Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - International Dispute Resolution

About the IDR LL.M.


The IDR LL.M. is a one-year full-time postgraduate master’s degree in International Dispute Resolution (IDR), with a strong emphasis on international arbitration. The master's program is open to law graduates from all jurisdictions and is taught exclusively in English.


Why do it?


Arbitration and alternative dispute resolution methods have become increasingly important in legal practice, especially in an international context. Arbitration, for example, is already the preferred dispute resolution mechanism in international trade. The IDR LL.M. program provides students with an opportunity to obtain the theoretical knowledge and practical skills necessary to meet the demands of the global legal market.


What is the focus of the IDR LL.M.?


The focus of the first semester of the program is on international arbitration, with modules on commercial and investment arbitration. Students also take a course in private international law.

The second semester is centered on the theory and practice of ADR methods, such as adjudication, mediation and negotiation. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and to conduct research in a specific area of their interest by writing a master thesis.


What are the admission requirements?


All candidates applying for the IDR LL.M. should:


  • hold a degree in law,
  • have relevant, post-graduate work experience of at least 1 year,
  • have a very good command of the English language.


IDR LL.M. at a glance


Degree: Master of Laws (LL.M.)
Language of instruction: English
Location: Berlin, Germany
Duration: 1 academic year (2 semesters); full time
Start: October each year
Credit points: 60
Class size: approx. 25-35
Application deadline: 31 March