LLM in International Commercial Law

Bournemouth University

Program Description

LLM in International Commercial Law

Bournemouth University

Founded in the ancient silk and spice routes, international trade and commerce have spread to become the most significant activity of any modern economy.

The provision of goods and services in other countries increased dramatically in the second half of the 20th century, and today continues to reveal new markets, products, and commercial practices.

Our LLM in International Commercial Law focuses on the legal regulation from the perspective of a common law jurisdiction, and the challenges presented through membership of the international and European communities.

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above.

Course details

Semester 1

Core units

  • Principles of International Law, International Organisations, and the World Trade Organisation: Firstly it will provide you with a sound grounding in the principles underpinning international law. Secondly, and building upon the knowledge gained on the principles of international law, the unit will examine the World Trade Organisation (WTO) as a prime example of an international organization.

Option units (choose two)*

  • Corporate law - Theory & Practice: You will examine key issues in contemporary corporate law, this will enable you to evaluate corporate law issues from key theoretical and practical perspectives.
  • International Dispute Resolution: Cross-border and inter-State relations raise complex issues involving the law of more than one country. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offers an alternative way of resolving disputes other than litigation. This unit will introduce the key concepts, forms, and procedures of ADR and discuss its development and merits compared to litigation relating to both international commercial and public international law disputes.
  • International Cyber Law & Governance: An understanding of the principles of internet law and online policies (addressing principles of human rights law, criminal law, international law and copyright law inter alia) has become indispensable for professionals aiming for a career in the digital economy. This unit will provide you with a thorough grounding and critical appreciation of online policy, regulatory scope for online activities and strategic impact on business decisions.

*Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Semester 2

Core units

  • Law of International Trade: This unit deals with the core of international commercial law: the legal regulation of international commerce from the perspective of transactions relating to the exportation of goods. This allows for an in-depth exposure to international supply, sale and carriage contracts, to considerations associated with multiple transactions and to techniques for the international harmonization of substantive law.

Option units (choose two)*

  • International Intellectual Property Rights: Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) are implicated in most aspects of international commerce. For example, patent laws affect technology transfer, trademark laws affect branding, design laws affect product development and copyright laws affect all entertainment goods. Through the integration of intellectual property standards into the WTO framework with the 1994 TRIPS Agreement, intellectual property laws have been substantially and controversially harmonized. This unit evaluates the consequences of the globalization of intellectual property laws.
  • International Direct Taxation: The globalization of business means that firms must not only understand the domestic tax systems in the states in which they operate, but also the ways in which those systems interact. Direct taxes at the federal level usually account for between 10 and 30 percent of pre-tax profits and this unit aims to foster an understanding of the international tax system and the principal tax planning techniques open to multinational firms.
  • International Law of the Environment: This unit will examine the particular sectors of environmental policy that are the subject of international legal regulation and obligations. This will involve an appraisal of how international legal regulation has developed in these areas, taking into account various challenges, legal and political, that have been influential in shaping their respective evolution.

*Please note that option units require minimum numbers in order to run and may only be available on a semester by semester basis. They may also change from year to year.

Semester 3

Core units

  • Dissertation: This unit will provide you with the opportunity to conduct research on an area of law associated with the knowledge and skills acquired and developed on your chosen pathway. You will develop critical thinking, evaluate new and existing relevant research and develop your conceptual understanding of the law. This unit will promote self-managed learning by completion of a significant piece of work.

Programme specification

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Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in the industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready.

Careers

The course will provide a challenging and stimulating opportunity to enhance your career prospects within a variety of industries and/or the legal profession.

In particular, the course will appeal to:

  • International students looking for an understanding of commercial trade
  • Lawyers seeking a specialism or an accreditation to advise commercial clients
  • Managers in the banking, insurance, carriage and other constituent industries
  • Recent or mature Graduates (and equivalents) seeking more focused career opportunities
  • Academic lawyers seeking to expand their knowledge base.

Some of our Law Graduates are now undertaking roles such as*:

  • Associate director
  • Judges assistant
  • Patent associate
  • Senior lawyer.

Our students have previously worked for*:

  • Axis Associates International Co.Ltd
  • Court of Justice
  • Spoor & Fisher
  • UPTX.

Further study

Research is fundamental to the development and delivery of Higher Education. At BU we recognize this and place research at the core of our activities. You can find out more about our Research Themes online.

Such is our commitment to research that we have over 200 students studying for a research degree at BU. They are all members of the Graduate School and are undertaking projects that will make a real difference in tomorrow’s world.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated March 7, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Sept. 2018
Jan. 2019
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12 - 16 months
Full time
Price
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7,000 GBP
UK/EU/Channel Islands: £7,000 International (non-EU): £14,000
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United Kingdom - Poole, England
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