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Course content

The LLM Transnational Dispute Resolution allows you to develop advanced knowledge of the rules and procedures along which international and transnational disputes are settled.

The course focuses on the contemporary rules, procedures and practices of international courts and tribunals, including the International Court of Justice, interstate and mixed arbitration tribunals, investment dispute resolution mechanisms like International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), or World Trade Organisation (WTO) dispute settlement mechanisms. It also deals with mechanisms allowing the settlement of disputes which are of a hybrid nature, partly international, partly domestic.

You will gain a command of the techniques of argumentation before domestic, regional and international tribunals, as well as critical tools to understand, apprehend and analyse the politics and the dynamics of international dispute resolution mechanisms.

Aims

The LLM in Transnational Dispute Resolution provides students with a command of the techniques of argumentation before domestic, regional and international tribunals, advanced knowledge of the rules and procedures along which international and transnational disputes are settled, as well as critical tools to understand, apprehend and analyse the politics and the dynamics of international and transnational disputes.

Special features

This course offers the strongest students the opportunity of an internship with a renowned law firm or international organisation.

Teaching and learning

The course is based on small-group, seminar-style teaching by our research-active teaching staff as well as invited external experts and renowned practitioners.

This master's degree is offered part time to allow those with a professional occupation to follow the course.

Coursework and assessment

Most course units are assessed by standard methods - either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment. The assessment method of each individual course unit is listed in the course unit description on The School of Law website.

The course has a compulsory research component, in which students have the option of choosing either to submit two research papers of 7,000-8,000 words each (and each of the value of 30 credits) or writing a 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). If students choose the option of submitting two research papers, the first research paper must be within the area of a semester one course unit that you have chosen, and the second research paper must be within the area of a semester two course unit that you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve students' legal writing and research skills. For specialised streams, dissertation topic must be within those streams while for general LLM dissertation topics must be within one of the modules chosen by the student.

Career opportunities

This highly relevant LLM offers you career opportunities with states, government agencies, international courts and tribunals, law firms and multinational corporations who are looking for lawyers with international and transnational dispute resolution.

Visit the Transnational Dispute Resolution - LLM page on the University of Manchester website for more details!

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