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International Law - specialising in Global Trade Law (LLM)

Course Description

This programme is designed to help students become experts in Global Trade Law, whilst mastering the discipline of International Law of which it is part. The programme will focus on key aspects of International Law and Global Trade Law and the development of skills and knowledge required to operate as International Lawyers in an increasingly globalised world.

Global Trade Law and Public International Law will be compulsory courses, and a range of carefully designed optional modules will allow students to focus more on their areas of interest. Throughout the course, basic principles and advanced level theories will be studied and the many traditional and contemporary challenges in International Law and Global Trade Law will be explored. The course will combine a balanced approach to law, theory, politics and practice.

Through carefully designed course work and varied teaching approaches, students will acquire the intellectual open-ness, technical expertise and critical thinking abilities that are necessary for effectiveness in a globalising world. The programme will equip students to respond effectively to the wide range of intellectual and professional challenges facing contemporary International Trade Lawyers. The LLM in International Law (specialising in Global Trade Law) will equip them to deal with both case work and policy making.

Compulsory Modules:

Legal Research Methods
Global Trade Law
Public International Law
Dissertation on a topic within Global Trade Law
Optional Modules (choose 3):

EU Internal Markets Law
Competition Law
International Commercial Arbitration
Intellectual Property Law
Comparative Corporate Governance
International Banking Law
Employment Opportunities
Employment opportunities for graduates of the programme will include work with international law firms, international organisations such as the United Nations, World Bank, World Trade Organisation and European Union, international courts and tribunals, ‘think tanks’ and research centres, non-governmental organisations and government (eg. Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs). Having taken one of our programmes, there will, of course, also be possibilities for academically inclined students to pursue careers in teaching and research.

January intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of January to June and September to January and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

September intake: Taught modules are undertaken in the period of September to June and will involve the study of 120 credits. The dissertation (or equivalent) is valued at 60 credits and is undertaken during the period of June to September.

Teaching will mostly be seminar-based which will promote group and individual interaction, which also ensures that every individual student is encouraged to contribute to discussions. Seminar-based teaching enables lecturers and students to discuss issues and investigate topics in greater depth, and develops critical thinking and solution-based learning skills in students; whilst also allowing the course teachers to monitor closely each individual’s progress. Emphasis will be placed on the use of virtual learning through the mechanism of the Blackboard computer-assisted learning system and databases such as Westlaw and LexisNexis. Throughout all modules, comparative elements with other legal systems will be emphasised.

Visit the International Law - specialising in Global Trade Law (LLM) page on the Bangor University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

We accept applications from graduates of LLB (Single and Joint Honours) and related subjects such as Accountancy, Finance, Banking and Management Studies, Politics, International Relations and the Social Sciences. For LLB graduates and those with a related degree, we normally require a minimum of a 2(ii) degree from an approved University. Applications with degrees in unrelated disciplines will be considered on a case by case basis for students with degrees in other subjects. Alternatively, possession of a suitable professional qualification or relevant practical experience may be accepted.

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