The online LLM in International Business Law programme has six core modules, two elective modules and a dissertation. The first module takes ten weeks. Each subsequent module lasts eight weeks.
The programme culminates in a dissertation.
To provide a comprehensive grounding in the specialist skills and perspectives necessary for the study of law and conduct of independent legal research.
This module aims to give you a broad range of skills fundamental to legal studies as well as generic study skills. It seeks to provide students entering the LLM programmes with an introduction to the specific skills required to study law successfully and the fundamentals of good writing abilities in legal studies. The module covers essential skills such as legal reasoning, interpretation and analysis of legal documents and law reports, referencing, and the methods for developing legal doctrine. While developing these skills you will also be exposed to a number of substantive law subjects such as judicial precedent, legal theory, international law and statutory interpretation.
To introduce the theoretical basis of conflict of laws and the rules used by courts to resolve claims which have international dimensions.
Focused on claims and transactions in business and commerce that involve a foreign element, during this module you will cover the three principal areas of conflict of laws; jurisdiction in international matters, choice of law and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards. Using carefully developed hypothetical problem questions, you will examine how to resolve disputes involving a foreign element as well as structure international business transactions to avoid potential conflict of laws pitfalls. Both the English common law and European conflict of laws rules are examined in this module, and comparative perspectives from students’ legal systems are highly valued.
To analyse the legal relationships that arise from different business organisations and the legal implications of establishing different corporate entities.
This module examines the core legal principles surrounding Business Organisations. Learning is structured through topics and exercises designed to develop your understanding of the core tenets of law relating to Business Organisations. The topics examined include the forms of business organisations, the purpose of company law, legal effects of incorporation, separate legal personality and the doctrine of capital maintenance, corporate rescue and restructuring. Each topic is examined from a legal and wider socio-economic and political perspective.
To examine and develop understanding of the core aspects of the European single market.
Here you will examine the key legal principles and institutions that underpin the European Union Single Market. The module is aimed at providing you with the knowledge and skills to understand and critically assess the evolving EU approach to the integration of national markets and the regulation of cross-border trade in its complex economic, political, social, and constitutional contexts. This module gives a clear presentation of the essentials of the European Single Market, and provides a conceptual framework for more in-depth understanding of complex EU law concepts such as free movement of goods, persons, services and enterprises.
To examine the different systems of corporate governance and regulation.
Here you will examine the changing approach to international corporate governance issues and the rules and principles that regulate corporate behaviour. The module consists of structured topics to develop your understanding of corporate governance across various jurisdictions and also provide an analysis of the wider moral and policy considerations underpinning today’s corporate governance laws. Among the key corporate governance issues examined are the development of various governance codes, directors and their boards, director’s remuneration, regulatory responses to corporate scandals, professional ‘gatekeepers’, corporate governance failure, current debates on tightening corporate governance, and the issue of convergence.
To examine international trade law and the institutional structures of the World Trade Organization.
Focused on international legal and institutional frameworks for the regulation of international trade, this module examines the historical evolution and institutional structures of the World Trade Organization. You will study the basic principles of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, international trade dispute settlement, developing countries and trade, and some of the core international trade issues such as anti-dumping, subsidies, and international trade and social concerns.
You can tailor your LLM to your professional goals and aspirations. You can choose two electives.
To analyse the role of the banking sector and issues relating to bank regulation.
The Aspects of Banking Law module examines the role of the banking sector and issues relating to bank regulation and regulators. In addition, you will examine the legal principles that apply to banking activities and the practical effects of banking laws. Concerns relating to the regulation and private law aspects of banks are covered, while you will also study the development of the banker/customer relationship with an emphasis on issues such as bank confidentiality and money laundering. Also examined are mitigating factors in banking transactions, such as undue influence and duress, with special reference to the impact of third-party behaviour.
To provide a comparative study of UK and international responses to the problems of money laundering and economic crime.
Throughout this module you will examine money laundering and its regulation in a global regulatory landscape. Designed to explore the major themes that underpin the study of money laundering, the module covers International, regional and national attempts to address or regulate money laundering - as well as inherent risk for businesses. The module has both a specific and general appeal to bankers, students, regulators, policy makers and researchers.
To develop your knowledge of competition law and enable you to apply it directly towards solving practical problems.
The Competition Law module examines various dimensions of the European Union competition law and policy. Competition law is one of the key policy areas within the EU and internationally. The module provides a comprehensive and integrated analysis of the legal and economic principles that underpin the application of key aspects of competition law. It examines the economic context within which competition law operates both nationally and internationally, and how the existing law affects commercial phenomena and business decision making. Complex legal and economic concepts such as market definition, dominance, abuse of dominant position, monopoly and cartel behaviour (including predatory pricing, tying and bundling) are examined and considered in depth.
To provide an understanding of the substantive law of contracts in the UK and the EU.
This module examines the main themes and underlying principles of commercial contract law from a cross-jurisdictional and comparative perspective. It is designed to equip you with key knowledge and understanding of the underlying principles and concepts in commercial contract law. After a short overview of commercial law, the module examines the main themes which underpin the study of modern commercial contract law such as sale of goods, consumer protection and consumer remedies. Through this module you will learn to bridge the gap between theory and practice and to demonstrate the role of commercial contract law in promoting the virtues of good commercial practice.
The dissertation is the culmination of the LLM programme. Research methods training will help you to develop key skills relevant to writing a dissertation such as legal writing and referencing as well as research and analysis of legislation, international legal instruments, case law, and academic writings.
You will refine your dissertation topic with guidance from your personal Dissertation Advisor, an academic supervisor who will provide support throughout the writing process.
Please note that current scheduling may be subject to change and that we cannot guarantee that all modules will be offered in every calendar year.