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Prepare yourself for the future of international dispute resolution in a global economy

A thorough knowledge of national laws and procedures is no longer sufficient to competently counsel clients in the globalised world of the 21st Century.

As technology, trade and transportation have reduced the significance of borders, trans-frontier activity has become part of our daily routine. International and European law have developed dynamically to catch up with this quickly changing world and to regulate cross-border activities that national law can rarely govern efficiently.

The international dispute resolution LLM, prepares you for a career in the challenging and exciting field of international dispute resolution. It provides you with a solid foundation in all relevant areas including both private and public international means of dispute resolution and allows them to specialize in the fields of their choice.

The faculty combines both King’s award-winning academics and some of the world’s leading practitioners.

 Key benefits

  • Our modules give you practical insight and a solid foundation in the growing and challenging field of international dispute resolution
  • Taught by some of the world’s leading practitioners and academics
  • Taught in the world’s centre of international dispute resolution, in the heart of legal London
  • Features mandatory modules to give you an overview over private and public means of international dispute resolution as well as recent developments
  • Covers all major areas of international dispute resolution, such as international commercial arbitration, international investment arbitration, dispute resolution in the EU and public international law – including human rights law
  • Generous scholarships are available to support the brightest and best students. For more information on these scholarships and how you can apply, please click here.

Description

The pathway features three mandatory core modules on mechanisms of international dispute resolution between private parties, mechanisms under international and EU law as well as current developments in international dispute resolution, providing students with the essential basics in international dispute resolution.

Beyond these modules students have a wide range of options of specialised fields of international dispute resolution, ranging from modules on international commercial arbitration and international investment arbitration exclusively taught by some of the world’s leading barristers, to judicial protection in the EU, human rights law and litigation, an advanced seminar on selected topics in international arbitration, international mooting, climate change, arbitration and intellectual property, international investment law as well as policy, negotiation, transnational litigation, world trade law and oral advocacy – the latter module again co-taught by a world-renowned barrister.

Students without any background in international or EU law can acquire the relevant basic knowledge in this field in the first two weeks of the pathway, in two not-for-credit optional “foundational seminars”.

The leader of this pathway is Dr Holger Hestermeyer

Course purpose

This LLM prepares students for a career in the challenging and exciting field of international dispute resolution. It provides them with a solid foundation in all relevant areas including both private and public international means of dispute resolution and allows them to specialise in the fields of their choice. The school combines both King’s award-winning academics and some of the world’s leading practitioners.

Course format and assessment

In the first and second semester you study your selection of taught modules (half and full). These are in most cases assessed in the third semester (May/June) by written examination, or in some cases by the submission of an assessed essay. Please see further details for each individual module in the module list below.

Dissertation or research essays must be submitted in September, after the May/June examinations.


Visit the International Dispute Resolution - LLM page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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