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International Trade and Investment Law (International and European Law)


Carbon tariffs, trade wars, digital trade regulation, new trade and investment agreements, a proposed multilateral investment court – the rules that govern the global economy are changing fast. In this Master's track, part of the LLM International and European Law, students learn to operate, analyse, and debate the international legal framework that sustains, ordains, and contains the global economy.

What is this programme about?

Students and lecturers from this LLM talk about the programme and discuss career opportunities after graduation.

The study programme

The Master's in International Trade and Investment Law focuses on the rules of the Geneva-based World Trade Organization (WTO) and the international treaties governing foreign investment. It provides the legal framework for the multilateral trading system and its regional agreements, and the rules governing the protection of transnational investments, including Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

After studying the key aspects of the international legal regimes governing trade and investment and their dispute settlement mechanisms, you will take a practical course on trade or investment. Guided by lecturers with experience in international adjudication and rule-making, students assume the role of lawyers, diplomats or adjudicators. They act in simulated negotiations, arbitrations and trade disputes. These courses are part of the Amsterdam Law Practice, our unique, award winning experiential education programme. A contemporary way of learning, in which you learn by doing and develop your professional identity by reflecting on who you are as a legal professional. The Amsterdam Law Practice received a Higher Education Award in 2022.

Is this programme for you?

  • You feel challenged by an international career and solving and mastering the problems of a new legal field.
  • You are interested in the economic aspects of international trade and law and want to become a lawyer that really makes a difference.
  • Students with a Bachelor of Laws degree or a related degree with a strong legal component are eligible for admission.
  • Students with a Dutch PPLE degree with a major in Law or a Dutch University College degree are eligible for admission.
  • Both Dutch and international students must provide proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge certificate). Dutch students are exempted if they passed English for their VWO diploma (sufficient mark, 6 or higher) or possess a VWO certificate in English.
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Unique programme in Europe

This LLM focuses on the legal rules that govern economic relations between states and regions

Learn to practice legal skills through experiential education

You can participate in a moot court or do an internship with one of our partner institutions.

International environment and small sized classroom

Excellent opportunity to engage in interesting legal debates with people from different (legal) backgrounds

Work on public interest cases for NGOs and other clients

In the Amsterdam International Law Clinic you work on public interest cases under the guidance of our clinical staff

After graduation

Graduates pursue careers in international law firms, governments and international organisations, or as legal advisers to companies or NGOs with an international focus. Students who have a qualifying Bachelor’s degree and want to obtain a ‘civiel effect’ certificate must complete 10 EC in selected EU Law courses and papers. This will allow you to qualify as a lawyer following this degree.

Discover the other tracks

Did you know that International Trade and Investment Law is part of the Master's programme International and European Law? European Union LawPublic International Law and European Competition Law and Regulation are also tracks of this programme.

Facts & Figures
Degree programme LLM International and European law
Type Regular study programme
Credits 60 ECTS, 12 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60224
Location Roeterseiland campus