Full-Time LL.M. International Business Law

Universität Zürich
Master of Laws (LL.M.)
2 semester(s)
City, country:
Zürich, Zurich area, Switzerland
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With the LL.M. program of study in International Business Law, the Faculty for the Study of Law at the University of Zurich offers a highly attractive graduate study program, based on the exchange of theoretical and practical knowledge and experience; taking into account the complex legal needs of the global economy, cross-border economic activities will serve as the focal point.

Based on many years of experience, an academic graduate program of the highest caliber is offered whereby our students can profit from our renowned teaching faculty, both academics and practicing lawyers. The international orientation of the program of study is further reflected in the international composition of our faculty, through the number of foreign students and through cooperation with well-known partners in the USA (New Orleans and New York).
Prof. Dr. Kellerhals
Master Master of Laws (LL.M.), Full-Time LL.M. International Business Law - Target audience

Target audience

The LL.M. course of study offers lawyers a customized professional graduate study program, in which they can further develop their competencies.

The program of study:
  • Has for many years enjoyed an excellent reputation in academia and practice;
  • is conducted part-time, with full-time working students in mind;
  • distinguishes itself by virtue of its excellent network of international faculty;
  • is based on the most current legal knowledge and is clearly practice-oriented;
  • emphasizes actual internationalism with excursions to the USA, to China, Luxembourg and Brussels;
  • encourages targeted discussions and discourse;
  • supports exchange amongst students and faculty through intensive weekends in seminar hotels;
  • offers participants personal guidance during the study program
  • enjoys access to offerings at the University of Zurich;
  • profits from the offerings of the Europa Institut at the University of Zurich.
Master Master of Laws (LL.M.), Full-Time LL.M. International Business Law - Emphasis/Curriculum


The full-time LL.M. International Business Law is taught in English and can be completed within 2 semesters.

The structure and content of the course is similar to the part-time program and is composed of a general part (spread over 2 semesters) and a specialization part (during the 2nd semester). A thesis is required to graduate the program.

The Basic Course lectures build the foundation for the subsequent specialization courses. After an introduction to the economic foundations of the international economy and important foreign areas of law, thematic emphasis is on European and international business (e.g., EU Common Market, Competition, WTO, Corporate, Tax and Criminal Business Law).

In the specialization, students can chose to study one of the following areas of specialization in greater depth:
  • International Banking, Finance and Insurance Law
  • International Sports Law
--> The specialization section can also be attended as a certificate (CAS) course.

The Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich bestows upon successful graduates of the program, in accordance with the chosen specialization course, the following titles:
  • LL.M. UZH in International Business Law (with reference to the chosen specialization)

Practical relevance

Along with the regular lectures a study trip to the US is offered. Students come to know the legal system and gain authentic insight into foreign areas of law and fields of activity. Together with scholarly exchange at universities with various professors, the study excursion is enhanced by visits to international companies, law firms and courts.

Admission/Entrance requirements

Total fees approx.
34 800 CHF
CHF 34 800.–
Included in tuition costs are the costs for course materials, examination fees as well as all intensive weekends and certain additional events. Not included are costs for excursions and special literature.

Application is made with the application form (


Language(s) of instruction: English

Summary of Key Points

  • Course duration: 2 semesters on a full-time basis
  • Presence time: 8 months of lectures
  • Language: English
  • Application & deadline:

Two specialization areas

International Banking, Finance and Insurance Law

The specialization course International Banking, Finance and Insurance Law offers a grounded advanced education in the area of national and international financial markets.

In the first part, the Swiss, European and international underlying financial market framework for banking, investment services and insurance will be addressed. The international organizations and their regulations, the basis for regulation in the individual sectors as well as the characteristics of the most important financial markets will be the focus.

In the second part follows a more in-depth study of the regulation of market participants, financial services, the marketing of these products as well as the relevant treaties.
  • Module 1: Institutional framework for banking, investment services and insurance
  • Module 2: Market participants, products and marketing
International Sports Law
This specialization course is intended for those who wish to address the issues of the legal and business aspects of international sports. The course, which will be conducted entirely in the English language, comprises two areas of concentration.

In the first part – based on economic and legal foundations - the sports organizations on national and international levels as well as their ties to one another will be addressed. Afterwards, participants will focus on topics such as (Sport-)Events - and (Sport-)Contract Law as well as on the resolution of sports-related disputes taking the path of arbitration.

The second module addresses the question of how organized sports deals with current challenges which are endangering the fundamental principles of sporting competition, such as, doping, illegal betting, e.g., gaming manipulation and corruption.
  • Module 1: Organisation and Governance
  • Module 2: Dispute Resolution: General and Specific Areas
LL.M. International Business Law

Option: Students who do not seek a specialized LL.M.-Title receive the general title «LL.M. UZH in International Business Law».


Switzerland has a great deal to offer: cultural diversity, multilingualism, stunning scenery and, of course, its people. There are now approximately 8,9 million people living in Switzerland, speaking four official languages: German, French, Italian and Romansh.

Despite the fact that Switzerland lacks natural resources and that the Swiss economy is highly dependent on exports, its economic situation has been very stable over the years; its GDP per inhabitant is higher than in most industrialized countries. The Swiss population on the whole enjoys a high level of living and Switzerland deserves its reputation of high-quality standards and services in all sectors (health, industry, public transport, education, etc.).

Switzerland tops the overall ranking in The Global Competitiveness Report in the recent years released by the World Economic Forum. “Brainforce” is also highly valued, and thanks to an outstanding level of performance, Switzerland took the top spot on the “European Innovation Union Scoreboard”. Studying in Zurich means living in Switzerland’s vibrant and exciting cultural capital, which is far more than a business and finance centre. Known as the “little big city”, Zurich offers all the benefits of city life and at the same time an attractive recreation area with its stunningly beautiful lake and nearby mountains.

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Studying in Zurich means living in Switzerland’s vibrant and exciting cultural capital, which is far more than a business and finance centre. Known as the “little big city”, Zurich offers all the benefits of city life and at the same time an attractive recreation area with its stunningly beautiful lake and nearby mountains.
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The University
The University of Zurich (UZH) with its 28,000 enrolled students is Switzerland's largest university. Founded in the year 1833, UZH was Europe's first university to be established by a democratic political system; today, UZH is one of the foremost universities in the German-speaking world. Made up of seven faculties covering some 100 different subject areas, the University offers a wide variety of Bachelor's, Master's and PhD programs. In addition, UZH's continuing education programs offer excellent learning opportunities.

The Faculty
Thanks to its many years of experience the LL.M. programs provide its students an academic education at the highest level. The Law Faculty not only offers the widest range of different specializations in Switzerland but also excels with its outstanding network of renowned professors from all over the world who lecture the many programs and courses.

Universität Zürich

LL.M. Program International Business Law - Faculty of Law
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