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LL.M. in European and International Trade & Investment Law (Master 2)

Master 2 under a partnership agreement with the University Lumière Lyon 2

Legal, Political and Social Sciences Department

LL.M. in European and International Trade and Investment Law offers three alternative tracks. The program is delivered in English through lectures, presentations and seminars during each semester.

The full-time program cover major existing negotiated European and multilateral trade and investment agreements and their interaction with the WTO with a particular focus on the European Union.

Topics include regional trade agreements (NAFTA, USMCA, CAFTA, CETA, CPTPP etc…), international and European trade law, trade and development, TRIPs agreement, trade preferences, international banking regulations, international customs practices, bilateral investment treaties and dispute resolution.

This LL.M. is entirely taught in English by experts, legal practitioners and lecturers from several jurisdictions. Professors have a practical approach to teaching focusing on tutorials, group work, students’ presentations and Moot arbitration.

The LL.M. in European and International Trade and Investment Law offers two alternative tracks. The programme is delivered in English through lectures, presentations  and seminars during each semester.

  • Lyon Track : Two semesters in Lyon (from September to May). Successful students will be awarded a French Master 2 of European and International Trade and Investment Law (French Official Master 2 degree) and a LL.M. degree from Lyon Catholic University.

 

  • St John’s Track : One semester in Lyon (from September to December) and one semester in New-York, at our partner University, St John’s University (from January to May). At the end of both semesters, successful students will be awarded a Master of European and International Trade and Investment law (French official Master 2 degree) and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) by St John’s University (New- York).

 

  • St John’s Track – New York Bar Option : Students choosing the St John’s Track have the opportunity to prepare for the New York Bar.
    Students may decide to stay for another semester at St John’s University to prepare for the New York Bar exam after having successfully completed the St John’s Track – Dual LL.M. Master of European and International Trade and Investment Law and the LL.M. of St John’s University.
    Dual LL.M. students would have to enroll in at least 12 credits during the autumn semester. With respect to the tuition fees, St John’s University would charge a preferential rate for the second semester of coursework at St. John’s University.
    If you are interested in doing this, you should indicate your choice in your application for the St John’s Track since it would impact some of the courses that dual LL.M. students would have to take during the spring semester at St. John’s University.

 

The core courses of this LL.M. programme cover the WTO agreements, the EU major external trade agreements and their interaction with the EU Single Market. Various courses are also dedicated to International Investment Treaties and the Trade Disputes settlement mechanisms.

In an increasingly international legal market, UCLy offers the opportunity to our students to study in France, allowing them to gain valuable legal and language skills, as well as experience of other cultures thanks to the multinational dimension of our classes.

 

 

Objectives

The European Union (EU) is the world’s largest single market area. UCLy offers the opportunity to our students to study in France, allowing them to gain valuable knowledge about the EU legal order and, thanks to the proximity to Geneva and Brussels, to be exposed to legal experts coming from the WTO, the European Union but also other stakeholders, e.g. members of the European Chambers of Commerce.

An important and increasing share of world’s imports and exports is ruled by free and preferential trade agreements, making them central to the business activity of international companies and States. Lawyers who are specialized in this area will therefore have a valuable expertise into the legal market. The curriculum covers extensively trade in goods, services, trade and intellectual property, taxation of international trade, customs law and foreign direct investments.

 

 

Partnerships

The St. John’s University School of Law – Université Catholique de Lyon offer a Dual Diploma : St. John’s LL.M. in Transnational Legal Practice & UCLy’s LL.M. in European and International Trade and Investment Law.
In partnership with Saint John’s University Law School of New York (USA).

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Entry requirements

Applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree in law (a French Licence, a LL.B. or equivalent) and a Postgraduate degreeand in any event at least 4 years of undergraduate studies. Acceptance of applicants with other types of diplomas will be determined by the Admission Committee which may also take into account relevant professional experience.

The program requires that applicants possess a good level of English language proficiency. Therefore we only accept applicants with a minimum IELTS Score of 6.5, a minimum TOEFL IBT score of 90 or CAE score of 58. Nevertheless, we might consider any experience establishing the command of the English Language.

There are no particular requirements regarding French language.

 

 

Application

Application procedure

  • The Application deadline: 30th June 2020 – It is recommended to apply as soon as possible.(Lyon Track; application deadline for completed files: 15th July 2020)

 

Application Form

Application:
Please fill out the downloadable Paper Application Form and send it back along with the following documents to the following email address: llm@univ-catholyon.fr
Every document should be translated in English.

The documents should be sent by mail preferably to the following addres: llm@univ-catholyon.fr. Should your documents be too heavy to send in one mail, do not hesitate to use free online transfer plateforms and insert the download link into the mail (do not use an password protected file).
If you were unable to proceed as above mentioned, the documents must be sent by regular mail to our postal address:
Faculté de Droit
LL.M. in European and International Investment Law
10 Place des Archives
69 288 LYON CEDEX 02
FRANCE

 

Documents for application

  • A cover letter in English,
  • A Curriculum-Vitae in English,
  • A copy of your diplomas and transcripts in English,
  • A copy of your passport
  • A copy of the English language certificate where applicable (if you are not a native speaker),
  • Two letters of reference in English (academic or professional reference as the case may be),
  • Any documents you deem necessary.

 

 

Tuition fee

  • For Lyon Track:

Home/European Economic Area Students : 8000 EUR
Non-European Economic Area Students : 9 000 EUR

  • St John’s Track (New York):

For all: 18 000 EUR

 

Admisnitrative fees: the administrative fees may change every year. The administrative fees for the 2019-2020 academic year were: 329 EUR (243 EUR State Exam registration and 86 EUR University fees).

