Master of Laws in International Trade Law

Master of Laws in International Trade Law (ed. 2021-2022)

Master of Laws in International Trade Law

1 Novembre 2022–31 Ottobre 2023
Il corso è disponibile in English

From international to comparative private law, from foundational frameworks to new technologies, this comprehensive Master prepares students for a variety of careers in the field. Take advantage of a unique partnership of institutions, academics and legal professionals to grip the complexity of the laws of global trade.

Key features
Modern methods

Learn by doing, through case studies, workshops, and group exercises

Inspiring discussions

Exchange ideas with international students and faculty

High-level resources

Engage with experts from the ILO and other international organizations

Presentazione del Master

This Master aims to provide participants with an in-depth understanding of the main legal issues concerning international commercial contracts, from contract drafting to dispute resolution, with emphasis on recent developments and the increasing complexity of contract law, including the impact of new technologies and the role of compliance for MNEs. It also covers the key international institutional and legal frameworks for international trade and investment, and incorporates a dedicated module on international dispute settlement, international commercial arbitration and transnational domestic litigation.

Chi si iscrive a questo Master?

This Master has been designed for recent university graduates who intend to work in the field of international trade law, for example in law firms, corporate legal departments, governments, international organizations, and academic or research institutions. Law consultants, practitioners, and young managers wishing to expand their knowledge in the field of international trade law would also benefit.

Trade law students around the world


From 1991 to 2010 the International Training Centre of the ILO, the University of Turin, and the University Institute of European Studies (IUSE), in collaboration with other world-class universities, offered a shortened version of this Master as a postgraduate course in international trade law.

It was expanded and upgraded to a Master of Laws in International Trade in 2010-2011. This decision was taken in recognition of the increasing demand for higher levels of legal specialization and career development in the field of international trade, and coincided with the decision to establish the Turin School of Development as a unique mechanism for the delivery of joint UN-academic Masters.

UNCITRAL  – a historical partner – endorsed the new Master and accepted the status of a full partner in 2010 while UNIDROIT joined the Master as a partner in 2019.

In addition, international organizations such as WTO, UNCTAD, EU, and ICC, as well as renowned universities, have played an important role in the Master and delegated officials and faculty members respectively to join the Scientific Committee and/or to participate in Master delivery.

What are the topics?

Students gain the fundamental tools and competencies needed to handle the complexities of international commercial transactions.

  • Compliance with trade-related transnational and international sets of rules 
  • Negotiation, drafting, and management of international commercial contracts 
  • International dispute resolution and arbitration
Detailed curriculum

During this first phase, while being trained on perspectives, actors and sources of international trade, students will be given basic or more in-depth knowledge on issues, which will be covered in or will be complementary to the Face-to-Face Phase, respectively.

During this phase, participants will have access to an on-line platform, through which they will be given the materials, send their assignments and interact in forums as a class, while receiving advisory support from a dedicated tutor. Assessment will be carried out on a regular basis and upon arrival in Turin.

During this second phase, students will learn in class, as well as through individual study and group work. Participation in classes is compulsory; classes are held every day from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3.30 pm.

Subjects include: comparative contract law, harmonization of private law, aspects relating to international commercial contracts such as the CISG, UPICC, carriage of goods, IPRs and technology, e-commerce, insurance law, state contracts; relevant trade-related institutions, international trade and investment law, trade and competition, trade and IPRs; and international dispute settlement, arbitration systems and ADR, transnational domestic litigation.

This third phase consists of the submission of a final essay or a case analysis by October 2021 (30 pages approximately), supervised by an advisor and by the scientific coordinators.

What will I learn?

The Master is structured in three parts: online learning, residential classes, and an individual paper.

  • All about the legal issues concerning international commercial contracts
  • Key institutional and legal frameworks for international trade
  • How to prevent, mediate, and settle international disputes
  • The important impact of new technologies in the global trade environment
What will I be able to do?

