LLM International Commercial Law

Southwark Campus

Mode: Full-time

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This specialist LLM in International Commercial Law builds on your undergraduate study by deepening your understanding of international business law, as well furthering your commercial awareness in this area. The course is designed for those intending to practice law in the field of international commercial law.

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The course covers key principles of international business law and the international sale of goods. Alongside this, it explores the reputational and litigation risks associated with corporate social responsibility and human rights. Optional modules include 'Mediation and negotiation' and 'International commercial arbitration'.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

    Semester 1 Core (September-Middle of January)

  • The international sale of goods (Compulsory)
    This module examines the usual legal structures of international sales transactions. It covers the rules governing the sales contract, and related issues such as letters of credit, bills of lading and Incoterms. The module examines transnational sources of law, particularly the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (Vienna 1980), and exemplary domestic laws from both common law and civil law jurisdictions.
  • Principles of international commercial law (Compulsory)
    This module examines the nature, history and sources of international commercial law; the role of conflict of laws in international business law and international commercial dispute resolution; the relevance of comparative law to international business law and the various instruments (international conventions, model laws etc.) and institutions (including UNIDROIT, UNCITRAL, ICC, the Hague Conference on Private International Law) responsible for the harmonization of international business law.
  • Research methods (Compulsory)
    You'll study research methods and prepare a research proposal for your dissertation.
  • Semester 2 Core (End of January - Middle of May)

  • International business, human rights and CSR (Compulsory)
    The module examines issues in the field of business and human rights and the international context of corporate social responsibility, which are of central importance in an era of increasing globalization. The module will assess the intersection of transnational business operations and efforts to promote international human rights. The module begins with a review of the international debate on corporate responsibility to respect human rights, and traces the emergence, within the UN, of the "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework. Cases and mechanisms are examined through which corporations might be held accountable for their impact on human rights. The module also examines the ways in which both domestic and international legal systems seek to regulate the problem of corruption and bribery, looking at the Bribery Act 2010 and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
  • Semester 2 Options (End of January - Middle of May) -Students must undertake two optional modules

  • Comparative law (Optional)
    Students study and compare key concepts of two or more major legal systems of the world – Arabic, Chinese, Civil Law and Common Law. They study the basic underlying philosophies and methods of each legal system and key topics such as Law making & judicial decision making, Human Rights, the rule of law, contract and commercial law and dispute resolution. Students can also take part in an intensive study visit abroad. This allows them to analyse and evaluate the similarities and differences of approach between the different legal systems. Students then choose one of these topics as the subject for a written coursework researching, analysing and evaluating the different approaches between the different legal systems.
  • International commercial arbitration (Optional)
    International commercial arbitration is a process of resolving business disputes between or among transnational parties through the use of arbitrators rather than courts. The course will examine the conceptual and practical issues relating to matters such as the decision to arbitrate, the arbitration agreement, the relevant law, the structure and process of international arbitration and the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards.
  • Mediation and negotiation (Optional)
    This module explores negotiation processes and theories and strategies of negotiation.  We look at the blocks to negotiation and then the use of mediation and its process and principles.  In looking at the theory of the mediation process, the module identifies the principles and ethics that have evolved in this developing field.  The emphasis of the module is on the development of practical professional skills set in the context of dispute resolution theory. Practical exercises require students to role play and practice the different skills involved in negotiation and mediation.  Communication skills are taught and developed and used to enhance negotiation and mediation skills.  Students write up their experience and evaluation of their skills each week and this is their first piece of assessment – a reflective skills report.
  • Semester 3 Core ( Middle of May - September)

  • LLM DissertationJune-September (Compulsory)
    The Dissertation module requires completion of a 15000 words Master's level dissertation in an area consistent with, and appropriate to (and, if relevant, the specialist pathway within) the degree being sought. You'll be required to virtually independently conceive, plan and execute an appropriate piece of research based on firm academic foundations. In doing so, the dissertation is required to address an issue or matter of some importance within the areas and/or disciplines encompassed across the Master's degree being sought.

All modules are assessed by coursework, except for 'International business, human rights and CSR' which is assessed by an oral presentation.

Please note that although most optional modules run, we do not guarantee to run every optional module each year.  Not all option combinations are available due to timetabling restrictions.

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    Entry requirements

    • LLB (Hons) Law degree 2:2 or higher; or
    • UK graduates with a non-Law degree (2:2 or higher) and relevant knowledge and experience: or
    • Individual applications for accreditation of prior learning and experience will be considered in accordance with the School's policy.
    • We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

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    Mode
    Full-time
    Duration
    12 months
    Start date
    September
    Application code
    4626
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    Full-time

    LLM International Commercial Law FT - Year 1 FT Southwark SEPT

    The fee shown is for entry 2022/23
    UK fee: £8780International fee: £15400
    AOS/LSBU code: 4626Session code: 1FS00

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