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Máster Universitario en Derecho Internacional y Europeo de los Negocios - Master in International and European Business Law

Almost every business has an international dimension, and companies require an increasingly global approach from their legal advisors. With the European Union being one of the world´s largest markets, it is essential for businesses and firms to have lawyers who truly understand the rules governing international private law transactions within Europe.

The Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law offers:

  • Opportunities to undertake internships in prestigious Spanish, U.K. and U.S. law firms in Madrid.
  • Trip to Brussels and Luxembourg to meet with European Union policy makers and attend a European Court of Justice hearing.
  • Spanish classes at Universidad Pontificia Comillas' Language Institute.
  • Seminars, mentoring and networking opportunities with leading Spanish and European legal professionals.
  • Visits to law firms and important Spanish and European legal institutions.
  • A truly global and practical approach, since its curriculum is fully designed on the basis of international and EU law and specifically tailored to the needs of international business and transactions.
  • A faculty composed of top professors and practicing lawyers from different countries throughout the European Union.


  1. Información
  2. Objetivos y Metodología
  3. Normativa académica
  4. Competencias
  5. Plan de Estudios
  6. Claustro
  7. Salidas Profesionales y Académicas
  8. Información Oficial del Título

The Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law is designed for Spanish and foreign recent graduates and lawyers with brief professional experience. The program is also designed for JD candidates at United States' Law Schools willing to spend one year abroad and to gain a European degree as a complement to their American education.



Spanish and European Law Graduates:

In order to access the Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law, the applicants will be required to hold a law degree issued by an official Spanish University or by a higher education institution within the European Higher Education Area that grants access to postgraduate studies in the country of issue.

Non-European Law Graduates:

Those applicants whose degrees are not from the European Higher Education Area can access the Master course with no need for official confirmation, once the Universidad Pontificia Comillas has verified that these accredit an educational level equivalent to those corresponding to official Spanish University degrees and grant access to postgraduate studies authorized by the issuing country. In no case does such access imply official confirmation of the previous degree held by the person concerned, nor its recognition other than for the purpose of studying the Master.

Admission to the Master is open to those candidates who comply with the following profile:

  • have a degree or equivalent certificate, in which the student has completed 180 credits involving subjects of a legal nature; or are enrolled in second or third year of a Juris Doctor (JD) program in United States University;
  • have an academic record with an average merit pass (7.0) or above in the Degree or equivalent studies, unless due to motivation and track record, admission is considered to be advisable;
  • accredit sufficient knowledge of English, in particular as applied to legal questions. Accreditation can be verified by the submittal of documentation justifying the required level, either through having passed an ad hoc exam or through a personal interview.


Submission of applications:

The applications process starts on January 9, 2015 and it will be open until July 10, 2015.

Information on the application process



One academic year although there is the possibility to take it over two consecutive years for students with special educational needs.


Number of places:



Number of credits:

60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System)


Timetable and Duration:

Full time, afternoon and evening sessions. Classes start at the end of August, 2015 and finish the first week of May, 2016.


Study system:

Taught completely in English. The Master's program includes a mandatory intensive pre-campus, which will take place in Madrid in the second half of August.



€ 26 550

For all those Mexican students accepted into this master's degree whose studies are financed by FIDERH, Comillas will give them a 10% discount of the total price of their studies.


For further information, please contact
Ms. Mónica González Rodríguez, MIEBL Coordinator
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Criterios de admisión



The Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law is intended to train legal advisors to work in companies and law firms which operate internationally within the European Union so that they gain an in-depth knowledge of the applicable EU legislative framework, understand its implications for clients and businesses and add value to their work by providing specialized advise on EU legal matters.


The teaching of the main modules is based on the case method, encouraging the preparatory work of the student and debates in the face-to face sessions. This methodology is complemented with practical seminars and lectures on current topics of interest, as well as the drafting of a Master's thesis, a supervised research paper of a theoretical nature.



  • GC 1: Analysis and synthesis abilities.
  • GC 2: Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • GC 3: Ability to manage information.
  • GC 4: Problem-solving skills.
  • GC 5: Decision-making skills.
  • GC 6: Team work skills.
  • GC 7: Ability to work in an international context.
  • GC 8: Critical appraisal skills.
  • GC 9: Awareness of the importance of ethical commitment.
  • GC 10: Ability to develop autonomous learning skills.
  • GC 11: Concern for quality.
  • GC 12: Ability to apply theoretical knowledge into practice.
  • GC 13: Negotiating skills.