This intensive, year-long Master combines online and residential work for students at different stages of their careers.

  • Leverage legal knowledge in the field of international trade law and transnational contract law
  • Utilize competencies for international public, private, and comparative legal analysis
  • Negotiate and draft contracts and plan for dispute resolution
Why should I enroll?

Students learn by studying, collaborating, and observing practitioners in action.

  • Students visit international organizations that work on international trade law in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Dedicated tutors are available to answer questions and provide support throughout the learning journey.
  • Teaching methodologies include lectures, workshops, case studies, and moot courts, as well as an online platform for readings, videos, and exercises.

The core faculty of the Master is composed of:

  • law professors from renowned universities worldwide
  • professionals and law consultants from international law firms and legal departments of international corporations
  • experts and officials from UNCITRAL, UNIDROIT, ITC-ILO, WTO, ICC, EU and other international organizations

The combination of academic resource persons and legal practitioners is a distinctive feature of this Master which enables smooth integration of theory with practice.

Participants will benefit from the support and involvement of Module coordinators and dedicated tutors who will assist and advise them throughout the learning period.

Lecturers (2020/21 edition)

Alberto Oddenino, University of Turin
Anna Panarella, University of Turin
Bashar Malkawi, University of Arizona Law (US)
Carlo Cantore, WTO
Carlos Correa, South Center - University of Buenos Aires
Christopher Bondy, Steptoe & Johnson LLP, London
Elena D'Alessandro, University of Turin
Francesco Cannas, University of Hasselt (Belgium)
Gabriele Ruscalla, Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck Kirkpatrick
Gianmaria Ajani, University of Turin
Gustavo Prieto, University of Ghent (Belgium)
Ilaria Espa, USI, Lugano (CH)
Jaakko Salminen, University of Turku
Klaas Eller, University of Tel Aviv
Laura Beretta, International Trade Advisor, Brussels
Laura Bergamini, ICSID
Laura Zoboli, University of Warsaw
Luca Castellani, UNCITRAL
Marina Motta, Motta e Associati
Martin Ebers, University of Berlin
Mateja Durovic, King’s College London
Niccolo Landi, Landi Legal
Ozlem Gurses, King’s College London
Patrick O'Malley, Univeristy of Navarra
Patti Janega, ITCILO Consultant
Philine Wehling, UNIDROIT
Pierre Tercier, Pierre Tercier Bureau, Fribourg
Pietro Ortolani, Radboud University, Netherlands
Reka Papp, Pierre Tercier Bureau, Fribourg
Riccardo Ventura, General Counsel, GM China 
Roberto Caranta, University of Turin
Sabrina Strassburger, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
Susan Munro, Steptoe and Johsnson HK LLP, Hong Kong
Tilahun Kassahun, EFC/WBG Advisor, Ethiopia
Theo Stamatiadis, WIPO, Geneva
Walter Stoffel, University of Fribourg
Zhaokang Jiang, GSC Potomac Corp.

The scientific committee

Gianmaria AJANI

Professor of Comparative private law, UniTo



Professor of Administrative Law, UniTo


Giuseppe CASALE

Director, Turin School of Development Director, ITCILO



Legal officer, UNCITRAL



Professor of Comparative public law, UniTo



Full Professor of Civil Procedure, Univeristy of Turin



Full Professor of Comparative Private Law, University of Turin


Research Fellow, IUSE


Lorenza MOLA

Professor of International law - UniTo



Professor of International law, UniTo


Cristina PONCIBÒ

Professor of Comparative private law, UniTo



Emeritus Professor, University of Fribourg, Switzerland; Honorary Chairman, ICC International Court of Arbitration



Deputy Director, UNIDROIT



Professor of Law, University of Fribourg-Switzerland and Georgetown University Law Centre-United States        



Anna Panarella, University of Turin.

Anna graduated in law with honors from the University of Turin with a final dissertation titled "Services of general economic interest and state aid law: an osmosis with public procurement law?".