Changes may occur in the above information.

Mentoring

Our students benefit from a mentoring system. Our staff will also help you with your administrative papers and provide you with guidance for your internship search.

International Mooting Competition

UCLy students have participated to various Mooting Competition (i.e. ELSA Moot, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot and ICC Commercial Mediation Moot Competition).

French classes

Students can study French while studying at UCLy. French classes as a foreign language courses are proposed free of charge.

Accommodation for our students

Our accommodation department will help you in finding a suitable accommodation for your stay in Lyon, Depending on the kind of accommodation you are looking for (there are university accommodation outside campus) and your budget (ideal rent etc…), our accommodation department will help you with your research and the renting process. See our Accommodation webpage

Members of our accommodation department can help you throughout the process in several languages. They speak French, English, Spanish or Italian. You can contact them by email (service.logement@univ-catholyon.fr)

Extra-Curricular activities for students

Lyon truly is great, regardless of what anyone likes to do. There are plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities such as skiing, fishing, climbing or taking leisure nature walks.

There are many restaurants proposing a wide spectrum of food specialties (French, Italian, Thai, Japanese, Indian etc…). You will even find a few new Michelin stars if you are a gourmet, several parks in the city, museums, theaters and ruins. If you are looking for original options, these include an ostrich farm, visiting the wineries where typical wines are produced (Bourgogne wines, Cotes du Rhone wines) or visiting the museum of dolls.

Our students usually take advantage of the central location of Lyon. Students travel to nearby locations for example: skiing resorts (Chamonix, Méribel, les 2 Alpes, Alpe Huez etc…); Lake Miribel offers a great swimming beach in summer, there are hiking and trekking site in the region, and a particle accelerator near Geneva that nerds can visit by asking a permit from the government. Switzerland and Italy are a bus ride away for less than 10 euros, and for 15 euros or so, Belgium, Paris, Spain or Greece. You can fly to European cities and other regions from Lyon airport

  • Enrique from Venezuela (Promotion 2017-2018) highly recommends the Light Festival, which takes place every year on 8th December.
  • Julie from France (Promotion 2017-2018) suggests cultural visits in Lyon, which is a former Roman city, famous for its silk trade and a strong cultural heritage. She enjoyed travelling to other cities or other countries.
  • Jens went to the Parc de la Tête d’or for sporting activities and enjoyed cinemas at Confluence center in Lyon.

 

Conferences

Students can attend international conferences on a variety of topics:
  • International Symposium – International Arbitration In The context of Global Trade and Investments in November 2017 at UCLy
  • International Symposium – Smart Contracts & Blockchain technologies in May 2018 at UCLy (see our Symposium page)
  • International Symposium – Multinational Corporations (and other International Economic Entities) Facing Human Rights Violations on 14th February 2019 at UCLy (see our website: International Symposium)
  • International Symposium – Judicial Control of Arbitral Awards: Scope, Vacation, and Public Policy on 26th and 27th April 2019 at UCLy

Students can also attend conferences given by visiting scholars and practitioners on a variety of topics (i.e. EU Legislation on Data Protection, European Union, Digitalization and the law, Common law etc…).

 

Some general tourist promotion links:
lyon-france
visiterlyon

Examples of specific clubs/activities:
lyonkayak
peche69
tripadvisor

Why should I enroll?

The program is designed for students aiming at international trade, customs, and investment positions in companies, law-firms and international organizations. Students aiming at qualifying as lawyers and working as in-house lawyers would benefit from this knowledge. This LL.M. is designed to meet the need of companies which do business/trade at international level and invest abroad.Recent graduates have joined law firms (either for internships or job opportunities) or international organizations (see what our past students have done).

This Master 2/LL.M. will give you an added value to your curriculum vitae. You will have contacts with practitioners and experts from international organizations and prestigious law firms in several jurisdictions. You will also develop a valuable network with other students coming from various parts of the world.

Study visits are an integral part of the program. In recent years, students visited the WTO and WIPO on study visits.

Administrative contacts

Dr. Nathalie Potin
LL.M. Programs Director

Delphine Vinegla
LL.M. Programs
CoordinatorLaw SchoolUniversité Catholique de Lyon
Faculté de Droit – Master of International Trade and Investment Law
10, place des Archives – 69288 Lyon Cedex 02 – France
llm@univ-catholyon.fr
Faculté de Droit
Tél. : 04 72 32 58 99
droit@univ-catholyon.fr

Opportunity to prepare for the New York Bar

2 differend tracks : Lyon track and St John's track

Program delivered in English

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    First Semester

    • EU Customs Law
    • EU Business Law
    • International Investment Agreements
    • Survey of International Trade Law
    • Trade in Goods
    • Trade in Services

     

    30 ECTS

    Second Semester

    • Trade and Intellectual Property Rights
    • EU Public Procurements and International Trade Rules
    • Resolution of International Investment Disputes
    • Resolution of Trade Disputes (WTO and FTAs) & Trade Remedies
    • Taxation of International Transasctions
    • Dissertation or Internship
    • EU Free Trade Agreements

     

    30 ECTS

    First Semester

    • EU Customs Law
    • EU Business Law
    • International Investment Agreements
    • Survey of International Trade Law
    • Trade in Goods
    • Trade in Services

     

    30 ECTS

    Second Semester (January to May, in St John’s University)

    • Business Organization (elective)
    • Legal Writing (elective)
    • Mergers & Acquisitions (elective)
    • International Business Transactions (elective)
    • International Commercial Arbitration (elective)
    • International Finance (elective)
    • International Litigation & Dispute Resolution (elective)
    • Securities Regulation (elective)
    • Transactions in Emerging Markets (elective)

     

    30 ECTS

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