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The Master in International Business Law combines an international overview of business law with a detailed study of the different areas in this field. Without neglecting the theoretical aspects, the programme follows a practical approach. The teaching staff reflects this double dimension, combining renowned academics from leading universities in Europe with experienced practitioners in the industry.

In charge of academic related matters: Prof. Olivera Boskovic, Paris Descartes University

In charge of administrative related matters:

The first year of the Masters in International Business Law programme delves deeper into the fundamental aspects of business law: corporate law, international tax law, banking law, intellectual property, international trade law and the European market.

The second year offers specialist insight into international business practice: arbitration, contracts, finance, commercial law and the fight against counterfeiting, and legal business English.

The group work, delivered by experienced practitioners, allows a practical introduction to the real-world problems faced by corporate lawyers:

  • Negotiation, drafting and analysis of international contracts
  • Ability to participate in litigation and in particular international arbitration proceedings
  • Design briefs, consultations, news and thematic study records
  • Mastery of legal reasoning and the ability to sustain a debate
  • Ability to work in a group
  • Fluency in speaking in public

Class attendance is mandatory and student evaluation is done through examinations (written and oral) at the end of each semester. Classes are in English, and held in the afternoon from 16:30 to enable participants to continue their education while working full time.

First year

Semester 1  Semester 2
  • Corporate law
  • Insolvency restructuring law
  • Private international law
  • International tax law
  • Environmental law
  • Comparative law
  • Methodology of French law
  • Contractual techniques
  • Banking law
  • International trade law
  • European business law
  • Intellectual property law
  • Public business law
  • French language as diplomatic language 

Second year

Semester 3  Semester 4
  • International contract law
  • International commercial arbitration
  • International taxation
  • Legal business English
  • European law of intellectual property
  • International financial law
  • Investment law
  • Corporate mergers and acquisitions
  • Competition law
  • Comparative commercial law
  • International transport law
  • Internship report or master thesis


Graduates of the Master of International Business Law will acquire the necessary skills to work in business law firms, establish their own consulting firm or working in the legal departments of large companies or governments. Therefore many students choose to undergo an internship, allowing them to become more familiar with the professional environment. Students who already have professional experience may choose to create memoirs.

After completing the international law masters degree, some students may wish to enroll in a PhD programme after graduation, and eventually move towards an academic career. It is desirable in such cases that they are introduced to research in the second year of the Masters, and then write their memoirs.

“The master degree of international law and diplomacy made me one of the unique engineers who have legal background in sustainable development law and nuclear law. Careerwise; the two years master program gave me a jump so I am currently a risk advisor at ADCO.”

Mr Ali Al Mansoori, graduated in Jun 2013

“Studying at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi was a dream come true for me.  After successfully completing my Bachelors and Masters degree in International Business, I discovered that my passion is to work within an international organisation with excellent academic and cultural values. The Sorbonne Abu Dhabi has proven itself as a leader in delivering academic services of world-class quality, and successfully bridging diverse civilisations. After obtaining a second Masters degree in Banking and Finance, I was delighted to join the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi team as Admissions Officer in charge of scholarships, which perfectly matches my field of studies. My dream won’t stop here: I am aiming even higher because Paris Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi has a lot more to offer on both the professional and academic levels.”

 Mohamed Kayal: Bachelors & Masters graduate