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This is a one-year, full-time programme and inter-disciplinary in presentation.

The programme is divided into two semesters.

First semester

In the first semester, the students participate in an intensive custom-designed curriculum of coursework.

During this time, the students complete two modules:

  • Advanced International Trade Law and
  • Advanced International Investment Law

both of which emerged from the field of International Economic Law, a major subset of the broader discipline of Public International Law.

Second semester

In the second semester, the students’ formal requirement is to write a mini-dissertation of 23,000-25,000 words on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the Academic Director. Where available, students are encouraged to take up internship positions in related organisations. The internship programme is to enrich the learning experience of the students and it offers them real-world insights and exposures to actual working life in the world of trade and investment. An internship stint also offers a head-start in securing gainful employment and in pursuit of a career.


Introductory subjects

  • Introduction to Public International Law
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Introduction to Monetary Economics
  • Introduction to Agricultural Economics
  • Accounting for Lawyers

General subjects

  • Global Economic Governance
  • Business & Environment
  • Business & Human Rights
  • Trade & Environment, Human Rights and Labour
  • Negotiations
  • African Union Law
  • European Union Law
  • Law of International Business Transactions 

Advanced International Trade Module

  • Regulation of International Trade
  • Special Sector: Services
  • Special Sectors: Agriculture
  • Trade Facilitation
  • Regional Trade Agreements in Africa
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Trade Policy Formulation
  • Non-Agricultural Market Access
  • ICT Law
  • Law of the Sea
  • Maritime Law

Advanced International Law

  • Law of Foreign Investment
  • Financial Services and Securities Regulations
  • Investment and Procurement
  • Legal Aspects of Trade Finance
  • International Finance Law
  • Special Economic Zones (SEZs)
  • Competition Law
  • International Tax Law
  • International Insolvency Law
  • Settlement of Investment Disputes
  • International Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Law of Project Finance
  • International Labour Law


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