The LLM in International Trade Law looks at aspects of trade at international level. Much of the teaching on this course addresses topical issues that are developing as the student is studying.
Modules and Options
The lists of modules below represent the range of options available for each year of study. This may not be a complete list of the options you will study, and may be subject to change, so please contact the department for further details.
BROADCASTING, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND REGULATION
BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS
Compulsory: INTERNATIONAL SALES CONTRACTS AND CARRIAGE OF GOODS
Compulsory: INTERNATIONAL TRADE FINANCE LAW
Core: DISSERTATION: LLM INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW
EC BROADCASTING LAW AND POLICY
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
EQUALITY LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS AND HEALTH CARE
EUROPEAN BROADCASTING LAW AND POLICY
EUROPEAN COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT LAW
EUROPEAN COMMUNITY EXTERNAL RELATIONS
EUROPEAN COMPETITION LAW
EUROPEAN CONVENTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS I
EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
EUROPEAN UNION LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS
FREE MOVEMENT OF GOODS AND SERVICES IN THE INTERNAL MARKET
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, PRIVACY AND THE MEDIA
HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS
HEALTH CARE ETHICS
HUMAN RIGHTS ACROSS NATIONS AND CULTURES
HUMAN RIGHTS AND DEVELOPMENT
HUMAN RIGHTS FOR WOMEN
HUMAN RIGHTS IN PHILOSOPHY AND LAW
HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE NEW EUROPE
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND COMPETITION LAW
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW IN THE ELECTRONIC ENVIRONMENT
INTELLECTURAL PROPERTY AND THE ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES
INTERNATIONAL CHILD LAW
INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION 1
INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL DISPUTE RESOLUTION II
INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW
INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL AND MONETARY REGULATION
INTERNATIONAL LAW OF CREDIT AND SECURITY
INTERNATIONAL TAX LAW
INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND HUMAN RIGHTS
INTRODUCTION TO THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICTS
ISSUES AT THE END OF LIFE
ISSUES IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
LAW AND CULTURAL PROPERTY
LAW OF INTERNATIONAL PEACEKEEPING
LEGAL ASPECTS OF ELECTRONIC COMMERCIAL TRANSACTIONS
PHILOSOPHY, POLITICAL THEORY AND THE EUROPEAN UNION
PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA
PROTECTION MINORITIES IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW
RESEARCH METHODS IN PUBLIC LAW
TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND COMPETITION
THE ECONOMICS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
THE ENLARGEMENT OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
THE INTER-AMERICAN SYSTEM OF HUMAN RIGHTS
THE PROTECTION OF REFUGEES AND DISPLACED PERSONS IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
THEORY AND PRACTICE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS
TOPICS IN THE LAW OF ARMED CONFLICT
TRADING IN DIGITAL GOODS AND SERVICES
Teaching and Assessment Methods
A: Knowledge and Understanding
A1 : The fundamental doctrines and principles of business law as they pertain to the international trade of goods and services.
A2 : Demonstrate and exercise independence of thought.
A3 : The methods and techniques of implementing international trade law.
A4 : How international trade law is applied in various judicial and practical situations.
A5 : Some areas of international trade law in some depth.
A1 - A5 are acquired through large group interactive classes, which encourage dialogue between the students and teacher and between the students, and through seminars which allow for dynamic interaction based on directed, pre-set reading. Students are expected undertake independent research for courses and, in particular, the course essays and dissertation. A5 is in particular acquired through independent research for the dissertation.
Testing the knowledge-base for A1 - A5 is through course essays and the dissertation.
B: Intellectual/Cognitive Skills
B1 : Identify accurately the issue(s) which require researching.
B2 : Apply relevant primary and secondary legal sources.
B3 : Reason critically, identify, analyse, and solve complex problems, even in the absence of complete data.
B4 : Recognise, rank and collate items and issues in terms of relevance and importance.
B5 : Produce a comprehensive, coherent and sophisticated synthesis of relevant doctrinal and policy issues in relation to a topic.
B6 : Critically evaluate the merits of particular arguments and advanced scholarship in the field.
B7 : Present and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or methodologies and, where necessary, propose new hypotheses.
B8 : Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively, make sound judgments in the absence of complete data, and communicate the conclusions clearly.
B9 : Demonstrate and exercise originality of thought in the application of knowledge.
Skills B1 - B9 are obtained and developed through seminars and large group interactive classes where there is an emphasis on group discussion and analysis of case material and problems (hypothetical and actual). All skills are complemented by the course essays and the dissertation.
Skills B1 - B8 will be assessed through course essays and the dissertation. B9 will be assessed by the dissertation.
C: Practical Skills
C1 : Identify, select and retrieve up-to-date legal information, using both paper and electronic sources.
C2 : Identify, select and retrieve non-legal information pertinent to issues of international trade law, using both paper and electronic sources.
C3 : Use and apply legal terminology and legal concepts, not only in legal settings, but to applied problems, actual or hypothetical.
C4 : Plan and undertake tasks in and beyond complex areas of law that have already been studied; and plan and autonomously undertake independent research in areas of law not previously studied.
Skills C1 and C2 are developed through preparation for case studies and the large group interactive classes, and through research for the course essays and dissertation. Skills C3 and C4 are developed through seminars by way of the medium of problem solving and group discussion. Skill C4 is particularly developed through the course essays and dissertation. In addition to traditional research methods, students are expected to use the internet, LEXIS and WESTLAW when researching their assessed work in order to find primary and secondary sources, either in on-line or paper format.
Skills C1 - C4 are assessed through the course essays and the dissertation.
D: Key Skills
D1 : A student should be able to: (D1A) Work with the English language proficiently in relation to matters of international trade law; (D1B) Present knowledge or an argument in a clear, coherent and relevant manner; (D1C) Analyse materials pertaining to international trade law that are complex and technical.
D2 : A student should be able to: (D2A) Produce a word-processed essay and other text in an appropriate form; (D2B) Use the worldwide web, e-mail, and also some electronic information retrieval systems.
D3 : A student should be able to: (D3) Where relevant and as the basis for an argument, use, present and evaluate information provided in numerical or statistical form.
D4 : A student should be able to: (D4A) Analyse a complex set of facts, where necessary in unpredictable situations, and apply relevant international trade law thereto. (D4B) From first principles, devise from existing international trade law a means by which to facilitate trade in a sphere where there has been none previously.
D6 : A student should be able: (D6A) To reflect on his or her own learning, and to seek and make use of feedback. (D6B) To appreciate when s/he does not know enough and needs to undertake further research.
Skills D1 - D6 are acquired through seminars and case studies where students debate legal issues and problems, course essays and the dissertation. Skills D1 - D4 and D6 will be learnt through writing course essays and through the consequent feedback, and the dissertation.
Skills D1 - D4 and D6 are assessed through course essays and the dissertation