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

  • The most important law firms specialized in International Arbitration and many of the most renowned specialists are based in Paris

Why study arbitration at Sciences Po Law School?

  • Founded nearly 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

  • SPLS's teams excel in international moot competitions around the world and SPLS has been organising its own international moot competition for 15 years

  • Many international arbitration related activities are organised every year with the participation of the most outstanding specialists from all over the world

What will you study in this LLM?

The LLM offers an extensive training in theoretical and practical aspects of arbitration and dispute settlement. The core matter of the program will be the study of transnational arbitration in all its forms. The program will also cover other mechanisms of international dispute settlement. These include 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 program 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 an 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 adequately prepare students to act before the extraordinary variety of tribunals and courts that exist in the world today.

Students in the program will be offered a series of small-group courses (intensive mandatory classes as well as elective courses) to further intellectual and professional exchange, workshops (on practice skills) entirely taught in law firms and at the ICC International Court of Arbitration, conferences, internships, and participation in international moots. All in all the LLM offers a unique opportunity to immerse in the transnational arbitration network.

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 2021-2022 TADS curriculum might be subject to minor modifications.

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Fully taught in English, this one-year programme is designed for candidates with a graduate degree in law who are seeking to immerse themselves in a challenging university environment and gain further expertise or new horizons 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, students will receive a "Diplôme d’établissement" delivered by Sciences Po. 


"At TADS, you are in the driver's seat!"

Every class is taught by the best professors in the field, which frequently means meeting the "legends" who have penned the textbooks. Likewise, leading practitioners will host you and your colleagues for 8-hour practical workshops on varied subjects, from the cross-examination of witnesses to the selection of arbitrators. The fact that SciencesPo is based in Paris, such a hub for international arbitration, only enriched my experience. Read the full testimonial.

Afia Kwakwa"The Drive to Create a Better World"

Afia Kwakwa is a student in the joint JD/LL.M. programme between Columbia Law School and Sciences Po Law School. She was recently selected by the International Court of Justice to participate in the 2020-21 Judicial Fellow programme. Interview on her brilliant journey so far and her drive to make impactful change in the world. Read the full testimonial.

"It's the best decision that I have made in my career"

In my opinion, the best feature about this program that sets it apart from the others is the practical training workshops that we have in law firms. The 100+ hours of workshops that we had in best law firms in the world and arbitral institutions, essentially resulted in what as I like to call it as a ‘mini-internship’. Read the full testimonial.

Eligibility and admissions

Candidates must hold a law degree (Master 2, JD, LL.B., or the equivalent) and a professional experience. Please note that internships could be considered as professional experience.

Find out more about the admission procedure.

Financing your LLM programme 

In order to ensure that the students admitted to the LLM programme in Sciences Po successfully complete their studies, we invite them to consider very carefuly the financial aspect of their stay in Paris. 

Contact us

Lidiwine Kerbourc'h
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Alexandre Senegacnik
Academic Coordinator
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