3 semesters and 1 summer session
Total credits: 30
In-person classes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The specialized seminars will have a specific schedule.
Approved July 6th, 2016
Updated April 22nd, 2020
Resolution RPC-SO-11- Nº 214-2020
Enrolment Fee: $1,360
Payment method: 4 modular installments of US $3,750 each, to be paid at the beginning of each module.
Includes enrollment, academic material, access to USFQ electronic resources, and services during the Program
July 10 and 24,
December 11, 2021
The Master's in International Litigation and Arbitration is a Graduate study program aimed at Ecuadorian and foreign lawyers who wish to specialize in the prevention and resolution of international disputes in commercial, investment, and human rights matters.
The study program includes topics that will provide the student with essential knowledge and tools for handling the different methods of international dispute resolution. In addition, the Program will confer the student with litigation skills and abilities before national and international courts.
Arbitration, as a conflict resolution method, has gained recognition and prominence as the most efficient and effective way to resolve national or international conflicts quickly and affordably. Its study constitutes a necessity for any lawyer who intends to participate as a professional in a globalized economy. Litigation, which is the channel that implements arbitration, must be studied in conjunction with it so that students possess theoretical knowledge and know-how they may implement it in real-life cases.
The Program will be made up of national and foreign professionals of recognized international prestige who, as a consequence of a globalized legal practice, face problems that require sophisticated knowledge of arbitration, Human Rights, and litigation.
Professionals who have a fundamental knowledge of the law and who have obtained a Bachelor's law degree recognized by SENESCYT.
The applicant must be a disciplined and honest person who can work independently and in groups, and must be able to work with high academic demands.
Additionally, the applicant must have the maturity and emotional stability to meet the expectations of the institution, the professors, and tutors.
Public policies, developed by the Council of the Judiciary for the Ecuadorian justice system, have placed particular emphasis and priority on promoting alternative methods of conflict resolution. This change in the Ecuadorian legal system, added to the continuous internalization of commercial transactions and the increasing importance of foreign investments, have created the need for specialized lawyers in arbitration and international litigation.
The legal field has undergone a change by currently requiring competent attorneys in sophisticated litigation, incorporating parties from multiple origins and contracts subject to various jurisdictions. Thus, the occupational field of graduates of the Master's in International Litigation and Arbitration comprises various areas, such as arbitrators, arbitration secretaries, mediators, assistant arbitrators, officials of arbitration institutions, public institutions, attorneys, experts in legislation in international courts, etc.
The Program addresses arbitration in all its forms: national, international and investment, and litigation within international courts and tribunals. For the development of each of the areas, the Master's program includes classes that focus on the study of procedural norms, the relevant substantive law and the development of practical skills and abilities; the foregoing with the purpose of developing and empowering students in their capacities for criticism, opinion, application, and assessment of litigation and arbitration.
The Master's Degree aims to distinguish the most important legal institutions for the resolution of disputes in international commercial arbitration, investment arbitration, and human rights, in order that students understand how to use them in practice.
- Analyze, organize and distinguish universally accepted legal concepts and contrast them with those in development.
- Solve problems presented in the national and international practice of arbitration and law, not only from an academic perspective but also from a practical one.
- Critique the way in which dispute resolution systems are currently built and propose solutions.
- Have a Law degree (Graduate level degree issued by an accredited and recognized university in the country in which it was granted) registered in the SENESCYT. In the case of third-level degrees from abroad, these must be presented apostilled or legalized through Consular channels. The University will verify that the degree corresponds to a third level degree, in accordance with the current Academic Regime Regulations.
- Sufficient command of the English language to read, understand, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate legal articles in that language. CEFR level A2 as a minimum.
- Copy of the identity card or passport.
- Degree certificate with grade average.
- Official transcript with grades.
- A printed copy of degree from SENESCYT, and
- Pass the USFQ graduate admission exam. To do this, refer to the USFQ Postgraduate admissions process: http://www.usfq.edu.ec/admisiones/admisiones_posgrado
Specific program requirements:
- Updated resume
- Two letters of recommendation, one professional and one academic.
- Letter of intent for admission to the Program.
- Interview with the Program Director.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
The Master's degree has 20% discount scholarships for those who demonstrate academic excellence during the application and selection process. To apply for the scholarship, the applicant must have fulfilled all the admission requirements and request this help in their letter of intent in a way that demonstrates their motivation.
Cooperation agreement with the Attorney General of the State of Ecuador
The Master's in International Litigation and Arbitration has the institutional support of the State Attorney General's Office (PGE), which is the entity in charge of state sponsorship and its institutions. Thus, the academic activities of the Program will be complemented by international lawyers and professors, specialists in the field, invited by the PGE.
Institutional support of the International Chamber of Commerce
The Program has the support of the Court of Arbitration of the Paris International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), which is one of the most recognized international arbitration institutions in commercial and investment arbitration. They will provide panels of international experts to address issues related to ICC arbitration and will offer the possibility of internships in one of the ICC headquarters, in recognition of the best students of the Master's in International Litigation and Arbitration.
"There is no other master's degree in the country that has a body of professors as broad and specialized as this one. Being able to acquire knowledge and experiences from those who have litigated in international arbitrations, even defending the Ecuadorian state, is invaluable. I like this master's degree for everything I'm learning. I recommend anyone interested in this program to do it. It's top class!"
- Carlos Torres Salinas, Attorney, USFQ Alumnus. Master in International Litigation and Arbitration -
“Having begun the master's degree in International Litigation and Arbitration at USFQ has been an enriching learning experience provided by great teachers and experts in the field. Having the support and endorsement of the best university in the country, which provides a high-level academic and organizational structure, completes an excellent academic experience.”
- Patricia Vera Nieto, Master`s in International Litigation and Arbitration -
“If I had to describe my experience in the Master's in International Litigation and Arbitration, I would say that it means a great growth in my professional life. The program has first-rate teachers and offers academic resources that facilitate learning and enable the best professionals to be trained. I can attest that it has been an enriching experience and a rewarding investment.”
- Juan Andrés Espín Escorza, Master`s in International Litigation and Arbitration -