Swiss International Law School


In the last 35 years, international trade has grown by almost 1000%. Globalization of trade needs globalization of law.

Yet today’s legal profession is still almost entirely restricted to domestic law. What we need is a new generation of lawyers focusing on international and cross-border matters.

Our Vision

SiLS` vision is to adapt legal education to globalization and bring people together from all over the world to meet the challenges of international legal practice.

The SiLS Foundation

The Swiss International Law School is a charitable foundation under Swiss law based in Basel, Switzerland.

Its purpose is to facilitate worldwide teaching and learning of comparative commercial law and dispute resolution.


We are fascinated by globalization and many members of our teaching team are leading experts and practitioners in international commercial law and arbitration.


At Swiss International Law School we teach law on a truly comparative and intercultural basis. Our outcomes-based teaching approach allows you to immediately implement and practice your knowledge.


The SiLS distance learning LL.M. and Moot Academy are completely web-based and offer you a flexible learning environment which is accessible from all over the world.

The SiLS Approach

Swiss International Law School offers the best of two worlds: the impeccable quality of traditional university education and the fruits of recent cutting-edge advancement in the field of e-learning. This unique combination gives students the best preparation available for their future careers, paired with a maximum of flexibility in learning.

International and Intercultural Exchange

The SiLS programs strive to be accessible to students from all over the world by offering all courses entirely web-based. In its programs SiLS makes use of a state-of-the-art virtual learning environment. Students receive access to video lectures, course books, tasks and assessments as well as lectures and discussion boards.

Shaping the Global Lawyer

The SiLS LL.M. program is based on an outcomes-based higher education model. The aim of the program is precisely not to simply transfer general and abstract knowledge, but rather to train the core skills and competences required of a “global lawyer”.

Therefore, each module engages students in supervised group projects and online activities in groups of mixed cultural and legal background, which complements individual study. Group activities are undertaken in small classes between a maximum of 16-20 students, guided by two experienced course leaders. Intended learning outcomes, assessment tasks, and assessment criteria are transparently communicated in detailed students’ and module handbooks. Students’ performance is assessed by both formative feedback and formal, summative assessment according to transparent assessment criteria.

Quality Management

Quality at Swiss International Law School is the combined result of all staff sharing a common vision and supporting a lived quality culture at the school. This is put into practice by

  • carefully aligning the aims of the SiLS program with teaching and learning activities and assessment tasks,
  • effectively and transparently communicating the course aims, intended learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities, as well as detailed criteria for assessment to the participants, and
  • most notably, by focusing on students’ interest to be fully prepared for the workplace as confident, and effective professionals, and able to live up to the expectations of their prospective clients, peers, and colleagues by the end of this course.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

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SiLS Online LL.M. in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution

Online Full time Part time 1 - 2 years February 2017 Switzerland Basel + 1 more

The entirely web-based SiLS Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution prepares students from different cultural and legal backgrounds for confident and ethical legal practice in an international commercial environment. [+]

