Investment Treaty Arbitration, LL.M.

Investment Treaty Arbitration, LL.M.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
The objective of the Master Programme in Investment Treaty Arbitration at Uppsala University is to give you advanced and detailed knowledge of international arbitration concerning disputes between investors and host States.


The Faculty of Law at Uppsala Uni­versity is the oldest law department in Sweden with one of Scandinavia’s most popular education programmes. Our model of teaching is based on a foundation of high quality of research carried out at the Faculty and extensive inter­national cooperation with other ­universities.

The Master Programme in Investment Treaty Arbitration at Uppsala University is a one-year full-time postgraduate programme for students with a three-year (or more) law degree. The programme covers 60 credits, 45 credits for course modules and 15 credits for a Master’s thesis. The purpose of the programme is to provide the students with advanced and detailed knowledge about international investment arbitration.

The programme consists of four modules, each covering 15 credits.

After successfully completing the programme, you shall have:

  • advanced and detailed knowledge of public international law and international investment treaty arbitration
  • advanced and detailed knowledge of relevant arbitral jurisprudence and legal doctrine
  • in-depth knowledge of the analytical, scientific and methodological foundations of investment treaty arbitration
  • the ability to structure and present – orally and in written form – complex scientific problems to a well-informed audience


During the last decade we have seen an explosion of investment treaty arbitrations. With almost 3 000 bilateral investment protection treaties and two major multilateral investment ­protection treaties, there is every reason to assume that this development will continue. In addition the EU will become more and more involved in investment protection matters, including investment treaty arbitration. The means there will be a growing demand for lawyers with in-depth knowledge of international investment law. Almost every kind of participant in international investment and trade will require lawyers with such knowledge, including law firms, government agencies, banks, corporation and NGOs.

This Master’s programme, which is the first of its kind, is well positioned to fulfil this demand.

Programme Structure

Module 1
The first module is a general introduction to international arbitration. This module covers all the basic principles and rules of international arbitration. 

Module 2
The second module will focus on the protection of foreign investments under international law. This will be done on the basis of treaty law – i.e. bilateral and multilateral investment protection treaties – as well as customary international law. 

Module 3-4

The third module will address pro­cedural issues in connection with investment treaty arbitration. The focus will be on jurisdictional issues – e.g. the applicability of MFN clauses to procedural issues – confidentiality and transparency, immunity, and enforcement of investment awards.

The fourth module is the preparation of a thesis, the topic of which will be selected together with the course director.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university. The main field of study must be Law or Legal Science.

Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies;
  • CV;
  • a statement of purpose; and

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    10418 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10418 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Application Fee: SEK 900
  • Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 50000
  • Tuition fee, total: SEK 100000

Living costs for Uppsala

  • 7620 - 12070 SEK/month
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