1 year - full time
2 years - part time
The LLM International Commercial Law course is a uniquely invigorating programme, balancing the best of a rigorous, traditional legal education with a contemporary perspective. The areas of specialisation address today’s most important business and legal challenges, including the study of evolving commercial relationships in the international arena, the role and impact of electronic commerce, the resolution of commercial disputes, and the gradual harmonisation of international commercial law. You will have the opportunity to explore your own ideas, gain knowledge, and develop transferable skills in a supportive environment.
How you will study
The learning on this course is a partnership between the student, their peers and the teaching team. It is a mix of timetabled activity and student’s own personal study. “Scheduled Contact/Activity Time” (i.e. “Contact Hours”) involves interaction with, or supervision from, teaching and associated staff and the activities they set up for students. It may be face-to-face or mediated through other channels such as the Intranet.
Alongside the scheduled studies, students’ “independent” study is a key learning skill for academic study and future employability. As part of the course, you will be expected to work independently in various forms such as group collaborative tasks, research, reading, revision, assessment preparation, projects that feed into presentation and debates. You will be encouraged, guided and supported towards developing skills as an independent critically aware learner. You should expect each module to have both specified contact hours and independent learning.
To summarise, very broadly, a student’s study activity will break down into:
- Scheduled contact/activity time (lectures, seminars, tutorials, supervisions and other directed activities); and
- Structured independent study (such as preparing for scheduled learning activity).
The LLM International Commercial Law consists of core and optional modules. In order to be awarded a degree, students must study at least 180 credits. The course structure is validated by the University of Westminster (UK) every five years but it is subject to change each academic year following feedback from a variety of sources.
- Foundations in International Commercial Law
- Foreign Direct Investment Arbitration
- International Commercial Arbitration
- Law of International Sales
- International Banking Law and Regulation
- Legal aspects of Electronic Commerce
- International Energy Law
- The Law of World Trade Organisation
- International Taxation Law
- International Project Finance Law
- Intellectual Property Law
- International Construction Law
WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
Applicants should normally hold an Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) from a recognised higher education institution with a minimum of a second lower class honours (2:2 or equivalent). Applicants without a formal higher education qualification or a formal qualification that is not at an equivalent academic standard, may be considered if the following conditions apply:
- They are or have been in employment where their role is in the area of the course and involves a high level of analysis and critical thinking.
- If the above condition is met, candidates will be required to provide evidence of such employment (nature and level of experience). This evidence will be considered during the interview process and the decision of the panel will be final.
Applicants must have:
- Had their first or second degree (or equivalent) taught and assessed in English; or
- An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in the writing component or another English Language Test recognised by the University of Westminster.
Applicants must have at least 12 months of full-time paid work experience or equivalent at the start of the academic year. For the purposes of this regulation, the academic year starts on 1st October.
Applicants will have to be 22 years of age at the start of the academic year. For the purposes of this regulation, the academic year starts on 1st October.
Applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements will be formally interviewed. The purpose of the interview is to determine the candidate’s ability to undertake and complete the course. The interview panel will also consider any equivalent or non-standard admission qualifications. In doing so, the panel may require additional evidence from the candidate to support the request for consideration for equivalency, such as the nature and level of work experience.
The course equips students for the practice of law in a specialised area, helping students to fulfil necessary professional requirements. Graduates are employed in specialist legal practices, banking and finance, insurance, transport, shipping, management, in-house legal work, import and export, insolvency practice, dispute resolution, consultancy, legal and professional training, the diplomatic service, international organisations, national governmental organisations, the wider public sector and academia.
Khasan Sayfutdinov, Ph.D.
Khasan has a Ph.D. and LLM from the School of Law, Xiamen University, China. The topic of his doctoral dissertation was “Study on the Role of Bilateral Investment Treaties in the attraction of the Foreign Direct Investment to China”.
He has been teaching International Economic Law for undergraduate and graduate students since 2017 and has supervised a number of students who undertook their dissertations in international investment and trade law.
His latest research works focus on the areas of law of the World Trade Organisation and bilateral investment treaties. As the course leader , he is responsible within the Faculty to ensure the quality of the design and delivery of the LLM program of study at the postgraduate level.
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