Entirely committed to innovation, the Master 2 Etudes avancées de droit public français et comparé is a course of study in law dedicated to foreign students who wish to acquire solid skills in French and comparative public law. This training is entirely taught in French. The Master 2 Etudes avancées de droit public français et comparé is backed by the Institut d’Etudes ibériques et ibérico-américaines (IE2IA) research laboratory, whose vocation is, precisely, to promote and carry out all studies and research in public, domestic and comparative law. In fact, IE2IA is thus turned towards foreign rights and has forged close links with academic and institutional partners at a national and international level, such as: Louis Favereu Institute, Groupe d'Études et de Recherches comparées sur la Justice Constitutionnelle (GERJC), Centre d'études et de recherches internationales et communautaires (CERIC), the Spanish constituional court, Défenseur du peuple espagnol, Portuguese constitutional court, Provedor de Justiça portugais, Escuela Nacional de la Judicatura Dominicanoa, Colegio de abogados de San José Costa Rica, and Procuración del tesoro de la Nación from Argentina, among others.
Professional and academic outcomes
The Master 2 Etudes avancées de droit public français et comparé aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge in the main subjects of domestic French public law (constitutional law, administrative law) and comparative law (European law, law of foreign countries, implementation perspective of the French legal system and foreign legal systems, methodology of comparative law, European systems for the protection of rights and freedoms, European Union law) and to initiate them into research in these fields.
The objective, at the end of the master's, is the acquisition, not only of a high level of knowledge in French and comparative public law but also of an ability to analyze the issues and evolutions at work within these disciplines. In this perspective, students will take part in studies and research directions, allowing the acquisition of the methods of reflection and reasoning necessary both in professional activities and in research and teaching, and will be invited to write a research thesis or to carry out an end-of-study internship of at least 2 months which will result in the writing of an internship report.
The internship can take place within the IE2IA research center and will be supervised by a professor from the research center. Research papers and internship reports are assessed as part of defense before a jury chaired by the thesis or internship director and including at least one other member.
The main professional skills of graduates can be described as follows:
have a sense of technical and synthetic analysis;
have a sense of responsibility;
have a sense of organization;
know how to diagnose theoretical and structural problems;
know the implications of constitutional, European, legislative, and regulatory texts in order to control their contentious and non-contentious constraints;
master the budgetary and management control rules;
know how to prepare reports and working documents necessary for the development or execution of state or local projects.
Students aim to orient their professional future, in France or abroad, towards university careers, towards administrative competitions of the State and territorial entities, and towards positions of responsibility in the public, para-public, or private sector. (lawyer, company lawyer, etc.).
With in-depth knowledge of the fundamental principles of internal and comparative public law, students, after obtaining their master's degree, will be likely to continue their Ph.D. studies at the UPPA - SSH Doctoral School (Ecole Doctorale Sciences Sociales et humanités – ED 481 SSH).
The Master 2 advanced studies in French and comparative public law take place over one year. The training is organized in 2 semesters. The first semester of 168 hours of compulsory education and the second semester of 180 hours of compulsory education, as well as an internship (minimum 2 months) or a research thesis.
Besides writing a research thesis and/or carrying out an internship, the training consists of lessons and in-depth seminars accompanied by study and research departments.
The methods for evaluating students vary according to the teaching units:
4 teaching units (French and comparative constitutional questions, general theory of rights and freedoms, administrative questions, and European human rights law) are subject to a double assessment: continuous monitoring within the framework of the Studies Departments and research (DER) and written final exam (3h)
1 UE (constitutional litigation) is subject to a final oral examination before one or two examiners
The other TUs undergo a final oral examination which takes place in front of one or two examiners.
The thesis or the internship report gives rise to the defense before a jury made up of the research director and another tenured lecturer.
Applicants must hold at least a Master 1 degree or an equivalent diploma for application
Applicants must be fluent in French, both in writing and speaking. A minimum B2 level in French is required.
Your French language abilities might be verified during an interview if necessary.
The application round for the academic year 2021-2022 will open from May 3rd, 2021, and runs until May 31st, 2021 by 5 pm (CET):
All candidacies must be submitted before the deadline indicated above via our dedicated platform in order to be examined by jury:
For any supplementary information related to the application process please contact our
International welcome desk:http://univ-pau.fr/en/welcome-desk