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Global commercial transactions are becoming increasingly complex, posing new legal challenges in areas such as:

  • e-commerce regulation
  • finance and securities
  • international dispute resolution.

You’ll learn about the legal framework that governs commercial activities, cross-border transactions, and the harmonisation of commercial law. You’ll learn how to apply the law in a commercial setting and also develop critical perspectives so you can evaluate cutting-edge scenarios and recent reforms in international commercial law.

The course is ideal if you’re already a legal practitioner in your home country, although this is not essential as long as you have completed a basic legal education.

Why choose this course?

  • Sussex has internationally recognised academics in the field of international commercial law.
  • You have an opportunity to develop the practical skills needed to act as a legal adviser in the resolution of international commercial disputes.
  • You learn to apply the rules of international commercial law. You have the opportunity to explore the relationships between international commercial law and related fields such as intellectual property and finance law and engage with cutting-edge research.

How will I study?

You will learn through core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer, you undertake supervised work on the LLM dissertation.

You will be assessed through coursework, unseen examinations, essays and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Alongside your core modules, you can choose from a range of exciting options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. Our options are taught by specialist academics, based upon their areas of expertise. Find out more about your course options here.


This course will enable you to work as a legal practitioner in a variety of roles, for example: 

  • Advising on cross-border commercial transactions 
  • As an arbitrator in international commercial disputes 
  • As a government official 
  • As an expert in an NGO or international organisation 

Graduates of our previous LLM courses in International Commercial Law, which we've merged to create this LLM, have gone on to roles such as: 

  • Deputy Director, Ministry of Commerce (Pakistan) 
  • Manager (Legal Compliance), Essar Oil Limited 
  • Senior Client Service Specialist, Capital Group 
  • Head of Legal Department, Emirates Associated Business Group 
  • Corporate Lawyer, Ioannides Demetriou Law offices 

Visit the International Commercial Law - LLM page on the University of Sussex website for more details!




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