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LLM/PGDip/PGCert International Business Law

Learn about the course below
Code
PGM303
Start
October 2018
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£8,800 (UK/EU)
£13,500 (INT)
Course leader
Elvira Dominguez-Redondo

This degree aims to enable students to specialise in subjects related to international business law, equipping them with comprehensive knowledge of the legal processes governing international business, through the systematic and critical understanding of topics relevant to international business transactions such as trade law, international sale of goods and commercial arbitration.

Why study LLM/PGDip/PGCert International Business Law at Middlesex University?

You will deepen and broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject; acquiring systematic understanding of legal processes, methods and concepts, of the social and political context in which legal processes take place and of appropriate theoretical conceptions of law.

Ultimately, by maximising your academic potential and refining your problem-solving skills in a transnational context through the acquisition of systematic and critical understanding of complex legal, economic, cultural, ethical and political issues informing international trade relations and transnational business you will enhance your professional development and horizons.

The research and writing skills you gain will be transferable to a variety of professional sectors, including the legal profession, policymaking, corporate sector, governmental bodies or academia.

In the School of Law at Middlesex University we have assembled a team of globally-respected academics who provide not only insight and practical direction but access to a considerable network of contacts and connections, notably for internship opportunities within international and domestic organisations.

Among them are Dr Scott Morrison, who researches on the development and regulation of Islamic finance and investment and retail banking, both in the United Kingdom and abroad; Dr Lijun Zhao who specialises on international trade and maritime law; Mariette Jones whose research and teaching focuses on company law and corporate governance; and Dr Nadia Bernaz, as our expert in business and human rights law.

Course highlights

  • Advance your knowledge of international business law in a fast-changing global marketplace and an ever-globalised world
  • Study with teaching staff who are engaged in major research across relevant fields of law, from international sale of goods to law and policy of the WTO and international commercial litigation and arbitration
  • Learn alongside students from across the globe in one of the world's greatest cities

What will you study on the LLM/PGDip/PGCert International Business Law?

Full-time LLM (1 year, 180 credits)

  • Four core plus two optional modules are completed over terms one and two, with a Dissertation period in term three.

Part-time LLM (2 years, 180 credits)

  • Four core plus two optional modules are completed over four taught terms, plus a Dissertation period
  • Two modules in term one, two modules in term two, and two modules in the first term of the following academic year.

PG Diploma (1 year, 120 credits)

  • Four core plus two optional modules completed over four taught terms
  • Two modules in term one, two modules in term two, and two modules in the first term of the following academic year.

For all pathways, attendance may be required during the day and/or evening, depending on your choice of modules.

Modules

Each module is typically worth 20 credits, except the Dissertation, Work Integrated Learning and Practicum in International Organisations modules which are worth 60 credits each. The Work Integrated Learning and Practicum in International Organisations may be chosen to replace the Dissertation with prior agreement.

  • Core modules

    • Legal Research Skills

      This module equips you with essential research skills necessary to complete a master's of law successfully, including the technical and conventional systems governing academic writing and the principles and practice followed in legal reasoning.

    • Law of the International Sale of Goods

      This module presumes familiarity with the principles of contract law and extends these into the international arena in the field of international sale of goods. It deals with the English law governing trade in wet and dry commodities and international law, principally the United Nations Convention on the International Sale of Goods. It aims to enhance your ability to tackle the practical, policy and economic implications of legal regimes enabling trade and transactions between parties divided by or purposely straddling legal and geographic boundaries.

    • Law and Policy of the World Trade Organisation

      This module is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of global trade regimes through an overview of globalisation and contemporary international economic relations; the regulation of international trade by the WTO; and the relationship between international trade, harmonisation of the law and trade-related issues.

    • International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

      You will gain the knowledge necessary to deal with contemporary and emerging challenges in the practise and management of transnational commercial disputes with a focus on the increasing use of arbitration for expediency and cost savings by medium and large-scale enterprises operating in multiple jurisdictions.

  • Plus one of the following:

    • Dissertation

      The Dissertation module is taught in term two, and assessed by a 15,000-18,000 dissertation. You'll be expected to demonstrate expert-level knowledge and advanced-level legal research skills by writing a dissertation paper, supported by a supervisor, on a topic that you propose which is approved by the module leader, Dr Lughaidh Kerin.

