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Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Trade Law

Course content

This Programme aims to provide participants with a deep understanding of the main legal issues in international trade law, contract law and contract drafting. The Programme also explores key legal issues in contract formation, pre-contractual agreements, letters of intent and e-commerce. A variety of special topics are also explained, such as technology-licence agreements, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property rights, trademarks and patents, state contracts, construction and engineering contracts, as well as related modes of payment and dispute resolution mechanisms.


The LL.M. is an intensive course of one full year duration starting November 2014 structured in three different parts as follows:

Part I DISTANT LEARNING

In this preparatory phase the students will pursue the following topics:
- introduction to trade economics, including evolution and features of the world's current trading system 
- introduction to contract law in major legal systems 
- international trade and other regulatory issues
-  preferential trade agreements and regional trade agreements

During this phase of distance learning, participants will have access to an on-line platform, through which they will be given
access to the material, while receiving advisory support from a dedicated tutor.

Part II FACE TO FACE LEARNING

Module I - Diversity and Institution

- Harmonisation of laws of Contracts and International Trade from the perspective of international and regional organizations (such as UNCITRAL, UNIDROIT, OECD, ICC, WTO etc.)
-  Introduction to legal commercial writing and terminology

Module II : International Contracts -

 - General Principles Governing the Law of International Contracts (in particular UNIDROIT Principles) and formation of contract
-  Vienna Convention on the International Sale of Goods
 - Applicable Law and jurisdiction (Council Regulation (EC) n. 44/2001/Rome Regulation)
- Export Transactions - Links between the Sale, Carriage and Banking Contracts
 - Corporate Governance -merger and acquisition from the pre-contractual documents to the purchase agreement; how to structure international Joint Venture, etc.)
 - Examples of International contracts (Agency and Distribution Agreements; Construction, Engineering and Supply Contracts; Public Procurement contracts; State and Oil Contracts)
 -Contracts Financing (leasing contracts/franchise contracts) and Project financing
- Intellectual Property Rights (Trade Marks and Patents; Technology Licence Agreements)
 - Antitrust law
- International Taxation Rules and aspects of Insolvency Law

Module III: Moot Court & Arbitration -

- International dispute resolution and jurisdiction
-  International commercial arbitration (recognition and enforcement)
- Alternative dispute resolutions, mediation 
- Moot court

PART III FINAL DISSERTATION

The third part consists of the submission of the final thesis/dissertation by the end of November 2013 (50 pages approx)
supervised by an advisor or by a Module coordinator.

Deadline for Application: 31 August 2015

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