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Thesis supervision in Hamburg:

The University of Hamburg seeks to enable the EMLE students to write a master thesis of high quality. To this end, we offer various forms of support. In the the two first terms, brief seminars on various aspects of "academic writing" take place including topics such as "how to find a topic and structure a master thesis", "formal rules", "how to use different sources - including the internet - to find suitable literature" and "how to avoid plagiarism". In the third term, thesis seminars with groups of around 5 to 8 students are organized to intensively discuss the first outline and the progress of the thesis. In addition, a refresher course in "academic writing" is offered. On top of this, each supervisor is prepared to welcome his or her students to discuss specific questions as the need arises. However, in accordance with the practice of most German universities, our supervisors do not read and comment on preliminary drafts of thesis chapters.


Typical Thesis Topics Hamburg:


- The economics of conscription: Why countries choose different draft laws and what will be the consequences.
- Constitutional environmental protection and international environmental agreements: Why (or when) should they matter?
- From settler mortality to genetics: Recent approaches to instrumenting formal and informal institutions
- Competition agencies and regulatory agencies: What is their relationship?
- Social rights in the constitution: More than just cheap talk?
- The political economy of marijuana regulation.
- Alcohol policy and crime: Is there an effect?
- Why and when do countries enter into and violate international human rights treaties?
- Which factors determine whether states allow absentee voting in their electoral law?
- Legislation regarding the protection of whistleblowers, a law and economic analysis.
- Determinants of the organization of military jurisdiction.

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Students Voices

Karsten Kamps


"Having a background in Philosophy and Economics, I was very keen on deepening my knowledge of the legal environment of markets and the way it functions. EMLE was the perfect fit. As a program that employs the analytical and rigorous economic approach while at the same time paying tribute to legal complexities, EMLE is not only interesting and academically challenging but also seeks to develop its students 'practical understanding' of how the economy and legal sphere work. This combined with the instruction of leading scholars in the field and a motivated as well as a gracious international student body rounds out the program perfectly. Overall, this makes me feel well-prepared for my PhD studies in the area of the economics of international law."
Karsten Kamps
[EMLE Student 2015/2016]