In the last two years she collaborated with two law firms as a trainee lawyer, with a special focus on Italian civil law, and has been working as tutor for the International Law online course delivered by the Law Department of the University of Turin.

Since 2019, Anna is a PhD student in International Economic Law at the University of Turin.


Zeleke Temesgen Boru has completed his Ph.D from the University of Turin in Italy. Currently, he is also serving as a Tutor in the Legal Module of the Master in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO).

Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, Zeleke has received his LLB Degree (gold medalist and top scorer) in Law from Mekelle University in Ethiopia in 2011. He has also received his MA in Economic Policy in Global Market from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary in 2014. Furthermore, Zeleke has received his LLM in Comparative Law, Economics, and Finance from the International University College of Turin in 2015. He completed his LLM with an average of ‘A’ plus grade. Moreover, he has also received his Postgraduate Certificate in Public Service Diplomacy from the National University of Public Service in Hungary. He completed the Diplomacy program with a straight ‘A’ result.

From mid-2011 to 2012, Zeleke served at different positions in public and non-governmental institutions. For instance, he worked as an Assistant Attorney for Awash Insurance Company in Ethiopia. Aside from this, he worked as a Federal Public Prosecutor for the Ethiopian government. He was also an intern at the African Youth Foundation (AYF) in Bonn, Germany.


International public law: prof. Lorenza Mola

Lorenza Mola has been the Scientific Director of the Master of Law in International Trade Law since the academic year 2018-2019 and was on the board of coordinators in the previous four editions of the Master. Lorenza is an Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Turin, Department of Law, where she teaches international and EU law, and where she is a member of the board of the PhD in Law, the Individual and the Market. Lorenza holds a PhD in International Economic Law from “Bocconi” University (Milan) and an M.Sc. in European Studies (External Relations) from the Institut d’Etudes Européennes of the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She has authored a book on national security in international investment law (2010, in Italian) and published extensively in Italian and international scientific journals and edited books; her current research fields are in international economic law, international human rights law, and the law of EU external relations.


International contracts: prof. Cristina Poncibò

Cristina Poncibò: Having obtained the National Scientific Qualification (Abilitazione Scientifica Nazionale) in the round 2012-2013, Cristina was appointed, on 3 June 2015, Associate Professor of Comparative Law at the Department of Law of the University of Turin. She is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Comparative and Transnational Law of the Department of Law, the Institute of European Studies (IUSE), and the Centre for Gender Studies. She is interested in all aspects of fundamental Comparative Law, with particular interests in methodological issues, Comparative Contract Law, Comparative Law & Development, Global Competition Law and Consumer Protection

Cristina hold a JD in European Law from the Faculty of Law, University of Turin (Italy, EU), with a grade of 110/110 magna cum laude and honourable mention, with a dissertation about The US Essential Facility Doctrine and European Competition Law (1997) and a PhD. in Comparative Law (2005) from the Faculty of Law, University of Florence, with a dissertation about The Models of Protection of Collective Rights in Comparative Law


Arbitration and ADR: prof. Elena D’Alessandro

Elena D’Alessandro is full professor of European and Italian Civil Procedure at the University of Turin, Law Department. She obtained a Ph. D. in Civil Procedure at the University “La Sapienza” Rome (2004), a fellowship of the Alexander VonHumboldt Foundation (2009) and a fellowship of the German DAAD (2011-2012, 2013).

She has been visiting professor at the University of Bielefeld (2010) and Heidelberg (2011, DAAD Heidelberg Program zur Förderung internationales Gastwissenschaftlerinnen und Gastwissenschaftler) and visiting scholar at Queen Mary Law School, Columbia Law School, McGill School of Law, Max Planck Institute for Private International Law and Comparative Law and Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law. In the Fall semester 2019 she has been co-director of the Center for Transnational Legal Studies (London).

