Here you will find an overview of the modules and their subjects. Click on the module titles on the right to see a more detailed description

Module 1

The System of World Trade  

  • Organisations involved in world trade
  • Legal framework of the WTO 
  • Trade blocs, geopolitics and future developments

International Commercial Law

  • UN Convention on the Sale of Goods (CISG)
  • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)

Module 2

International Customs Instruments

  • Overview of WCO instruments and their functions
  • Interpretation, application and implementation

European Customs Legislation

  • Union Customs Code (UCC) and related legislation
  • EU Customs and trade policy and future developments

Module 3

International Tax Law

  • Issues and topics (e.g. tax sovereignty tax fairness, compliance)
  • International principles (e.g. double taxation, transfer pricing)
  • Initiatives at international level (e.g. BEPS)

European Tax Law

  • EU jurisdiction over taxation and legislation 
  • Import VAT 
  • Excise tax 

Module 4

Trade Facilitation

  • Trade facilitation techniques 
  • Information management and digitalisation

Supply Chain Security

  • Risk management and Customs cooperation
  • AEO concept and implementation
  • Geopolitical instability and terrorist threats in the supply chain

Module 5

Customs Compliance

  • Compliances in enterprises
  • Implementing a Compliance Management System (CMS)
  • Whistleblowing and Regulatory Update 

Compliance with Export Controls

  • European export controls
  • US and Chinese export controls 
  • Developments in international export control regimes

Module 6

Transfer Project

The transfer project forms a bridge between the theoretical and academic elements of the course. It requires participants to implement the knowledge acquired during taught classes and self-study to an issue of practical importance at the workplace.

Participants choose their subject in agreement with their tutor and employer. There are two major criteria:

  • the project must deal with an issue or problem of practical and future relevance and 
  • the outcome should represent the best available solution and a real benefit for the organisation.

The project is assessed on the basis of a presentation of the results to the group with ensuing discussion.

Module 7

Master's Thesis

For the Master's thesis, the students choose a subject of direct practical relevance to their area of expertise. The thesis proves that the student is able to investigate a subject independently to a high academic standard within a set period of time.