LL.M. International Commercial Law

University of Dundee

Tuition fee:
  • € 3,910 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,885 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014, January  2015, September  2015
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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From the portfolio of commercially orientated modules available on the Dundee LLM students can opt to study for a LLM in Commercial Law or International Commercial Law. To qualify for the latter students must complete at least two options which adopt an international or comparative focus and complete their dissertation on an international commercial law topic.

The International Commercial modules at Dundee provide students with a detailed understanding of core issues relevant to the resolution of commercial disputes and an appreciation of contractual principles. Central to this are the courses in International Business Transactions [IBT] I and II and Problems in International Commercial Litigation. These focus on the resolution of business disputes and cover such areas as: commercial arbitration; jurisdiction in domestic, European and international litigation; the conflict between common law and civil law approaches to jurisdiction; the use of injunctions and other jurisdictional tools in international litigation; the recognition of foreign judgments in different legal systems; international attempts to harmonise jurisdiction rules; the law applicable to contractual obligations within Europe; the role of the lex mercatoria; the law applicable to corporations and international insolvency actions.

These modules are complemented by the comparative contract law course Principles of International Contract Law which considers not only the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods but also developments in the USA and at European level. International Dispute Settlement focuses on inter-State dispute settlement with regard to commercial/economic disputes and also covers the settlement of disputes between corporate bodies and States.

Dundee Law School:

In the 2009 Good University Guide Dundee Law School was placed 9th in the United Kingdom law school rankings. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise Dundee Law School was one of only two law schools in the United Kingdom to achieve a 100% international standard classification, with half of our submissions being graded internationally excellent or world leading. Our commitment on is to provide high quality instruction, with a focus on matters of practical relevance, to prepare students for a successful legal career, whether at home or abroad.


Module Information:

- The Commercial modules at Dundee provide students with a detailed understanding of core issues relating to corporate law and allow for specialisation in the fields of corporate governance, contract, intellectual property law and E-Commerce.

- Company Law provides a strong central core which links to many of the other modules in the programme. This module focuses on the structure and development of company law in the United Kingdom in an international context. It covers the radical re-shaping of company law in the United Kingdom in 2006 which will almost certainly impact on the reform of corporate law in other jurisdictions which have shaped their corporate regimes on earlier UK legislation.

- Corporate Governance covers issues relating to the distribution of power within companies and looks at governance regimes across the world. The impact of Enron and Worldcom has made governance issues much more high profile than had previously been the case. Dundees strength in the field of corporations is reflected in the other modules in this area dealing with Financial Services and Markets Regulation and Corporate and Regulatory Crime.

- Intellectual Property Law examines the statutory and common law regimes in the United Kingdom which regulate and control copyright, patents, trademarks, and design rights. Consideration is also given to intellectual property issues in a digital environment and the significant role of the European Union in shaping and influencing intellectual property rules and principles in the United Kingdom.

- This module is closely linked to the Principles of E-Commerce module which focuses on emerging issues in the digital world and examines issues such as contracting in a digital environment, conflicts of law issues in relation to online transactions and consumer protection in an online environment.

Methods of Assessment:

Substantive modules: continuous assessment plus end of semester examinations in December and March/April.

Compulsory dissertation: 12-15,000 words.


Applicants must have, or expect to receive in the anticipated year of entry, a good honours degree in law, of at least upper second class or equivalent. Exceptionally, non-law graduates with relevant legal experience may be considered.

English Language Requirement: IELTS of 6.5, with minimum of 6.0 in the writing component (or equivalent), if your first language is not English.

In order to make the application process as efficient as possible, students applying to The School of Law are asked to ensure all relevant supporting documents are included with the application. These include:

- Relevant degree certificates and transcripts of academic results.


- Two academic references.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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