From 1991 to 2010 the International Training Centre of the ILO , the University of Turin and the University Institute of European Studies in collaboration with other world-class universities, offered a shortened version of this Master as a postgraduate course in international trade law. i
In recognition of increasing demand for higher levels of specialization and career development in international trade law and coinciding with the decision to establish the Turin School of Development (as a unique mechanism for the delivery of joint UN-academic programmes), it was decided to expand and upgrade the programme’s learning contents to a Master of Laws in International Trade Law in 2010-2011.
UNCITRAL – a historical partner of the post-graduate course – endorsed the new Master and accepted the status of a full partner in 2010. In addition, international organizations, such as WTO, UNCTAD, UNIDROIT, EU, ICC and 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 programme delivery.
The Master Programme provides comprehensive coverage of International Trade Law and Dispute Resolution, from the perspectives of public international law, private international law and comparative private law. The Programme covers the key institutional and legal frameworks (such as WTO, UNCITRAL, and investment law), while focusing on international commercial contracts, with emphasis on recent developments and the increasing complexity of the laws of global trade, including the impact of new technologies. In addition, the Master incorporates a dedicated module on international dispute settlement, arbitration and mediation.
Starting with the 2019-2020 edition, the Programme will include a number of electives, allowing students to focus more on either public or private international law.