Programme director: assoc prof. dr. Katažyna Mikša, Institute of International and European Union Law email

Why choose this programme?
  1. You will be in a more advantageous position than the lawyers, who have knowledge only of the national law. Since international, EU law and generally globalization have an increasing influence on the contents of the national legal systems, even lawyers working in a national area should be familiar with international legal aspects;
  2. You will gain a deep and complex knowledge and skills of international law – this is the first programme in Lithuania, which covers all the essential international public, private international and EU law issues; there are still a few experts of international law in Lithuania, whereas Lithuania participates in the international arena and such experts are becoming sought-after;
  3. You will gain international practical experience – this is the first and still the only programme in Lithuania, which connects theoretical knowledge with practical skills in international companies and organizations; young experts with the international practical experience are becoming sought-after in Lithuania;
  4. You will be given a possibility to combine studies in Lithuania and abroad – the programme is pursued with the partners – foreign universities (currently – Ghent University) – and taught in foreign language.
What competencies and skill you will gain?

The programme is focused on developing an ability to reason the decisions on interpretation and application of international law, to identify and solve issues of international legal regulation. After completing the programme, students:
  • Will be able to resolve different international law problems arising at the national or international level by providing consultations, representation, defence of rights, preparing legal documents, providing dispute settlement and other services.
  • Will be able to develop motivated, logical and legally grounded arguments and solutions to  problems arising in international legal regulation and the ways to prevent them, which would ensure effective application of international law, international cooperation and compatibility between regional, international and national law;
  • Will be familiar with peculiarities of international legal regulation and practice, its relationship with national and regional legal systems and the impact on them, measures and methods of international dispute settlement, specifics of regulation of particular international law branches.
  • Will be able to qualify the acts of international law subjects and assess factual situation in  accordance with international law.
What and how you will be studying?

Subject specific part of the programme is determined by the currently relevant international legal issues. Study programme is aimed at providing graduates with profound and comprehensive knowledge and skills in International Law through a combination of international, EU law and interdisciplinary subjects (eg. Lobbying). Study programme includes compulsory and optional disciplines/subjects in the course of three semesters, as well as preparation of master thesis. The III semester you will study abroad. The IV semester is exclusively devoted to internship (recommended abroad) and finalization of the master thesis.  ECTS credits – 120.

What are the career opportunities after completing the programme?

The programme prepares highly qualified international law specialists orientated to states, EU and other international organization, international companies and private person rights and interests representation and defense in the international area or to organizations, in the activity of which knowledge of international law is necessary. Lithuania is a member of many international organizations, however, has a very small number of representatives working for these organizations.
Having graduated from International Law study programme, individuals can work as advocates, diplomats, international business leaders, policy makers, in international law divisions of government institutions, in international arbitration and judicial bodies as lawyers or judges, international organizations, European Union institutions, legal departments of internationally operating law firms and enterprises, international research agencies and non-governmental sector. 100% of the programme graduates are employed.

