Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Business Disputes

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Cross-border business disputes are increasing, but attorneys, judges and legal counsel are not always well-equipped for dealing with the particular features of international cases.


Several international study programs are devoted to this topic. The advantage of the University of Lausanne’s Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Business Disputes (CAS IBD) is that the program only stretches over a short period of time and can easily be reconciled with full-time professional activity. It provides useful practical insights, not only on a single mechanism of dispute resolution (such as international arbitration or litigation before state courts), but also on different aspects, techniques, and fields of international dispute resolution.





Candidates are required to earn 10 ECTS credits. Course credit can be obtained over 10 days: six (6) days of mandatory courses (module 1) and four (4) days of optional courses (module 2). Registered students are also welcome to participate in additional optional courses, though this does not affect the overall number of CAS credits. During a final one-day session, registered students are evaluated based on a discussion of a (real or ficti- tious) case in a short paper and in-class presentation. Fiind more information about the study plan.

Entry requirements

Candidates eligible for admission to the CAS must:
a)   hold a Bachelor of Law (BLaw), a Master of Law (Law) or another equivalent degree from a Swiss or foreign university, or
b) hold a Bachelor, a Master or another equivalent degree from a Swiss or foreign university, and demonstrate additional training in area relevant to the programme (law or resolution of international disputes), or
c) hold another title considered as equivalent by the Direction Committee.
Proficiency in English is also required.



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All courses are taught in English and are generally scheduled on Thursdays and Fridays during the Spring term (between March and June). Some of the courses are fully or partially offered remotely, which facilitates attendance for those who are not located in Lausanne.

All courses are also part of the study plan of the LL.M. in International Business Law at the University of Lausanne (60 ECTS). You will find there a more detailed description of the courses.


If the holder of a CAS IBD subsequently registers for the LL.M. Programme (which is subject to the LL.M. admissions requirements), the 10 ECTS of the CAS can be credited toward the LL.M. degree; in this case, however, the LL.M. degree certificate replaces the CAS, which must be returned to the Formation Continue UNIL-EPFL.


Most of the courses in the CAS IBD can also be taken individually.


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The curriculum is taught on the basis of 10 ECTS credits


Course credit can be obtained over 10 days 

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During a final one-day session, registered students are evaluated based on a discussion of a case in a short paper and in-class presentation


The language of instruction is English


Start dates: each year in February / March


Price: 4'000 CHF

Trainee lawyers: 2'000 CHF