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International Contracts and Arbitration


Université de Fribourg (UNIFR)

Lieu de formation

Fribourg (FR)

Langue d'enseignement


Type de formation

Hautes écoles universitaires HEU - Formation continue: formations longues

Modalités temporelles

À temps partiel

Thèmes de formation


Filières d'études




Mise à jour 18.12.2023


Description de la formation

Le Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) est une formation postgrade donnée par les hautes écoles et elle équivaut à au moins 10 crédits ECTS.

The CAS in International Contracts & Arbitration will help you to deepen your understanding of the civil law and common law foundations of international contract law, to gain familiarity with the workings of applicable international conventions and standards, and to keep abreast of the most recent developments in specific areas of international contract law and alternative dispute resolution. The program offers a choice of 14 different areas for students to focus on, including the international sale of goods and services, international construction agreements, international distribution agreements, and others.

Participants in the Certificate of Advanced Studies program may construct individualized study modules suited to their own specific needs and interests by choosing core curriculum units from a wide variety of offerings:

  • a comparative introduction to contracts in civil law and common law jurisdictions;
  • graduate level courses on Private International Law and International Arbitration;
  • seminars on key essential international instruments such as the UNIDROIT Principles for International Commercial Contracts, the Vienna Convention for the International Sale of Goods, the Principles of European Contract Law and the INCOTERMS;
  • intensive courses on specific contract types of particular importance in international commerce, including construction contracts, agency and distributorship agreements, joint venture and consortium agreements, consumer contracts, insurance contracts, professional sports contracts, merger and acquisition agreements, secured transactions, trusts and wealth planning structures, etc.

Participants may enhance the value of their CAS by choosing more courses from the core curriculum or other courses in the field of business law from the supplementary units list.

Plan de la formation

International Contracts and arbitration, CAS (10 ECTS)

1 crédit ECTS correspond à environ 25-30 heures de travail.

CAS participants must earn at least 8 ECTS credits by following courses from the core curriculum list. They may enhance the value of their CAS by choosing more courses from the core curriculum or other courses in the field of business law from the supplementary units list.

Core modules (fall semester)  
Agency&Distributorship  1
Basics of EU and Public Law  2
Commercial Arbitration Clinic 4
Construction contracts 1
Consumer contracts 2
Contract law compared 3
Cross Cultural Communication in Law 4
Insurance contracts 2
Insurance Law  
International sales of goods 4
International Shipping Law 1
Legal Diversity Today : Civil and Common Law 4
Joint-Ventures 2
Online Platform Regulations  
Sale of Goods Act 1
Sports contracts 2
Software Liability 1
Core modules (spring semester)  
Commercial Mediation Clinic 4
Common Law of Contracts 2
Corporate financing 2
Corporate Insolvency 2
International commercial arbitration 4
International Contracts compared 5
Mergers and acquisitions 1
Private International Law 2
Product liability 1
Secured transactions 2
Trusts and Wealth Planning 2
Extra modules (fall semester)  
Accounting and Internal Controls 2
Business anthropology 2
Compliance investigation clinic 4
Compliance systems 1
IT Compliance and Cyber-security 2
Data privacy  1
Digitalization in Compliance 2
Doing Business in Africa 2
Doing Business in Asia 2
Environmental law and Sustainability 2
Global Risk and Pharmaceutical Regulations 2
Professional Career Development 2
Extra modules (spring semester)  
Anti-corruption and Anti-money Laudering 3
Banking & financial markets regulations 2
Business ethics 2
Commodities financing 1
Commodity trade financing 1
Competition Law 2
Corporate governance 2
Corporate taxation 2
Customs&VAT 1
Doing Business in Latin America 2
Doing Business in Middle-East 2
EU institutional law 2
EU Internal Market 2
Human resources compliance 2
Intellectual Proprety Law 2
Investment Law 2
Global trade compliance 1
Global Trade compliance clinic 4
WTO Law 2
Certificate Thesis 2


Conditions d’admission

The Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Contracts & Arbitration was designed to meet the demands of lawyers practicing in independent law firms or in the legal departments of multinational corporations or other companies operating internationally, or in non-governmental or international organizations.

The program is also open to university graduates with degrees in disciplines other than law with professional experience in international contracts and dispute resolution.


CHF 8000.-

The fee for additional units is CHF 500.-* per ECTS credit.


  • Certificate of Advanced Studies CAS

Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in International Contracts & Arbitration


The Certificate of Advanced Studies in International Contracts & Arbitration will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in the contracts or dispute resolution divisions of law firms and companies with international operations, in international organizations, or in non-governmental associations and organizations around the world.

The CAS in International Contracts & Arbitration provides essential preparation for management positions for which expertise in contract law is a significant requirement.

Infos pratiques

Lieu / adresse

  • Fribourg (FR)

Déroulement temporel

Début des cours

Semestre d'automne ou semestre de printemps

Modalités temporelles

  • À temps partiel

Langue d’enseignement

  • anglais