The PhD course in European Law is a course of study of high scientific qualification with a strong international connotation, divided into two curricula, each of which covers a plurality of themes about the European Law and its application. In particular, there is a curriculum in European Union Law, and one in European Market Law. The PhD course aims to train scholars with a thorough and deep knowledge of European economic and legal issues and:


  • to give a qualified legal and economic preparation in order to make the student capable to respond to the changing of the professional world; 
  • to prepare researchers by teaching methodologies aimed at allowing the achievement of original results. The student will be followed to write articles and papers in scientific journals;
  • to prepare experts in issues related to European integration, to the EU institutions and specialized in economic european law; 
  • to prepare employees with professional knowledge in the field of market regulation, to work in private and public organizations (national and international);
  • to train professionals with analytical and operational knowledge and skills, necessary to face the complex problems that arise in development projects.

The PhD in European Law, represents a "unicum" in the University of Bologna, and aims to pursue the following objectives, through two complementary curricula, both aimed at pursuing levels of excellence in research:  

  • curriculum in European Union Law;  
  • curriculum in European Market Law.

The curriculum in European Union Law develops the following research topics:

  • Institutional and constitutional profiles of the EU legal order; 
  • European citizenship and the principle of non-discrimination; 
  • EU Charter of Fundamental Rights;
  • Internal market and competition law; Economic and monetary union;
  • Security and Justice; External relations and EU security policy

The curriculum in European Market Law develops, also from a comparative perspective, the following research topics:  

  • Regulation of banking and financial law  
  • Labor market and social protection instruments  
  • Industrial policy and micro, small and medium enterprises  
  • Social inclusion policies; Legal instruments for sustainable development  
  • Tax administration and taxpayer protection in the European Union