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Michigan Law pioneered the study of European integration over half a century ago. Through the various centers and programs at the Law School and across the University, Michigan has been engaged at the cutting edge of European affairs ever since, not least by bringing prominent European scholars and officials right here to Ann Arbor.
– Daniel Halberstam, Eric Stein Collegiate Professor of Law

European Legal Studies Program

Professor Daniel Halberstam
The European Legal Studies Program, directed by Professor Daniel Halberstam, has a special place in Michigan's longstanding pre-eminence in international and comparative law. More than 50 years ago, Professor Emeritus Eric Stein pioneered the field of European legal studies at Michigan Law, creating the first European integration studies program in the United States.

In addition to attracting Americans, Michigan Law draws countless European students, scholars, and future officials to Ann Arbor to study European legal integration. Many of our faculty members lecture, present workshops, and teach at European institutions, while our highly selective L. Bates Lea Global Professor of Law bring numerous outstanding European academics to Michigan Law to share their expertise. Our student body is enriched by European graduate and post-graduate students studying alongside American J.D. candidates. And our extensive and close-knit network of European alumni remains actively involved in the life of the Law School.

The European Legal Studies Program also offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of workshops, seminars and events, many of which are coordinated by the European Union Center, which serves as the hub for Michigan's extensive resources and expertise in the interdisciplinary study of modern Europe, Central and Eastern Europe, and the European Union. Through its Conversations on Europe program, the European Union Center has brought numerous intellectuals and public figures to campus, including former European Commission President Romano Prodi; former German Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Joschka Fischer; and former Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski.

For more information on the European Legal Studies Program, contact Professor Daniel Halberstam at

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