Master's Programme in International Law


Program Description

The MIL offers students enormous latitude and flexibility in choosing courses from the programme’s rich and diverse curriculum to put together a degree course that meets their professional objectives and personal preferences. A distinctive feature of the MIL curriculum is the carefully arranged combination of compulsory courses and electives. Three compulsory courses ensure that students will acquire a sound general understanding of the normative and analytical framework of international law. At the same time, a wide range of electives enables them to specialize in selected topics and, if they so wish, to complement their legal education with courses from related areas such as management studies or political science.

Blending law, management, and politics
MIL courses allow for a great diversity of subjects, among them international and European business law, financial and capital markets law, dispute resolution, international organizations and politics and the legal profession. Students may also elect courses from related areas such as management studies and political science. They are invited to take part in international Moots and similar practical work. They benefit from numerous exchange schemes and partnership programmes.

Variety of academic backgrounds
Some MIL students will have earned their first degree in law or law and economics, others in fields such as international affairs, management, and economics. They all have a basic legal education.
Given its specialized focus, the MIL differs from standard legal programmes intended for students that want to take the bar exam and work as attorneys in their national jurisdictions. Some law graduates might think about pursuing an international career after graduating with the MLaw or MLE. They may find that the MIL is just the right programme for them.

English as programme language
The language of instruction and examination is English. After three terms of full-time study and a course load of 90 ECTS, graduates are awarded a Master of Arts (M.A. HSG) in International Law.

Partnership with CEMS MIM
MIL students may wish to combine their master's degree in International Law with an internationally renowned master's degree in business administration. The University of St. Gallen offers them the possibility to apply for the one-year CEMS Master in International Management CEMS (MIM).

Admission to the MIL programme:

Please consult our website for the latest detailed admission criteria.

Last updated October 2018

About the School

The University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland, was founded as a “Business Academy” in 1898 – in the heyday of St.Gallen embroidery – and offered its first lectures in 1899. The HSG continues to pursu... Read More