Study the substantive legal issues that arise from disputes under international investment agreements.

Join our online course in International Investment Law and:

  • examine the protections international investment agreements offer to states and investors
  • analyse international investment practice globally
  • find out how protection plays out in real treaty practice.

Study with a top UK law school and learn from highly qualified lawyers practising in the fast-moving field of international trade.

Who can join this online international law course?

This distance-learning course is designed for law graduates.

You’ll gain significant professional advantage as a lawyer advising clients on international investment, working in government or for multinationals. With Brexit requiring the UK to strike deals outside EU trade agreements, seize on this opportunity for skilled lawyers specialising in all aspects of international trade law.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards either of these postgraduate qualifications.

What you’ll study

Under international law, international investment agreements are the instruments that offer the legal ground for foreign investments. They:

  • enable states to set out conditions in which they expect to host an investment
  • offer substantive protections to the foreign investor.

Globalisation and recent world events have thrown a spotlight on the issues, challenges and complexities of these traditional ‘rules of the game’. For example, the obligation of parties to provide ‘fair and equitable treatment’ has been interpreted differently by countries and governments.

You’ll examine the legal issues around international investment agreements and how disputes arising from them may be resolved.

This is a highly dynamic and interactive course, divided into 12 topics. Each topic focuses on a different substantive protection offered by an international investment agreement, including:

  • fair and equitable treatment
  • expropriation
  • most-favoured nation
  • national treatment.

Case studies

You’ll review and analyse real examples of international investment practice globally. You’ll gain an understanding of how each substantive protection has played out in real treaty practice.

You’ll look at examples including:

  • Argentina following the financial crisis
  • actions of the US against Mexico and Canada in the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • the workings of the European Energy Charter
  • important developments in Asia
  • emerging practice in Africa.

Why choose the University of Aberdeen for international law courses?

Join a university with one of the largest and most internationally experienced teams of legal experts in any UK or European law school.

Founded in 1495

Law has been taught at the University of Aberdeen for more than five centuries.

Top 10 UK law school

We’re delighted to be ranked a Top 10 UK Law School by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024.

Earn as you learn

We fit around full-time work, so you can earn qualifications while you keep earning a salary.

How you’ll study

Online learning

This distance-learning International Investment Law course is delivered flexibly, 100% online.

You can learn anywhere, without a study visa, and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

This course is taught at LLM level.

Teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:

  • video lectures
  • online tutorials
  • reading list
  • projects
  • extracts from recorded interview collections
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library and the Law Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

This is a highly interactive course and you’ll enjoy plenty of contact with your tutors and colleagues on the discussion boards, which will form a key part of your experience.

Your tutors

This course is delivered by our School of Law.

You’ll learn from lawyers with extensive international experience and experts working in practice in the field of international investment law.

You’ll be assessed entirely online via:

  • three discussion boards.

For each discussion board, you’ll be given a topic, asked to contribute your thoughts, and to develop discussion with other members of your class.

Your contribution to each discussion board is worth 33% of your total course grade.

The course totals approximately 150 hours of study and assessment time. That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week.

This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.

You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.

Activities at fixed times

There may be some activities scheduled for fixed times. This could include coursework and assessments with deadlines, or online meetings with your tutor. Otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.

Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your course coordinator throughout your course. This could be by email, MyAberdeen, online call, or phone. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.

We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.

Your course coordinator

Dr Edouard Fromageau

Edouard is a Lecturer in International Economic Law in our School of Law. Prior to this, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law, which he joined in 2015 after a postdoctoral stay at NYU School of Law.

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Where this will take you

Towards an LLM

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

LLM in Dispute Resolution

Enhance your non-court dispute resolution skills with this online Masters accredited by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

View LLM Dispute Resolution

LLM in International Trade Law

Develop the knowledge to practise trade law or work for governments, international businesses and NGOs. Join this flexible online LLM you can study part-time, with the option to attend Professional Skills training.

View LLM International Trade Law

Build your learning with more short courses

We offer a wide range of specialist online Law short courses you can use to build your skills.

Many are part of existing Masters degrees and can be used to build up credits towards postgraduate qualifications.

Careers

This course offers a significant career advantage to you as a practising lawyer advising clients on international investment, or working in a government department or multinational company.

With Brexit requiring the UK to strike deals outside EU trade agreements, opportunities are great for skilled lawyers specialising in all aspects of international trade law.

Continuing professional development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world.

This course has no formal entry requirements. You do not need to provide proof of your qualifications.

But you do need to check the entry guidance above to understand the level of teaching delivered, to decide if this course is right for you.

If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check the equivalent teaching level for your country.

Visa requirements

You do not need a visa to study online with us.

English language requirements

Teaching is delivered in English.

You do not have to provide proof of your English language skills to join this course. But we want to make sure that you can use English well enough to study successfully.

Recommended level of English

This course uses our Postgraduate Higher level of English language proficiency.

These are our Postgraduate Higher requirements, and these are minimum scores.

IELTS Academic and IELTS Online (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training)

  • 6.5 overall
  • 5.5 for listening and speaking
  • 6.0 for reading and writing

TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition

  • 90 overall
  • 17 for listening
  • 21 for reading
  • 20 for speaking
  • 21 for writing
  • TOEFL DI code is 0818

Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency

  • 176 overall
  • 162 for listening and speaking
  • 169 for reading and writing

LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken)

  • Overall High Pass
  • 33 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 38 for writing

PTE Academic (online test not accepted)

  • 62 overall
  • 59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing

For more information about language qualifications see our English Language Requirements page.

You will need access to:

A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:

  • Windows 10 or later
  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.

Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.

Reliable internet access

We recommend:

  • a wired connection
  • a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.

Speakers or headphones

  • We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
  • A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one for some interactive sessions.

Software

We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.

If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.

See our detailed IT requirements for more information.

When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.

But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.

Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.

Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:

  • Be realistic
  • Create a weekly schedule as a guide

If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.

Fee payment

Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.

We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.

Ways to save

You may be able to get help funding this course via:

  • discounts – if any discounts are available for this course, they’ll appear in the section below
  • employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors.

Find out more about funding options.

Student card

All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.

This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.

The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:

  • a 2:1 (upper-second-class) Law degree
  • or relevant work experience that supports this level of study.

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Start date
23 September 2024
Cost
£1,290
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