‘International Trade and Investment Law is a hot topic in developing countries in Asia, such as Vietnam. They want to bring their best products and services to the world market for a better income, and also need foreign investment in infrastructure and technologies. Now there is big shortage of experts for facilitation.
I decided to attend the UvA, because it is one of the highest-ranking universities in Europe. When it comes to trade and investment, the Dutch have been famous for their trading history and for being the hub of international dispute settlement. The scope of some courses was wide so hardcore studying was required. When it comes to the skills, my legal writing skill is strengthened via multiple assignments and exams, and also my time management is sharpened.’
‘The first time I visited Europe the euro was just introduced. I was amazed that all these different countries suddenly switched to a single currency. I became interested in how the EU developed, culturally and economically. How could such harmonization be achieved from a legal perspective? I started to look for a Master’s programme. I haven’t seen this combination of international and European legal systems mixed with trade and investment law at any other university.
My favourite courses were those that involved trading and European law, such as International Investment Arbitration. All was explained very well by the teaching staff. Combined with the small classes this is very helpful if you come from a different legal system and a different culture.’
‘Master’s programmes with a focus on the World Trade Organisation don’t exist in China, even though there is a huge demand there for lawyers with a specialisation in WTO law. I first checked the backgrounds of the professors and was impressed to find out they’re all advisers at the WTO or other international institutes.
The courses have given me an idea of what is going on in international public law, but also of subjects such as dispute settlement. I had no background in European law, but the European law introduction course gave me an excellent foundation that was tremendously helpful throughout the programme. I am now considering continuing my studies to a PhD level. I really would like to specialise even more in a WTO law-related field.’
‘In the LLM in International Trade and Investment Law, our students learn to understand, evaluate and operate in the rules and institutions that underpin the global economy, affecting not only governments but all those that engage in economic activity anywhere. Besides learning legal rules, in their papers and Master’s theses students are encouraged to reflect upon specific aspects of the legal system governing international economic relations. They go on to work not only for law firms, but also for the states, international organizations, companies and NGOs that operate and help shape the global legal environment in which economic exchanges take place today.’
‘This track is dedicated to international economic law, the international legal rules of conduct that govern the economic relations for states and regions. Our graduates work for states, international or regional organisations or law firms dealing with international trade or investment law. The nature of the study lends itself to connections with international economics and politics. I am an Associate Professor in the Department of International Law and I obtained my law degree in the US and my PhD in Amsterdam. My primary fields of interest include regional trade agreements and international competition law. I have also served as a consultant for regional trading groups as well as for international organisations.’