New trade track gives modern twist to business law master’s programme

Published: 2019-10-21

International business of today, with its many challenges, is the basis for the reformed 'Master’s in European and International Trade and Tax Law'. The new trade track features for example courses in intellectual property, digitalisation and artificial intelligence.

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With the admission round for Autumn 2020 open from 15 October until 15 January, LUSEM introduces a reformed Master’s programme in European and International Trade and Tax Law. The old programme focused primarily on Tax Law, but from Autumn 2020 a new track in Trade Law is available.

“Trade conditions and taxes are at the heart of many business decisions. In a world where trade is global, knowledge of only domestic rules is inadequate. With the Master’s in European and International Trade and Tax Law our graduates will be able to help businesses and institutions operate in a worldwide context with the European Union’s legal framework in focus,” says Jörgen Hettne, Head at the Department of Business Law at Lund University School of Economics and Management (LUSEM).

The two main tracks of the programme start with a joint introduction course. Thereafter various options are available for the students in either trade or tax law. Six new courses have specifically been developed and designed for the new trade track; new teachers with expertise in, among other things, intellectual property rights have been recruited and more are to follow.

Why a new trade track?
“Because international trade evolves so fast. Firms and institutions must constantly be prepared to adapt to new challenges. Those interested in doing business within the EU and globally must know the rules governing their business-operations. Contemporary international trade law involves multiple fields of law, which affect all aspects of business. For example, climate considerations and other issues of sustainability transform the business environment. In addition, digitalisation, AI and automation create new legal issues for businesses and governments. Our students must know how to navigate in this landscape,” says Jörgen Hettne.

The Master’s in European and International Trade and Tax Law builds on previous studies in law, management and/or economics.

Read more about the programme and how to apply here

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Jörgen Hettne
Associate professor in Business Law

The specialisations:

The programme offers specialisation in either trade or tax law.

The new trade law track offers two sub specialisations:

  • Contracts, trade and competition: Deals with international contract law and trade, investment and sustainability, as well as competition policy and corruption.
  • Intellectual property law: Deals with intellectual property, artificial intelligence and digitalisation, as well as intellectual property with special focus on trade and sustainability.

The tax law track offers two sub specialisations:

  • Direct taxation
  • Indirect taxation.

Read more about the tracks here