Background information on Hanse Law School

The Concept

What is Hanse Law School?

The HLS is a legal education project with a European and international focus. It is primarily organized by the Universities in Bremen and Oldenburg that offer the LL.B. Comparative and European Law and the LL.M. Transnational Law. Our close partner has long been the University of Groningen that will soon be joined by the University of Le Havre. The main underlying idea is to pursue the European way of law where the Law of the European Union and the comparison between the jurisdictions of its Member States are the essential part of the curriculum from the first semester forth and which sets it apart from many other national and European law programmes.

It’s furthermore unique to the HLS to award its students the internationally recognized LL.B. and LL.M. degree on the one hand and still grant them the opportunity to work as a lawyer in both German and Dutch jurisdictions. In case of the latter, students may acquire the certificate of “effectus civilis” along with the title “meester in de rechten” by adding one semester in the Netherlands to access the Dutch bar exam or the Master “Nederlands recht”.

An additional and successful equality and qualification test according to § 112a DRiG would then again entitle to becoming a lawyer in Germany, too.

Contrary to other European law programmes abroad the Hanse Law School does not focus on the harmonization and unification of law within the EU (such as the College of Europe in Bruges) but still emphasises national jurisdictions and legal cultures. It is imperative to understand the differences in the light of international cooperation. Comparative law is thus of high methodological significance.

Choosing the perspective on a Europe built from the “bottom up” we follow the ideas of Franco-German Friendship and town twinning and seek to dialogue through discourse. In that regard we chose our official theme: “fortiter in re, suaviter in modo” – a guiding principle established by the scholar Claudio Aquaviva during the reformation of the education of Jesuits in 1599 and referred to by the co-founder of our programme Dr. Damiaan Meuwissen, Professor of Constitutional Law and Legal Philosophy at the University of Groningen.

The LL.M. Transnational Law is a research master and prioritises transnational aspects of national and international law. It qualifies for working in international public authorities, NGO’s, companies and law firms. By recognition as specialisation (“Schwerpunkt”) within the national law programme at the University of Bremen holders of the LL.B. and LL.M. degree may qualify for the first state’s exam and to “conventional” law careers as well.

Students have moreover the opportunity to acquire a dual-degree by spending one of their two semesters the partner Universities in Groningen or Le Havre – or even another University abroad awarding dual degrees. By a joint supervision of their Master’s Thesis students and professors alike direct contribute to the development of comparative law in Europe and elsewhere.

Contact Persons


Prof. Dr. GodtOldenburg
Prof. Dr. Christine Godt
University of Oldenburg, A 05 1-172
Phone +49 (0)441 798-4152
Consultation by appointment
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Prof. Dr. SchmidBremen
Prof. Dr. Christoph Schmid
University of Bremen, GW 1 C-2280
Phone  +49 (0)421 218-66203
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Marta DelgadoSecretariat Oldenburg
Marta Delgado Amorín

University of Oldenburg, A 05 1-175
Phone +49 (0)441 798-4150 | Fax +49 (0)441 798-4151
Consultaton: Tuesday to Thursday

Study Coordinators

Alexander CordesLL.B. programme
Dipl.-Jur. Alexander Cordes, LL.M.
University of Oldenburg, A 05 1-166
Phone +49 (0)441 798-4198
If you have any questions regarding the application procedure for the LL.B. programme, please contact the matriculation office of the University of Oldenburg.

LL.M. programme
Tobias Pinkel
University of Bremen, GW I B-1090
Phone +49 (0)421 218-66220
If you have any questions regarding the application procedure for the LL.M. programme, please contact the secretariat for students at the University of Bremen.

Students’ Representatives

Student Association
Lina Mentzel and Clara Meyn
Term of office 2021/2022

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