Students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the main legal issues arising from the globalisation of the world economy and will examine issues relating to the governance of the world economy and those arising from various types of international business activity.Entry RequirementsYou will normally be expected to have a second class honours law degree or equivalent to be considered for admission. Applications are welcomed from overseas students. If English is not your first language you will normally be expected to have a score of IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 585. Course AimsInternational Economic Law is an increasingly popular discipline deserving the focus of a degree programme in its own right. On an international level the separation of economic development from political and civil rights, upon which policy-making in the World Bank and the IMF is largely based, is coming under increasing criticism. World Trade Organisation (WTO) law has developed into a highly contentious set of institutions, rules and principles delineating 'acceptable' forms of economic regulation from 'unacceptable' ones. This degree aims to give participants an overview of these developments and provide a thorough grounding in the institutions, rules and principles of international economic policy-making.
Students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the main legal issues arising from the globalisation of the world economy and will examine issues relating to the governance of the world economy and those arising from various types of international business activity. Students will also gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the means by which disputes are approached and resolved at the international level. Course ContentOn the International Economic Law programme, you take four taught modules running concurrently through the teaching year from October to May.
Students must take the two compulsory modules and a dissertation:Core ModulesInternational Economic LawYou will study the law governing economic relations between states, and in particular the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and its rules on the supply of goods and services, tariffs, subsidies and dumping.International Commercial ArbitrationThe main focus of the course will be on the use of arbitration to resolve disputes arising out of such international commercial transactions.DissertationAfter the taught modules have been completed in May, if you are taking the LLM you will work on your dissertation under the supervision of a member of Law staff on a topic in International Economic Law, agreed between you and the Programme Director. This will provide you with an opportunity to deepen your understanding of a particular area of interest in International Economic Law. The dissertation is due at the end of September.
A further two modules must also be taken, and these may be chosen from those listed below.Elective ModulesInternational Intellectual Property LawThis course will focus on the European and international developments in Intellectual Property law. Students will review the national and international protection of Copyrights, Trademarks, Patent and Sui Generis rights. This will include the study of WIPO treaties and TRIPS as well as European legislation.International Financial LawThe nature and function of banking, securities, and financial markets; European and international legal regulation of financial markets; the role of international financial organisations.Public International LawThis module examines the law governing relations between States, including international personality, statehood and recognition, territorial sovereignty, immunity, the law of the sea, state responsibility, dispute resolution and the use of force and international human rights.International Labour LawThe international structures, standards and processes developed by the international Labour Organisation (ILO) concerning equality, health and safety, child labour, freedom of association and other aspects of social justice in the workplace.European and International Environmental LawThis will include the study of the framework of environmental protection in the European Union and the relationship with market integration; the enforcement of EU environmental law; WTO law on environmental protection and the relationship with EU law.European and International Competition LawProviding an understanding of competition law, together with the ability to subject it to critical legal and economic analysis, this module will show how competition law can curb anti-competitive business practices which restrict competition in economic markets. Although emphasis is placed predominantly on EC competition law, developments at a broader public international level will also be explored.Note: modules are subject to withdrawal at the School's discretion.Note Candidates passing the International Commercial Arbitration (CORE) module are exempt from Parts I, II and III of the examinations of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (full exemption from the academic stage).Teaching and LearningThe teaching will usually take the form of classes, involving discussion of prepared reading, supplemented by lecturing from the module teacher to introduce and consolidate the discussion. Use of WebCT, our online learning environment, will also help reinforce learning. AssessmentFor each module you will be assessed twice, first by way of a written essay and then by way of a "seen" or "pre-release" examination, where the question paper is released a short time before the day of the exam. Each assessment is worth 50% of the overall mark.