The Program The SiLS Master of Laws LL.M. in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution prepares students from different cultural and legal backgrounds for confident and ethical legal practice in an international commercial environment. The skills and competences developed and honed by the SiLS program incorporate an outcomes-based approach to higher education. The program is taught entirely web-based on an advanced learning platform and aims to prepare students to become truly global lawyers. The SiLS LL.M. is awarded upon the satisfactory completion of four modules and four extra-modular tutorials. Dual Award Programs allow that courses taken at SiLS are credited towards LL.M. degrees of other well-known and highly respected institutions and, vice versa, courses taken at other institions are credited towards the SiLS LL.M. Modules Each of the four modules is led by an eminent global scholar in the respective field: Sales and Transport Law: Module leader Professor Dr. Ingeborg SCHWENZER, LL.M. Intellectual Property Law: Module leader Professor Dr. William VAN CAENEGEM, LL.M. Dispute Resolution: Module leader Professor Louise BARRINGTON Corporate Law: Module leader Professor Dr. Katharina PISTOR, LL.M. Each module can also be taken individually. Upon completion of a module a certificate will be issued. Tutorials Additionally, four extra-modular tutorials covering important aspects of legal work are offered for individual study and practice: Legal Research and Writing: Dr. Benjamin LEISINGER, LL.M. Presentation Techniques: Dr. Christopher KEE Legal Professional Responsibility and Ethics: Professor Catherine ROGERS Features of Common Law and Civil Law Systems: Professor Dr. Thomas LUNDMARK, LL.M. Management of Legal and Compliance Risk: Dr. Peter KURER, LL.M. Our Features Web-based: The web as a Worldwide Classroom The SiLS Master of Laws LL.M. is taught completely web-based. Our approach ensures that the program is accessible to students from all over the world and all from the comfort of your own PC or mobile device. There are no travel and accommodation costs involved. Our learning environment is especially designed to improve your ability to work in a team and provide you with skills for professional, international legal practice. Supported: It is not only Distance Learning, we Bring the World Close to you! Your subjects will be highly interactive and taught in small classes of 16-20 students, supervised by two course leaders who are experienced professors and senior lecturers. You are not alone on your LL.M. journey: You will have plenty of possibility to work together with your fellow students and your course leaders will be there to support you in weekly class conference sessions and are approachable beyond this for you questions. Leading Scholars: Top for Top At SiLS law is taught by top people in the field of law. Unlike at other law schools, the internet allows us to bring together the best people from all over the world – may it be as teachers or as students. You will have the opportunity to benefit from worldwide leading scholars from every part of the world and from inter-cultural interaction with your fellow students from all over the globe making your LL.M. a truly global experience. Advanced Concept: A Teaching Method Which Opens the Whole World to you The Modules and Tutorials at SiLS are taught on a truly comparative basis. This enables graduates of the SiLS LL.M. not to be bound in their legal understanding to the boundaries of a single jurisdiction but rather to become successful lawyers anywhere. To ensure this approach each class will be taught by a course leader of a common law background as well as a course leader from a civil law background. An outcomes-based learning course design helps that the students get out the most of their LL.M. and reach their goals. Read more about outcomes-based learning at SiLS. Flexible: Study Full Time or Part Time The whole LL.M. program is offered full time or part time to accommodate your personal circumstances: full time: one year with two modules per semester part time: two years with one module per semester Each module lasts one semester (20 weeks) and corresponds to 15 ECTS, which is equivalent to about 20 hours of student effort per week. Connected: Benefit from our Network and Create Your own Network SiLS has an excellent network, including contacts to international institutions such as UNCITRAL, UNIDROIT, the Willem C. Vis Moot, and the CISG Advisory Council, leading global law firms, legal departments of multi-national companies and innumerable practitioners and scholars in international commercial law and dispute resolution. A LL.M. is not just about law. It is especially also about people and the students of the program. In the SiLS LL.M. you will have plenty of opportunities to interact with and get to know your fellow students from all around the globe. Unlike other law schools SiLS aims to have people from really everywhere. This gives you the unique possibility to build up your own contacts and friendships for your future as a global lawyer. [-]

SiLS / Bond LL.M. Dual Award Program

Online & Campus Combined Full time Part time February 2017 Australia Gold Coast Switzerland Switzerland Online + 2 more

SiLS and Bond University, Gold Coast/Australia are offering a Dual Award Program by considering that SiLS and Bond LL.M. are broadly equivalent. [+]

What is the SiLS/Bond LL.M. Dual Award Program about? SiLS and Bond University, Gold Coast/Australia are offering a Dual Award Program by considering that SiLS and Bond LL.M. are broadly equivalent. By successfully completing half of the respective Modules/Subjects required under each of the two LL.M. programs students will receive both LL.M. degrees. Where and how is the program taught? Whereas the SiLS LL.M. Modules are taught entirely online, the Bond LL.M. will be delivered in Australia at the Bond University Gold Coast Campus. Who is eligible for the program? Any student who is enrolled in the SiLS LL.M. can apply to enroll in the Bond LL.M. and vice versa. Because of Australian visa requirements, the SiLS Student must have completed at least two SiLS Modules before they commence the Bond LL.M. However, application to the Bond LL.M. may occur while still undertaking the SiLS Modules. The Bond Student need not have completed any Bond Subjects before they commence the SiLS LL.M., and Bond Subjects and SiLS Modules may be undertaken contemporaneously. How will the academic year and transition be organized? Whereas SiLS semesters commence in August and February, Bond semesters commence in January, May and September. SiLS students completing the necessary two SiLS Modules in December can usually commence the Bond LL.M. in May or later, and those completing in June can usually commence the Bond LL.M. in September or later. How is the tuition arrangement? Students will pay the relevant fees to the institution at which they undertake the subjects and/or modules, the tuition fees of both institutions being roughly equivalent. What can you benefit from the program? Combine your online studies at SiLS with a half-year on site experience at the Bond University Gold Coast Campus. Additionally to your SiLS LL.M. degree a LL.M. degree earn a LL.M. from the well renowned and respected Bond University, Gold Coast/Australia. Enhance your network while keeping all the benefits the SiLS LL.M. offers to you. How can you apply? If you have not yet applied for your LL.M. at either of the institutions: Follow the normal application procedure for the SiLS LL.M. program and select ‘SiLS LL.M. (Bond Dual Award Program)’ as your choice of program to start your LL.M. online at SiLS and carry on your studies in the second half of your LL.M. on site at Bond University. If you want to go the other way around and start your studies on site at Bond University and carry on your studies in the second half of your LL.M. online at SiLS please follow the application procedure for the LL.M. program at Bond University. [-]


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Swiss International Law School (SiLS)

Address Leimenstrasse 42
Basel 4051, Switzerland
Phone +41 61 271 76 02