She is currently coordinating the EU DG Justice Project named “LAWtrain (JUST-JTRA-EJTR-AG-2017). 

Her main research interests concern Transnational Litigation and European Civil Procedure.


Fees and application
Tuition fee

The tuition fee is set at €8,500.

The fee includes:

  • programme development and management
  • teaching equipment, training materials and documentation
  • use of training facilities and support services

Board, lodging, travel expenses, transports and personal expenses for the period in Turin are not included in the cost of participation.

The cost of accommodation (bed and breakfast) at the ITCILO campus during the 14 weeks' residential face-to-face part of the Master is 5,390 Euro.

However students may seek off-campus accommodation like in university residences where the rent is appreciably lower and is in the range of €400-600 per month (without laundry and food) or in private apartments.

Applicants interested in participating to this Master should complete and submit the application form by clicking on APPLY in the left upper corner of this page not later than 20 September 2020.

Important: only complete application forms will be considered during the candidate selection process.

For more information on the Master, please contact the course secretariat.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed a first level university degree of at least 3 years’ duration in law, economics, political sciences, business administration or equivalent.

The validity of non-Italian degrees must be recognized under Italian law and regulations.

The Master is entirely delivered in English. Knowledge of the English language is a pre-requisite and must be proven in the application form with supporting documents.


A limited number of partial fellowships may become available from sponsors in order to facilitate the participation of deserving candidates from developing and transition countries who are unable to meet the full tuition fees.

Participants are therefore expected to finance their participation as much as possible. The admission criteria will take into consideration the participant’s self-financing potential as well as his/her educational and professional profiles. In the application form, participants are kindly requested to indicate the portion of the tuition fees that they are able to finance.

Payment, cancellation, refunds

Sponsoring institutions and self-paying participants are strongly encouraged to pay participation fees a month prior to the start date of the Master in order to secure enrollment and the timely issuance of visas. The individual participation fees are payable in full and all related bank charges (bank of origin, correspondent bank and recipient bank) shall be entirely borne by the participant or the sponsoring institution(s).

The payment schedule is as follows:

  • 50% of the fees payable prior to the start date of the distance learning phase:
  • the remainder of the fees payable at least 30 days prior to the start date of the face-to-face learning phase.

The exact deadlines by which the payments should be made will be announced along with the selection results.

Cancellation of participation will result in the following penalties:

Tuition fees 

  • non-refundable enrollment fee of €1,500;
  • no reimbursement of tuition fees will be made after the beginning of the face-to-face learning phase. 

Accomodation fees 

  • no penalty will be applied on accommodation fees in case of written notification of cancellation up to 14 days prior to the start date of the face-to- face phase;
  • thereafter, a fixed penalty of €1,000 will apply on accommodation fees in addition to the accommodation costs already incurred and calculated on a weekly basis;
  • in case of change of room type or occupancy option, a fixed penalty fee of €500 per person will apply.

Refunds, where and as applicable, will be processed with all bank charges to be borne by the participants or the sponsoring institutions.

What does "First Level Master" mean?

According to the Italian University System, there are two types of Masters: 1st level master and 2nd level master.

The only difference between them is the minimum educational background and academic qualification requirements to be enrolled in these masters: to be enrolled on a 1st level Master's, the minimum requirement is a bachelor degree (3 years); while for a 2nd level Master, the minimum requirement is a post-graduate degree (3 +2 years).

Therefore, pursuing our 1st level Master in International Trade Law, a first level master diploma will be awarded.

Does this Master in International Trade Law give access to PhD or to any other 3rd cycle programme?

A First Level Master does not give access to PhD programmes. Admission requirements to PhD programmes vary from country to country, as these depend on the university system of the country where the PhD programme is held. For more information on the minimum requisites required, please directly contact the university offering the PhD programme you are interested in. As a general rule, for instance, a three-year bachelor's degree plus a first level master’s degree are not considered sufficient for doctoral studies at the University of Turin: both a bachelor’s and a two-year master's degree (second level) are usually required. 

