LLM in Transnational Arbitration & Dispute Settlement (one year full time)

Why study arbitration in Paris?

  • One of the most attractive and important international arbitration venues worldwide thanks to the presence of the International Chamber of Commerce’s Court of International Arbitration
  • Interact and gain access to the most important law firms specialized in International Arbitration and many of the leading specialists in the field

Why study arbitration at Sciences Po Law School?

  • Founded 150 years ago, Sciences Po stands out as a world-class university with internationally-recognised degrees and research, a multicultural community and a worldwide network of partners
  • Sciences Po Law School (SPLS) has developed a strong reputation in matters related to international economic law, with a particular focus on all mechanisms of international dispute settlement
  • Many international arbitration related activities are organised every year with the participation of the most outstanding specialists from all over the world
  • SPLS's teams excel in international moot competitions around the world and SPLS has been organising its own international moot competition for 18 years

What will you study in this LLM?

The LLM offers extensive training in theoretical and practical aspects of arbitration and dispute settlement. The core objective of the program will be the study of transnational arbitration in all its forms. The LLM will also cover other mechanisms of international dispute settlement, including judicial and non-judicial means of dispute resolution such as litigation before the International Court of Justice, at the World Trade Organization (Panel and Appellate Body), Human Rights Litigation (e.g. European or American framework).

In addition, the TADS LLM will offer an insight into litigation before domestic courts, recourse to mediation and online dispute settlement. Ultimately, the program will not exclusively focus on procedural tools governing dispute settlement. Substantial lectures will offer further insight into public international law, international contracts law, private international law, energy law, international investment law, and the protection of human rights. The combination of these procedural and substantial insights will provide a foundation for  students to act before the extraordinary variety of tribunals and courts that exist in the world today.

Students in the LLM complete mandatory and elective coursework in small groups in semester-long and intensive formats.To deepen intellectual and professional exchanges, workshops on practical skills and professional methods are taught in situ at partner law firms and at the ICC International Court of Arbitration. LLM students complement their knowledge and practice with a series of annual conferences, internships, and optional participation in international moots. The LLM offers a unique immersive opportunity to interact in the transnational arbitration network as a young practitioner.

The high-level education received during the programme, enables students to be extremely competitive to get positions in international law firms, arbitration institutions and international organisations.


The curriculum is complemented by the following options:

  • Internship, ranging from 14 weeks to 6 months from July to December following studies (30 ECTS) or
  • Graduate Thesis, completed before the end of studies in June (30 ECTS) and
  • Optional Moot Competitions as a coach (10 ECTS) 

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Fully taught in English, this one-year LLM programme is designed for candidates with a graduate degree in law who seek to immerse themselves in a challenging university environment and gain further expertise in arbitration and international dispute settlement. The LLM is a full-time programme, running from late August to the end of August of the following year. Upon successful completion of the TADS LLM programme in Transnational Arbitration and Dispute Settlement, students will receive a "Diplôme d’établissement" delivered by Sciences Po. 

Find out more about class of 2023.


Leia Shin, Graduate of LLM in Transnational Arbitration & Dispute Settlement, 2018.
Lucas Pestana Macedo, Graduate of LLM in Transnational Arbitration & Dispute Settlement, 2020.
Afia Kwakwa, Graduate of LLM in Transnational Arbitration & Dispute Settlement, 2020.
Akhil Chowdary Unnam, Graduate of LLM in Transnational Arbitration & Dispute Settlement, 2018.

To learn about class of 2022.

Eligibility and admissions

To be considered for admission to the LLM, applicants must hold a law degree (Master 2, JD, LL.B., or their equivalent) and a minimum of 18 months professional experience in legal fields at the time of starting their studies. Significant internships may be considered as relevant professional experience by our admissions evaluators.

Find out more about the admissions procedure on the admissions pages of the Sciences Po website.

Financing your LLM STUDIES 

In order to ensure that admitted LLM students successfully complete their studies at Sciences Po, they are invited to consider the financial aspects of their studies in Paris. 

Contact us

For queries regarding admissions eligibility requirements and procedures, you are invited to consult the admissions pages of the Sciences Po website. All other relevant questions can be directed to the LLM team below:

Kyle SchneiderAssistant Dean

Bruno Sousa Rodrigues, Teaching Assistant for the LLM

Carine IpoliAcademic Assistant

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