Courses Open to the Public

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Some of the courses taught in the LL.M. are individually accessible to practitioners who wish to further develop their expertise.

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The taught courses are generally delivered over two days.

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Fees CHF 700.-

Lawyers in training (avocats-stagiaires) CHF 350.-

Students CHF 250.-

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If you are interested, please contact for further information:

llm@unil.ch

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All courses offered in person are also projected via Zoom for participants who are unable to attend in person

 

 

 

Download the LL.M. Open Courses brochure for the Spring Semester 2021

 

International Business Disputes - Fundamentals 4 & 5 March 2021

 

This course, taught by Professor Andrea Bonomi, addresses fundamental issues arising in the practice of international business disputes. The first day will be devoted to issues of international jurisdiction and parallel proceedings arising before state courts, in particular under the Swiss PIL Act, Brussels Ia Regulation and Lugano Convention. The second day will address issues of jurisdiction and parallel proceedings arising before arbitral tribunals (in particular under the Swiss PIL Act and the New York Convention, but also including a comparative law analysis).

 

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International Sales Law 18 & 19 March 2021

 

This course, taught by Professor Franco Ferrari, will examine whether the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (“CISG”), considered the paradigm of uniform substantive law conventions, has succeeded in creating uniform (sales) law that avoids recourse to domestic law. To do so, the course will analyze case law from courts and arbitral tribunals. This analysis will show that the solutions are not as uniform as one might think. This, in turn, will allow course participants to avoid the pitfalls that go hand in hand with the myth of uniformity the success of the CISG has (falsely) created.

 

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Sharing Economy and the Law 1 & 2 April 2021

 

This course, co-taught by Professors Eva Lein and Anne-Christine Fornage, introduces students to contract law, property law and labour law aspects of the sharing economy; it also covers the legal framework for platforms and its challenges and liability risks. Furthermore, the course programme includes competition and tax law aspects, as well as problems arising in a cross-border context.

 

 

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International Litigation Advanced 22 & 23 April 2021

 

This course, co-taught by Professor Andrea Bonomi and experienced litigators, including Ms Sandrine Giroud (LALIVE) and Mr. Alexander Layton, QC (Twenty Essex, London), addresses specialised problems arising in the practice of international business disputes. This year’s edition of the course will be devoted to problems related to the recognition and enforcement of civil judgments and interim measures, both in Switzerland and in selected foreign countries (Swiss PIL Act, Brussels Ia Regulation and Lugano Convention, English recognition system after Brexit). We will focus in particular on some specific grounds for refusal (indirect jurisdiction, defective service of process, substantial and procedural public policy), other obstacles to enforcement (state immunity, prescription), and the enforcement procedures.

 

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Business and Human Rights 29 & 30 April 2021

 

This course, taught by Professor Robert McCorquodale, engages with the rapidly developing area of business and human rights law. It examines the State obligation to protect human rights, including from adverse impacts by business entities, and the corporate responsibility to respect human rights.  It also considers the access to effective remedies by victims of corporate activities.

The course covers developments in international, regional and domestic regulation, and international standards such as the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It also looks at developments in international, regional and domestic dispute resolution involving business and human rights, including with respect to claims brought against companies.

While the focus of this course is on legal issues, this area does raise policy and risk management issues, all of which have practical implications for business regulation and dispute resolution. As it draws from legal principles across a wide area of law, such as company law, public law, environmental law, financial law, criminal law, public international law, tort law, contract law, private international law and labour law, it opens up the possibility of innovative thinking and applications for business.

 

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International Arbitration Advanced 6 & 7 May 2021

 

This course, co-taught by Professor Andrea Bonomi and experienced counsel and arbitrators, including Messrs Pierre-Yves Gunter (Bär & Karrer), Joachim Knoll (LALIVE), Ms Isabelle Fellrath (SwissLegalk) and Ms Elza Eaneiva-Reymond (Sedlex), addresses specialised problems arising in the practice of international arbitration.

This year’s edition of the course will be devoted to problems related to the conduct of arbitration proceedings (case management, terms of reference, procedural timetable, procedural orders, taking of evidence, expert witnesses, hearings, applicable rules of law, expedited procedures, confidentiality etc.) and the making of the award (final, partial and interim awards, scrutiny of the award, award by consent, correction and interpretation, decision as to the costs etc.). The course will include case discussions and a moot exercise.

 

 

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Practice of Philanthropy 27 & 28 May 2021

 

The first day of this course, co-taught by Dr Jean-Philippe Krafft, Dr Benoît Merkt (Lenz & Staehelin), Mr Arnaud Apffel, and Dr Timothy Nielander, addresses recent trends and developments in the practice of philanthropy from a Swiss and American perspective. The legal framework and legal forms available for philanthropic projects will be discussed in addition to issues on the constitution, conduct and principles to be observed for donations and support. The course will also address regulatory and taxation issues from an international and comparative perspective and provide insights regarding financial management and investment strategy.

The second day of this year’s course relies on contributions by Mr Stephane Brabant (Herbert Smith Freehills) on the use of blockchain for philanthropy, as well as presentations of practical legal challenges by the ACLEM Foundation and the Aga Khan Agency for the Habitat.

 

 

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Investment Arbitration 3 & 4 June 2021

 

This course, taught by Professor Andreas R. Ziegler, provides an introduction to dispute settlement with regard to foreign direct investment (FDI) and Multinational Enterprises (MNE). It focuses on the relevant topics in arbitral proceedings, in particular investor-State arbitration (definitions and coverage of important agreements, arbitral institutions, questions relating to the establishment and functioning of investor-State arbitral tribunals), such as contained in bilateral investment treaties (BITs) and multilateral initiatives, such as NAFTA Chapter 11 of the OECD's project for a Multilateral Investment Agreement (MAI). Particular emphasis is given to ICSID and the UNCITRAL Rules in the specific context of FDI. This year’s course will rely on a contribution by Professor Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler.

 

 

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Business Law and Litigation in Asia 17 & 18 June 2021

 

In a global marketplace where trade with Asian countries is increasing, basic knowledge of Asian Business Law is essential. This course, taught by Professor Yuko Nishitani, Mr Tomas Furlong (Herbert Smith Freehills) and Professor Edoardo Agamennone, covers the legal framework for doing business in Asia from an Asian comparative perspective. It also addresses the important question of how disputes are litigated or arbitrated in Asia. A special focus is placed on new dispute resolution centres such as Hong Kong and Singapore.

 

 

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