LL.M. International Business Law


Whether in Dubai, Paris, Mauritius or Singapore, all courses are taught in English, by Professors of Law from Paris-Panthéon-Assas University and professionals acting in the legal field coming from France, Europe, Asia and Africa. All courses strongly focus on case-studies and deepening of key subjects in a transversal and pluridisciplinary perspective.

The LL.M. International Business Law includes a minimum of 200 hours of teaching and welcomes approximately 30 students or trainees over a period of one academic year.

This course deals mainly with practical case studies and certain key subjects, with a pluridisciplinary focus. It prepares students and professionals for operations such as large acquisitions or market transactions, cross border mergers, complex financing, restructuring, LBOs, financial engineering, and industrial projects.

These are interesting operations, offering difficulties that often lead to innovative solution seeking. It is particularly educational to study them and analyse the legal, financial or accounting issues raised. Thus, contracts, guarantees, financing and international trade litigation, among other basic subjects, can be studied from different angles.

Programme information

Senior Leadership Guillaume Leyte and Nada Mourtada (Professors)
Course name: LL.M. in International Business Law
Degree type: institutional degree (diplôme d’université)
Awarding body: degree is awarded by Paris-Panthéon-Assas University
Level: graduate (Bac +5 level)
Duration: 1 year
Study method: face-to-face (e-learning if needed)
Intake: January
Location: DIFC Academy in Dubai

Teaching & Structure

Teaching Method

The LL.M. International Business Law is composed of ten mandatory modules: Artificial intelligence and the law of the technologies of the future, Environmental and sustainable development law, Mergers & Acquisitions, International arbitration, Comparative corporate governance, International contracts, International company law, International intellectual property law, International tax law, and States and international trade law.

Each module is composed of 10 hours of theoretical teachings and 10 hours of practical teachings.

All courses are delivered in English and take the form of seminars taught by professors from Paris-Panthéon-Assas University, as well as practitioners from law firms and major companies.


Examinations will be held for each of the 10 mandatory modules. Some modules might require 2 exams: one regarding the theoretical lecture, and one regarding the practical part of the module.
The method of evaluation is determined by the respective professors/teachers with the approval of the dean.

The method of evaluation may be a written exam, class participation, project presentation, and/or homework assignment.

The format of the exam might vary from one module to another. Here are a few examples:

  • Questions with multiple answers
  • Individual work cases (essays) to be done at home
  • Assignments or presentations to be prepared in groups
  • Evaluation tests at the end of each seminar

Each subject is graded out of 20 and the pass mark is 10/20 for each module. The student is admitted if he/she has obtained at least a total of 100 points out of 200 and 60 ECTS credits will be awarded. Results will be communicated at the end of the course, in December, followed by a graduation ceremony. There is no exam period, since the examinations are held during or at the end of a module.

Grading system

  • Average grades from 10 to 12 (out of 20): Pass (Passable)
  • Average grades from 13 to 14 Good (Assez Bien)
  • Average grades from 15 to 16 Very Good (Bien)
  • Average grades from 17 + Honors or Excellent (Très Bien)


The course runs from January to December. All courses are delivered through evening classes or week-end classes. All participants must be available on a full-time basis. Indeed, the schedule is always subject to modifications, and no absence will be excused in case of any change in the schedule.

International contracts

Syllabus: the legal and contractual scope and treatment applicable to international contracts.
Objectives and skills targeted: acquiring in-depth knowledge of the legal and contractual mechanisms governing the conclusion and performance of international contracts.

Mergers and Acquisitions

Syllabus: the various forms of companies and concentrations between enterprises; the rules governing mergers and acquisitions in an international environment.
Objectives and skills targeted: acquiring the capacity to identify the different types of business mergers and to identify the most efficient legal structure.

International capital markets

Syllabus: the rules governing European and international capital markets.
Objectives and skills targeted: acquiring up-to-date knowledge of the stakes and mechanisms specific to European and global capital markets.

States and international trade law

Syllabus: main principles and rules of international trade law: international contracts and BOT; public-private international partnerships; litigation related to State contracts.
Objectives and skills targeted: acquiring in depth knowledge of legal mechanisms governing international public-private partnerships.

Competition law

Syllabus: Main features of competition laws (anticompetitive practices and merger control) in the context of regional economic integration : EU competition law as a model.
Objectives and skills targeted: acquiring knowledge of European and international competition rules, both with regard to purpose and content, and with regard to application.

International financing

Syllabus: characteristics of banking law at international level.
Objectives and skills targeted: acquiring knowledge of international financing rules and practice (syndicated loans, guarantees, financing of different assets, project financing).

International tax law

Syllabus: this course considers the international aspects of taxation and provides an introduction to the key issues of this branch of international law.
Objectives and skills targeted: the course highlights current practical issues faced by corporate taxpayers and States.

International intellectual property law

Syllabus: refers to creations of the mind, such as inventions; patents; designs; names and images used in commerce.
Objectives and skills targeted: this course will focus on the international legal instruments which enables the right balance between the interests of innovators and the wider public interest

All courses are delivered in English and take the form of seminars taught by professors from Paris-Panthéon-Assas University, as well as practitioners from law firms and major companies.

Entry Requirements

The course is designed for both experienced and qualified professionals with a strong professional background and for motivated candidates who have just completed their degree and who may want to occupy the jobs mentioned above.

The entry requirement of this LL.M. in International Affairs is a master’s degree in law or an alternative degree with at least 4 years of professional experience. Fluency in the English language is required and must be attested by a recognized certificate such as IELTS, TOEIC, TOEFL, Erasmus courses or of course English mother tongue. As for the English certificates, candidates need a score of 7/9 for the IELTS, 90/120 for the TOEFL and 800/990 for the TOEIC.

Candidates are selected and will be assessed on their motivation, their career objectives and their language aptitude.

As the case may be, an interview with the Board of Professors will be organised to ascertain how far the candidate is interested in the LL.M. and its adequacy with his career plan.

Admission process:

Candidates can only apply once per academic year and are required to complete the following steps:

  • Submit the Application Form online (application fee of EUR 80).
  • Applicants whose applications are accepted will be invited to confirm their admission.

For more information, you can send a request to our Admissions Team.

Tuition Fees & Funding

The LL.M. International Business Law course tuition fees are EUR 35,000 or AED 160,000. Payment of tuition fees are to be paid either in Euros (EUR) or Emirati dirham (AED). It is up to the candidate to choose the most favorable currency at the time of the transaction.

Tuition fees instructions are communicated upon student enrollment. All fees are payable only by Bank transfer to the Paris II Panthéon-Assas University, and in all cases, all exchange or transfer charges are to be borne in full by the candidate.

In order to secure your seat in the course at the Dubai campus, a first deposit is requested within 3 weeks following the reception of the admission letter.

If the full amount is not paid by the beginning of the semester, students will not be allowed to attend the classes.


For more information on payment plan, contact the campus admission’s office

Refund policy

Any admitted applicant who elects to renounce his/her registration is to be aware he/she will not benefit from any reimbursement.
Should a student decide to abandon the course after he/she has begun attending classes, there will be no refund of the tuition fees.

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