Master in International Law, Foreign Trade & International Relations2019-12-13T09:30:27+00:00

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Master in International Law, Foreign Trade & International Relations

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D. José Luis Risco
D. Francisco Javier Silván

D. Juan Ignacio Alonso
D. Josep María Balcells




Madrid: October
Barcelona: January


Madrid: July
Barcelona: September





Introduction and objetives

Globalization is a fact and the training of lawyers must adapt to this phenomenon, which is changing the legal practice. Currently, it is very likely that even family businesses will face complex legal issues, involving immigration law, international labor law, international trade or complex regulations on tax law.

Faced with these circumstances, we find that training in law schools does not sufficiently prepare lawyers in these terms. This requires a supplementary specialization, which comes from the specialists accustomed to working in this new environment. Moreover, this preparation cannot be limited to a mere study of the different subjects that compose it. More than just studied, it must be experienced in an environment that reproduces the real case scenarios, in with which they will operate and know how to solve them successfully.

Specialist practitioners from the most recognized firms and organizations will transmit in a first phase their knowledge and skills to the students, by giving them the chance to face the same challenges that they assume in their professions. After the classroom phase, the students will intern with these professionals in their own offices, during the practical phase of the program, with the objective of final labor insertion therein.

Why should you choose this master?

  • This program allows the student to travel to New York, in order to attend master classes, guided visits to some of the main North American Law firms and participate in workshops.

  • In order to practice law with sufficient guarantees, it is necessary for any lawyer to acquire the practical knowledge and its correct application. This learning mechanism can only be acquired in the centers such as ISDE that are in close contact with the most relevant local and international law firms.

  • We are the only Academic Institution created by more than 200 national and international law firms.

  • We guarantee a period of internship with full integration within prominent law firms. An accurate learning opportunity that will give you security in the beginning and future of your professional career. A chance to learn from industry leaders, to learn to work with the best in the sector.

  • 80% of the large law firms that hire recent graduates, claim to select those that have a master that includes several subjects for and ease of adaptation and rotation within the different departments.
  • The master introduces you to the lawyer from a practical perspective: you will analyze real cases, write legal texts, improve your oral expression and you will have contact with the most outstanding professionals of the sector.
  • 90% of our graduates are finally incorporated to work in the firm where they have developed the internship period.
  • Jobs in ISDE Alumni. Networking with more than 10,000 international alumni, teachers and program directors, made up of professional firms from more than 30 countries.
  • Program referenced in Financial Times.

Career opportunities

The Master in International Law, Foreign Trade & International Relations, opens a wide range of professional opportunities. On the one hand, because its curriculum is not limited to a specific area of law, but deals with all those legal specialties that may have an international component. On the other hand, because both commercial activity and public and private relations no longer understand borders.

In short, this is one of our most recognized master’s degrees worldwide and is also one of the most professionally oriented offered.

After obtaining your degree you can work in multiple areas:

  • Law and consultation firms in all areas of law (commercial, civil, tax, labor, administrative, industrial and intellectual property, European law, public international, real estate, corporate, procedural, criminal or international trade, among others).
  • Legal departments of national and international companies.
  • International organizations such as the European Union, the UN or the European Free Trade Association.
  • Other types of entities, such as foundations or NGOs, that develop their activity in an international context.

Academic Program

Commercial law

  • International contracts. International business agreements
  • Banking contracts and international financing
  • Data Protection
  • Intellectual property Law
  • Competition Law
  • Abuse of dominant position
  • Competence/Mergers
  • State aids
  • International Bankrupty, Distressed acquisitions
  • International insurance contracts

Company law

  • Introduction to accounting
  • Corporate Law and Corporate Governance
  • Company’s Directors: Duties and Liabilities
  • Corporate Transactions and Entrepreneurship
  • International Transactions Do’s &Dont’s
  • M&A European Perspective
  • M&A US Perspective
  • Joint Ventures
  • Comparative Corporations
  • Listed Companies Takeovers
  • Corporate Real Estate

International Tax Law

  • Transfer pricing.
  • International double taxation.
  • Indirect taxes

Employment Law

  • European employment law.
  • Immigration-expatriates
  • International hiring.

