Master of Laws Concentration in International Trade and Foreign Investment Law: Get ready to work in international economic law and dispute settlement and influence global economic policy

The Master of Laws Concentration in International Trade and Foreign Investment Law has been ranked as one of the world’s top-ranked LLM programs in international trade law / WTO law by the LLM Guide to master of laws programs worldwide. With the largest number of professors specialized in international trade and investment law in North America, the program will give you access to a unique pool of experts. You’ll be immersed in a dynamic trade and investment law community in Canada’s capital, with professionals involved in international disputes and interstate economic relations regularly invited as guest lecturers.

The Master of Laws Concentration in International Trade and Foreign Investment Law will allow you to:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of trade and investment treaties and dispute settlement, including how to negotiate treaties and defend national interests.
  • Develop the expertise you need to work as a trade treaty negotiator, litigator or trade and investment policy adviser in government, law firms, international organizations or NGOs.
  • Build a professional network in the nation’s capital, home to Global Affairs Canada, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, private law firms with trade and investment practices and NGOs focused on global issues.
  • Learn about cutting-edge research and prepare for a doctoral program.

Overview: Master of Laws with Concentration in International Trade and Foreign Investment Law


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I acquired a solid foundation in international investment law and dispute resolution at the University of Ottawa. Its program is renowned abroad given its excellent faculty members and the quality of their lectures. During my degree, I also had the opportunity to improve my writing, a skill greatly valued by big law firms. It was a great experience to work within a small group of students, taught by professors who took the time to deliver relevant feedback.

Agata Zwolankiewicz, Associate at Clifford Chance
LLM Concentration in International Trade and Foreign Investment Law ’20


The LLM in International Trade and Foreign Investment Law exposed me to the key areas and principles of this field, giving me a strong foundation of knowledge of applicable rules in its diverse specialized areas. While my current practice specializes in trade remedies, it’s important for me to have a good understanding of other areas of international trade and investment law to identify and advise on legal issues arising in these areas in litigation or when providing legal advice. This degree helped me obtain my current position practising in WTO litigation, trade negotiations and trade law.

Dean MacDougall, BEng, LLB, LLM, Counsel, Trade Law Bureau, Government of Canada
LLM Concentration in International Trade and Foreign Investment Law ’16


Program highlight: Study and discuss the implications of real-world disputes

DCL 6350 
International Economic Law Case Studies (3 units)
Professor: Céline Levesque

Some of the most challenging issues of international economic law arise in litigation. This course will allow you to think through issues in the context of an actual dispute, borrowing from the case method developed in MBA programs. The course typically uses the investment chapter of one of Canada’s international economic law treaties (e.g., CUSMA, CPTPP, CETA) as a backdrop. As a student, you will enjoy being an active participant. You will get to know an investment arbitration claim and go through the stages of the claim, including evidence gathering, preliminary research, claim assessment, in-depth research, elaboration of a theory of the case and drafting the outline of a memorial.

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