Lyra Jakuleviciene is a professor at Mykolas Romeris University, teaching international law topics for over 15 years. She has written and research extensively on human rights, asylum and migration issues. Since 2005, she serves as legal expert of the Odysseus Legal Academic Network (asylum, migration) of the EU (Belgium) and the Observatory on Free Movement of Workers in Europe (Netherlands). Throughout her professional career she advised the Governments and other stakeholders of several countries in Central and Eastern Europe on asylum, migration and border control issues, served as expert in drafting legislation and conducting trainings in these fields. She held various positions at national and international organisations, Soderkoping process in Lithuania and abroad. She has over 15 years of experience leading the Offices of UNHCR and UNDP in Lithuania and has worked also in Sweden, Turkey and Ukraine. In 2013 she has been nominated by Lithuania as a candidate for the position of judge from Lithuania at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and co-arbitrator at the OSCE Court of Conciliation and Arbitration.
Justinas Zilinskas currently serves as professor at the Department of International and EU Law at Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius where he taught courses of International Humanitarian Law, International Criminal Law, and Introduction to Comparative Law. He is a member of the National IHL Implementation Commission under the Ministry of Defense since 2003 and a member of International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission since 2012 as well as member of the Permanent Court of International Arbitration. He is also a member of Central Electoral Commission of Lithuania since 2012 and acted as an expert for various Government-level working groups on International Law, Criminal Law, Human Rights Law as well as European Court of Human Rights matters. In addition to his academia work he is a publicist and fiction writer.
Laurynas Bieksa is an associate professor in Mykolas Romeris University, he is also a practicing advocate. Laurynas Bieksa has been reading lectures on the subjects of Refugee Law and International Human Rights Protection, in 2010-2014 he was one of the organizers of the inter-university Asylum Moot Court competition. Representing the Lithuanian Red Cross, in 2002-2004 Laurynas Bieksa was the member of the Executive Board of European Council on Refugee and Exiles (ECRE), and he has participated in many international researches organised by ECRE, the Odysseus Academic Network of Asylum and Immigration Experts, the EU Fundamental Rights Agency and other organisations.
Regina Valutyte is an associated professor at the Department of International and EU law currently is also acting as a vice-dean of the Faculty of law for international relations and studies. She is an academic coordinator of Erasmus+, Nordplus, Senior lawyers and mobility programmes, principal coordinator of Nordplus law network (20 partners), coordinator of double degree Master programme in EU Law and Governance and joined degree doctoral program in Contemporary Russian, Chinese and Indian Economic Law, member of selection committee in EM Partnership for Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova EMP-AIM. PhD in law, Associate professor (at the institute of international and EU law) having a special interest in compatibility of national security and human rights, involved as an expert in the EU funded national project "Development of PNR system in Lithuania" (2014-2015) coordinated by Police department under the Ministry of the Interior of Lithuania. Since 2013 is a member of Fair Trials International’s Lithuanian Local Experts Group.
Virginijus Bite is an Associate Professor at Business Law Department of Faculty of Law of Mykolas Romeris University. He joined the Mykolas Romeris University in Autumn 2005. He teaches corporate law (legal forms of business organization) for several years and the European and International Corporate Law, as well as conducts scientific research (publishes articles) in the field of corporate law. V. Bitė did his internship at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law (Lausanne) and at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg). Areas of scientific interests of dr. V. Bitė are commercial and corporate law. Moreover, V. Bitė works as a business lawyer (attorney at law) and is recommended arbitrator at Lithuanian Court of Arbitration.
Olga Petroseviciene as attorney’s at law key areas of expertise include real estate and construction where she has extensive practical experience advising the largest international and Lithuanian companies on real estate acquisition, disposal, share deals, lease issues. Dr. O. Petroševičienė also specialises in PPP related legal matters where she has deep practical knowledge. Areas of scientific interests of dr. O. Petroševičienė are commercial and corporate law, various contractual means for the protection of creditors’ interests in private companies. After defending her doctoral thesis in the field of company law, O. Petroševičienė remains interested in the trends of company law, participates in conferences, publishes scientific articles and teaches Contract law and Security of performance of obligations. Dr. O. Petroševičienė constantly applies academic knowledge in her everyday legal practice since she habitually confronts with the practical issues of business environment regulation.
Skirmante Klumbyte has been lecturing the international law of the sea for more than 10 years. She also teaches the international law on the protection of marine environment, international fisheries management as well international organizations and the law the sea. In 2007 Skirmantė Klumbytė obtained a Ph.D. in Social Sciences on the subject of “Protection of the environment of the Baltic Sea under the 1992 Helsinki Convention and the law of European Community”. Recently she is involved in supervising research of the students on more global issues such as climate change and its impact on maritime delimitation, international energy shortage and the Arctic race, military uses of the oceans in the light of the changing geopolitical landscape. Skirmantė Klumbytė also actively promotes international moot court competitions in which she herself participated as the competitor and the judge for a number of years. 
Andrius Bambalas is an attorney-at-law and a Senior Associate with Law Office FORT (Vilnius, Lithuania), who holds MCIArb from Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and is a member of Young International Arbitration Group of LCIA. From 2007 he has been lecturing International Trade and Investment Law, Dispute Settlement in International Private Law, and International Private Law at the Department of International and EU Law, Mykolas Romeris University. Mr Bambalas continuously participates in FDI Moot and Willem C. Vis Moot as an arbitrator. Since the year of 2013 he started his PhD studies under the RUCHIN programme on Forms of China’s capital export and its protection under international investment law: perspective of the capital importing state.
Raimondas Alisauskas has an extensive experience as a diplomat, international trade lawyer and negotiator. During his diplomatic carrier he worked as a Permanent Representative of Lithuania at the World Trade Organization and chaired several committees of the organization. Based on his professional and academic experience, R. Ališauskas was included into the list of recommended WTO panellists since 2013. Apart from lecturing at the Faculty of Law of Mykolas Romeris University R. Ališauskas actively participates in technical assistance projects financed by the EU, UNDP and other International Donors. As a Senior Trade Policy Consultant he provided technical assistance and trainings for the Governments of Vietnam, Belarus, Palestine and Kosovo. R. Ališauskas graduated from Faculty of Law of Vilnius University and received postgraduate trainings at the Legal Service of the European Commission and the WTO Secretariat. Part of the course dedicated to International Trade Law focusses on Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization. It covers creation of international trade law system under the GATT/WTO framework, main legal principles of WTO (non-discrimination, abolition of import-export restrictions, regional integration, horizontal exceptions and transparency) and related jurisprudence as well as selected WTO Agreements covering trade in goods and services.
Edvardas Spokas has been working in Mykolas Romeris University, Political Science Department for more than 10 years. I have master degree in the EU policy and administration. For Lithuanian students I give the course on State Security and International organization. I also have three courses in English for Erasmus students: The Peculiarities of the Baltic States Geopolitical Situation; Geopolitics in the Central Asia and Caucasus; Governance, Citizenship and the Dynamics of European Integration. In addition, I am Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) correspondent. I was LRT correspondent in Brussels to cover the EU news. In that way, I have knowledge how works EU, what is the importance of interests representation in the EU.