Uppsala University

Investment Treaty Arbitration, L.L.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    10542
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Free
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English
    Language
The objective of the Master Programme in Investment Treaty Arbitration at Uppsala University is to give you advanced and detailed knowledge of international arbitration concerning disputes between investors and host States.

About

The Faculty of Law at Uppsala Uni­versity is the oldest law department in Sweden with one of Scandinavia’s most popular education programmes. Our model of teaching is based on a foundation of high quality of research carried out at the Faculty and extensive inter­national cooperation with other ­universities.

The Master Programme in International Investment Treaty Arbitration is a one-year full-time postgraduate programme for students with a three-year (or more) law degree. The programme covers 60 credits, 45 credits for course modules and 15 credits for a Master’s thesis. The purpose of the programme is to provide the students with advanced and detailed knowledge about international investment arbitration.

The programme consists of four modules, each covering 15 credits.

After successfully completing the programme, you shall have:

  • advanced and detailed knowledge of public international law and international investment treaty arbitration
  • advanced and detailed knowledge of relevant arbitral jurisprudence and legal doctrine
  • in-depth knowledge of the analytical, scientific and methodological foundations of investment treaty arbitration
  • the ability to structure and present – orally and in written form – complex scientific problems to a well-informed audience
Career

During the last decade we have seen an explosion of investment treaty arbitrations. With almost 3 000 bilateral investment protection treaties and two major multilateral investment ­protection treaties, there is every reason to assume that this development will continue. In addition the EU will become more and more involved in investment protection matters, including investment treaty arbitration. The means there will be a growing demand for lawyers with in-depth knowledge of international investment law. Almost every kind of participant in international investment and trade will require lawyers with such knowledge, including law firms, government agencies, banks, corporation and NGOs.

This Master’s programme, which is the first of its kind, is well positioned to fulfil this demand.

Programme Structure

Module 1
The first module is a general introduction to international arbitration. This module covers all the basic principles and rules of international arbitration. The students will discuss and analyse, inter alia, the arbitration agreement, the appointment of arbitrators, procedural issues, applicable law and enforcement of arbitral awards.
Module 2
The second module will focus on the protection of foreign investments under international law. This will be done on the basis of treaty law – i.e. bilateral and multilateral investment protection treaties – as well as customary international law. Key concepts such as expropriation, fair and equitable treatment, state responsibility and attribution will be addressed. Another important aspect of this module is treaty interpretation based on the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.
Module 3-4

The third module will address pro­cedural issues in connection with investment treaty arbitration. The focus will be on jurisdictional issues – e.g. the applicability of MFN clauses to procedural issues – confidentiality and transparency, immunity, and enforcement of investment awards.

The fourth module is the preparation of a thesis, the topic of which will be selected together with the course director.

In parallel with modules three and four the students will participate in a ”moot arbitration”; organised by and under the supervision of the course director. The moot will start in January and finish towards the end of May with a final oral hearing. The students will be divided into teams with different tasks, such as writing briefs, expert opinions and other submissions.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be Law or Legal Science.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 10542 International
  • Free EU/EEA
  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 100000

Funding


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