  • SC 1: Having a critical view of the functioning and interaction of various institutions with relevance for international business.
  • SC 2: Mastering the main relevant international treaties in the field of international trade, distinguishing between binding instrument and mere recommendations or instruments merely of an interpretive or guiding nature (soft law).
  • SC 3: Knowing the advantages in international trade for EU companies and those from other states of the WTO and properly identifying the corresponding business implications.
  • SC 4: Mastering the main rules of EU law and international law that are relevant to international business development.
  • SC 5: Being able to design strategies for the restructuring of corporate groups and / or intra-group and market activities to maximize the benefits of the legal framework.
  • SC 6: Accurately identifying the contingent risks arising from the relevant rules and establishing appropriate measures of risk avoidance or minimization.
  • SC 7: Mastering the rules governing competition in the EU and in international markets, including specific aspects related to exclusive rights.
  • SC 8: Knowing in depth the main rules regulating markets in special sectors (like financial markets, utilities and markets for consumer goods).
  • SC 9: Being able to design pre-contentious (or preventive) strategies that are appropriate for the protection of proper international business development at EU level.
  • SC 10: Being able to design strategies and adversarial proceedings before national courts, community courts and / or alternative dispute resolution bodies in matters related to international trade (as well as their coordination).
  • SC 11: Knowing the structure of the financial reports and documents and be able to extract legal implications, both in corporate business taxation and in the context of business, commercial or corporate litigation.
  • SC 12: Mastering advanced techniques of drafting legal documents in English, especially in the contract and corporate field.
  • SC 13: Mastering the ethical and professional standards applicable in an international environment, especially in terms of confidentiality and professional secrecy.
  • SC 14: Developing practical skills, especially in negotiation of contracts and complex disputes, and developing legal audit or due diligence abilities.
  • SC 15: Mastering the techniques of legal research and developing the ability to present convincingly, in writing and orally, the results of personal, original research.
  • SC 16: Acquiring a thorough knowledge of the field of international business law chosen for the development of the master's thesis, to dominate its conceptual foundations and to understand how it fits into the overall framework of regulation of economic activity.
  • SC 17: Developing an original line of thinking around the specific subject area of business law elected, be able to justify it from a policy perspective, and to analyze it in detail from a positive perspective.


The Faculty of the Official Master's Degree in International and Business Law is composed of top-class academics, practitioners and public officials specializing in International and EU Law. In addition to the Faculty from the law school, the Master invites lawyers and professors from foreign universities to deliver lectures and seminars, including US law professors under the auspices of the Fulbright Program.

Federico de Montalvo Jääskeläinen

Federico de Montalvo Jääskeläinen is PhD in Constitutional Law and Professor of Constitutional Law and Comparative Constitutional Law at the Comillas Pontifical University of Madrid, teaching political organization and Institutions of the Constitutional State as well as human rights and civil liberties.

He is also Professor of Medical Law and Bioethics at the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid and Professor in Master's degrees about Medical Law and Bioethics (Castilla-La Mancha, Murcia, Rey Juan Carlos University and Autonoma Universities).

He is member of the Santander Chair of Law and Minors and he has been working in the matter of minor's rights since 2000.

Besides teaching at Law Faculty he has been working as a lawyer (barrister) since 1992 specialized in Public Law, Insurance Law and Medical Liability and Medical, Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Law. He is also member of different public committees of Medical Law and Bioethics (Regional Ethical Committee of Clinical Trials and Bioethical Committee of Doce de Octubre Hospital of Madrid).

Adam Dubin

Adam Dubin is a law professor at Universidad Pontificia Comillas. He teaches international public law, contracts and development classes, and directs the Master's program in International and European Business Law.  He also directs a program on human rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Professor Dubin wrote his Ph.D. thesis on access to justice for sex workers in Kampala, Uganda. He is waiting to defend it at the School of Law at Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He holds a Juris Doctorate from Pace School of Law in New York and a Master's Degree in International Development Policy from the University of Manchester in England. 

Prior to coming to Spain, Professor Dubin was a legal fellow in the United Nations Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the Cambodian genocide tribunal and also worked in other countries such as India and The Gambia on human rights issues related to the protection of women and girls. He publishes, consults and speaks on topics related to access to justice, legal English and human rights in developing countries, particularly in the Sub-Saharan African region.

