The Foundation course consists of 2 distinct parts.

The first part consists of four inter-related parts. First, it addresses the notions of State and order of rules from the perspective of political thought. Second, it introduces the notions of law and power from a legal perspective. Third, it examines the emergence of the State centred world order. Finally, it looks at ever closer integration between States and asks the question of the way forward. 

The second part introduces students to the legal study skills they will need, along with some basic concepts, terminology and study fields, to give them a better platform for beginning their studies and choosing electives.


The course aims to provide the skills necessary to write a successful Master Thesis in Law. It covers all aspects of academic writing from project design to practical research and varied methodological perspectives. The course has a practical approach and uses discussions of real world examples to illustrate different facets of legal writing. In addition it enables students to avoid the pitfalls of inadequate research or poor source criticism and to adhere to the ethical standards required in academic writing.

The course will focus on advanced and specialized approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library and elsewhere. The course elements are theme based activities that are meant to equip students with course study skills and develop practical research and writing skills. Students will learn how to find and use various legal sources, approach legal questions from an academic or lawyering perspective, and construct sound legal arguments. Necessary attention will be paid also to ensuring proper referencing and avoiding plagiarism