      Eligible LLM students can replace this module with the Work Integrated Learning or Practicum in International Organisations module with prior approval.

    • Practicum in International Organisations

      This module enables you to undertake work experience in an international organisation for 12 weeks. Examples of organisations where students from Middlesex have completed their placement include the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Building and Woodworkers International global union federation, as well as a range of NGOs and other UN agencies in Geneva.

      You'll be required to keep a diary of your work documenting the acquisition of transferable skills, plus produce an original 4,000-word academic paper which indicates understanding of the organisation where the placement took place.

    • Work Integrated Learning

      The module aims to enable you to apply theoretical knowledge and research to anticipate and respond to challenges in a selected workplace experience. You can undertake this workplace experience as an internship that you negotiate yourself or in your current workplace or an existing voluntary role. It also aims to help you foster sustainable long term learning by requiring that you take responsibility for your own learning, design and negotiate learning goals and make informed judgments about your performance across the programme of study. The module will ask you to engage as active subjects in the assessment process, thus enhancing your capacity for transformative learning. By selecting a topic of interest grounded in your workplace experience you’ll be expected to demonstrate reflexivity, self-regulation and self-assessment in your journey towards personal and professional development.

  • Plus two optional modules from the list below:

    • Business and Human Rights

      The Bophal disaster, the tragedy of the Niger Delta and the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory are all examples of what appears to be systematic corporate human rights abuses which are not being adequately prevented or remedied. This module enables you to understand how the sub-discipline business and human rights challenges State-centred architecture of international human rights law and delves into the responsibility of non-state actors such as multinational corporations in the area of human rights. It also challenges the idea that only individuals can commit international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes looking into corporate criminal and civil liability for human rights violations.

    • Comparative Corporate Governance

      This module equips you with critical understanding of the major theories concerning the nature of corporations, their role and function in society, the concerns surrounding corporate governance and corporate responsibility, and the laws and practices governing directorial conduct and company operation in selected countries.

    • Contemporary Issues of European Union Law and Governance

      This will give you an in-depth look at a range of contemporary issues of EU Law and governance enabling you to critically analyse and evaluate the European Union's institutional structures and methods of integration as well as their underlying tensions.

    • Dismissal Law

      You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the common law and statutory principles governing the termination of contracts of employment in the UK.

    • English Commercial Law

      Understand and analyse contemporary issues, legal problems and emergent changes to legislation governing the conduct of trade, business and financial services.

    • European Union Law in Action

      You will gain an advanced knowledge and understanding of the European Union's policy and legislative making processes, and the mechanism and tools by which the European Union seeks to promote participatory democracy. This may be attractive to you if you are interested in making an impact on the contemporary and controversial policy and legislative issues governed by the EU

    • European Human Rights Law and Practice

      This module engages students with the legal, political and philosophical perspectives of the legal frameworks, institutions and remedies available to protect fundamental rights in Europe, both under the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights

    • European Union Free Movement, Immigration and Asylum Law and Policy

      Acquire detailed and wide-ranging knowledge of EU laws on free movement of persons, immigration, asylum and border management, and learn how these laws are implemented in practice.

    • Foundations and Principles of International Law

      Enable you to analyse, critically evaluate and provide authoritative commentary on how international law impacts international relations and contemporary concerns such as globalisation, the use of armed force, terrorism, poverty, governance and the regulation of ownership over territory.

    • Individual Employment Law

      Focus on contractual employment relationships and the practical impact of the statutory rights on the operation of employment relationships in the UK.

    • Intellectual Property Law

      Equips you with systematic understanding of the relevant national and international regimes governing intellectual property focusing on English and EU law including case law, as well as the measures specified by the agreements on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

    • International Criminal Law

      Helps you to develop an understanding of the international body of law prohibiting international crimes viewed as atrocities (genocide, crimes against humanity, aggression and war crimes) and to make perpetrators criminally accountable for their perpetration under national and international jurisdictions.

    • International Human Rights Law

      Provides an in-depth understanding of the international human rights law framework under the United Nation organisations and ability to assess its efficacy engaging the complementary American, African and Asian regional systems of promotion and protection of human rights worldwide.

    • International Humanitarian Law

      Gain advanced knowledge of the laws restricting the means and methods of warfare and protecting the victims of armed conflicts.

