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

World Trade Organisation 

  • History and function
  • Institutions and dispute-settlement procedure
  • Agreements, interpretation and application

International Commercial Law

  • Conventions and instruments
  • Negotiation, drafting and interpretation of contract
  • 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
  • Strategic use of customs procedures 

Module 3

International Tax Law

  • Definitions, principles, instruments (incl. BEPS)
  • Double taxation
  • Transfer pricing

European Tax Law

  • European tax legislation 
  • Import VAT and requirements
  • Excise tax

Module 4

Trade Facilitation

  • Managing risk and facilitating trade
  • Information exchange and IT systems
  • Trade facilitation strategies

Supply Chain Security

  • Balancing security and facilitation
  • Overview of national security measures
  • AEO and mutual recognition

Module 5

Global Trade Compliance and Export Control Regimes

  • Scope, principles, challenges
  • Regulatory regimes and sanctions
  • Case studies, compliance strategies

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.