LLM in International and Commercial Dispute Resolution Law


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Program Description

Course summary

The course is intended for anyone wishing to demonstrate a commitment to contentious law in public and private international and commercial legal contexts. The taught part of the programme includes modules which reflect the three main forms of the dispute resolution process, namely adjudication (litigation and arbitration), alternative dispute resolution (ADR – principally mediation), and negotiation.
This course differs from the International Commercial Law LLM course which is primarily concerned with non-contentious aspects of commerce (modules include competition law, trade, and insurance).
Class sizes are, in general, quite small, and you will be able to mix with students on other Masters courses at Westminster Law School.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study in this course.

Other approved modules such as International Commercial Litigation and Private International Law might be made available depending on demand and the Head of Westminster Law School’s approval.

Core modules
  • Perspectives on Peace, Conflicts and Disputes
  • Postgraduate Research and Dissertation
Option modules
  • Comparative Commercial Arbitration: Law and Practice
  • Comparative Law
  • Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration
  • International and Transnational Dispute Processes
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • Mediation: Concepts, Evolution and Practice
  • Multinational Corporate Entities and Foreign Investment
  • Negotiation: Theory, Disputes, Contexts, Practice
  • Peace Processes and Law
  • Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes
  • Restorative Justice: Cultures, Integration and Law

Entry Requirements

You should have a good Honours degree in Law or any non-Law subject from a UK university, or the equivalent from a non-UK university, and satisfactory references.

Other qualifications or experiential routes can sometimes be agreed.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.


Career path

This course is designed to benefit a wide range of individuals, including graduates progressing towards PhD programmes; practising lawyers; other practitioners such as arbitrators, civil servants, diplomats, insurers, journalists, judges, linguists and mediators; and commercial directors and managers.

The course is ideal for anyone with a gap year between career stages, and for anyone from the European Union and other countries wanting to improve their English for career purposes.

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We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course,
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience,
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability,
  • market yourself effectively to employers,
  • write better CVs and application forms,
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills,
  • plan your career with our careers consultants,
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one i ... Read More

The University of Westminster is a dynamic international education institution with a distinguished 175-year history. With three campuses in central London (Cavendish, Marylebone and Regent) and one in Harrow, it is home to over 20,000 students from over 150 nations. Read less