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Master
International Trade and Investment Law (International and European Law)
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Study programme

The study programme of Master's track International Trade and Investment Law is devoted to the study of the two branches of International Economic Law: International Trade Law and International Investment Law. The first semester focuses on learning to operate within the core principles and institutions of these disciplines.

Programme structure

Students begin by studying the principles and foundations of public international law and of international economic law (12 EC). We proceed with compulsory courses covering the cardinal rules in two key areas of international economic law: international trade law (6 EC) and international investment law (6 EC). In the second semester, you specialize in either trade law or investment law (24 EC). Students may complete their credits by following both specializations or by choosing to follow two free electives. The course concludes with the submission of a Master's thesis, presented to examiners in a specially convened session.

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Foundations of International Economic Law
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    3
  • Principles and Foundations of International Law
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    9
  • International Investment Law
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    6
  • International Trade Law
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    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Elective courses I
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    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Elective courses II
    1—6
    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: other elective courses
    1—2
    4—5
    12
  • Free-choice electives: Extracurricular
    1—2
  • Master's thesis
    1—6
    12
UvA Course Catalogue: International Trade and Investment Law
  • Compulsory courses (24 EC)
  • Restricted-choice electives: Elective courses I (6 EC)

    You must choose one of these two courses:

    • International Investment Arbitration (6 EC)
    • International Trade Law and Domestic Regulation (6 EC)

    You can find the specific course information in the Course Catalogue.

  • Restricted-choice electives: Amsterdam Law Practice, elective courses II (6 EC)

    You can choose from different skills courses that are part of the Amsterdam Law Practice, our unique, award winning experiential education. A contemporary way of learning, in which reflection on your own experiences and the development of a professional identity are central. The education programme received for this a Dutch Higher Education Award 2022 for innovative higher education.

    You must choose one of the Amsterdam Law Practices courses:

    • International Law Moot Court: Philip C. Jessup (6 EC)
    • WTO Moot Court (6 EC)
    • Internship (6 EC)
    • International Investment Law Practicum (6 EC)
    • International Trade Law Practicum (6 EC)
    • Amsterdam Law Clinics (6 EC)
    • International Investment Arbitration Moot (6 EC)

    You can find the specific course information in the Course Catalogue.

  • Restricted-choice electives: other elective courses (12 EC)
    • International Human Rights Law (6 EC)
    • Jurisdiction and Cooperation in Criminal Matters (6 EC)
    • History and Theory of International Law (6 EC)
    • International Criminal Tribunals - Procedural Aspects (6 EC)
    • International Criminal Tribunals - Substantive Law (6 EC)
    • International Dispute Settlement (6 EC)
    • International Humanitarian Law (6 EC)
    • International Organization (6 EC)
    • EU Foreign Relations Law (6 EC)
    • EU Regulated Markets (6 EC)
    • Foundations of EU Competition Law (6 EC)
    • International Investment Arbitration (6 EC)
    • International Law and Sustainable Development (6 EC)
    • International Law of Military Operations (6 EC)
    • International Responsibility (6 EC)
    • International Trade Law and Domestic Regulation (6 EC)
    • EU Trade and Investment Law (6 EC)
    • European Human Rights Law (6 EC)
    • International Economic Law - Advanced Topic Seminar (6 EC)
    • International Environmental Law (6 EC)

    You can find the specific course information in the Course Catalogue.

  • Free-choice electives: Extracurricular (0 EC)

    The 6 EC for Legal English do not count for the 60 mandatory EC's of this master, but are extracurricular.

    • Legal English (6 EC)

    You can find the specific course information in the Course Catalogue.

  • Master’s thesis (12 EC)

    The Master's thesis course contains the following components:

    • Conducting academic research and providing a written report of this research;
    • Oral presentation of this academic research.

    The course includes lectures concerning skills relevant to writing a Master's thesis in law. These lectures are offered in January (September-inflow) and in June (February-inflow). In addition, a tutorial on presentation will be offered prior to the oral presentation.

  • Part-time programme

    The part-time programme allows students to complete the programme within two academic years. Students are advised to start with Principles and Foundations of International Law and Principles and Foundations of International Economic Law. Then, students are advised to take one compulsory course and one core course plus one elective (in total 30 EC) in the first year of studies. In the second year they can follow one compulsory component, one elective, one core course and the thesis trajectory (in total 30 EC). Most courses, however, are not offered in the evening. For more information, please contact the Education Desk.

The information on this website is valid for the current academic year and may change for next year. In May the Course Catalogue is updated for the following academic year.

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