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Postgraduate Course

LLM International Law

LLM International Law

Overview

The details
International Law
October 2020
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus
Law (School of)

This course is available to study starting in January or October. Part-time study is only available as part of the October start variant.

How does international law peacefully resolve disputes? What role do various international organisations play in the shaping and operation of international law? How does international law play a role in current events?

In an increasingly globalised world, international law is a vibrant and fast-moving area of law. Our LLM International Law offers the opportunity to study across a wide range of modules in the areas of Public international law, Human Rights, Commercial, Trade and Maritime law. You will learn about the foundations of the international legal system, and you will examine theoretical perspectives and the practice of its institutions and processes, while specialising in particular areas.

Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to study key areas, including but not limited to:

  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law of the Sea
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Financing International Trade
  • Commercial Conflict of Laws

You will be able to tailor your postgraduate degree to your interests with our range of optional modules, and at the end of your degree you will be awarded one of the following qualifying titles depending on your module choices: LLM International Law, LLM International Law (with Human Rights), LLM International Law (with Business Law).

Our law course will develop your intellectual and critical faculties, encourage you to think independently and teach you to present rational, coherent and accurate arguments orally and in writing. It will provide you with an excellent foundation for any career.

At Essex we specialise in Business law, Public law, and Human Rights law and practice. We are one of the top 100 Law Schools in the world, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 and we are top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).

This course is also available on a part-time basis.

Why we're great.
  • Indulge in research-led teaching and explore the latest breakthroughs in the field
  • Choose from optional modules to develop extensive knowledge in the areas that interest you the most
  • Graduate with a genuine worldview and a network of international contacts
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Our internationally diverse community of staff and students gives us a breadth of cross-cultural perspectives and insights into law and justice around the world.

Specialist facilities

  • Gain commercial awareness at our Business and Legal Advice Clinic
  • Work on key human rights projects at our Human Rights Clinic
  • Participate in mooting competitions to develop your skills, particularly important if you hope to become a barrister
  • Test your mediation and negotiation skills in our Client Interviewing Competition (sponsored by Birkett Long Solicitors)
  • Join our Model United Nations society, which can improve your skills of argumentation, oral presentation and research
  • Network at our student-run Law Society, Human Rights Society, and Bar Society, which provides legal advice to the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA)
  • Our Essex Street Law project is one of the first of its kind and is the primary pro-bono project provided by our Law Society
  • Take advantage of networking opportunities throughout the year with visiting law firms

Your future

Our School of Law graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in international and intergovernmental organisations or employment with governments across the world, in commerce and banking, in non-governmental organisations and, as might be expected, in the legal profession and the judiciary.

We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.

Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

A 2:2. Degree in Law or a joint honours Degree with Law. Applicants who do not hold a Law Degree but who have additional relevant professional experience and/or traineeships or professional qualifications/certifications issued by professional bodies such as Bar Associations can apply and will be considered.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.0 in writing

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Example structure

Most of our courses combine compulsory and optional modules, giving you freedom to pursue your own interests. All of the modules listed below provide an example of what is on offer from the current academic year.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

The structure for this course is still to be confirmed, we will be publishing the course structure below as soon as possible.

European Union Law and Human Rights (optional)

What impact does EU law have on human rights? What are the human rights aspects of EU rules for asylum and immigration? Examine the agreement on EU accession to the European Convention on Human Rights. Understand the scope and content of the EU’s own Charter of Fundamental Rights.

View European Union Law and Human Rights (optional) on our Module Directory

Legal Research and the English Legal System (optional)

Want to undertake legal research at postgraduate level? Interested in studying the principal sources of law operating within the UK system? Understand the essential techniques required for working with judicial decisions and statutes. Build research skills for reading legal materials, and develop your interpretative and critical evaluation abilities.

View Legal Research and the English Legal System (optional) on our Module Directory

International Trade Finance Law (optional)

In this module you’ll develop detailed knowledge of the techniques and legal context of the financing of international trade. You’ll focus on international trade finance products and methods; namely documentary collections, documentary letters of credit, standby letters of credit and bonds/guarantees, international factoring, forfaiting, international leasing, and export credit agency financing. No previous knowledge is required.

View International Trade Finance Law (optional) on our Module Directory

Public International Law

What does it mean to be an international lawyer? Understand the founding principles of international laws. Apply the tools and techniques of legal reasoning to the international system. Understand how the system of international law works and form your own views through discussion of contemporary issues.

View Public International Law on our Module Directory

International Sale of Goods (optional)

In this module you study the second most important contract in international trade, the carriage contract. You’ll develop substantial knowledge of the carriage contract and will be able to place that within the matrix of international shipment sales, including the insurance and finance of international trade. You’ll also interpret domestic and international legislation relating to the international carriage of goods by sea.

View International Sale of Goods (optional) on our Module Directory

Carriage of Goods By Sea (optional)

In this module you study the second most important contract in international trade, the carriage contract. You’ll develop substantial knowledge of the carriage contract and will be able to place that within the matrix of international shipment sales, including the insurance and finance of international trade. You’ll also interpret domestic and international legislation relating to the international carriage of goods by sea.

View Carriage of Goods By Sea (optional) on our Module Directory

International Commercial Dispute Resolution I (optional)

The vast increase in international trade has led to a proportionate increase in the use of arbitration as a means of resolving international commercial disputes. You’ll consider the whole range of dispute resolution procedures as well as looking at international commercial arbitration. You’ll review all aspects of arbitration, but particular regard will be paid to the practice of arbitration with a view to identifying best practice in the working of the arbitral tribunals.

