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.


  • 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 248 KB]

Typical Field Study Destinations 

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

Instructors (Full Bios)


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.

Professor Andrea Bjorklund Professor Andrea Bjorklund is a Full Professor and the L. Yves Fortier Chair in International Arbitration and International Commercial Law 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. In Winter 2018, she was a Plumer Fellow at St. Anne’s College and a Visiting Fellow in the Law Faculty, University of Oxford. 
Valerie%20Hughes_300x200.jpg Ms. Valerie Hughes is an Adjunct Professor at Queen’s Law. She served as Director of the Appellate Body Secretariat of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and as Director of the Legal Affairs Division of the WTO. She has 22 years with the Government of Canada in various roles, including Assistant Deputy Minister at the Department of Finance, and General Counsel of the Trade Law Division at Foreign Affairs and International 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. 
Matt_Secomb_300x200.jpg Mr. 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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