The International Business Law program begins with a two-week introductory course, the first week of which is taken jointly by students in both programs. Classes in the IBL program then focus on public international law governing international trade and investment, and provide an overview of the fields of activity of the World Trade Organization (WTO), with a focus on multilateral trade negotiations and dispute settlement. Students learn about the law governing international business transactions as well as the different forms of dispute resolution that are open to the parties in such transactions.

Courses 

  • Introduction to Public International Law (Economic Focus) (the first week is taken jointly with students in the Public International Law program) (3 credits)
  • International Economic Law (3 credits)
  • International Commercial Law (3 credits)

Course Descriptions [PDF 177 KB]

Typical Field Study Destinations 

  • Clifford Chance LLP (London)
  • UK Department of International Trade (London)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London)
  • European Commission (Brussels)
  • Canadian Mission to the EU (Brussels)
  • Permanent Delegation of Canada to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Paris)
  • Advisory Centre on WTO Law (Geneva)
  • International Trade Centre (Geneva)
  • World Trade Organization and Canadian Mission (Geneva)
  • Law Firms in Paris and Geneva

2020 Instructors (Full Bios)

Professor Andrea Bjorklund

Professor Andrea Bjorklund is a Full Professor and the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at McGill University Faculty of Law. In 2017, she was named one of McGill’s Norton Rose Fulbright Scholars in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law.

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Mr. Paul Blustein is an author and journalist specializing in economic issues, and he is currently a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ontario. He spent much of his career reporting for The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal, and he has authored six books focusing mainly on financial crises and global trade. 

Karton_300x200.jpg Professor Joshua Karton is an Associate Professor at Queen’s Law. Professor Karton’s research interests are in international dispute resolution, international and comparative contract law, conflict of laws, and sociology of law. 
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Professor Nicolas Lamp is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University, and the Academic Director of the International Law Programs. Previous to joining Queen’s, Professor Lamp was a Dispute Settlement Lawyer at the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization.
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Ms. Alison Mitchell is a lawyer and diplomat at Global Affairs Canada, specializing in the law of armed conflict, international human rights law, international criminal law, targeted sanctions, and the law of the sea. Prior to joining Global Affairs, she served as an assistant legal officer at the International Criminal Court.
Matt_Secomb_300x200.jpg Dr. Matthew Secomb is a partner in White & Case's International Arbitration Group in Singapore and specializes in international commercial arbitration with a focus on construction and energy-related disputes.

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