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The International Business Law (IBL) programme offers you the possibility to learn more about business related subjects such as contract and consumer law, commercial law (including company law, securities markets law, competition law and intellectual property law) and commercial dispute resolution from an international point of view.

The scope of the master's programme is 120 credits (ECTS) to be completed in two academic years. The programme comprises compulsory and optional studies, seminars and research work including a Master’s thesis. In the first year you will concentrate on compulsory and optional studies, and in the second year you will write your thesis and take more optional studies. You can also include an internship and a student exchange period as part of your degree.

In the IBL programme you will learn by participating in lecture courses and case study courses as well as by writing seminar papers, presenting your work and completing a research seminar while writing your Master’s thesis. Depending on the courses you take, you will either be studying more independently or you will be involved in group work.

In addition to regular courses and seminars, you have the possibility to participate for example in Moot Court Competition or Helsinki Law Clinic courses to gain practical experience, network and meet potential employers. You are also encouraged to seize career opportunities already during your studies. Especially during your second year the year-long research seminar is conducted in such a way that you can work or do an internship during the semesters.

You don’t choose any major or specialisation as such, but you are free to focus on the topics that you are most interested in by selecting your optional studies from the large variety of courses offered by the Faculty of Law. In addition to those core IBL courses you can focus on topics such as European law, international tax law, trade and transport law, and Russian/Chinese business law. Or if you are aiming at more multidisciplinary degree you can include courses from other faculties/universities into your optional studies. You will also have the possibility to spend a semester abroad as an exchange student in one of Faculty’s numerous partner universities or include a traineeship as part of your study programme.

Below you can see the some of the themes you can focus on in your studies and example course sets offered in the IBL programme. Please note that the exact course offering may change for each academic year and we do not guarantee that a specific course would be offered to you. Teaching information for each academic year will be available in the University's course catalogue (type 'IBL' to the search field).

Accepted into the Master's Programme in International Business Law? Please refer to the more detailed instructions in the University's Student Guide!

Compulsory courses of the IBL program aim at providing a comprehensive picture of the international business law field. There are six compulsory courses, 5 credits each:

  • Contract Law
  • Company & Securities Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Competition Law
  • Intellectual Property Law

They are recommended to be studied during the first year. The courses consist of independent and group assignments, lectures and exams.

During the second year of your studies you will participate in a research project and write a Master's thesis, an independent research project. The research seminar consists of a research seminar essay (10 credits), the research seminar (10 credits) and the Master's thesis (30 credits).

The research seminar in International Business Law is a year-long project during which you will participate in seminar meetings, complete seminar assignments, write your Master’s thesis and present the findings in front of the class. Your research and writing process will be supported by research seminar meetings. You will agree on the topic of your thesis with your thesis supervisor. To support your individual career interests, you are free to choose any business law oriented thesis topic, as long as it is approved by your thesis supervisor.

During the research seminar you will get regular feedback about your work from your supervisor and fellow students. Upon completing the research seminar, you will have advanced academic argumentation and writing skills as well as thorough understanding of your thesis topic.

Writing seminars prepare you for the Master's thesis. You are required to take at least one writing seminar during your studies, but you are free to attend more.

Gain a deep understanding of international contracts, transactions, companies and business by studying some of the following courses:

  • International Commercial Transactions 1 - Sales and Payment
  • International Commercial Transactions 2 - Carriage and Insurance
  • International Commercial Transactions 3 - EU Transport Law and Policy
  • Insurance Contract Law in International Context
  • Modern Comparative Banking Law
  • Multijurisdictional Corporate Compliance
  • How Do Economists and Bankers Perceive the Law?
  • Writing Seminar: Consumer Law
  • Writing Seminar: Contract Law and International Arbitration
  • Writing Seminar: Foundations of Nordic Business Law
  • Writing Seminar: Regulatory Regimes in International Economic Law

Learn about the European Union, the internal market and their different aspects from the point of view of competition, economics and ethics by studying courses of the EU Market Law course palette:

  • Foundations of EU Law
  • Advanced Internal Market Law
  • EU Competition Law - Public and Private Enforcement
  • The EU Financial and Economic Crisis
  • Health is our New Wealth - the Fundamentals of European Health Law and Ethics
  • Pharmaceutical Law and Drug Development
  • EU and English Commercial Law
  • Writing Seminar: The Case Law of European Private Law in Regulated Markets
  • Writing Seminar: Competition Law in Digital Age
  • Writing Seminar: External Dimension of EU Private Law

Want to be a modern lawyer who understands the legal aspects of internet, data protection, technology and artificial intelligence? Try our Internet and Digitalization themed courses:

  • Foundations of Information Law
  • Laws of the Digital Era
  • Data Protection Law
  • European Approach to Internet Regulation
  • Writing Seminar: Information Law
  • Writing Seminar: Artificial Intelligence and the Law
  • Writing Seminar: Competition Law in Digital Age
  • Writing Seminar: Competition Law, Technology and IPRs

Become an expert in international dispute resolution by studying our Dispute Resolution courses. You will learn about international arbitration and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms:

  • Arbitration as a Method of Dispute Resolution
  • International Arbitration in China
  • Mediation - Alternative Dispute Resolution in International Commercial Disputes
  • EU Procedural Law
  • Writing Seminar: Contract Law and International Arbitration
  • Writing Seminar: International Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution

Do you want a global perspective to law and the challenges of contemporary societies? Study our Global Orientation courses that include perspectives from China, Russia and common law countries:

  • Chinese Business Laws
  • Chinese Law and Society: An Introduction to the Chinese Legal System
  • Climate Change and the Law
  • International Arbitration in China
  • Russian Business Laws
  • Modern Comparative Banking Law
  • EU and English Commercial Law
  • Fundamentals of Common Law Reasoning and Principles
  • Writing Seminar: Foundations of Nordic Business Law
  • Writing Seminar: Regulatory Regimes in International Economic Law