Investment Treaty Arbitration, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
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The objective of the Master Programme in Investment Treaty Arbitration is to give you advanced and detailed knowledge of international arbitration concerning disputes between investors and host States. This field has grown exponentially during the last few years and continues to do so. Lawyers with special knowledge in investment law and arbitration are needed in many different organisations, including law firms, governments, banks, large companies, the European Union and NGOs.
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  • Fees and funding


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

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.

The programme leads to a Master of Laws (60 credits) LLM with Legal Science as the main field of study..

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

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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For Master's level studies, applicants must have a Bachelor's degree from an internationally recognised university. Applicants who have not been awarded a Bachelor's degree but are in their final year of studies may be conditionally admitted.

Applicants must also demonstrate proficiency in English, and this is usually done through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL, IELTS or equivalent.

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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


Uppsala University provides several different scholarships for students. The scholarships cover exclusively the tuition fees for courses within the programme, i e 30 credits per semester.
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The Swedish Arbitration Association Scholarship for
Investment Treaty Arbitration

The Swedish Arbitration Association is generously offering two scholarships for students who attend the Master Programme in Investment Treaty Arbitration during the academic year 2016/2017. The scholarships consist of SEK 50 000 each and will be awarded to two students who are citizens of a country outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland.

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