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Our LLM in International Economic Law focuses on three main themes of Globalisation, Regulation and Governance.

Studying on the LLM in International Economic Law

Are you looking to gain a theoretical and practical introduction to the main legal issues arising from the globalisation of the world economy? This course focuses specifically on the interplay between international and national regulatory frameworks, through attention to macro-level regulation and micro-level ventures, contracts and transactions.

The theme of governance looks at the changing roles of Law in the contemporary world economy, and considers the interaction between global international institutions, such as the IMF, World Bank and WTO, along with regional organisations such as the EU and NAFTA. Attention is given to the legal, political and economic roles of transnational corporations, along with litigation and arbitration of international commercial disputes.

You will study forms of regulation in areas such as technology, banking and digital markets, as well as comparative approaches to the regulation of competition, financial markets and taxation, while taking note of the convergence of domestic regulatory frameworks through the process of economic liberalisation. In respect of governance, you can address the emerging multilateral framework for foreign investment, the domestic consequences of globalisation in areas such as corporate finance, competition policy, taxation, corporate governance and the environment, and evaluate national regimes for foreign investment.

Core Module

LA908: International Economic Law

This module will introduce and examine aspects of international economic law within the evolving context of economic, political and social globalisation. It will provide an overview of the legal and other regulatory foundations of the global economy and will explore the interaction between international, transnational and national forms of economic governance. It will provide an overview of operations of the main global economic institutions-the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and will assess the efficacy of these institutions against other forms of economic governance.

You will situate international economic law within a broader understanding of its interactions with other international, transnational and national, legal and non-legal processes and examine its role in the contemporary global economy. Emphasis is placed upon the manner in which international economic law constructs international economic relations, inasmuch as it regulates the behaviour of international economic actors and global economic activity, as well as some of its major contradictions.

This module aims to provide the foundation and context for the substantive topics covered in other options in the programme. It will locate international economic law within the economic and geo-political environment in which it operates, including the pivotal role of the state, and provide the critical framework for further exploration of these areas in other modules.You’ll then choose a further five optional modules from an extensive selection of law modules and approved non-law modules.

Career Prospects

Our programme examines both the wider issues of governance of the world economy and the specific legal issues arising from various types of international business transactions. You’ll gain a working knowledge of practical legal problems, but the course is equally suitable if you are seeking to embark on an academic career in Law.


Visit the International Economic Law LLM page on the University of Warwick website for more details!

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