About the course
The LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law (ICGFREL) is an advanced level programme examining corporate governance, financial regulation and economic law from an international and comparative perspective with particular focus on European and UK corporate governance regulation and practices, and international institutional developments.
The course is based at the Institute for Advanced Legal Studies in central London, a member institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. The degree of LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law is awarded by the University of London at a ceremony held each year in Senate House.
This innovative LLM programme builds on the Institute’s existing research expertise in the area of company law, corporate governance, international economic law, financial regulation, and financial law. It has been designed to appeal to law graduates as well as those who come from other disciplines such as business studies, international relations, finance and economics, and would like to learn more about the legal side of international economic relations particularly international financial markets and services and develop a specialised understanding of corporate governance concepts and the role of financial regulation in today’s globalised financial markets. The Institute is uniquely qualified and situated to offer this academic law degree programme in London - the world’s leading international financial centre.
The ever-changing nature of international financial markets and new challenges and crises associated with this dynamic sector of the global economy require an interdisciplinary and international approach. For this reason, we offer this LLM which combines law and economics of financial markets and services to meet the needs of law and business graduates who wish to pursue a career in financial services and develop their knowledge and skills in this important, complex and overgrowing field.
Who should choose this degree?
Lawyers or compliance officers, regulator or policymakers who wish to enhance your knowledge and understanding in areas of corporate governance, financial law and regulation and economic law.
Law graduates, economics graduates or graduates from another discipline who are pursuing a career in financial services and corporate finance with a legal and regulatory edge. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme means that applicants are not required to have a prior law degree, nor a professional qualification in law.
Those with professional experience working in financial service firms, law firms or corporations who wish to learn more about how law and regulation affect management practices, corporate governance and business strategy.
Those that wish to work or are already working in government and state agencies in charge of production, supervision and enforcement of the regulatory laws such as central banks, securities and exchange commissions as well as insurance regulators.
Those with a background in university lecturing in business, law or social science faculties who are looking to enhance their qualifications to teach corporate law/governance, financial law/regulation, or international political economy and international economic law and organisations.
Lecturing and teaching
Most of the teaching is carried out by full-time academics, while a number of electives will be taught by legal, regulatory and corporate practitioners.
The academic faculty for the programme consists of leading scholars in the field of national and international financial law and regulation, European and UK economic law, corporate governance and corporate law and practice.
Faculty members have published in the leading academic presses and leading journals, including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Lexis-Nexis/Butterworths. Faculty members have also authored major government reports and have served as advisers to the European Union Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs.
Experienced practitioners will teach some modules and there will be guest lectures given by eminent lawyers and jurists from outside the University.
What our students say
"I was particularly attracted to the idea of studying in a small postgraduate institution that was composed of some of the most outstanding institutes in the world. IALS has an enviable reputation as the premier postgraduate legal institution in the UK, especially surrounding international and financial law." Benedict Turner, 2017 graduate.