Dorothy Estrada Tanck

Dorothy Estrada is currently a Visiting Researcher at Fordham University School of Law in New York. She has worked in different issues of international law and human rights in the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Mexico City Commission on Human Rights.

Dorothy is PhD Researcher in Law at the European University Institute. She holds a MSc in Political Theory by the London School of Economics and Political Science, carried out with support of the National Council for Science and Technology (Mexico) and the MacArthur-Ford-Hewlett Foundation. She is a lawyer by the Escuela Libre de Derecho, Mexico City (ELD).

Rafael García Llaneza

He is a lawyer in the Madrid office of Uría Menéndez. Rafael headed up the Tax Practice Area of Uría Menéndez's New York office from 1993 to 1998 and was made partner in 2001. He focuses his practice on corporate tax, non-residents tax and accounting law.

Rafael García Llaneza holds a Law and Business Economics degree from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas.

Eduardo Gracia

He is partner and head of the tax department of Ashurst in Madrid. Eduardo is an expert in EU law and its interaction with direct taxation. Expert in transfer-pricing expert, particularly in the sphere of the European Community, he has being the Spanish private sector representative at the Joint Forum on Transfer Pricing of the European Union, since his appointment by the European Commission in 2002.

Eduardo Gracia has a degree in law and a diploma in business studies from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas - ICADE (E-1) in Madrid.

Steve Hess

Steve Hess is a corporate partner in the Madrid office of Uría Menéndez. He regularly represents clients in structuring, negotiating and closing mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures and other corporate transactions.

Steve received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Duke University in 1993 and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1998. Following law school, he was a Fulbright fellow in Madrid where he conducted research on the Spanish criminal jury.

Gonzalo Jiménez-Blanco

He is currently managing partner of Ashurst LLP Madrid office and head of its finance department. He specializes in banking, finance and capital markets, project finance and communications. He also has particular experience in energy, transport and infrastructure, arbitration, administrative and sports law.

Gonzalo holds a degree in Law and Economics from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas - ICADE E-3. He is state lawyer (Abogado del Estado).

Carlos Llorente

He is presently partner of AMYA Abogados, a leading international shipping law firm based in Madrid, and lectures extensively in several Spanish universities.

He was lecturer and researcher full time at the University of Navarra School of Law for a number of years.

Carlos Llorente graduated from the University of Navarra School of Law (Pamplona, Spain), where he also received a Ph.D. in Law with Honors and the annual best doctoral thesis Award. He also holds an LL.M. from Columbia University in the City of New York (USA) and was granted a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar Award.

Maheta Molango

Maheta Molango is an associate at Baker & McKenzie employment law department. Maheta also worked at the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and at the Inter-American Development Bank.

He holds a Law and Political Science degree from the Carlos III University of Madrid and also holds an LL.M. (Summa Cum Laude) in International Law from the American University Washington College of Law.

Juan Jorge Piernas López

He has worked in different issues of international law and european law, particularly in the field of antitrust, for the European Commission and for an international law firm, i.e., Clearly Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. He has also participated as a national expert in a recent project of the European Commission on consular and diplomatic protection.

Juan Jorge Piernas López is a PhD Researcher in Law at the European University Institute. He holds a Law degree by Murcia University, a Master in European Interdisciplinary Affairs by the College of Europe (Natolin) and a LL.M. by Harvard Law School.

Jesús Quesada Ruiz

He joined Clifford Chance in 2007. He works in the Finance & Capital Markets department and specialized in securitizations, finance transactions, structured finance and general banking lending. In addition, he has advised financial entities on regulatory law.

Jesús Quesada obtained a double degree in Law and Business Administration from the Universidad Pontificia Comillas - ICADE (E-3) in 2008.

Javier Redonet

Javier Redonet is a partner with Uría Menéndez practising in the firm's capital markets and mergers and acquisitions groups. He advises regularly issuers and underwriters on initial public offerings and issues and offers of equity, fixed-income and hybrid securities. He also deals with public merger and acquisition transactions and advises clients on corporate law and on securities regulatory issues, as well as listed companies on corporate governance matters.

He holds a degree from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas - ICADE.

Alexandra I. Rengel

Ms. Rengel has been a partner in the firm of Mercado & Rengel since 1999. Her professional experience centers in the area of litigation.

She holds a Bachelor's Degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts; a Juris Doctorate from Boston University School of Law; and an LLM from Saint Thomas University in Florida.

