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Master of Laws in Cross-cultural Business Practice

Course content

Foster your international business law career by joining a unique program exploring the legal and cultural differences between legal systems and benefit from an effective and personalized student support.

I. Philosophy and Goals

Global business today is multi-cultural. A business lawyer should therefore not only master international law, but also understand the different legal traditions in the light of their cultural background.

Over a full-time period of two semesters, high-profile university professors and experienced law practitioners help students understand the legal and cultural challenges of international business transactions.

MLCBP graduates are awarded the title of “Master of Laws in Cross-cultural Business Practice” by the Universities of Fribourg, Neuchâtel and Bern.

II. Courses

The MLCBP provides an in-depth enquiry of the law of international business transactions with courses focusing among others on the International Sale of Goods, the UNIDROIT Principles for International Commercial Contracts, International Construction Contracts, International Distributorship and Agency Agreements, International Joint-Ventures as well as on Extra-contractual Liability in International Business Transactions.

The MLCBP provides courses teaching students the particular aspects of doing business transactions in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Latin America.

In addition, the MLCBP offers courses which are essential to the understanding of international business transactions such as:

- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Banking Law and Financial Markets Regulations
- Comparative US and EU Competition Law
- Corporate Law and Corporate Governance
- Economics and Economic Analysis of Law
- Environmental Law
- EU Customs Regulations
- EU Public Procurement Regulations
- Constitutional and Institutional Law of the European Union
- Comparative Intellectual Property Law
- Business Negotiation
- Internal Market Law of the EU
- International Business Crimes
- International Private Law
- International Secured Transactions
- International Taxation
- Law of Insurance Contracts
- Public Health Regulations
- Social and Labour Law
- State Aid Law
- The Law of the World Trade Organisation

III. Teaching Method

While resting on a strong theoretical background, the teaching method is problem-based and draws on real cases providing broad exposure to international dispute settlement mechanisms.

Clinics that run all year round and culminate in moot courts provide students with unparalleled experience in working with clients and communities of different cultural backgrounds and improve their effective capacity to solve difficult legal problems.




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