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Economies in today’s world are increasingly interconnected, posing new legal challenges in areas such as:

  • the imposition of tariffs and other trade barriers
  • the negotiation of deep regional trade agreements reducing regulatory barriers between countries
  • the enforcement of trade rules through the WTO.

You’ll learn to apply the rules of international trade law to the complex challenges facing the international trade system. You'll also develop critical perspectives so you can better understand the theories underlying trade liberalisation.

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 is a world-recognised centre for research excellence in international trade law with one of the largest academic interdisciplinary trade research groups in the world, the UK Trade Policy Observatory.
  • You have an opportunity to develop the practical skills needed to act as a legal adviser in the resolution of international trade disputes.
  • You learn to apply rules of international trade law, exploring the relationship between the public and the private and engaging with cutting-edge research.

Course details

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at 

How will I study?

You'll 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 dissertation.


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 from our International Trade Law 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.

Graduate destinations

94% of students from Sussex Law School were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent School of Law, Politics and Sociology graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • paralegal, Turpin and Miller
  • general advisor, Citizens Advice Bureau
  • legal assistant, Martin Searle Solicitors.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers of Higher Education 2017 survey)

Visit the LLM in International Trade Law page on the University of Sussex website for more details!




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