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Master
International Trade and Investment Law (International and European Law)
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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
    Period 1
    6
  • Principles and Foundations of International Law
    Period 1
    6
  • International Investment Law
    Period 2
    6
  • International Trade Law
    Period 2
    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Elective courses I
    Period 4
    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: Elective courses II
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
    6
  • Restricted-choice electives: other elective courses
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 4
    Period 5
    12
  • Free-choice electives: Extracurricular
    Period 1
    Period 2
  • Master's thesis
    Period 1
    Period 2
    Period 3
    Period 4
    Period 5
    Period 6
    12
UvA Course Catalogue: International Trade and Investment Law

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 next academic year.

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  • 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)

    You must choose two of these courses:

    • History and Theory of International Law             
    • Jurisdiction and Cooperation in Criminal Matters            
    • Processes and Procedures of International Law
    • International Criminal Tribunals - Procedural Aspects    
    • International Criminal Tribunals - Substantive Law         
    • International Human Rights Law             
    • International Humanitarian Law             
    • International Organization         
    • EU Regulated Markets  
    • Foundations of EU Competition Law      
    • International Environmental Law            
    • International Investment Arbitration      
    • International Law of Military Operations             
    • International Trade Law and Domestic Regulation          
    • Europe and the World: Climate Change, Trade & Investment      
    • European Human Rights Law     
    • International Law and Sustainable Development

    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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the Amsterdam Law Practice?

    The Amsterdam Law Practice (ALP) is a unique experiential education program for all law Master's students. In the Amsterdam Law Practice, you learn by reflecting on who you are as a lawyer and how you want to contribute to society in the future. You apply your academic knowledge of law and your learned skills by stepping into the shoes of a lawyer in real or simulated cases.

    As part of your LLM programme, you must take at least one ALP course of 6 ECTS and a maximum of 12 ECTS. You can take these ALP courses in the form of clinics, where you participate in real cases, or in a moot court or law Lab, where practice is simulated.

    The Amsterdam Law Practice won a Dutch Higher Education Prize for innovative education in 2022.

  • Can I follow this Master’s part-time?

    It is also possible to follow this Master's programme on a part-time basis; the programme then lasts 2 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.

  • What is a track?

    International Trade and Investment Law is a side track in the Master’s programme International and European Law which you can choose. Other tracks of this Master’s programme are European Competition Law and RegulationPublic International Law and European Union Law.

  • What does an academic year at the UvA look like?

    The education days and holidays can be found in the academic calendar. The academic year at the UvA is divided into 2 semesters, each with 3 blocks of classes and exams. Most courses are offered once a year. Check the academic calender.