Master in International Law (LL.M.)

Heidelberg Center for Latin America

Program Description

Master in International Law (LL.M.)

Heidelberg Center for Latin America

Master in International Law (LL.M.) - Investments, Trade and Arbitration - 16th year

Offered by the Faculties of Law of the University of Heidelberg and the University of Chile, with the academic support of the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and of the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile.


The Program aims mainly at offering a comprehensive analysis of current and prospective trends in the field of international law in an era of globalization, as well as in that of international trade and investments, and in the methods for arbitration and settlement of disputes in these areas.

The impact of globalization on sources and subjects of international law will be examined. Recent developments in the fields of the international economic law, the protection of the environment and State responsibility, as well as the relevant issues confronted in the international society over the last few years, shall likewise be studied.

Emphasis shall be placed on subjects relating to the regulation of international trade, particularly the law of international trade, investments law and the settlement of disputes. In this context, special attention shall be given to subjects such as international arbitration, procedures before the World Trade Organization and ICSID.



The Master's Program in International Law, with special reference to Investments, Trade and Arbitration is available to lawyers and graduates of juridical sciences on a worldwide basis.

The Master's Degree in International Law (LL.M.) shall be awarded by the University of Heidelberg and the University of Chile.

Participants obtaining the Master's Degree in International Law will qualify for pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Heidelberg.

The Program is organized on a yearly basis. Three terms shall be offered in Santiago de Chile, at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America. The curriculum includes a three month period for the preparation of the thesis. A final one month term shall be offered in Heidelberg, at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and the University of Heidelberg. During the latter, students shall participate in two workshops and complete their theses.

A minimum of eight courses will be offered in each term held in Santiago, while during the Heidelberg term there will be two workshops. All courses are compulsory.

The final exam (defense of thesis) for the Master's Degree in International Law shall take place in Heidelberg. Defense of thesis may exceptionally be held in Santiago de Chile. The best thesis will be published like articles by the Max-Planck Institute or by the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile.

Courses will be conducted in either Spanish or English. Courses in the German language shall be available to participants free of cost.

Academic Directors

Professor Dr. h.c. Thomas Pfeiffer, University of Heidelberg, Director at the Institute for Comparative Law, Conflicts of Laws and International Business Law, Faculty of Law.

Professor María Teresa Infante Caffi, Professor Claudio Troncoso Repetto, University of Chile, Faculty of Law.

Academic Terms

The Program shall start on April 9th, 2019 or April 16th, 2019 and terms will be distributed according to the following schedule, corresponding to the Southern Hemisphere calendar:

Fall, Winter, and Spring: from April to December 2019. Courses shall take place in Santiago de Chile.

Summer: from December 2019 to February 2020. Draft thesis.

Heidelberg Term: March 2020. Workshops and completion of the thesis.



Fall Term (April- July 2019)

I. An evolving international law as the background for international dispute settlement

  1. Changes in the international system and its impact on International Law
  2. Introduction to Contemporary International Law (Nature and sources)
  3. The changing role of subjects of International Law (States, individuals, International organizations)
  4. Rights and obligations of individuals under International Law
  5. State responsibility under International Law
  6. Bases of jurisdiction under International Law (territorial, extraterritorial, universal)
  7. The settlement of disputes in contemporary International Law
  8. The structure and functions of the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
  9. Environmental and natural resources issues in contemporary International Law

II. International trade and dispute settlement

  1. The evolving Law governing International Trade under the GATT/WTO: fundamental rules.
  2. Trade in Services and dispute settlement: WTO, Free Trade Agreements and other international governing rules.
  3. Enhancing Competition in International Trade and the role of dispute settlement: anti-dumping, subsidies and other issues in the WTO
  4. The Settlement of Disputes under the WTO: Panels, Appellate Body and Compliance
  5. The Chilean cases in the dispute settlement system of the WTO

Fall Workshops

  • Workshop I: Introduction to the European and German Law
  • Workshop II: The emergence of International Economic Law

Winter Term (July - September 2019)

II. International trade and dispute settlement (continument)

  1. Regional economic integration in the European Union (progress and obstacles).
  2. The experience of economic integration in Latin America: A critic assessment (MERCOSUR, Andean Community, Central American Community, Caribbean Community).
  3. Rules and principles concerning free trade and dispute settlement under Free Trade Agreements with particular reference to those entered into by Latin American countries and the Chile-European Union Association Agreement.
  4. Inter-continental macro Free Trade negotiations: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP); Canada-European Union Free Trade Agreement, Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
  5. Dispute resolution in highly integrated regional systems.
  6. New issues concerning trade and the environment: trends in the light of
  7. dispute settlement.
  8. Intellectual property and dispute settlement: issues concerning international Regulation.
  9. Procedures for the settlement of domestic disputes in Intellectual Property
  10. Research methodology

Spring Term (September- December 2019)

III. International investment and commercial arbitration

  1. Introduction to International Investment Treaties and Investment Treaty Arbitration, with particular reference to ICSID
  2. Direct and Indirect Expropriation, Fair and Equitable Treatment and other standards of protection under investment treaties and Free Trade Agreements.
  3. Diplomatic Protection
  4. Investments and trade and the new European Union policies
  5. The regime of foreign investments under Chilean legislation and international agreements.
  6. International settlement for financial disputes and State insolvency.
  7. New issues in international commercial arbitration.
  8. Functioning and practical problems of the New York Convention.
  9. Arbitration rules of the International Chamber of Commerce and relating practice.
  10. Arbitrating under UNCITRAL Rules. Dispute Boards.
  11. International Sports Arbitration. The German Arbitration Law.
  12. Practical Problems of Investment Arbitration/European Energy Charter.

Spring Workshops

  • Workshop III: General principles of international contracts.
  • Workshop IV: Evaluation of the methodology for the Thesis Project.

Heidelberg Term (March 2020)

In the course of this term, students shall participate in the following workshops:

  • Workshop V: The individual and the State in contemporary Europe: issues in International and Community Law.
  • Workshop VI: Managing the international society under the rule of law: new challenges for International Law.

Class schedule

Tuesday to Thursday: 6.30 to 9.00 PM.

Some classes will be held on Mondays at the same time.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Holding a degree in juridical sciences granted by a Chilean or foreign university.
  • Having an outstanding record of achievement throughout their law studies.
  • A good command of both English and Spanish.

Deadline for application

18 January 2019.

Starting Date

9 April 2019 or 16 April 2019


Tuition fees cover to stay in Germany.

The program considers the possibility of granting scholarships in special cases.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides a limited number of scholarships for this program.


For further Information, please contact:

Heidelberg Center for Latin America

Las Hortensias 2340, Providencia, Santiago de Chile

Tel.: 56 (0) 2 –2234 34 66/ 2234 96 31




This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • Spanish
  • German

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