Faculté de droit


LLM in International Contracts & Arbitration

The expansion of global trade has resulted in an increasingly high degree specialization in international contract practices. The jurisdictional complexity of such contracts has led to a rapid growth in the role of alternative dispute settlement mechanisms. Many international corporations now have separate divisions within their own legal departments tasked with the drafting, negotiation, monitoring and enforcement of their international contracts – and with the settlement of any disputes they may give rise to. Other companies work with international law firms specializing in this demanding area.

A successful career in international contract law requires a thorough familiarity with multiple legal regimes – including the differing cultures they reflect and the ways in which they interact. When disputes arise, mastery of the ever-growing thicket of international conventions and standards is essential.

The Fribourg Law LLM in Contracts & Arbitration has been specifically designed to prepare students to meet these challenges. Professors of international repute, recognized authorities in their fields will help you gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of international commercial contracts and equip you with the skills you will need to navigate the labyrinth of international dispute resolution mechanisms. In parallel to the coursework, experienced legal practitioners will work with you to develop your drafting, negotiation, pleading and presentation skills through practical exercises in graduate seminars and training clinics.


The LLM program in International Contracts & Arbitration was designed to meet the demands of experienced lawyers and recent law graduates of proven ability.

The program is also open to university graduates with degrees in disciplines other than law whose professional experience has prepared them for the study of international contracts and dispute resolution.


The core curriculum of the Fribourg Law LLM in International Contracts & Arbitration offers students numerous options for putting together individualized study modules suited to their own specific needs and interests. Modules can include any combination of curriculum units chosen from a wide variety of offerings:

  • a comparative introduction to contracts in civil law and common law jurisdictions;
  • graduate level courses on International Arbitration and Private International Law;
  • seminars on key international instruments, including the UNIDROIT Principles for International Commercial Contracts, the Vienna Convention for the International Sales of Goods, the Principles of European Contract Law and the INCOTERMS; 
  • intensive courses on specific contract types of particular importance in international commerce, including construction contracts, agency and distributorship agreements, joint venture and consortium agreements, consumer contracts, insurance contracts, professional sports contracts, mergers and acquisition agreements, secured transactions, trusts and wealth planning structures, etc.;
  • specialized courses on law and business in the world's fastest growing economies – in  Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America;
  • legal clinics and moot courts; 
  • business negotiation training, legal drafting and other skills-oriented courses and seminars.

Successful completion of each unit allows students to earn the number of ECTS credits corresponding to the investment of time and effort demanded. Units may require between 6 and 16 hours of classroom time, spread over intervals ranging from one day to a maximum of two weeks. For a listing of the curriculum units and the ECTS credits to be earned for each unit, please consult the program structure using the link at the bottom of this page.

Enhance the value of your LLM by choosing supplementary coursesunits!


The Fribourg Law LLM in International Contracts & Arbitration will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in companies and law firms with international operations, in international organizations, and in non-governmental associations and organizations around the world.

Students interested in careers in business management and international trade will gain valuable knowledge and training for developing their contract negotiation and performance monitoring skills.


The LLM program in International Contracts & Arbitration is designed to be completed two semesters:

  • the fall semester runs from mid-September to mid-December
  • the spring semester runs from mid-February to mid-June

Students are admitted at the beginning of each semester.

All courses are held in English.

On average, you will have four hours of classes per day.

To receive their degree, students must complete a sufficient number of curriculum units to earn a minimum of 60 ECTS credits, including:

  • 50 ECTS credits for coursework
  • 10 ECTS for preparation of a master’s thesis or internship.


Tuition fees for the core curriculum of the LLM in International Contratcs & Arbitration amount to CHF 18,500.00, and are payable in installments, as follows:

Fall Semester intakes Spring Semester intakes
Registration fee: CHF 1’500.-
Due date: two weeks from date of letter of admission
Registration fee: CHF 1’500.-
Due date: two weeks from date of admission letter
  1st installment: CHF 4’250.-
Due date: September 1
  1stinstallment: CHF 4’250.-
Due date: February 1
2nd installment: CHF 4’250.-
Due date: December 1
2nd installment: CHF 4’250.-
Due date: May 1
3rd installment: CHF 4’250.-
Due Date: March 1
3rd installment: CHF 4’250.-
Due date: August 1
4th installment: CHF 4’250.-
Due date: June 1
4th installment: CHF 4’250.-
Due date: November 1

The fee for supplementary units is CHF 500.- per ECTS credit. Payment is due upon commencement of the unit.

*1 CHF is approximately equivalent to EUR 0.92, USD 0.98 or GBP 0.61.  

Application fee

The fee for the treatment of the application file is CHF 150.-. The application fee is not refundable.

Tuition Discounts

The registration fee must be paid in full and is non-refundable.

Cumulative discounts of up to 15% on tuition fees may, however, be obtained, subject to the following conditions:

Early Registration

  Fall Semester intakes Spring Semester intakes
10% Registration fee paid before March 31 Registration fee paid before September 30
5% Registration fee paid before May 31 Registration fee paid before November 30


Early Payment

An additional discount of 5% is available for early payment of the full tuition fee, as follows:

Fall Semester intakes Spring Semester intakes
5% Tuition fee in one installment by July 31 Tuition fee in one installment by January 31



Excellence Scholarship Program

The Fribourg Law Excellence Scholarship Program allows us to provide 10 scholarships, each worth CHF 10 000, and 20 scholarships, each worth CHF 7500, for outstanding candidates.

Scholarships are available to LLM candidates. The award of a scholarship and the amount thereof will be based on demonstrated academic excellence evidenced notably by:

  • results obtained by the candidate in his/hers bachelor's and masters’ degree;
  • motivation proven by the candidate through a letter of intent.

To apply for an Excellence Scholarship, please send us your CV, letter of intent, transcript of grades and list of publications or contributions (if any) by e-mail to fribourgllm@unifr.ch.
Regional Scholarship Program

The Fribourg Law Regional Scholarship Program provides financial support for candidates whose economic situation makes it extremely difficult to complete an LLM in Fribourg.

Candidates will be considered based on their Scholarship Motivation Letter where applicants are invited to describe their economic situation and how the Fribourg Law LLM will influence their professional and personal objectives.

To apply for a regional scholarship, please click here.

The early registration discount shall not apply in case a scholarship is awarded.

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