What documents should I submit with my application?

You should attach the documents requested in the Supporting Documents section of the on-line application form. Official documents should be scanned and uploaded. The compulsory documents include a copy of:

  • motivation letter;
  • recent curriculum vitae;
  • diploma of university studies;
  • transcripts of university studies;
  • request for partial fellowship (if applicable)
  • certificates (TOEFL / IELTS) or other evidence of English language knowledge if not mother tongue.

Important: The application form will be considered only if supported by the above listed documents.

When is the deadline for submitting my application?

You are expected to submit your application form not later than the 30th June 2018. Early applications are encouraged as eligible candidates will be accepted on "first come first served" basis. Applications will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee on regular basis and feedback will be provided within one month.

What are the selection criteria for the Master?

The selection criteria take into consideration candidates' education and professional profile as well as their self-financial potential. 

Can I bring my family?
  • The Centre may agree to lodge accompanying persons on its campus subject to facility availability; priority is given to participants.
  • Children under the age of 18 can be admitted only if accompanied by an additional adult person who can take proper care of them during their stay.
  • No assistance in obtaining visas can be provided. 
  • Accompanying persons are responsible for their own illness and accident insurance covering the "main travel" (from/to their country of origin), their stay at the Centre, excursions and any study tours.
  • Only previously authorized visitors can access the campus. To both receive visits or have a guest for more days, it is necessary to request an authorization to the FIS Security Unit through the course secretary or manager at least one week in advance and upon the submission of a valid ID card of the visitor/guest. Otherwise students can meet visitors at the control room and without entering the campus.
From which date is the cost of my stay at the ITCILO campus covered by the subsistence fee?

According to ITCILO rules, accommodation is covered from the day before the beginning of the course (from Sunday) and to the day after the end of the course (to Saturday).

Any exception to the rule above should be approved by the Programme Manager.

The cost of accommodation on Campus is € 85 per night (bed and breakfast).

Could this Master in International Trade Law be followed only at a distance?

No, this Master includes a residential phase of 18 weeks. Attendance to this residential phase is compulsory, from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3.30 pm.

Is it compulsory to take the accommodation and subsistence at the ITCILO campus?

No. During the 18 week residential part in Turin, you can decide to stay outside the ITCILO campus. However, we would recommend to look for a place not far from the campus because the training sessions start at 9 AM every day.

The cost of accommodation and subsistence during the residential phase of 18 weeks in our facilities is Euro 6,930 booked and payable in advance by the participant or his/her sponsoring organization.

The accommodation includes a single bedroom, laundry service and breakfast on the ITCILO Campus during the residential phase.

How does the ITCILO campus look like?

You can take a virtual tour of the ITCILO campus here:

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Our partners
International Institute for the Unification of Private Law

International Institute for the Unification of Private Law: UNIDROIT studies needs and methods for the modernization of private law, especially commercial law. It formulates legal instruments, principles, and rules for individual and groups of states in a variety of sectors. The uniform rules it produces usually take the form of international Conventions.

The United Nations Commission for International Trade Law

A core legal body of the United Nations system, UNCITRAL develops legal frameworks to harmonize and modernize international trade. It researches and promotes the adoption of legislative and non-legislative instruments in the field.

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Istituto Universitario di Studi Europei

One of Turin’s leading institutions, the Institute organizes academic courses around European integration and international relations. It also conducts and publishes research papers, including work done by the European Union and its partners.

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Università degli Studi di Torino

Since its inauguration in 1404, UNITO’s Department of Law has produced some of the leading jurists, statespeople, and scholars in European history. Among its distinguished faculty and alumni are writers, philosophers, and legal scholars.


For general information on requirements, application, fees, accommodation, scholarships and diploma, please contact:

Course Secretariat
Master in International Trade Law
International Training Centre of the ILO
Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10
10127 Turin, Italy
Phone: +39 011 69 36 178

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