Academic programs

Master of Laws in International Law ( Investments, Trade and Arbitration

Offered by the Faculties of Law of the University of Heidelberg and the University of Chile, with the academic support of the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and of the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile.


The Programme aims mainly at offering a comprehensive analysis of current and prospective trends in the field of international law in an era of globalization, as well as in that of international trade and investments, and in the methods for arbitration and settlement of disputes in these areas.

The impact of globalization on sources and subjects of international law will be examined. Recent developments in the fields of the international economic law, the protection of the environment and State responsibility, as well as the relevant issues confronted in the international society over the last few years shall likewise be studied.

Emphasis shall be placed on subjects relating to the regulation of international trade, particularly the law of international trade, investments law and the settlement of disputes. In this context, special attention shall be given to subjects such as international arbitration, procedures before the World Trade Organization and ICSID.


The Master´s Programme in International Law, with special reference to Investments, Trade and Arbitration is available to lawyers and graduates of juridical sciences on a worldwide basis.

The Master´s Degree in International Law (LL.M.) shall be awarded by the University of Heidelberg and the University of Chile.

Participants obtaining the Master´s Degree in international Law will qualify for pursuing doctoral studies at the University of Heidelberg.

The Programme is organized on a yearly basis. Three terms shall be offered in Santiago de Chile, at the Heidelberg Center for Latin America. The curriculum includes a three month period for the preparation of the thesis. A final one month term shall be offered in Heidelberg, at the Max-Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law and the University of Heidelberg. During the latter, students shall participate in two workshops and complete their theses.

A minimum of eight courses will be offered in each term held in Santiago, while during the Heidelberg term there will be two workshops. All courses are compulsory.

The final exam (defense of thesis) for the Master´s Degree in International Law shall take place in Heidelberg. Defense of thesis may exceptionally be held in Santiago de Chile. The best thesis will be published like articles by the Max-Planck Institute or by the Institute of International Studies of the University of Chile.

Courses will be conducted in either Spanish or English. Courses in the German language shall be available to participants free of cost.

Academic Directors

Professor Dr. iur. Anne Peters, LL.M. (Harvard), Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law
Professor Dr. Francisco Orrego Vicuña, University of Chile, Institute of International Studies; Past-President of the Institute of International Law (IDI)

Academic Terms

The Programme shall start on April 12th, 2016 and terms will be distributed according to the following schedule, corresponding to the Southern Hemisphere calendar:

Fall, Winter and Spring: from April to December 2016. Courses shall take place in Santiago de Chile.

Summer: from December 2016 to February 2017. Draft thesis.

Heidelberg Term: March 2017. Workshops and completion of thesis.

Class schedule

Tuesday to Thursday: 6.30 to 9.00 PM
Some classes will be held on mondays at the same time.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Holding a degree in juridical sciences granted by a Chilean or foreign university.
  • Having an outstanding record of achievement throughout their law studies.
  • A good command of both English and Spanish.

Deadline for application

15 January 2016.

Starting Date

12 April 2016.


  • Tuition fees cover stay in Germany.
  • The Programme considers the possibility of granting scholarships in special cases.
  • The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides a limited number of scholarships for this program.

For further information

Heidelberg Center for Latin America
Las Hortensias 2340, Providencia, Santiago de Chile
Fono: + 56 (0) 2- 234 3466/ 234 9631
Fax: + 56 (0) 2- 234 3781



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