pages: minimum 30 a maximum 60 pages.
  • Paper Format: A4
  • Margin: top and bottom 2,5 cm, left 3 cm, right 2 cm.
  • Font: Times New Roman
  • Font Size: text: font 12, footnotes: font 10
  • Line Spacing: 1,5
  • Text Alignment: Justified

Number of Copies: Master thesis is provided in 5 (five) copies in a printed form and one in electronic form.

Structure of Master thesis:

  • Content: basic parts of master thesis – subtitles – page numbering
  • Abbreviation: if used
  • Introduction: giving the topic of the work, reasons for which the student has chosen the topic; issues that will be addressed in the paper,a brief overview of the work content per main portions, and the main conclusion.
  • Main Body: deals with the scholarly work topic and this part contains an overview of theory (basic definitions) and practice (illustrative, generally, original cases) of the issues related to the topic. This portion of the text should be structured through several logical units grouped under the appropriate titles and subtitles. .
  • Conclusion: at the end of the thesis is the conclusion containing the results reached by the student while preparing his/her scholarly work.
  • Bibliography: list of literature used by the candidate when preparing his/her scholarly work given alphabetically, giving last name of the author with compete data on the bibliographical unit.
  • Appendices: if the student wishes to have them.

Mandatory literature

The candidate is required to use at least 15 sources out of which at least 10 sources have to be academic publications and at least five have to be in a foreign language.

The sources include all published sources like books; articles; court judgments; internet sites; corporate reports, etc.

Citing References:

All sources must be referenced in footnotes. Citing reference guidelines are given as an exhibit to this information.

Master thesis oral defense:

Master thesis is defended before a three member thesis committee in which one member must be a faculty member. Members of the committee may be research assistants or scholars, prominent legal experts from the ranks of lawyers, judges, public prosecutors, etc.

Member of the committee are appointed by the Postgraduate Studies Committee in a decision accepting the topic and appointing a scholarly mentor, or in a separate decision.

Grades:

Grade: The oral defence of the master thesis is graded as follows:

  • »failed« (5/10)
  • »passed« (6/10)
  • »passed« (7/10)
  • »passed« (8/10)
  • »passed with honor« (9/10)
  • »passed with honor« (10/10)

Unsuccessful defence: If the student fails to defend the master thesis, he/she is directed to rewrite the existing or write the thesis with a new topic, and the new oral defence will be scheduled but it cannot take place before the expiration of a three month period from the prior unsuccessful defence.

Tuition:

Master Studies Tuition: EUR 1000, in the dinar counter value based on the median exchange rate of the National Bank of Serbia (NBS) as at the payment date, out of which EUR 200 with enrollment and the balance in eight monthly installments of EUR 100 each. An installment may be paid at any time during the month of payment; however, the amount has to correspond to the dinar counter value of the EUR amount as at the date of payment based on the NBS median exchange rate on such date.

Includes: The tuition for the Master Studies includes courses; mentoring/consultations; examination; preparation and oral defence of the master thesis.

Does not include: Tuition does not include costs of textbooks and other teaching materials; taking personal documents on loan; issuance of examination certificates; extending the time for the completion of master studies after the expiry of the next school year following the year of enrollment; and dis-enrollment.

School facilities & working hours:

  • Classrooms and Halls: I floor
  • Office of the Dean: II floor
  • Office of the Associate Dean for science and finances: II floor
  • Office of the Associate Dean for Curriculum: II floor
  • Secretary to the Postgraduate Studies Committee: II floor, 12.00 – 19.00h
  • Secretariat: II floor, 9.00 – 16.00h
  • Library: I floor, 9.00 – 20.00h (Saturday 11.00 – 17.00h)
  • Bookstore: I floor, 9.00 – 19.00h
  • IT Hall: II floor, 9.00 – 17.00h
  • Students Club: I floor 8.30 – 18.00h

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