LLM in International Economic Law

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

Program Description

LLM in International Economic Law

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

LLM in International Economic Law

The process of economic globalisation is placing demands on scholars, lawyers and regulators that traditional legal education is increasingly unable to meet. Open to students with first degrees in law and cognate subjects, this LLM programme is founded on the belief that the distinctions that largely inform and underlie academic disciplines and carve up the study of law into discrete subjects - public and private, domestic and international, the polity and the economy, the social and the legal- cloud analytical judgment and limit the range of possibilities of normative renewal in the realm of global economic governance.

The programme thus draws both on the 'law-in-context' tradition in Kent Law School and on the 'world society' approach informing much work in International Relations at Kent and at the School to offer a highly integrated interdisciplinary perspective on the global economy. The LLM programme in International Economic Law at BSIS is coordinated closely with its sister programme, the MA programme in International Political Economy. Students in this LLM programme also have the advantage of being able to select from elective modules offered in the cognate fields of International Relations and International Conflict Analysis. The LLM programme provides the knowledge, conceptual tools and analytical skills appropriate for the development of careers in international organisations, international law firms, governmental and non-governmental organisations in the fields of trade and finance, and international business.

Key facts


  • Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time
  • Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time

Start: September or January.


The aims of the LLM in International Economic Law are to:

  • Provide a postgraduate qualification of value for those intending to pursue a career in the field of international trade, business or regulatory affairs; provide students with detailed knowledge and a high level of understanding of a range of specialised subject areas, and develop more general communication-based skills of value in the search for appropriate postgraduate employment;
  • Provide students with sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the legal structures, institutions and principles underpinning efforts to regulate the international flow of goods, services, and capital;
  • Ensure that students acquire the methodological skills and conceptual tools necessary to understand and evaluate the interplay of law and social, political and economic factors in the structure of the global economy;
  • Encourage critical awareness of the operation of international economic law in different contexts, especially as regards issues of distributive justice;
  • Encourage the production of original and evaluative commentary that meets high standards of scholarship;
  • Ensure the development of critical, analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied to a range of legal and non-legal contexts;
  • Ensure the development of skills of academic legal research, particularly by the written presentation of arguments in a manner that meets relevant academic conventions.


The LLM in International Economic Law is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS) and the Extended (120 ECTS) Programme format.

The Extended Programme allows students to broaden their knowledge and experience within the programme by taking more options whilst at the same time affording them a greater opportunity for internships. Students can also benefit by taking parts of the programme in Canterbury as well as in Brussels.

To be awarded a standard LLM in International Economic Law, students must take 6 taught modules, the methodology module 'Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research' and then submit a dissertation on a topic in International Economic Law. For the extended programme students must take an additional 3 taught modules.


The programme is divided into three parts. The first part consists of compulsory modules that introduce students to key theoretical, methodological and philosophical foundations of the discipline. The second part covers optional modules (electives), while the third part of the programme consists of the dissertation.

In keeping with the aims and objectives outlined above, the programme is designed so that students develop a knowledge of the theoretical and philosophical debates in the discipline, have access to their application in specialised modules, and develop a capacity to utilise these in their research project, the dissertation.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 31, 2015
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