Humboldt-Univeristy zu Berlin

The Humboldt University of Berlin established in 1810, is a university in the central borough of Mitte in Berlin, Germany. It was established by Frederick William III on the initiative of Wilhelm von Humboldt as the University of Berlin, making it the oldest of Berlin's four universities. As of 2017, the Humboldt University of Berlin has been associated with 55 Nobel Prize winners, and is considered one of the best universities in Europe as well as one of the most prestigious universities in the world for arts and humanities. Former faculty and notable alumni include eminent philosophers, artists, lawyers, politicians, mathematicians, scientists, and Heads of State.

International Dispute Resolution LLM

The Law Faculty at Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin is offering a new master program in International Dispute Resolution since Fall 2015. The Law Faculty is breaking new ground in this respect – there is no comparable Master opportunity available in all of Germany.

As out of court dispute resolution is firmly established in international transactions, the Law Faculty at Humboldt Universitaet zu Berlin, by initiating the IDR Master Programme, is servicing the urgent demand for lawyers trained in the matter. As lawyers working in this field are expected to posses a high level of skills and expertise, these will be taught within the IDR Programme. The participants will be trained in the skills needed to apply and implement their acquired knowledge in the professional realm.

Location: Berlin

Single/Double Diploma: Single

Language: English

Number of Places/Students per year: 25-30

Duration: 1 year

Price/Fee: 9.000 EUR

Scholarships: Please note that the IDR LL.M. Program finances itself by the Tuition Fees paid the students. The option of obtaining a tuition waiver should be understood as a very special exception for students with above-average performances in their studies and when they can demonstatrate their financial need.  

Accommodation:  The Studentenwerk Berlin operates a few student residences (Studentenwohnheime) in Berlin.

Application Process:

1.First Step: When? Period of time:


The application deadline for the 2018/2019 program is March 31, 2018.

For participants of the VIS Moot Court 2018 the Deadline ends on April 8, 2018.


2.Necessary Docs:

A curriculum vitae (CV) containing the applicant’s contact details in the header

• Copies of all relevant university degrees and diplomas plus an official university transcript listing all classes that needed to be attended in order to obtain the relevant university degree or diploma, naming the type and the title of the class and the grade achieved by the applicant in each class. Please provide these documents in English, French, Spanish, Russian or German. If documents are not in any of these languages, please include a certified translation into English.

• A short letter of motivation (up to 2000 characters).

 • Two letters of recommendation. (These recommendations may be issued by any academic or practitioner who is deemed by the applicant to be able to make a statement of support regarding his or her application to the program.)

• Documentation proving the English language proficiency of the applicant. In assessing the applicant’s command of English, Humboldt-Universität follows the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR.

The necessary language skills (Level C2) can be proven by:

• UNIcert® III-Certificate with minimum of 1.3

• UNIcert® IV- Certificate with a minimum of 3.0

• Test of English for International Communication IELTS with a minimum of 8.0

 • Certificate of Proficiency in English CPE: A-C

 • Certificate in Advanced English CAE: A

 • Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL: Ø Internet-based test with a score of at least: 110 Ø Paper-based test with a score of at least: 627

• DAAD-language certificate with a minimum grade of “A” in all tested skills

3.Additional docs for Non-EU/EEA:-

4.Supplements(if one master requires)

Courses: The mandatory component consists of five modules with a total of 35 credits on the one hand, as well as a master thesis and its oral defence, amounting to 15 credits, on the other hand. Four of the five mandatory modules are to be passed in the first term. This includes the classes Arbitration, Conflicts of Laws and International Investment Law/Arbitration, Specific Areas of Arbitration and an Introduction to Academic Writing. Except the module Introduction to Academic Writing all modules end with a written examination.

Optional: Writing skills for Counsel and Arbitrators, Oral Skills for Counsel and Arbitrators, Internship I, Internship II



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By Madalina Enea