LLM in International Commercial Law

Course Overview

The LLM International Commercial Law course provides an overview of the main commercial law issues that practitioners could expect to encounter on a regular basis. This course is unique in Central Asia in terms of providing an opportunity to study commercial law in accordance with international standards.

The LLM in International Commercial Law course offers a uniquely invigorating programme, balancing the best of a rigorous, traditional legal education with a contemporary perspective. Our 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’ll study

This course is a partnership between the student, their peers and the teaching team. It is a mix of timetabled activity and the student’s own personal study. ‘Scheduled Contact/Activity Time’ (i.e. ‘Contact Hours’) involves interaction and supervision from teaching and associated staff, including activities they set up for students. Contact Hours help shape and guide students’ studies. This is where students may be introduced to new ideas and knowledge, shown practical skills they may practise independently, offered guidance on project work, or provided with personalised feedback. Contact may be face-to-face or mediated through other channels such as the Intranet.

The course will utilize:
  • A problem-based learning approach to structure the content and delivery of lectures, seminars and other activities;
  • Case studies, to improve students’ analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Presentations from external speakers with industry experience to enable students to see how the taught material is applied in the industry;
  • Group work to enable students to further develop their teamwork skills to work effectively in a professional environment;
  • Research methods involving the use of library and online sources to develop students’ research and analytical skills.
  • Presentations and academic writing as part of the course work to further develop these important skills
Students benefit enormously from the faculty’s high level of practical experience in the industry. The LLM programme’s expert staff provide a unique insight into the practical aspects of law and provide students with significant careers advice and support.
The programme 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, the public sector, legal and professional training, the diplomatic service, international organisations, national governmental organisations and academia.

What our students say

LLM Course has been very useful for me in many aspects: professional development as a lawyer, good networking opportunity, development of professional skills - such as writing and research. The course leader at that time was very helpful and contributed to a positive overall educational experience.

Entry Requirements

Admissions requirements
Entry requirements for the LLM International Commercial Law have been set in order to select potential students who have proven academic ability undertake a UK Master’s degree course.
The admissions policy aims to attract and recruit motivated applicants across the full range of possible access routes. Students may have a background in any academic discipline. The over-riding principle upon which admission decisions are based is that applicants should be likely to benefit from and succeed on the course.

Please Note: even if you meet our minimum admission requirements, we cannot guarantee you a place on the course

Core Modules

Foundations in International Commercial Law
This module enables the students to critically analyse the principles essential to international commercial law. It will set the context in which international commercial law operates with a review of the key concepts in English contract law. It will help students develop their understanding of the legal rules affecting international sale of goods contract, and high-level research skills in this subject and its related fields.

Optional Modules

International Commercial Arbitration
The module will look at the nature and function of arbitration, its advantages and disadvantages compared with litigation and alternative dispute resolution processes, the nature, scope and effect of arbitration agreements; jurisdictional and governing law issues; procedural and substantive issues; public international instruments and case law. The module will also consider the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards while giving due regard to all issues that may arise during that process.