Global Network

| Conference on SOCIAL LICENSE AND DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN THE EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRIES, March 27, 2020 | Internship at LawTank | International Business Law Mock Trial Scriptwriting Contest | Mediation Breakfast, May 17, 2019 | Internship at the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI) | Scholarship Fundraiser at Miller Thomson | Internship at SFL (Solutions for Life sciences)








We regret to inform you that the Conference on Social License and Dispute Resolution in the Extractive Industries has been postponed due to public health concerns and travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus situation. Please continue to check our website for updates.






CHF 375 (CHF150 for interns and CHF100 for students).

Deadline for payment: March 15, 2020.



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Accommodation and Directions:

For accommodation in Lausanne, have a look at, Airbnb, and roomlala.

Starling Hotel at EPFL, Lausanne

Le Débarcadère, St Sulpice

For instructions on how to get to the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law on Conference Day, see


Key Dates for Authors:

  • Paper Submissions - January 31, 2020
  • Powerpoint Slides (for 15-minute presentations) - March 1, 2020
  • Revised Papers (for publication) - April 30, 2020







Internship at LawTank







LAWTANK Ltd is a Switzerland based international legal service provider that offers language (translations, interpreting, multilingual minute taking / transcriptions, etc.) as well as legal services (research, contract drafting, securing of evidence, etc.) to public corporations and companies while aiming at simplifying and accelerating complex multilingual, multicultural, cross-jurisdictional legal procedures.

LAWTANK Ltd will regularly take on bilingual LL.M. students from the University of Lausanne on a contractual basis as needs arise. Students will help LAWTANK’s clients to overcome linguistic and legal barriers in various legal systems.

This is an excellent opportunity for our LL.M. students to sharpen their language skills and gain insight into the practice of international and cross-border transactions and litigation.

For more information about LAWTANK Ltd., see

Please note:

* This internship is open exclusively to LL.M. students of the University of Lausanne.





International Business Law Mock Trial Scriptwriting Contest



WHAT: You can submit an original, unpublished script between 10,000 and 15,000 words with a run time of 1 hour maximum. In order to attract audiences of all ages, the script must include well-known characters (e.g. from fairy tales or epic tales). It must also include private international law issues regarding jurisdiction, applicable law, or recognition and enforcement and follow the British Columbia Supreme Court Civil Rules.


WHEN: The competition will be next open for submissions from Oct. 31, 2020 - Dec. 1, 2020.


WHO: law students and lawyers


HOW: While the competition is active, submit by e-mail to A fee of CHF 20.00 for administration purposes is required for each entry.


WHAT YOU CAN WIN: The winner will receive a tuition fee waiver for one course offered in the UNIL LL.M. Programme in International Business Law. The script will be published on the Justice Education Society website and may be performed for Law Week 2020 (sponsored by the Canadian Bar Association) at the British Columbia Supreme Court in Vancouver, Canada.


WHO IS JUDGING? A team of UNIL professors and Robert Fleming Lawyers will select the winner.


WHO WON LAST YEAR? This is the first year of the competition. Last year, our Program Manager’s mock trial script was performed for Law Week 2019.


LANGUAGES: You may submit your script in English or French.







Mediation Breakfast, May 17, 2019

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The forthcoming United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation (the “Singapore Mediation Convention”) is being heralded as “good news for businesses”, and the LL.M. Programme in International Law is pleased to host a relevant information session over breakfast with Birgit Sambeth Glasner, Partner and Co-Head of Altenburger’s Dispute Resolution Team.

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Download Birgit Sambeth Glasner's presentation on "Enforcement of Mediation Agreements: The Singapore Convention"



FRIDAY May 17, 2019 at 8:30am


University of Lausanne, Internef Building, Room 431


Birgit Sambeth Glasner, Partner and Co-Head of Altenburger’s Dispute Resolution Team, will explain how the Singapore Mediation Convention will impact the recognition and enforceability of international controversies settled through mediation. As a mediator in complex, international and domestic commercial matters and an acknowledged specialist in questions of strategic dispute resolution, she will explain how the Singapore Convention, modeled roughly on the successful Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards (the “New York Arbitration Convention”) could make mediated settlement agreements, like arbitration awards, easier to enforce than decisions from courts of other countries.





Internship at the Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI)


The Swiss Chambers’ Arbitration Institution (SCAI) was established by the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Basel, Bern, Geneva, Lausanne, Lucerne, Lugano, Neuchâtel and Zurich as a not-for-profit organization which offers means of dispute resolution based on the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration and the Swiss Rules of Mediation.

Recipient of the GAR Award for the Arbitral Institution that impressed in 2017, SCAI has been attracting attention internationally and continues to build on Switzerland’s long and unique history of dispute resolution through arbitration and mediation.

Students interested in working with the SCAI Secretariat will work on arbitration, mediation, and corporate law matters, closely with the SCAI Executive Director and the Court of Arbitration. They will meet regularly with Members of the Court of Arbitration to discuss rules, case administration, and best practices and, among other tasks, will help organize conferences and draft texts and charts for publications on dispute resolution.

Students specialising in Business Disputes will be given priority for this exclusive internship opportunity.


For more information about SCAI, see


Please note:

* 6 months traineeship, starting in September or March, full time

* International students will be considered for this internship and are not required to hold a Swiss BLaw or MLaw

* Applicants must hold a valid Swiss work permit for the complete duration of the traineeship, allowing them to work fulltime.


Application criteria:

* Legal English language full proficiency and good knowledge of French (other languages are assets)

* Full proficiency with Microsoft tools (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc) and social media.





Scholarship Fundraiser at Miller Thomson

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The Vancouver Office of Miller Thomson LLP will co-host the launch of the recent publication, Intergenerational Equity (BRILL, 2019), as well as a Scholarship Fundraiser for students of our LL.M. Program, who are eligible for financial support from The Spark of Hope Foundation.




Internship at SFL (Solutions for Life sciences)


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SFL (Solutions for Life sciences), a leading consulting company headquartered in Basel that provides integrated service and consulting solutions to the pharmaceutical and medical technology sectors, will take on one of our LL.M. students as an intern for 6 months.

Students interested in working with SFL’s professional multidisciplinary team will get hands-on experience working through the entire lifecycle of health care products with European, Swiss and Global regulations.

Since SFL provides its clients with personalised and customised strategic advice as well as high-quality documents that fit the needs of both large and small companies, the intern will benefit from a well-rounded internship that touches on issues of Legal and Compliance support in the context of Regulatory Affairs, Public Affairs, Medical Affairs, Market Access and Reimbursement, Quality Assurance, Pharmacovigilance, and Supply Chain.

Students specialising in Business Regulation and Business Transactions will be given priority for this exclusive internship opportunity.


For more information about SFL, see


Please note:

* This internship is open exclusively to LL.M. students of the University of Lausanne

* The internship is meant to cover living expenses in Switzerland


Application criteria:

* Strong interest in life sciences

* Good communication skills

* English language proficiency

* A highly motivated and open-minded personality, able to work and learn in an international and dynamic environment

* Able to work independently and efficiently on own responsibility

* Swiss or EU citizen or valid Swiss work permit




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Program Manager


Dr Shaheeza Lalani

Program Manager

LL.M. International Business Law


UNIL – Internef 312

CH - 1015 Lausanne

Tel: +41 (0) 21 692 27 90

Office hours Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9am-2pm


Internef - CH-1015 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 692 27 90
Fax +41 21 692 27 85