    • International Maritime Law

      Equips you with detailed knowledge and understanding of English and international normative frameworks regulating the carriage of goods by sea and the laws governing maritime causalities and their aftermath, such as collision, oil pollution, salvage and general average.

    • International Migration and the Law

      Develop advanced knowledge and understanding of the main international law instruments migration and their relationship with UK domestic laws.

    • International Organisations and the International Dispute Resolution

      Get advanced conceptual insights into the legal, political and structural issues that underpin dispute resolution within international organisations through a thematic focus on issues such as labour, trade, title to territory and international peace and security. You will learn to think strategically about different means of settlement of disputes and their applicability to existing or potential conflicts.

    • International Whistleblowing Law and Practice

      Gain an understanding of the different legal approaches to protecting whistleblowers and the theories used to explain why some people choose to whistleblow while others remain silent.

    • Minority Rights and Indigenous Peoples in International Law

      This module enables you to understand, analyse and comment upon the international law framework on minority rights and indigenous peoples under the United Nations, American, European, African and Asian systems, assessing their efficacy in dealing with violations.

    • UK and European Anti-Discrimination Law

      Understand, analyse and assess the relevant regulations at national and European level governing discrimination as well as the practical, historical, social, economic, ethical and philosophical context in which these operate.

  • Additional optional modules available in

    • International Politics, Criminology and Sociology

      In addition to the Law modules listed above, students can study one of the following modules from International Politics, Criminology and Sociology either in term one or two.

      Term one: Sustainable Development and Human Rights; Environmental Law and Governance; Migration Theories and Approaches.

      Term two: Politics of Globalisation; Migration Politics and Policies.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year. Module availability is dependent on staffing and the number of students wishing to take each module.

How will the LLM/PGDip/PGCert International Business Law be taught?

You will gain knowledge and understanding through a stimulating combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, professional internships and self-directed studies and use a variety of resources, including audio-visual media, library books and e-learning materials.

Lectures, seminars and presentations are used to communicate core information, develop themes and ideas, and seek to encourage student participation through interactive exercises and opportunities for peer and self-assessment. You will also be required to engage in intensive programmes of structured reading and research, and to present your findings orally and in writing.

Skills training, particularly through our Legal Research Skills module, will equip you with the intellectual tools necessary for postgraduate work, including the identification and location of appropriate materials, critical and analytical reading, writing skills and conventions.

Several sessions within each module and a substantial part of the Dissertation are designed to provide guidance on identifying a suitable research question, carrying out research, writing a literature review and planning and writing a dissertation.

Learning and teaching on all modules is informed by a critical approach that encompasses relevant aspects of the ethical, social, professional, historical and cultural contexts within which the law operates. Ethics are specifically embedded in some modules and students are provided with the opportunity to understand the ethical dimensions of their own research and within which the law operates at each level.

Eligible students who enrol on the Practicum in International Organisations or Work Integrated Learning modules will engage with decision makers in our partner organisations and develop new skills in research, writing, IT and networking.

Assessment

Students practical skills are assessed by oral presentations, coursework, peer-marking, exams, literature reviews and, where appropriate, dissertation, diary and report writing.

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  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the LLM/PGDip/PGCert International Business Law support your career?

This programme prepares students for a wide range of careers in public and private sector organisations, multinational companies and inter-governmental bodies requiring specialist knowledge in private and public international law frameworks regulating commercial and trade transactions, as well as mechanisms involved in the resolution of commercial disputes. Previous graduates have also continued their higher education studies via a PhD.

As well as access to the University's Employability Service students are offered specialist advice by the Programme Leader and other contributors to the programme, including guidance on how to enter and pass recruitment processes for national and international organisations. Students have access to the support services offered by the Clinical Legal Education programme and are invited to attend career-focused workshops, skills sessions and events.

Our team of world renowned lecturers will provide the latest thinking and practice on legal issues. Our students benefit from their considerable network of contacts and connections within their sectors, notably for internship opportunities within international and domestic organisations, such as the United Nations, our on-campus litigation centre, the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), the Legal Advice Centre, and a range of local companies providing professional legal services.

Dr Nadia Bernaz
Senior Lecturer in Law

Dr Bernaz is the PhD programme leader whose areas of expertise are international human rights law and international criminal law. Her research focuses on business and human rights, capital punishment, the Caribbean region and international tribunals.

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Start: October 2018, September 2018 (EU/INT induction)

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Code: PGM302

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