Topics of exploration include invoking security exceptions (eg in trade wars between China and US), solving trade disputes, using trade mechanisms/rules for economic growth, relationship between regional trade agreements and the WTO and the position of developing countries in the multilateral economic system.
The programme is suitable for candidates with a legal background, working in or with interest in international trade law. These include trade lawyers, legal advisors at auditing firms dealing with trade matters, individuals within the standards industry, international relations professionals and government officials (particularly those working in the Department of Trade and Industry (the DTI) and phytosanitary measures).
Students will gain a critical understanding of advanced concepts and principles of international trade law and the working of the institutional mechanisms for their enforcement; analytical skills to study and provide informed approaches to resolving international trade law problems or challenges; academic and intellectual competence to research, teach and use international trade law principles in adjudication, litigation, advisory roles, and other applications; and the ability to develop their own views on the role and functioning of law in the international society.
Students will also gain knowledge and skills to tackle business problems such as accessing markets, conditions can one import and export both goods and services, granting of compulsory licences for essential medicines and establishing subsidiaries within foreign jurisdictions. Students will also develop knowledge around economic inequality; economic growth and the position of developing countries in the economic multilateral (global) system.
The following courses are linked to the LLM in International Economic Law: International Business Transactions law, International Environmental Law, Cyber Law, International Law and International Law on Foreign Investment.
The following two compulsory courses, both of which must be completed at core level **:
• International Trade Law I * • International Trade Law II *
Two of the following elective courses, both at non-core level:
- Advanced Administrative Law
- Advanced International Law
- Competition Law
- Economics of International Trade and Investment (non-core only) *
- Human Rights and the Marketplace
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Business Transactions Law *
- International Dispute Resolution
- International Environmental Law
- International Law on Foreign Investment *
- Regulation and Law
* Course subject to prerequisite(s)
** Core courses
A core course covers the same content as a non-core course, but students must complete an additional research component, counting for 50% of the final mark for the core course.
* Prerequisite courses
Some courses are subject to prerequisites, as set out below.
Note: A candidate who has not completed the prerequisite(s) for a course prior to commencing the programme, will only be able to take the course(s) once they have completed the prerequisite(s). In some cases this may necessitate the candidate registering for the programme on a part-time basis and completing the prerequisite(s) in the first year of study, so that they can complete the course(s) subject to prerequisite(s) in the second year of study.
Domestic Tax Law
Economics of International Trade and Investment
Environmental Law and Sustainability II
International Business Transactions Law
International Law on Foreign Investment
International Tax Law
International Trade Law I
International Trade Law II
Mediation and Conciliation (Non-core)
Taxation of Specific Entities and Transactions
- Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with an average mark of 70 percent. If you have an LLB with an average mark of between 65% and 70%, you may be considered for admission.
- However, you may be requested to submit a sample of academic writing which, in the sole discretion of the School of Law, demonstrates your ability to perform legal research and produce writing of a high standard, including the ability to think conceptually, footnote and reference properly, and communicate effectively in writing.
- Such evidence could, for instance, consist of a legal publication or a law essay written by you during your LLB that received a high mark. This sample should not be submitted together with your application – if needed, the School will request the sample from you once your application has been marked as complete.
- We admit only law graduates and legal professionals who have the interest, ability and time to conduct research at an advanced academic level. Entry to the programme is limited.
Please note that the Entry Requirements are a guide. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee a place.
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