Increasingly globalisation has led to a growing demand for commercial lawyers with an understanding of international law.
This course meets this need and will help you develop an understanding of the origins of public and private international conflicts and disputes, the causes of cross-border and municipal commercial disputes, and how these can be prevented, managed and resolved.
Intermediate qualifications available:
• Postgraduate certificate – 60 credits at Masters level
• Postgraduate diploma – 120 credits at Masters level
There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable.
The entry points are:
Why choose this course?
• Study the critical application of legal theory to international commercial transactions, and develop contextual skills related to legal reasoning, analysis, research and independent judgement
• Explore the application of theoretical constructs to a range of commercial scenarios, and learn to provide an effective evaluation of legal options
• Develope the professional skills and values needed to put your knowledge into practice, and learn to think in the independent and creative way that would be expected from you as a legal professional employed by a client
• Gain an understanding of the interaction between commercial environments and international legal frameworks
• Benefit from learning how to discern the tensions between individuals, corporations and governments, and how the law can be used as a means of their resolution and, occasionally, their propagation.
On this course you will undertake four 30 credit units and one 60 credit project unit.
Your course takes place over three semesters. Depending upon when you join the course, this will determine the order of units which you will study. You will benefit by beginning your studies with others who started at one of the earlier points of entry.
• Induction Week
• Unit 1 (30 credits)
• Unit 2 (30 credits)
• Unit 3 (30 credits)
• Unit 4 (30 credits)
• Business/Law project (BLP) 60 credits
The induction week will prepare you well for study on your course. You will then study only one unit at a time, which will enable you to focus upon the subject. Our evidence-based approach is designed to enhance engagement and success by applied practice, working with others and network development. The learning delivery takes place through a mix of interactive lectures, seminars, tutorials and lab sessions, along with guided learning, independent and autonomous learning. This emphasis on active learning uses the latest in teaching and learning approaches, integrated with our employability practice-based method with real businesses to enable you to gain real experience as part of your course.
Modules (unit order depends on your start date):
• International Commercial Arbitration
• Investment Treaty Arbitration
• International Commercial Litigation
• Employment Law in a Global Context
This course provides the opportunity to undertake different types of project, a "Capstone" experience which completes the integration of your studies applied in one of the following:
• Professional Practice - the central aim of this unit is to provide you with a thorough understanding of the commercial context in which organisations operate. By reflecting upon your existing knowledge and experience you will be required to respond to a number of work-based scenarios through critical evaluation to determine an appropriate course of action.
• The Live Project - this will enable you to work as part of a team on a project provided by a business organisation. The exact nature of the level of work, and nature of responsibility will depend upon the chosen organisation. However, there will be close negotiation between the company and the Business School.
• The dissertation - this is a conventional dissertation of 12,000 to 15,000 words, enabling you to undertake in-depth research of a topic relating to your course. It will consist of research question, aims and objectives, rationale for undertaking the study, literature review, research methodology, analysis of findings, conclusions and recommendations.
A large part of the assessment will relate to the demonstration of your ability to understand International Business Law in practice.
It is the expectation of the course that you understand the theory and develop critical thinking skills, which will help you to evaluate the relevance of what you have learnt. All of this comes together by being able to demonstrate rigorous expertise for a business or related organisation.
By completing the course you will have the skills and find career opportunities in the following industries/areas:
• International Law firms
• International Financial organisations
• Solicitor in England and Wales
• Barrister at Law in England and Wales
• Paralegal Management consultant
• Non-governmental organisations
• Dispute Resolution organisations
You will also be well prepared for further research study in either the MPhil, or PhD.
For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg
How to apply
For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform