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Course Structure

The IELPO programme is a full-time intensive course structured around daily lectures taught by an outstanding faculty of visiting professors drawn from the world’s leading universities, policy research institutes and international organizations.

The IELPO programme will expose students to a law, economics and international political economy perspective on key issues in international economic governance, with the legal dimension remaining the key foundation of the programme.

IELPO’s language of instruction is English.

Participation in the IELPO programme requires a strong commitment on the part of students given the intense pace of learning and the quality of the visiting faculty on offer. Class attendance is compulsory.

Beyond IELPO’s core curricula, the programme features a series of guest lectures in the form of seminars delivered by practitioners and experts drawn from academic, business and inter-governmental circles. Participation in such activities is also compulsory for full time students. IELPO also features an IELPO Moot Court where all students equally graduate with an exciting mooting experience. IELPO students also participate every year in the Oikos WTO Model, the Foreign Direct Investment International Arbitration Moot and IELPO also sponsors the ELSA WTO Moot Court Competition that takes every year around the world.

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Field Trips

Two field trips - to Brussels and Geneva - are also part of the study programme, exposing students to senior staff members and to the inner workings of leading national, Community-wide or international agencies. Group and individual meetings are organized in the field trips according to students' professional and research aspirations. Therefore, IELPO provides personalized agendas to each student according to its inner interests, a unique feature of IELPO field trips.

Visits to European institutions (European Commission, Council of the European Union, European Parliament), the World Customs Organization, renowned international law firms and meetings with several Brussels-based think tanks and lobbies.

Visits to international organizations such as the WTO, UNCTAD, ICTSD, ACWL, WIPO and the ITC. Other organizations can be included according to students' interests. Meetings are also scheduled with Permanent Representations to UN institutions, as well as with law firms specialized in WTO litigation and advice.

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Exams, Research Paper and other activities

Students are required to complete all exams (with a double system of evaluation consisting of a short exam after each graded course and a take-home exam), attend 90% of all compulsory lectures and submit a final research paper.

The research paper topic must be chosen and approved by the end of the second semester. It may relate to any issue covered by the programme. IELPO's modules are complemented with the development of skills such as English legal writing, public speaking, teamwork and legal advocacy through the different workshops organized to that end. IELPO students also have seminars, a Law Clinic and a visit to the Port of Barcelona!

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The IELPO program will have its own library, providing students with access to relevant books, journals, newspapers and online sources of information. Students will also have access to the library and databases of the University of Barcelona. See:  (http://www.bib.ub.edu)

Computer and wi-fi facilities

UB buildings are equipped with computer facilities, including wireless Internet service for laptop computers in the classroom. 

UB Sports

Sport facilities (swimming pool, gym, tennis courts, etc.) will be available for IELPO students and offered at a preferential rate. Further information  is available at: http://www.ub.es/esports/


Tuition fees do not include accommodation expenses. It is highly recommended to look for lodging sufficiently in advance. Useful websites on housing in Barcelona are provided below.

Barcelona Housing Service for Students

Barcelona Centre Universitari

Lloguer Jove

UB webpage on accommodation 

Habitatge Jove


Melon District


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Universitat de Barcelona
IELPO's Host University