PhD International Law and Economics

Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi | Milan, Italy
The PhD in International Law and Economics began in 1990 and has been part of the Bocconi PhD School since 2006. This unique PhD program is particularly interdisciplinary in nature and has connections with Universities abroad, specialized research centers and International Organizations. Starting with 2014-15, the PhD in International Law and Economics and the PhD in Business Law are no longer offered as independent Ph.D. programs, as they are merged in the new PhD program in Legal Studies.

Description of International Law and Economics


The PhD in International Law and Economics began in 1990 and has been part of the Bocconi PhD School since 2006. This unique PhD program is particularly interdisciplinary in nature and has connections with Universities abroad, specialized research centers and International Organizations.

The subjects offered are therefore International Economics, International Trade Law and Comparative Public Economic Law as well as the principles and functioning of the main economic organizations (OMC/WTO, IMF, World Bank, OECD, regional organizations). Compulsory courses include International Trade Law, Public International Law, Comparative Public Law, International Business Law, International Taxation, European Union Law, Comparative Economic Analysis of Law and International Protection of Intellectual Property, International Economics, EU Competition Law and Policy, International Investment Law, Economics of European Integration, Market and Environmental Regulation, Economics of International Development. This PhD program is aimed at recent graduates who intend to expand their knowledge and abilities in the subject matters covered by the program, in order to pursue a career in academia or at research institutions and international organizations.

Course Structure

The program lasts 3 years and is organized in courses and specialized seminars, in working groups and seminar series in Italy and abroad.

In particular, during the first year, students have to take courses and. During the second year doctoral students are invited to travel abroad and carry out research in Universities and Research Centers. Participation to relevant conferences, courses and seminars at other qualified Institutions is encouraged. The third year is dedicated to the thesis work.

Future Careers

Doctorate students are prepared for a career in Universities (in Italy and abroad), International Organizations, research centers, public administrations, multinational organizations, as well as in consultancy and professional law firms.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date September  2016
Duration full-time 36 months
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Full-time
Project Type Predefined

Course Content


  • International Business Law
  • International Trade Policies
  • EU Law
  • International Monetary and Financial Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Principles of International Economic Law
  • International Economics
  • Law and Economics*
  • Competition Law and Policy
  • The internal Market of EU
  • International Taxation Law
  • Comparative Public Law and Economics
  • Economics of International Development
  • Market and Environmental Regulation
  • Economics of European Integration
  • WTO Law
  • International Investment Law
  • The Financial Crises and the new EU Governance

* Jointly offered with the PhD in Law of Business and Commerce

Second year - a.y. 2014 - 2015

During the second year you are supposed to go abroad for a period of at least six months. During this period you are expected to carry out research related to the topic of your PhD thesis project c/o Universities, Research Centres, International Organizations, NGOs, etc.

Third year - a.y. 2015 - 2016

In your third year, your priority objective are reasearch and thesis. By the end of your third year, you have to defend your research proposal.

Requirements for International Law and Economics

Application can be submitted by Italian and non-Italian citizens who have completed or are completing their graduate studies.

Graduate qualifications accepted:

  • - Italian degrees: two-year or four-year graduate degrees (for the PhD in Legal Studies: second cycle -graduate - degrees:e.g. five-year degree in Law)
  • - non-Italian degrees of equivalent Italian standard recognised as such by the Admission Board.
Candidates whose required qualifications are still pending can take part in the selection. If they are selected, they will be admitted conditionally, and will only be enrolled if they obtain the required qualifications by 31st October 2015.

Work Experience for International Law and Economics

No work experience is required.

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Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Italy

Italy Università Bocconi, founded in 1902, was the first Italian university to grant a degree in economics. For a century, Bocconi has played a leading role in Italy's social and economic modernization. It has remained true to its founding values of being a major research university, with democratic values and open to the world, as well as financially and politically independent.

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