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International Trade and Commercial Law (D/L)

Growing in national and international importance, international trade law is one of the exports of the English common law system. The structure of international contracts is dominated by English common law principles. On this course you'll develop your expertise in key areas impacting international trade and commercial law.

This popular course explores diverse areas of the subject including:

  •     international sales and carriage of goods
  •     international competition law
  •     international commercial transactions

Entry requirements

  • A good law degree, 2.2 or above.
  • Applicants whose first degree is not Law will be required to provide evidence of commitment to the LLM subject that they wish to study.
  • Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.

We specify these minimum entry requirements, but we will assess you individually on your ability to benefit from the course. We sometimes offer places on the basis of non-standard entry qualifications, and industrial or professional experience.

Course modules

LLM International Trade and Commercial Law offers a significant opportunity to develop a high level appreciation of one of the fastest growing areas of law. Trade between nations is of huge importance to national and regional economies as well as having huge global significance.

The modules offered on this course offer the opportunity to develop expertise in each of the key areas impacting international trade law. The course explores diverse areas of the subject including international sales and carriage of goods, international commercial transactions and international competition law.

Core modules

*Distance learning students are required to study these four core modules.

  • International Competition Law*

Acquire a critical understanding of the role, significance and basic structure of competition law in the context of increasing global trade and international economic integration. Competition law, (also called Antitrust Law), exists at national and regional levels and you will focus on the two leading competition law jurisdictions in the world, the United States of America (federal) and the European Union.

  • International Carriage of Goods*

Understand the core common law principles, and the main international customs and conventions, applicable to contracts for the international carriage of goods by land sea and air.

  • International Commercial Transactions*

Study the essential functional elements of any business to business contractual relationship concluded across international borders in the so called global village.

  • International Sale of Goods*

Critically evaluate the law relating to contracts for the sale of goods across international borders from the contrasting standpoints of buyer and seller and focus on the core legal components of international sale agreements under three distinct legal codes.

You may choose two of these optional modules to study along with the four core modules.

Optional modules

  • Business Organisations

Examine the key business models available to small and medium sized businesses in the UK. Compare their various legal features, and explore the legal expertise required for setting up, running and closure of a business.

  • Public Companies: Securities Regulation and Corporate Governance

This module is orientated around a UK public company with a premium listing and trading its securities on the London Stock Exchange. The first part of the module examines the core company law and securities law and regulation underpinning such a company (including the detailed rules in the FCA handbook), centring on its initial public offering of securities and subsequent continuing obligations as a listed company and including the UK regulation on market abuse. The final part of the module is concerned with the corporate governance framework pertaining to such a company with a particular emphasis on the core directors’ duty in s. 172 Companies Act 2006, and the UK Corporate Governance Code and UK Stewardship Code. The module seeks to develop an ability to apply and analyse the complex technical provisions as well as to place them within the context of a broader critical theoretical framework.

  • Corporate Liquidation

Develop a high level of knowledge and critical insight of the structure and objectives of corporate insolvency law in England and Wales. You will gain an evaluative appreciation of the regulation of insolvent companies and high level understanding of the role of traditional liquidation against the modern preference for corporate rescue.

  • Securing Corporate Debt

This module examines formal and informal methods by which creditors are able to use property law to secure repayment of debts and acquire priority in insolvency. Students are introduced to common law concepts of property law and the process of legal development through case law. The transactional aspects of the area are given more emphasis than the doctrinal. Both institutional and procedural aspects of the law are considered: e.g. title retention, and the floating charge; constructive notice and undue influence. Students are encouraged to adopt a series of evaluative viewpoints and supported in developing their own analysis of the law and its development.

Please note modules run subject to sufficient student numbers.

Assessment methods

In each case modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.

The dissertation is 18,000 to 20,000 words and is researched and written independently under the guidance of an expert academic.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
LLM Distance learning £ 3,250 (Academic year) Home/EU 21 24 Months
LLM Distance learning £ 3,250 (Academic year) International 21 24 Months

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