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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Economics

    Law

  • Start Date

    January

  • Course Duration

    Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

    Part-time home/EU students: £5500 pa
    Full-time home/EU students: £11000 pa
    Part-time international students: £8400 pa
    Full-time international students: £16800 pa

  • Last Updated

    02 October 2019

This innovative LLM enables you to tailor your studies to your professional and research interests. You choose one of two critical pathways, which draw on cutting-edge critical research to examine contemporary issues and problems:

  • LLM International Finance and Economic Law (Intensive)
  • LLM International Economic Law, Justice and Development (Intensive).

LLM INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND ECONOMIC LAW (INTENSIVE)

What is it about finance that makes it appear powerful? How does finance relate to different senses of law, norms and regulation?

The first time the concept of 'freedom' was written down, in Mesopotamia c.2400 BC as ama-gi, its use did not relate to liberty from tyrannical rule, but to freedom from debt-slavery. Why is it that from the first civilisations to the present, debt-finance has exercised such power over peoples that it has led thinkers as diverse as Hindu theologians and classical economists to link finance to power?

Adopting an avowedly critical perspective, this programme refuses simply to accept current financial law and economics as given. The programme develops an understanding of the conditions in which financial crises develop. It is designed to examine the nature of finance and the power it exercises within society. Focusing on the law, economics and practice of international finance leading up to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, you will be presented with critical theoretical tools with which to interrogate the role of finance in society, and in particular its effects on value systems. This programme’s critical depth and breadth affords you a unique opportunity to concretise and engage with the questions you have asked about the failures of finance.

To achieve this, you will be given a solid grounding in the legal and economic principles of finance. We examine the practice of finance in today’s financial capitals with their money markets and complicated corporate structures. You will develop practical knowledge and the theoretical tools necessary to critique finance as such: from questioning the concepts of money and value, to the power of finance with respect to time and space, the nexus of finance and consciousness, to the deep relations between finance, consumption, desire and life itself.

The study of finance will be combined with that of international economic institutions, and a range of specialised modules that you can choose based on your individual interests.

LLM INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW, JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT (INTENSIVE)

Should those who are relatively poor regard international economic law as a means, end, obstacle or irrelevance to improving their lives? What role do international economic institutions play in shaping and responding to global events and crises?

The impact of international economic law and institutions upon justice and development justifiably commands increasing attention from all quarters: local politicians and international celebrities, savvy pharmaceutical companies and bewildered farmers, moral philosophers and foreign investors.

This is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the UK to address the law, institutions and practices that constitute global and local economies from an avowedly critical perspective. It is particularly well suited to (current and aspiring) lawyers and non-lawyers within non-governmental organisations, government departments and in-house corporate social responsibility departments who wish to critically reflect on their role as practitioners. It also offers an opportunity for research and study for those considering a career change in the direction of working in, and with, international economic institutions or international development.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The School of Law is an internationally recognised centre for critical and interdisciplinary legal research. It provides an exciting and innovative environment for a wide range of research with a strong theoretical and policy focus.
  • The School is the home of Birkbeck Law Press and publishes Law and Critique: The International Journal of Critical Legal Thought.
  • We use technology, such as electronic learning environments, to enhance teaching and learning. Birkbeck Library has an extensive collection of books, journals and electronic resources in law and related disciplines such as economics, politics and sociology. You can also take advantage of the rich research collections nearby, including those of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Senate House Library, the British Library of Political and Economic Science (LSE Library) and the British Library.
  • In the latest Research Excellence Framework we were ranked in the top 10 for research intensity in the UK and top three in London, while our research environment was judged conducive to producing research of the highest quality.
  • The Patrick McAuslan Scholarship is awarded to a student from East Africa with proven interest and experience in social justice in one of the following areas: sustainable development; the alleviation of poverty; land reform; or planning law.
  • Find out more about why you should study law at Birkbeck.

Visit the International Economic Law (Intensive) (LLM) page on the Birkbeck, University of London website for more details!

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