Jaime Sánchez Santiago

Counsel of the Clifford Chance corporate law department in Madrid and head of its Spanish insurance group. Before joining Clifford Chance he worked at the European Central Bank legal department. Jaime specialises in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and in the insurance sector. He is also a professor in ICADE.

Graduate in Law at the University of Salamanca and Master of Laws (LL.M.) at the College of Europe and Harvard Law School.

Manuel Giménez Rasero

Manuel Giménez Rasero is a Partner at Areilza Abogados, a boutique litigation firm in Madrid. In addition to his work as a litigation Partner, Manuel leads a research group in collaboration with the Global Program for Access to Health of the UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Health. Manuel is the President of the Rafael Del Pino Alumni Foundation and Vice President of Política Trespuntocero, a Madrid based Think Tank. Manuel received a double degree in law and business from Universidad Pontifcia Comillas as well as a degree in Political Sciences from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Manuel received his LL.M. in International Legal Studies at New York University School of Law as a Rafael del Pino Scholar. He also has a Diploma in Ordinary Proceedings before EU Courts from IE University.

Cristina Calvo

La profesora Cristina Calvo Ortega obtuvo la licenciatura en Derecho en la Universidad de Barcelona, habiendo cursado los tres primeros cursos en la Escuela Universitaria Colegio Abad Oliba. Tiene además un Master en Gestión Medioambiental de la Open International University. Desde Marzo de 2014 imparte docencia en Postgrado. Comparte el mundo académico con el mundo empresarial, donde lleva trabajando desde hace más de 22 años, primero en el departamento mercantil del Bufete Aguilar Canosa, posteriormente en el departamento de Fusiones y Adquisiciones del despacho Baker & McKenzie en Barcelona, en el cual en 1996 fundaría el departamento inmobiliario, y desde 2003 como directora del departamento inmobiliario del despacho Ashurst con sede en Madrid.

Inmaculada Herbosa

El profesor estudió la licenciatura en Derecho en la Universidad Deusto, así como el Máster en Asesoría Jurídica de Empresas y Doctorado en la misma universidad. Desde 1992 imparte docencia en Grado y Postgrado en la Universidad de Deusto. Comparte el mundo académico con el mundo de la judicatura como Magistrado Suplente en la Audiencia Provincial de Bizkaia,  desde el año 2000. 

Bernardino Muñiz

El profesor Bernardino Muñiz estudió la licenciatura en Derecho en la Universidad de Oviedo y obtuvo el título de Doctor en Derecho en la Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Desde 1996 imparte docencia en Grado y Postgrado. Comparte el mundo académico con el mundo empresarial, donde lleva trabajando desde hace más de 14 años como abogado, especialista en derecho procesal y concursal. Desde hace 10 años trabaja para el despacho internacional Hogan Lovells International LLP y previamente trabajó en Landwell (pwc).

Carlos Franco

El profesor Carlos Franco es licenciado en Derecho por la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (2001). Realizó posteriormente un máster en Asesoría Jurídica de Empresas por el Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, 2003) y se incorporó a Uría Menéndez en marzo de 2004, desarrollando su trabajo desde entonces en el Área de Mercantil. Entre septiembre de 2010 y marzo de 2011, estuvo destinado en las oficinas de Slaughter and May, en Londres.

Dentro del ámbito del Derecho Mercantil, las áreas de práctica en las que desarrolla habitualmente su actividad son las fusiones y adquisiciones y mercado de valores. También asesora a los clientes en cuestiones societarias de carácter general, tales como gobierno corporativo y contratación mercantil.

 Juan Jorge Piernas

El profesor estudió la licenciatura en Derecho en la Universidad de Murcia, un máster en Estudios Europeos Interdisciplinarios Avanzados en el Colegio de Europa, Campus de Natolin (Polonia), un máster en Derecho (LL.M.) en la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Harvard (Harvard Law School), y el Doctorado en Derecho en el Instituto Universitario Europeo de Florencia. Desde 2009 imparte docencia en Grado y Postgrado. Comparte el mundo académico con el mundo empresarial, donde lleva trabajando desde hace más de siete años, en un despacho de abogados estadounidense (Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton), en la Comisión Europea (Servicio Jurídico y Dirección General de Competencia) y en el Banco Mundial.

