Get ready to work in international economic law and dispute settlement and influence global economic policy
The Master of Laws Concentration in International Trade and Foreign Investment Law will allow you to:
- Gain a thorough understanding of trade and investment treaties and dispute settlement, including how to negotiate treaties and defend national interests.
- Develop the expertise you need to work as a trade treaty negotiator, litigator or trade and investment policy adviser in government, law firms, international organizations or NGOs.
- Build a professional network in the nation’s capital, home to Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, private law firms with trade and investment practices and NGOs focused on global issues.
- Learn about cutting-edge research and prepare for a doctoral program
- Overview: Master of Laws with Concentration in International Trade and Foreign Investment Law
- Course work and research paper
- Full-time, 12-month program
- Courses taught in person in either French or English
- September start
- Admission requirement: undergraduate law degree
“It was a great experience to work within a small group of students, taught by professors who provided relevant feedback. I also improved my writing, a skill greatly valued by big law firms.”
Agata Zwolankiewicz, Associate at Clifford Chance
— LLM Concentration in International Trade and Foreign Investment Law ’20
“The LLM exposed me to the key areas and principles of this field. The degree helped me obtain my current position practising in WTO litigation, trade negotiations and trade law.”
Dean MacDougall, BEng, LLB, LLM, Counsel, Trade Law Bureau, Government of Canada
— LLM Concentration in International Trade and Foreign Investment Law ’16
Program highlight: Study and discuss the implications of real-world disputes
Some of the most challenging issues of international economic law arise in litigation. This course will allow you to think through issues in the context of an actual dispute, borrowing from the case method developed in MBA programs. The course typically uses the investment chapter of one of Canada’s international economic law treaties (e.g., CUSMA, CPTPP, CETA) as a backdrop. As a student, you will enjoy being an active participant. You will get to know an investment arbitration claim and go through the stages of the claim, including evidence gathering, preliminary research, claim assessment, in-depth research, elaboration of a theory of the case and drafting the outline of a memorial.