Saarland University (USAAR) is a modern university within the SaarLorLux region – a dynamic part of Europe defined by the shared borders between Germany, France and Luxembourg. Today USAAR hosts 18500 students, 17% of which are international students. Saarland University was one of the first German Universities to get an official quality seal by the German accreditation agency and has its strengths in informatics, nano technologies and European Studies. USAAR offers a very broad range of cross-border academic programmes. Saarland University has established strategic partnerships within the so-called “University of the Greater Region”, a co-operative project with the universities in Metz/Nancy, Liège, Luxembourg, Kaiserslautern and Trier.

The Europa-Institut of Saarland University as part of the Faculty of law and economics is the second eldest institution of its kind in Europe. Since its foundation in 1951 it is especially characterised by education and research in the fields of European and International Law as well as European Integration. It offers the one-year postgraduate master’s program “European and International Law” in which each year students from over 30 countries study the legal, political, economic and cultural foundations of the European Union. The program is characterised by five special study units – European Integration, European Economic Law, Foreign Trade and Investment, International Dispute Resolution and European Protection of Human Rights – and results in the award of the title Master of Laws (LL.M.) to its successful participants. The Europa-Institut of Saarland University has been certified by the international accreditation agency ACQUIN and has been awarded the Certificate for Quality of Internationalisation (CeQuInt). The Europa-Institut also conducts research in European and International Law and is engaged in several international project, e.g. SEE | EU Cluster of Excellence in European and International Law. Moreover it publishes its own law journal “Zeitschrift für Europarechtliche Studien (ZEuS)” and different publication series. These excellent research and working conditions at the Europa-Institut are topped with its own specialised legal library which is also one among 50 European documentation centres (EDZ) in Germany.