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 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.
The course provides an opportunity for in-depth study of the substantive and procedural issues involved in the field, and also the acquisition of skills involved in some of the processes. It is centrally concerned with law and other rules (international and commercial) which are applicable in adjudication and also in the other dispute resolution processes.
In addition to taught modules, there is also the Dissertation module which provides an opportunity for developing a specialist knowledge of a small area of the field, which might lead to a publishable article.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Core modules -PERSPECTIVES ON CONFLICTS AND DISPUTES -POSTGRADUATE DISSERTATION -RESEARCH THEORY AND PRACTICE
Option Modules Arbitration -COMPARATIVE COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION: LAW AND PRACTICE -FOREIGN DIRECT INVESTMENT ARBITRATION -INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION
Mediation -MEDIATION: CONCEPTS, EVOLUTION AND PRACTICE -RESTORATIVE JUSTICE: CULTURES, INTEGRATION AND LAW
Negotiation -NEGOTIATION: THEORY, CONTEXTS AND PRACTICE
Public International -PEACEFUL SETTLEMENT OF INTERNATIONAL DISPUTES -INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW
The course is designed to benefit a wide range of individuals who are committed to developing their knowledge, skills and insights into contentious international and commercial dispute resolution. The range of individuals who can benefit include: experienced practitioners such as potential judges, arbitrators, and mediators; other professionals who need to have advanced appreciation of international and commercial law, such as civil servants, diplomats, directors, insurers, journalists, linguists, and managers; and paralegals and newly qualified practitioners who need to fill in the gaps left by their existing qualifications and experience to date;
The course will also ideal if you want to progress towards a PhD programme. The course will also be beneficial for you if you are taking a gap year between career stages, and if you are from continental European Union or other countries and want to improve your English for career purposes.
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 or equivalent in each of the elements.
Recipient: University of Westminster
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