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International Economic Law (LLM / PgDip / PgCert)

Course Description

Why this course?

The development of the global trading system has created an increasingly sophisticated system of trade and related rights. It not only governs relations between states but impacts on relationship between states and individuals.

At both policy and practical level, there's tension surrounding the function and role of international institutions such as the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

These debates are not confined to the realm of academia. The highest 'court' of WTO has opined that decisions must take into account "[h]uman societies as they actually exist, in other words... in the real world where people live and work and die." (WTO Appellate Body Report, EC-Hormones, paragraph 187)

This LLM in International Economic Law offers you the opportunity to explore how international economic law deals with real world challenges. You’ll gain an understanding of the fundamental rules and principles supporting international economic law.

You can tailor your degree to suit your intended career path by choosing elective modules from outside of our Law School.

The course is for those wanting to develop careers with international law firms and other organisations with an international focus. It’s also useful if you want to work in the international development sector in management, planning, or policy related areas.

See the website https://www.strath.ac.uk/courses/postgraduatetaught/internationaleconomiclaw/

You’ll study

This programme is available full-time and part-time with three potential exit points. You can choose to study for a:
- Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)
- Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip)
- Masters degree (LLM)

Core classes:
- Legal Research
- World Trading Systems: Law & Policy

In addition to the core classes, you'll have the opportunity to pursue elective classes from other Masters programmes in Law as well as related programmes across the university.

- Elective classes
Choices may include:
- Comparative Law of Obligations
- International Environmental Law
- E-Commerce
- Comparative Company Law and Regulation
- Competition Law and Policy in the EU
- Legal Process and the Law of Contract and Other Obligations (For non-lawyers)
- UK and EU Environmental Law
- Intellectual Property
- Digital Copyright Law and Policy-Making
- International Trade Theory, Policy and Institutions
- Telecommunications Law

Please note that the classes offered may change from year to year.

Field dissertation

A unique aspect of this programme is the opportunity for you to undertake a field dissertation within a governmental or non-governmental organisation with an international focus. It can be either in the UK, or more likely, overseas.

This opportunity is offered on a competitive basis. It lasts for up to 12 weeks between July and September. Work completed for the placement will focus on a specific area of law and will form the subject of your dissertation.

Previous students have undertaken placements in countries including Sri Lanka, Tanzania, South Africa, India and Kenya. Examples of projects which our students have undertaken include:
- assessing the extent to which Indian environmental and energy laws promote the development of micro-renewables
- an analysis of whether Tanzanian land law discriminates against women and what reforms would be needed to address the discrimination
- an exploration of the low take-up of Clean Development Mechanism [CDM] in Sub-Saharan Africa and how the situation could be improved
- an assessment of environmental justice in Nigeria and South Africa

The project/field work is organised and supported by Challenges Worldwide. Challenges Worldwide is an innovative, award-winning, social enterprise working in international development.

The University of Strathclyde provides comprehensive travel and health insurance for all participants in the Field Dissertation. We also pay for the costs of your placement. Students are responsible for the costs of flights, visas, and accommodation and living expenses while overseas. Such costs have tended to be in the region of £1,500 to £2,500 per student.


Our library has a wide range of law reports, legislation, serials and monographs. It also has duplicate sets of key law report series, houses extensive collections in government publications and other related areas.

You'll have access to a wide range of electronic information sources, which can be accessed from home, including all the major legal databases.

Additional Entry requirements

If your first language is not English, you must provide documentary evidence of an appropriate level of competency of written and spoken English. The minimum standards are an IELTS minimum overall band score of 6.5 (with no individual test score below 6.0).

The University's English Language Teaching department offers pre-entry and pre-sessional courses for new international students from April each year. Full fee paying students are entitled to one month of the pre-sessional English course free of charge.

Pre-Masters preparation course

The Pre-Masters Programme is a preparation course for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

To find out more about the courses and opportunities on offer visit isc.strath.ac.uk or call today on +44 (0) 1273 339333 and discuss your education future. You can also complete the online application form. To ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers today.

Learning & teaching

As a general rule, classes taught within the Law School will normally be taught over a ten-week teaching period with one two-hour seminar per week.
However in some cases, classes will be offered intensively over a shorter time period because of the availability of staff teaching them.


A variety of assessment methods and weightings are used on Law School Masters programmes. The classes developed specifically for this programme generally follow this format:
- two x 4,000-word essays or one final exam together with a 4,000-word essay
Each component of assessment is generally worth 50% of the final mark of a class. To pass each class, you need an average overall score of 50% across all assessments as well as a minimum score of 40% in each individual component of assessment.


Increasingly, lawyers and other related professionals are operating in environments that demand an understanding of international economic law.

Studying on this programme will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and analytical skills relevant to working or planning a career with an international focus.

Students on this programme and the LLM in International Law and Sustainable Development have gone on to take up varied positions including:
- Analyst in the Private Wealth division of a multinational bank
- Policy Officer with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
- Logistical Co-ordinator with Oxfam America
- Legal counsel for an energy utility company based in Switzerland
- Responsible Investment Analyst for a leading global provider of research into corporate environmental, social and governance performance
- Project Associate for an international non-profit organization working to advance global public health
- Senior manager at Ofgem
- Lecturer at a technical college in Bahrain

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.strath.ac.uk/search/scholarships/index.jsp

Visit the International Economic Law (LLM / PgDip / PgCert) page on the University of Strathclyde website for more details!

Student Profiles

Lord Hope Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme - 12 Awards

The Law School is delighted to announce the launch of the Lord Hope Postgraduate Scholarship Scheme. Under this initiative, up to twelve partial scholarships of £1,000 each (£500 for Part-Time) shall be available for applicants across our range of LLM/MSc programmes in the academic year 2014/15. The awards will be granted on a competitive footing offered on the basis of financial need and academic merit. In addition to the financial award, the successful applicants shall also be invited to attend a celebratory dinner hosted by patron of the scheme and Emeritus Professor of the Law School, the Rt Honourable Lord Hope of Craighead KT, PC, FRSE.

Value of Scholarship(s)



Scholarship applicants must first submit an application for one of the Law School's programmes listed and be able to demonstrate high academic achievement and financial need.All applications must be received by Friday 30 May 2014

Application Procedure

To apply for a scholarship, you must visit the Law School postgrduate taught web pages and download an applications form from the funding opportunities section. Once completed, please send to [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A second-class Honours degree, or equivalent, in a related discipline (some law content recommended). Entry may be possible with other qualifications, especially where your work experience is relevant to the course.

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