Public International Law-Regulated Sectors

  • International framework of Law
  • Sea freight
  • Air freight
  • Road freight
  • Energy Law
  • Telecommunications Law/e-commerce
  • Pharma
  • Tobacco
  • Consumer Goods


  • International judicial process. Enforcement of foreign judicial procedures
  • Litigation in US

Arbitration and other ADRs

  • International Commercial Arbitration 2
  • Enforcement of foreign arbitral awards 2
  • Mediation: Conciliation and other ADRs 2
  • Case Study-Arbitration

International Criminal Law

  • Economic, financial and business criminal law-Corporate compliance
  • War crimes and crimes against humanity

International Family Law

  • International regulations
  • Marriage, separation, divorce, child custody and adoption
  • Inheritance Law

Foreign Trade

  • Foreign Trade Law.
  • International economy and foreign affairs.
  • Universal economic organization.
  • General Agreement on Tariffs and trade
  • Industrial development organization
  • VI. Industrial development organization (ONUDI).
  • Dispute settlement
  • CyberSecurity

International relations

  • Society and International Community
  • Theory of the International Relations
  • International Cooperation for Development
  • International Contemporary Conflicts
  • International Cooperation: United Nations operating system – Refugees
  • Foreign politics. International Protocol
  • Governmental bodies for foreign policy and international relations
  • Public Affairs Strategies

Academic direction

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José Luis Risco

Talent and HR Director
EY Spain
He is the HR Coordinator for Tax and Law business in Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Previously, he was the HR Manager in Cuatrecasas Abogados.

Mr. Risco started his professional career in Arthur Andersen as a consultant in performance and reward practice. In the past he also worked as HR Associate in Deloitte and HR Manager in Cuatrecasas.

He received his Bachelor in Business Administration from the University of Extremadura and his Master in Human Resources Management from San Pablo – CEU University.

Francisco Javier Silván

Partner ONTIER
He is a member of the BAR Association of Madrid and he was a partner of the Spanish Law Practice of EY (Ernst & Young) with full dedication to Corporate Law and Merger & Acquisitions.

He has a wide experience in Corporate Law, national and cross border M&A acting either for the purchaser or seller. He also served as Secretary to the Board of Directors of several companies.

Mr. Silván is also professor of M&A and Commercial Law at Instituto de Empresa (IE) and San Pablo CEU.

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Juan Ignacio Alonso

Director partner Dentons Barcelona
Juan Ignacio Alonso is the legacy managing partner of Dentons’ Barcelona office. His main areas of activity are corporate and commercial law, M&A, litigation and arbitration, real estate and retail distribution. Prior to Salans, he was a founding partner of the Spanish corporate law firm Alonso, Armand, Boedels y Asociados, S.L.

Juan acts on behalf of retail and fashion groups doing business and opening shops in Spain and advises luxury groups on labour and commercial matters. He also assists clients in proceedings against Spanish courts on commercial and real state matters.

The Barcelona office and, in particular, the Dentons procedural law department in Barcelona, led by Juan Ignacio Alonso Dregi, has been recommended by the international publication Chambers & Partners Europe in 2016 as one of the leading offices in the city in this area (“This firm has an outstanding reputation in terms of legal proceedings and arbitration in Barcelona, customers appreciate the negotiating skills of the team and the experience in court”), and Juan Ignacio Alonso has been designated as one of the best lawyers in the field of ” Dispute Resolution “by said publication.

josep maria balcells

Josep María Balcells
Partner – Head of Corporate and International Law
Toda & Nel-lo Abogados

Lawyer specialized in Corporate Law, Transactions and International Contract Law.