Antonio Creus

El profesor obtuvo la licenciatura en derecho en 1981 en la Universidad de Barcelona, y posteriormente un LL.M. (Master of Laws) en 1985 en la London University (UCL). Desde 1999 imparte docencia en Grado y Postgrado. Comparte el mundo académico con el mundo empresarial, donde lleva trabajando desde hace más de 28 años, en derecho comunitario y derecho de la competencia principalmente, habiendo sido socio en Cuatrecasas, DLA Piper y Bird & Bird.

Juan Garicano

El profesor estudió la licenciatura en Derecho en la Universidad de Zaragoza, realizó un Máster de Asesoría y Gestión Tributaria en ESADE y un Máster en Fiscalidad Internacional (LL.M. in Tax) en Georgetown University.

Desde 2011 imparte docencia en Grado y Postgrado. Comparte el mundo académico con el mundo empresarial, donde lleva trabajando desde hace más de 10 años.

Sofía Martínez-Almeida

Sofía Martínez-Almeida advises on a wide range of intellectual property matters with particular emphasis in trademark, designs, unfair competition litigious work before Civil, Commercial and Community Courts, specially representing leading brand owners. During the last years she has handled a significant part of contentious cases involving cutting-edge issues on her area of expertise for clients in many sectors (internet, technology & electronics, distribution, textile, luxury and consumer goods, beverages, food). She has a wide experience in Advertising law, representing significant clients both advising in relation with labeling and advertising campaigns as well as in complaints before the Spanish Self Regulatory body (AUTOCONTROL).

Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas

Juan Diego Ramírez-Cárdenas Díaz is a Senior Lecturer at EIPA's Luxembourg Centre, the European Centre for Judges and Lawyers. He studied law and international relations at the Universidad Complutense, Madrid. He completed his training at the College of Europe in Bruges where he was awarded an MA in European political and administrative studies. 

Before joining EIPA, he worked for the College as a Teaching Assistant and for the Commission in a number of legal projects relating to the completion of the internal market. Since working at EIPA, Diego has been extensively involved in training and consultancy for the judiciary and other legal professionals in all candidate countries and most new Member States. He has also been teaching regularly at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sc Po Paris) in the capacity of Senior Lecturer.

Carlos Gómez-Jara

Licenciado en Derecho; Doctor Europeo en Derecho (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), 2004; becario predoctoral del Servicio de Intercambio Académico Alemán (DAAD) (2002-2003; Universidad de Friburgo de Brisgovia, Alemania). 

Areas of Research: Ciencia del Derecho penal: teoría de sistemas y Derecho penal; responsabilidad penal de las organizaciones empresariales; Derecho penal europeo y estadounidense. Parte General del Derecho penal: Derecho penal económico (Parte General), teoría de la pena; culpabilidad; fundamentos de la responsabilidad penal; concursos. Parte Especial del Derecho penal: delitos societarios; delitos contra el mercado y los consumidores; delitos contra la Hacienda Pública. Derecho procesal penal: Orden de detención europea.

Publications: La culpabilidad penal de la empresa, Madrid, 2005; La responsabilidad penal de las empresas en los EE.UU., Madrid, 2006. Coautor en: Libro Homenaje a Günther Jakobs, Bogotá, 2003; en: S. BACIGALUPO / CANCIO MELIÁ (Coords.), Derecho penal y política transnacional, Barcelona, 2005; en: GÓMEZ-JARA DÍEZ (ed.), Teoría de sistemas y Derecho penal, Granada, 2005; en: Libro Homenaje a Gonzalo Rodríguez Mourullo, Madrid, 2005. Coeditor: La dogmática penal entre el funcionalismo y la ontología social, Lima, 2004. Editor: Teoría de sistemas y Derecho penal. Fundamentos y posibilidades de aplicación, Granada, 2005; El Derecho como sistema autopoiético de la sociedad global, Bogotá, 2005. Otras contribuciones han aparecido en diversas publicaciones periódicas especializadas en España, América Latina, Alemania y EE.UU.

Internships are not part of the Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law and are not mandatory. However, students interested in undertaking an internship will be provided with access to opportunities at Spanish, U.K. or U.S. companies and law firms.


Career opportunities: The Official Master's Degree in International and European Business Law is tailored to the needs of in-house and external advisors to companies operating internationally in the area of the European Union. Holders of this degree will be in a good position to seek jobs as legal counsel of multinational companies with international activities in all industries. Moreover, students will benefit from access to the services and to the pool of job offers of the employment service of the Comillas Pontifical University.

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