Explore the legal issues and pertinent regulatory principles in trade relationships and the broad spectrum of related services.
At its core, international trade law concerns the regulation of the sale and transaction of goods. On our course, we ensure that you develop specialist knowledge of business and commercial law within the international context. You study topics including: -Financing international trade -Foreign direct investment -Legal analysis and writing -The sale contract -The carriage contract
At Essex we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law. We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and we are ranked among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World [University] Rankings  for law.
Our law course will develop your intellectual and critical faculties, encourage you to think independently and teach you to present rational, coherent and accurate arguments orally and in writing. It will provide you with an excellent foundation for any career.
This course is also available on a part-time basis.
Our expert staff
Our internationally diverse community of staff and students gives us a breadth of cross-cultural perspectives and insights into law and justice around the world.
This community, combined with opportunities to study abroad during your time with us, ensures you graduate with a genuine worldview and a network of international contacts.
-Volunteer at the Essex Law Clinic where you can work alongside practicing solicitors to offer legal advice to clients -Gain commercial awareness at our Business and Legal Advice Clinic -Work on key human rights projects at our Human Rights Clinic -Participate in mooting competitions to develop your skills, particularly important if you hope to become a barrister -Test your mediation and negotiation skills in our Client Interviewing Competition (sponsored by Birkett Long Solicitors) -Join our Model United Nations society, which can improve your skills of argumentation, oral presentation and research -Network at our student-run Law Society, Human Rights Society, and Bar Society, which provides legal advice to the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA) -Our Essex Street Law project is one of the first of its kind and is the primary pro-bono project provided by our Law Society -Take advantage of networking opportunities throughout the year with visiting law firms
Our School of Law graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in international and intergovernmental organisations or employment with governments across the world, in commerce and banking, in non-governmental organisations and, as might be expected, in the legal profession and the judiciary.
During the year, we hold a careers session for our students in which we reflect upon our own careers and how they have been built as well as those from former students. We are always available to discuss career options and if you are interested in a particular area of the law, we can link you up with the relevant alumni to offer advice.
We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
-Dissertation: LLM International Trade Law -International Trade Finance Law -Carriage of Goods By Sea -Foundation Essay for International Trade Law -International Sale of Goods -European Union Law and Human Rights (optional) -Legal Research and the English Legal System (optional) -Approaches to Legal Theory (optional) -International Commercial Dispute Resolution I (optional) -Public International Trade Law (optional) -Legal Aspects of Electronic Commercial Transactions (optional) -Marine Insurance I (optional) -Maritime Law and Wet Shipping (optional) -International Financial Law (optional) -Cybercrime (optional) -Data Protection (optional) -Freedom of Expression, Privacy and the Media (optional) -The Legal Order of the European Union (optional) -EU Private International Law (optional) -The Economics of the European Union (optional) -The Enlargement of the European Union (optional) -Foundation Essay for Europen Union Commercial Law (optional) -EU Company Law (optional) -International Commercial and Business Law: Models, Principles and Tools (optional) -International Trade, Investment and Human Rights. -Business and Human Rights -Work-Based Project -Contemporary Issues in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (optional)
“The School of Law at the University of Essex was recommended to me by an alumnus as the best in the field of human rights law. I had always wanted to further my knowledge in law and international human rights law is a very dynamic and growing area, so the School of Law’s LLM International Human Rights Law appealed to me. Moreover, as a former Clerk of the Court (Prosecutor) I have always been drawn to incorporating human rights issues into that line of work.
Essex has a great human rights programme that balances academic work with practical work. There are seminars and workshops geared towards enhancing our skills in human rights and students have the opportunity to become involved in human rights projects from across the world to get hands on experience. As such I enjoy the balance that has been created for the students, especially where most of us have never worked in the field from a practical point of view. In relation to the academic aspect, the course outlines are readily available online, the reading materials are given and time is not wasted trying to collate information at the library as it is made easily accessible online. Moreover our lecturers are renowned and well respected in the field, several are highly active as a result of their appointments at the United Nations in high profile positions, yet easily accessible when you need them.
In addition, I enjoy the global feel that my class has as I am studying with people from varied backgrounds; there is a former magistrate, several attorneys from different fields, to name just a few. This means I learn something new every day whether legal, social or otherwise from these persons, as well as being able to network with persons from parts of the world I have only heard of.
When I finish my LLM I will be returning to Jamaica to my job.”
"I studied political science and international relations at university in Istanbul and found human rights to be the area that interested me most. I knew Essex was the best university to study this subject further, with a worldwide reputation for its academic staff in the School of Law and the very well respected Human Rights Centre.
Two elements of my LLM International Human Rights Law were invaluable. Firstly, the quality and enthusiasm of my teaching staff who are always friendly and helpful, and secondly the diversity on my course, with students from all over the world and varying age ranges. Combining young students and professionals was an important aspect of my course which opened my eyes to different facts on the world and allowed me to empathise and work more successfully in my field.
I found there were always interesting projects and research going on at Essex, with academic staff happy to involve current student. In addition, the University has numerous student societies to join and quite a few are focused on human rights (Human Rights Society, STAR, Student for Free Tibet and Model United Nations Essex) which allowed me to go beyond my reading and writing to gain practical experience.
Since graduating, I have taken a job at the Human Rights Centre here, as Student Activities Officer, so have been coordinating student support events such as field trips to Europe and Kosovo, student conferences on human rights in Asia and in Africa, and other extracurricular activities.
My LLM gave me new experiences and ideas which I never thought of before. It also ensured I have the right research skills and academic discipline to consider undertaking a PhD in the future."
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