He has a broad experience at advising Spanish and foreign companies in Mergers and Acquisitions, recruitment, trade operations, late payment claims and Corporate law. He has specialized in sales distribution (agency, franchise and distribution), as well as in the energy, retail and automotive fields.

Member of the Governing Board at Barcelona’s Lawyers’ Association (ICAB) from June 2007 to June 2009. Board Member and Treasurer of the ICAB from June 2017.

Former President of the Section of European Community and International Law at Barcelona’s Lawyers’ Association (2002-2007).

Lawyer of the Buenos Aires’ Lawyers’ Association (Argentina).


Alberto FortúnCuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira
Andrew WardCuatrecasas, Gonçalves Pereira
Antonio EstellaMLegal
Beatriz VelaBaker & McKenzie
Berta AguinagaOntier
Carmen MagdalenaFundación ONCE
Carolina KindelanWinning Presentations
César HerreroDLA Piper
Cristina BorrajoADIF
Eduardo PeñacobaSimmons & Simmons
Elena ContentoBME Innova
Georg AbeggRödl & Partner
Guillermo GuerraBaker & McKenzie
Iñigo VilloriaClifford Chance
Iria CalviñoHerbert Smith Freehills
Isabel CortésPons
Isabel LópezDeloitte
Grau, RobertoConsejero Clifford Chance
Izaskun PascualBME Innova
Jaime SánchezClifford Chance
Javier ZabalaMeana Green Maura
Jorge HernándezBCGA
Jorge VelascoEnérgya VM
Juan BezaresTribeca
Juan GelabertDLA Piper
Laura EzquerraEY
Laura GüemesHolland & Knight
Luis AlonsoClifford Chance
María FranganilloÉcija
Mariana RoblesRödl & Partner
Marina FernándezEIP
Marisa MéndezIntnal. Consultant
Marta AldeaÉcija
Marta GarcíaCampofrío Food Group
Moisés RamírezTEVA
Natalia GómezFreshfields Brukhaus Deringer
Olivier BrochMarimón Abogados
Pablo GuillénClyde & Co
Pablo PaisánCuatrecasas, Gonálves Pereira
Paul MishkinDavis Polk
Paula de BiassePérez Llorca
Rafael MontejoOsborne Clarke
Ramón CastillaSquire Patton Boggs
Raquel TravesiJones Day
Renato LandeiraLupicinio
Richard van VlietEY
Robert Jackson Jr.Columbia University
Roberto HayerReber
Rocío IngelmoALTADIS
Sandra PaolettiSquire Patton Boggs
Tanya VellaGanado Advocates
Vicente SierraFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Victor Rae-ReevesClyde & Co.
Xavier RuizHolland & Knight


Agustín Del RíoDeloitte
Alberto LevyBimbo Canadá
Alessandro PirelliMaluquer Advocats.
Alvaro GasullRoca Junyent
Ana RibóPérez Llorca
Bosco De ChecaAllen & Overy
Cristina GonzalezUniversidad de Barcelona
Daniel VázquezDentons
Diego PolBaker & McKenzie
Helena SegrellesCoca Cola
Jeffrey BattMarsh
Jeffrey Benz
John RigauPepsiCo Western Europe
Jordi SellarésICC Spain – Barcelona
Josep BalcellsBaker & McKenzie
Josep BrugueraBaker & McKenzie
Juan Ignacio AlonsoDentons
Luis GómezBaker & McKenzie
Maite ValletBarna Coaching Group
María GarcíaCampa Iberia S.A.U. (Musim Mas Group)
Mark WinstonNY Port Authority
Marta PonsIREC
Miguel MoralesUría Menéndez’s
Patrick O’ MalleyInterpresas Consulting.
Ron PfeilElastic
Rubén AisaDeloitte
Sarra CurranElastic
Tanya VellaConsultor independiente Malta, Francia y España.
Thaïs TarragóICAB

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