Master in International Law

The Master in International Law provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary for rigorous analysis of contemporary international legal issues. It couples a solid background in the main areas of international law (international law-making, international dispute settlement, private international law, history and philosophy of law) with advanced training in one or more specialised areas (including trade and investment law, international criminal law, international protection of human rights, environmental law, territorial disputes and international law theory).



General Outline of the Curriculum

3 compulsory courses 3x6=18 ECTS
12 Elective courses

8 to 10 in the discipline of specialisation

2 to 4 in one or more complementary discipline(s)
12x6=72 ECTS

8x6,  9x6 or 10x6=48, 54 or 60 ECTS

2x6, 3x6 or 4x6=12, 18 or 24 ECTS
Dissertation 30 ECTS
TOTAL 90+30=120 ECTS


This curriculum has been designed according to an ideal course load of 30 ECTS credits per semester, so that the fourth semester can be devoted to the writing of the Master dissertation. Each student is allowed to spread out the elective courses over semesters 1 to 4, but must take into account the following regulations:

  • Students must take a certain number of courses in their discipline of specialisation and in complementary disciplines (see outline above);
  • It is obligatory for students to obtain a minimum of 18 ECTS credits each semester;
  • Failed courses cannot be repeated during the fourth semester of studies.

Students interested in the fast track option must obtain the 90 course credits required by the curriculum by the end of the third semester. During the third semester, these students can also take in advance 6 ECTS credits from the 24 ECTS credits of elective courses specified in the PhD curriculum; this course will replace an elective course offered in the master curriculum.

Students have the opportunity to spend the third semester at one of the Institute’s partner universities as part of its exchange programmes. At the end of this period abroad, these students will be able to transfer a maximum of 30 ECTS credits.



Semester 1: Autumn 2017
(30 ECTS)

2 compulsory courses
(2x6=12 ECTS) 

3 elective courses
(3x6=18 ECTS)


Semester 2: Spring 2018
(30 ECTS)

1 compulsory course
(1x6=6 ECTS)

4 elective courses
(4x6=24 ECTS)

Semester 3: Autumn 2018
(30 ECTS)

5 elective courses
(5x6=30 ECTS)

The list of elective courses offered for the academic year 2018–19 will be available at the end of the spring semester 2018.

Semester 4: Spring 2019
(30 ECTS)




Semester 3: Autumn 2017
(30 ECTS)

5 elective courses
(5x6=30 ECTS)

Semester 4: Spring 2018
(30 ECTS)



In the discipline of specialisation:
(48 to 60 ECTS, 8 to 10 courses)

Autumn 2017


Spring 2018

 In one or several complementary discipline(s)
(12 to 24 ECTS, 2 to 4 courses)

The complementary courses are the ones that you can choose from another disciplinary department or in the MIA and MDEV curricula, only if they are open to your department and subject to places being available. More specifically, you will be able to register to these courses online via Campus.These courses shouldn’t be confused with courses taken outside of the curricula (“hors-plan” courses) which are usually not opened to your department, or courses taken in an academic institution (out of exchange programmes). You can register to these courses with formal dispensation, under the condition not to exceed a cumulative total of 12 ECTS (on the whole four semesters) and to ask for authorisation to the Direction of Studies via a form available in the Internet Student Portal.