LLM International Economic Law

Programme Overview

Since the establishment of the Bretton Woods System in the aftermath of the Second World War, we have seen an extraordinary evolution of international economic relations towards interdependence and integration, and discussions on this process –known as economic globalisation– are commonplace in academic and other fora. This phenomenon of economic globalisation has been accompanied (and supported) by the development of international legal regimes and institutional structures, which have been at the same time the object of much praise and criticism.

International Economic Law has thus developed into an increasingly specialised and appealing discipline, deserving the focus of an advanced degree programme in its own right. This LLM programme seeks to provide participants with in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the institutions, rules and principles of the international economic system, as well as of key legal and policy issues arising from the globalisation of the world economy.

Scholars and practitioners have differing views about the exact meaning of International Economic Law. This is, in part, why the structure of our LLM programme is flexible and interdisciplinary. Through the compulsory courses of the programme, students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the core branches of international economic law (i.e. international trade law and international investment law), the underpinning institutional frameworks and dispute settlement mechanisms. The programme is then designed to allow for an individually tailored selection of optional courses, drawing from relevant courses at the Law and other Schools, depending on the personal interests and future career plans of participants.

What our students say

I really enjoyed being a student on the LLM in International Economic Law as it provided an amazing learning experience...
- Haosen Tang, 2017

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Programme Objectives:

  • To foster an in-depth understanding of the concepts, principles and actors of the international economic system as well as of its evolution and contemporary challenges;
  • To develop critical skills for independent analysis of international economic legal and policy issues, and of its interactions with other areas of international law;
  • To provide students with the academic skills required to analyse the activities of international governmental and non-governmental organisations and private actors in the field of international economic law;
  • To encourage openness to different scholarly approaches within law by offering where appropriate the opportunity to complement specialised law courses with relevant courses offered by the School of Social and Political Science and the School of Economics;
  • To provide students with a recognised, advanced-level exit qualification equipping them for work in a variety of positions and institutions or further advanced level study.