Executive Master of European and International Business Law

Executive M.B.L.-HSG


Programme Description

The Executive M.B.L.-HSG is aimed for lawyers and non-lawyers, is part-time, has study locations in Europe, the U.S. and Asia and is taught in English.

It combines advantages of an LL.M and an MBA and was listed among the most innovative law programs by the Financial Times.

Target Audience

A key feature of the Executive M.B.L.-HSG is the mix of lawyers and non-lawyers, which aims at guaranteeing a program as close to daily practice as possible.

The diversity of our candidates is an asset of the course. They come from different countries and represent a range of ages and professions.

Our candidates also have varied academic backgrounds and work in different sectors. They come from the practicing bar, industry, associations and public administration. Among them are lawyers, managers or engineers.

The Executive M.B.L.-HSG has educated more than 600 graduates from 31 countries in the first 20 years of its existence.

We are announcing that the Executive M.B.L.-HSG course 2018/2019 starting in June 2018 and finishing in November 2019, is the last course run by the University of St.Gallen HSG. A late start is still possible.


Start Dates
70 days
Number of ECTS Credits
Level of Experience
Senior Manager
Functional Manager
High Potential
Programme Type
MBA / Executive Master / MAS
CHF 38'500.-
Special Discounts
10% Discount for HSG alumni.
St.Gallen/Zurich, Switzerland; Frankfurt a.M., Germany; Luxembourg, Luxembourg; Brussels, Belgium; Austin/New York, USA; Shanghai, China; Tokyo, Japan
Individual Modules Bookable
Flexible Entry
Programme Language


The Executive M.B.L.-HSG equips practitioners with solid generalist knowledge in European and international business law. Juridification of business makes sound knowledge of this area essential not just for lawyers but for all executives involved in decision making in an increasingly global and regional economic environment.

Our primary goal is to provide you with knowledge that you can use in your professional working life. In addition, as a competent generalist you will be in a position to transfer your new skills to other fields and to move confidently into new areas of activity.

The lessons are interactive, and educational objectives are the transfer of knowledge, skills and social competence.

Programme Benefits

  • Strong generalist knowledge and skills in European and international business law
  • Nine modules within 18 months in Europe, the United States and Asia
  • Continue working throughout the entire program
  • For lawyers and non-lawyers
  • Truly international
  • In English
  • Unique networks
  • More than 20 years of experience
  • Academic title «Executive Master of European and International Business Law E.M.B.L.-HSG»

Application Criteria

  • Academic degree
  • Several years of professional experience
  • Good command of English

Course Structure

  1. Attendance Modules
    The Executive M.B.L.-HSG is built upon the concept of a flying classroom and a global faculty. In nine attendance modules, leading experts from three continents will provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge directly applicable in your professional working life.
  2. Preparing for the modules
    Candidates prepare for the modules using our online, password-protected learning platform. This guarantees that they can complete essential parts of their training independently of time and place.
  3. Master thesis
    For their master theses, candidates analyze a current problem in European or international business law. Topics are proposed by the faculty, or students may suggest their own.

Content & Faculty

Module St.Gallen
The Notion of Business Law and Economic Law

Module Zurich

Module Frankfurt a.M.

Module Luxembourg
Lobbying & Litigation

Module Brussels
Competition Law & Economics

Module New York
International Taxation

Module Shanghai
Law & Business in China

Module Tokyo
Law & Business in Japan

Module Austin
IT & Energy Law 

Supplementary Module - Harvard

Please find the exact dates and module contents here.

The Executive M.B.L.-HSG functions as a flying classroom and disposes of a global faculty which consists of European, American, Chinese and Japanese professors, lawyers, in-house counsel, judges, politicians, officials and economists from business and academia.

How to apply

Your Application

In order to apply, please fill in the online application on the program's website.

Admission requirements:

  • Academic degree
  • Several years of professional experience.
  • Good command of English

Please find all necessary information regarding the application process and the required documents on the program's website:

Further information

Corporate Partners

Beside top universities like NYU, Harvard, University of Texas, Fudan (China) and Waseda (Japan), cooperation partners include significant law firms such as Freshfields, Norton Rose Fulbright and White & Case.

Press Coverage

All articles about the Executive M.B.L.-HSG can be found on the program's website:


The Executive-M.B.L.-HSG, because ... helps to bridge the gap between where the business discussions start and where the legal implications end."
Executive M.B.L.-HSG alumnus Patrick Villiger
Patrick Villiger, MSc, E.M.B.L.-HSG
Cross Asset Strategic Transaction Group Sales, Deutsche Bank Zurich, Switzerland
The Executive M.B.L.-HSG, because...
... the combination of practical insights and interacting with people from all over the world while travelling around the globe offers a unique experience.
Executive M.B.L.-HSG alumnus Daniel Meister
Daniel G. Meister, Dipl. Wirtschaftsjurist (FH), E.M.B.L.-HSG
Vice President / Senior Compliance Officer, Deutsche Bank AG Frankfurt a.M., Germany
The Executive M.B.L.-HSG, because...
... the rich and elaborately selected topics of the program have enhanced my knowledge and understanding about European and international law. The program provides another perspective in my career and will benefit my work in an international context.
Executive M.B.L.-HSG alumna Zhuo Zheng
Zhuo Zheng, Attorney-at-law, E.M.B.L.-HSG
Attorney-at-law, Schellenberg Wittmer AG Zurich, Switzerland

Why HSG?

Executive education at the University of St.Gallen (HSG), one of Europe's leading business universities, provides you with an optimal preparation for the future. The University of St.Gallen is more than just an educational institution; it is a place of inspiration that stimulates you to think. You will acquire up-to-date knowledge that is of great practical relvance, and gain valuable insights. This will enable you to make an important contribution to social and economic progress and to your own personal development. "From insight to impact" is not just our message; it is a promise against which we can be measured. 

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