The programme will be attractive to students with an interest in legal reform and policy-making in developing and transition economies. It is also appropriate to those seeking careers in development agencies and NGOs with a developing country focus.
On completion of the programme, successful students will be able to:
-recognise the key issues in understanding the role of the law in the process of development and the transition towards a market-based economy;
-appreciate the importance of the legal framework in underpinning successful market economies;
-be aware of current academic debate around the themes of law and development;
-be familiar with the debate n how differences in legal systems impinge on economic growth;
-understand the role played by multilateral organisations in the reform of legal systems in developing countries;
-appreciate the influence of culture and political systems on both legal systems and the process of development;
-research and analyse issues involving the link between law and economic development.
The Law and Development programme is an activity of the Institute for Law, Economy and Global Governance (InLEGGo) within The School of Law. Members of InLEGGo will teach on the Law and Development programme, and have carried out research by and been consultants to international organisations such as World Bank, USAID, European Union and EBRD.
Students will take four compulsory course units, totalling 60 credits. These compulsory course units are: Topics in Economic Analysis of Law & Policy; Law and Development; Economics For Lawyers and one other course unit, to be decided. In addition, students must take optional course units to a total value of a further 60 credits.
Details of options and course units available can be found on The School of Law website by following these links: Postgraduate - Postgraduate taught - Courses - Index of all course units/modules.
Course units available in any given year will not be confirmed until perhaps May or June preceding the start of the academic year. However, the LL.M in Law and Development will typically offer optional course units in International Banking Law; International Financial Markets; Communications Law and Regulation; International and European Labour Law; International Insurance Law; Information Technology Law; and Comparative Corporate Governance (along with several other more generic optional course units).