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LL.M. in International Law, Investments and Trade

Offered by the University of Heidelberg and the University of Chile, with the scientific support of the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile.

Objectives of the Program

The Program's main objective is to offer a comprehensive and updated examination of the current and prospective trends in the field of international law, with particular reference to the law governing international trade, investments and the settlement of disputes. To this end the Program is designed to discuss contemporary issues of particular interest for the international community.

The Program aims at familiarizing participants with the main schools of thought pertinent to the understanding of present international law and the many new concerns that have emerged in international society as it evolves towards more organized forms of cooperation.

Among such new concerns the Program will include the discussion of international legal developments characterizing the present-day international community, including the maintenance of international peace and security and specialized areas such as the law of the sea, the law governing polar areas and international environmental law.

Particular attention is paid to such developments influencing economic activities, with particular reference to trade and investments and the settlement of international disputes in this context, including international arbitration and the specialized procedures before the WTO.

The academic coordinators are Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Rüdiger Wolfrum for the University of Heidelberg and the Max-Planck-Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, and Professor Dr. Francisco Orrego Vicuña for the University of Chile.

Organization of the Program

The Program for the Master in International Law, Investments and Trade is available to graduates of Law Schools on a world wide basis. The LL.M. degree is awarded by the University of Heidelberg and the University of Chile.

Participants obtaining the Master in International Law, Investments and Trade Degree may qualify for doctoral studies at the University of Heidelberg.

The Program is designed to offer the unique availability of resources available in the participating institutions. The Program will be generally conducted in either Spanish or English. Training in the German language will also be separately available without cost.

The program is organized according to a time-table compatible with the need for participants to keep with their professional practice or other activities.

The Program is organized on a yearly basis. Three terms shall be offered in Santiago, both at the Heidelberg Center and at the Joint Program on Studies in International Law of the Institute of International Studies and the Law School of the University of Chile. An additional three month period will be devoted to the preparation of a draft thesis. A final one month term shall be offered at Heidelberg, both at the Max-Planck-Institute for Public and Comparative Law and the Law School of the University of Heidelberg with a view to include specialized workshops and finalizing the thesis.

The participants will take the final exam either in Santiago or in Heidelberg.

The dates of terms shall be the following:

Autumn Term April 12 - June 25 2004
(Santiago de Chile)
Winter Term July 5 - September 17 2004
(Santiago de Chile)
Spring Term September 27 - December 10 2004
(Santiago de Chile)
Summer Term December 2004-February 2005
(Draft thesis) (Santiago de Chile)
Heidelberg Term March 7-April 8 2005
(Workshops and finalization of thesis).

Five to six courses will be offered each term in Santiago de Chile and two workshops will be offered in the Heidelberg term. All courses are compulsory.

Courses and related Seminars will take place Monday-Thursday 6.30 p. m - 21.00 p. m. and Friday 8.00-10.00 a. m.

The lessons will start on April 12, 2004.

Obtaining the Master in International Law Degree will require the approval of the subjects offered in Santiago, presentation of a written thesis and a final oral examination. It is expected that the thesis will be prepared in Santiago and finalized in Heidelberg. The oral examination also takes place in Heidelberg.

This program was realized with financial support of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Ministry of Education and Research of the Federal Republic of Germany


For further Information, please contact:

Heidelberg Center para América Latina
Av. Los Leones 1035, Providencia, Santiago de Chile
Phone: 234 3466- 2349631/ Fax: 234 3781


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