LLM in International & European Law: International Trade and Investment Law
Language of instruction: English
Starts in: February, september
International trade and investment are driving forces in the world economy and its increasing globalization. This track focuses on the international law that governs these economic relations for states and regions.
Studying International Trade and Investment Law at the University of Amsterdam
A significant part of the programme concerns the Geneva-based World Trade Organisation (WTO). The WTO provides the legal framework for the multilateral trading systems for goods and services, including its advanced system of dispute resolution.
An important body of WTO case law balances trading interests and other societal objectives, such as the protection of human health or the environment. The international regulation of trade also goes beyond traditional market access issues into the realm of domestic regulation, to consider intellectual property rights and international product and food safety standards. All this and much more makes it a crucial and dynamic field of international law.
International investment law is the second big part of this programme. In this subject area, a large network of bilateral investment treaties (BITs) set the legal frameworks for the treatment of foreign investors and for the settlement of their disputes by international arbitration. The increasing number of investor-state arbitral awards testifies to the importance and centrality of investment law. It also comes with a host of new challenges.
International Trade and Investment Law track
The programme in International Trade and Investment Law is a track within the LLM in International and European Law. Upon completion of all programme requirements, students will receive a Master in International and European Law, and the title Master of Laws (LLM).
This track consists of 50 ECTS credits for core courses and 10 credits for a Master's thesis. Students are expected to obtain 60 ECTS credits throughout the course of the degree.
The first semester deals with aspects of WTO institutional and dispute settlement as well as the core International and European Law substantive principles governing the international trading system. The second semester introduces the study of international investment law.
Other second semester courses extend the study to domestic regulation, development issues, regional trade agreements and investment arbitration.
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Last updated April 19, 2016