View International Commercial Dispute Resolution I (optional) on our Module Directory

Public International Trade Law (optional)

This module provides you with a detailed analysis of the law governing the World Trade Organisation (WTO), which is the main international framework for regulating trade between countries.

View Public International Trade Law (optional) on our Module Directory

Marine Insurance I (optional)

Marine insurance is one of the backbone contracts to an international sale and carriage transaction and this module introduces you to the structure and formation of that contract. It includes the protection of ships, cargoes and energy interests. 2015 brought the biggest change in insurance law for over 100 years with the Insurance Act 2015 receiving Royal Assent, coming into force in 2016. You’ll benefit from learning the foundations of the law from the Marine Insurance Act 1906 and the new law of the Insurance Act 2015.

View Marine Insurance I (optional) on our Module Directory

Maritime Law and Wet Shipping (optional)

You’ll study the law of marine insurance in the wider context of international trade law, with emphasis on the impact of the London markets on the practice of insurance and reinsurance across the globe. You’ll focus on the key relationships and legal obligations that underpin the modern law and practice of marine insurance.

View Maritime Law and Wet Shipping (optional) on our Module Directory

International Financial Law (optional)

You’ll gain an understanding of the range of financing options available to a large corporation and their individual contribution to the financial industry. You’ll also analyse the key legal issues and risks, and will advise a hypothetical lender/investor on how to address the issues and how to mitigate and avoid the risks.

View International Financial Law (optional) on our Module Directory

Admiralty Law (optional)

This module is delivered by 9 two-hourly interactive workshops and takes a practical perspective into maritime law matters developed by the Admiralty Court in England. It considers the jurisdiction of the admiralty court and the enforcement of maritime claims including arrest and freezing injunctions, maritime and statutory liens and limitation of liability.

View Admiralty Law (optional) on our Module Directory

International Trade and Maritime Law (optional)

This module delves into core concepts concerning common law, the role of public versus private international law and how Trade and Maritime law fit into Commercial Law. You’ll also focus on some current developments in Shipping including Brexit and Shipping, Maritime Labour Law, Piracy and Restructuring/refinancing of shipping corporations.

View International Trade and Maritime Law (optional) on our Module Directory

Islamic Finance and Banking Law (optional)

The module aims to familiarise students with principles, methods and practices of Islamic finance and banking. It will acquaint students with the key differences and similarities with the principles and concepts of conventional finance and banking. Some of the focus will be on the prohibition of interest (Riba) as a key principle in Islamic finance and banking system.

View Islamic Finance and Banking Law (optional) on our Module Directory

Cybercrime (optional)

You’ll analyse how new information technologies influence the traditional legal approach to crime prevention and criminal prosecution. You’ll study the complexity of the challenges facing the legal profession. You’re encouraged to build on your knowledge of substantive criminal law to assess to what extent existing criminal law principles and tools can be used to solve new problems. As the challenges are not unique to the UK, where appropriate a comparative approach will be adopted with the US and Europe.

View Cybercrime (optional) on our Module Directory

Competition Law (optional)

Ensuring effective competition and maintaining a competitive market structure are the two key elements of EU competition policy. In this module you’ll examine the legal rules of EU Competition Law, taking into account the underlying economic principles and wider policy issues. Gain an understanding of the rationale behind competition law and policy, and its importance in the regulation of a free market economy, and develop an in-depth knowledge of the general principles of EU competition law and its application.

View Competition Law (optional) on our Module Directory

European Union Company Law (optional)

You’ll gain substantive knowledge of European Union law related to corporate structures and regulation, will develop a critical and contextual analysis of ideological and legal factors determinant upon the structures of corporate governance, and will be introduced to the problems arising from the implementation of EU legislation in the area of company law. A thorough analysis, not only of the current legislation but also of the cultural, ideological and political conflicts that have led to the shaping of the current framework, is provided.

View European Union Company Law (optional) on our Module Directory

Business and Human Rights (optional)

What are the human rights responsibilities of private companies? And what about public or private institutions financing projects aimed at world development? Evaluate principles regulating human rights and examine how they contrast with principles regulating multinational commercial interests. Consider real-life cases from both national and international courts.

View Business and Human Rights (optional) on our Module Directory

Investment, Environment and Human Rights (optional)

What are the global standards set by the GATT/World Trade Organisation? And by World Bank policies? Examine relationships between human rights, international trade and foreign investment. Study legal issues, plus ethical, political and economic arguments on current topics. Evaluate cases to see the practical effect of linking trade and rights.

View Investment, Environment and Human Rights (optional) on our Module Directory

Corporate Responsibility and the Environment (optional)
Human Rights for Corporate and Commercial Lawyers (optional)
Contemporary Issues in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (optional)

What are the founding principles of human rights? What perspectives and methodologies can you apply to human rights? And what are the important contemporary debates in the theory and practice of human rights? Gain answers to these questions, while acquiring methodological skills for future independent research.

View Contemporary Issues in Human Rights and Cultural Diversity (optional) on our Module Directory

Teaching

  • Mainly taught through seminars, supplemented by lectures where appropriate
  • Small group teaching
  • Essay writing and dissertation workshops

Assessment

  • You will be assessed by a combination of essays, case studies, examinations and a dissertation.

Dissertation

  • Your dissertation is normally 12,000 – 15,000 words in length
  • A compulsory component of our LLM courses
  • Supervision and guidance is given

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£8,340

EU students commencing their course in the 2020-21 academic year will be liable for the Home/UK fee.

International fee

£17,900

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold Open Days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Applying

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

You will need to provide a copy of your CV with your application.

Colchester Campus

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Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

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