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Study programme

International Trade and Investment Law (International and European Law)

Programme outline

This track consists of 48 ECTS credits for core courses and 12 credits for a Master's thesis. Students are expected to obtain 60 ECTS credits throughout the course of the degree.

The first semester deals with the core legal principles that govern both international trade and investment law. The second semester turns to dispute settlement aspects of the WTO and international investment arbitration. Other second semester courses extend the study to domestic regulation, development issues and regional trade agreements.

Current range of courses in the Course Catalogue

The UvA Course Catalogue lists all the courses available this year.

Course Catalogue: International Trade and Investment Law

Next year, the range of courses may look somewhat different.


The Master's programme concludes with a thesis on a substantive issue in International Trade Law (12 ECTS credits). Students will research and write the thesis under the supervision of the faculty adviser. The topic will be mutually agreed upon between the student and the adviser.

The John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition.

Amsterdam Law Practice

Our experiential learning method inspires and motivates students to do research and increase their knowledge. At the Amsterdam Law Practice (ALP) students learn by doing, and connect with society at large by working with fellow students towards the solution of social problems. As a part of the Amsterdam Law Practice, students may apply for participation in moot courts dealing with WTO or investment arbitration. A three-day study trip to Geneva is planned for the Spring (at students’ own expense).

Moot court participation

Nothing says ‘practical training’ for future international lawyers like moot court competitions. Every year, students have a chance to participate in various competitions. Teams get solid preparation with lecturers and professors before travelling to moot courts all over Europe. The UvA will cover all expenditures related to participation, including registration fees and travel expenses.

The ELSA Moot Court Competition is a simulated hearing of the World Trade Organization dispute settlement system and is open to teams from around the globe. It is a great opportunity to gain a rewarding experience and make invaluable professional contacts with high-profile, international legal experts.

The ELSA Moot Court Competition

Amsterdam International Law Clinic

The Amsterdam Law Practice also offers both Dutch and international students the unique opportunity to combine the theory and practice of international law by working at the Amsterdam International Law Clinic (AILC). Working on cases with staff and fellow students during the course of the semester, you will give legal advice to the clients of the clinic while earning ECTS credits towards your degree programme.

Amsterdam International Law Clinic (AILC)