Who can apply?
The LLM programme in International Trade, Investment and Business Law is a collaborative programme between UWC and the University of Pretoria (UP).
This course focuses on world trade, business and investment law, with a specific focus on the interests of Africa in the context of globalisation. Students with good academic records are invited to apply.
The standard coursework Masters format is two modules and a mini-thesis of 30 000 words (Mode II).
International Trade, Investment and Business Law Specialisation
Students register and spend one semester of full-time coursework at UWC (Jan – June 2020). The second semester is used to complete the research component of the degree – this should preferably be done at UWC, but can be done on a distance basis.
During the first semester of 2020 at UWC, students enroll for the following two modules:
- International Economic and Investment Law (presented full-time)
- International Business and Regional Trade Law (presented full-time)
NOTE THAT THESE MODULES ARE OFFERED ON A FULL-TIME BASIS, WITH LECTURES FROM 9:00 – 4:30 DAILY (OR AT LEAST 4 DAYS A WEEK)
- Students complete the mini-thesis of 30 000 words under supervision of an UWC academic during the second semester of 2020.
International Business and Regional Trade Law 812 (ITB 812)
- Forms of international business: international sales, international finance, trade finance and financial market regulation;
- Dispute settlement in international business transactions: overview of public and private aspects, arbitration;
- International business and environmental and social considerations: environment, ethics, human rights etc;
- Introduction to European Union Law;
- Introduction to African economic relations, including GSP, AGOA, EPA, Cotonou, SA/EU TDCA, etc. African regional and sub-regional organisations: AU, TFTA, CFTA, SADC etc;
- Implementation of international economic agreements into domestic law in Africa;
- The role of Africa and African lawyers in international trade negotiations; The role of lawyers in international economic and business transactions.
International Economic and Investment Law 813 (ITB813)
- Global economic institutes: overview of institutions and changing functions;
- Role of UNCTAD (development in Africa, independence), African Development Bank, IMF etc;
- Regulation of international trade: WTO – general introduction, concept of free trade, agriculture, trade remedies, trade in services, competition, etc
- International Intellectual Property Law and transfers of technology: TRIPS, WIPO, WTO etc., licensing, pharmaceuticals;
- Regulation of foreign investment in Africa: private and public aspects; agreements and privatisation, international insolvencies.
Prof Riekie Wandrag
International Trade, Investment and Business Law
Faculty of Law
University of the Western Cape
Tel: +27 (0) 21 959 3294
Fax: +27 (0) 21 959 2971
Applications and Next Intake
Please note: The next intake at UWC: January 2020
Closing date for applications for the 2020 intake: 30 June 2019
To apply, please send the following:
- Motivation letter,
- Full CV
- All academic results/records,
No forms required at this stage. Students who are offered placements will be required to complete UWC application / registration forms
Applications to be submitted to:
Prof R Wandrag
Faculty of Law
Private Bag X17
or emailed to
Limited scholarships may be available, but cannot be guaranteed at this point. Should funding be required, include proof of financial status and motivation for financial assistance in application.
THIS IS A VERY COMPETETIVE PROGRAMME, ONLY 20 STUDENTS ARE SELECTED AND OFFERED PLACEMENTS PER YEAR.