Faculty of LawInternational Law

International law consists of the set of rules generally regarded and accepted as binding in relationships between governments and between nations. It serves as a framework for the practice of stable and organized international relations.

In this age of world-wide interdependency, the importance of international law is steadily increasing. Global economic interrelations, new threats from international terrorism, migration, and the effects of climate change present new challenges and issues of policy and law that, due to their international nature, can only be resolved through intergovernmental solutions.

This Master’s programme in International Law (LL.M.) provides a general introduction to international law and its role in today’s complex and interdependent world. Special emphasis will be placed upon international trade, investments, and arbitration. This allows students to strengthen and broaden their knowledge of international law and supports their professional development by enhancing their problem-solving skills in a transnational context.

Special Features and Characteristics

The Master’s degree programme is offered by the Faculties of Law at Heidelberg University, Germany and the University of Chile, with academic support from the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law.

Courses are taught in English or Spanish and are held in Santiago de Chile and in Heidelberg.

The Master’ in International Law degree programme attracts students from countries around the world, providing them with the opportunity to become part of a  truly international network.

Research

Heidelberg is not only the oldest law faculty in Germany, but also an internationally-renowned institution in the area of legal research. It is a centre for international legal research in both public and private international law. The Max Planck Institute for Public International Law hosts Europe’s largest international law library.

Following successful completion of the degree programme, the Master’s degree in International Law (LL.M. int) will be conferred by Heidelberg University and also, upon application, by the University of Chile. Graduates of this Master’s degree programme in International Law may qualify to pursue doctoral studies at Heidelberg University.

 

Occupational Areas

The Master in International Law degree programme provides conceptual and practical tools that enhance the professional skills of graduates, providing students with the qualifications to work, inter alia, in international organisations and government agencies active in the international economic field, trade and foreign investment, legal consulting in the negotiation and execution of international agreements, or in the area of foreign relations.

Graduates possess qualifications that permit them to hold leadership positions in prestigious institutions, as well as to pursue careers in advisory and international litigation activities, in arbitration, international investment consulting, private legal studies, and non-governmental organisations.

Graduates find positions, inter alia, in specialised law offices, international organisations,and non-governmental organisations, as well as in the areas of dispute resolution, consultancy, legal and professional training, the diplomatic service, academia, and the public sector.

 

Insights

As a Venezuelan lawyer, I wanted to use this course to improve my opportunities to work abroad. This LL.M degree programme enables me to learn about further areas in national and international law.

Maria Gabriela de Abreu, 25, International Law, 2nd semester LL.M.int.