The Faculty of Law of the University of Macau has been offering since 2006/2007 a Master Programme in International Business Law, which is open to both students with a law degree and those with degrees from other disciplines. It offers a great opportunity for persons interested in regulatory challenges related to global business (such as international trade, finance, dispute resolution, commercial contracts, intellectual property, gaming and other sectors).
Particularly in the age of economic globalization, it is fundamental to be aware of a variety of global legal and regulatory standards set by national and international bodies that are in force both in Macao SAR and in other regions of the world, including the Mainland of China, Hong Kong SAR, the European Union, the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) and other countries and regions.
To meet the emerging challenges in the world of business today, the programme has a flexible structure. It includes the traditional areas of business regulation, such as WTO and Regional Trade Law, Transnational Law, and Dispute Resolution. Complementing these courses, the programme also provides a practical introduction to the comparative method, to interdisciplinary problem solving and research methodology as well as legal writing in the English language. In the second semester, various electives are offered, which allow the participants to select courses in accordance with their individual interests and specialization. These cover among others, Intellectual Property Law in the Creative Economy, Macau and Comparative Gaming Law, Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Corruption Law, Commercial Contracts, Company Law, Consumer Protection Law and other specialized courses such as Advanced Issues of International Trade Law with special focus on business laws of the BRICS countries. A full list of courses can be found below.

Key Features

  • The program is taught in English language.
  • Diverse teaching staff with a strong practical and theoretical focus, a diverse legal background and knowledge of different jurisdictions, legal disciplines and legal traditions.
  • Focus on comparative and interdisciplinary research and problem-solving skills allowing participants to adapt to a rapidly changing international business environment.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the complex set of agreements, laws and rules in the field of international business law;
  • Analyze and to formulate solutions to the principal contemporary legal problems encountered in the regulation of international business;
  • Develop the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for the application of international business law in a wider global context;
  • Compile independent research and original academic work in the area of international business law.

Study Plan

Course Description

Pedagogic Regulation

Teaching Staff

Current Teaching Staff

Prof. Rostam J. NEUWIRTH (University of Macau)
Prof. Alexandr SVETLICINII (University of Macau)
Prof. Augusto Teixeira GARCIA (University of Macau)
Prof. Paulo Jorge TAVARES CANELAS DE CASTRO (University of Macau)
Prof. Muruga Perumal RAMASWAMY (University of Macau)
Prof. Guangjian TU (University of Macau)
Prof. Xiaobo ZHAI (University of Macau)
Prof. I-Hsuan HSIAO (University of Macau)
Prof. Jorge GODINHO (University of Macau)
Prof. João Loreto Ilhão MOREIRA (University of Macau)
Prof. Simon YOUNG Ngai Man (University of Hong Kong)
Prof. I. Nelson ROSE (Whitter Law School)
Prof. Celia Felipa MATIAS (University of Macau)
Gonçalo CABRAL (University of Macau)
Prof. Li DU (University of Macau)
Dr. Ke LI (University of Macau)
Prof. Sara MIGLIORINI (University of Macau)

Past Teaching Staff

The International Business Law programme in previous years also had as instructors:

Full-time professors of the University of Macau
Prof. Lingliang ZENG, former Dean
Prof. Gaolong LIU, former Interim Dean
Prof. SZE Ping Fat
Prof. Salvatore MANCUSO
Prof. Fernando DIAS SIMÕES
Prof. Sten Idris VERHOEVEN

Visiting professors
Prof. Robert Aalberts (University of Nevada)
Prof. Fernando Martínez Sanz (University of Castellon)
Prof. Francis Snyder (Peking University School of Transnational Law)
Prof. Alexandre Pereira (University of Coimbra)
Prof. Michael Kilchling (Max Planck Institute)
Prof. Andrew Haynes (University of Wolverhampton)
Prof. Alberto Mazzoni (UNIDROIT)
Prof. Mateja Durovic (City University of Hong Kong)

Part-time lecturers
José Manuel Costa
Ilda Cristina Ferreira
Carlos Duque Simões
Luisa Bragança
Paulo Cardinal


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