LL.M. LLM International Law and the World Economy

| London, United Kingdom
This programme offers a broad range of modules offered only in a limited number of UK law schools. Its attraction also lies in the programme structure, which makes it a research-based programme while offering you the flexibility of choosing research areas within the modules and for your dissertation.



The aim of the LLM (International Law and the World Economy) Programme:

  • Offer a critical analysis of the complex matrix of law, organizations, practices and ideas that, together, make up the world economy
  • Promote debates about the role of international law in developing the framework for world trade at a time of debate about Produce excellent research and writing in the area
  • Develop a critical awareness of, and an ability to employ, competing analytical frameworks within the discourse surrounding the world economy.
  • Digest issues form a variety of disciplines including law, politics, history and sociology and so appreciate their relevance for the understanding of the world economy.
  • Identify and deal with the consequences of the global economy in national contexts and develop interdisciplinary strategies for given situations.
  • Develop the ability to analyse, articulate and write on the subject, by linking previous or current experience with an academic inquiry, particularly via the dissertation.

The LLM (International Law and the World Economy) offers a broad range of existing modules. Students must take at least one of the core modules, Law of the World Trade Organization or Globalization. A range of other options exist including, Transnational Corporations, Economic Integration in Developing Countries, Law and Development, International Environmental Law, and International Human Rights.


The LLM International Law and the World Economy) at UEL will be is a distinctive programme for the following reasons:

  • The School has experts in the field whose research was rated as international recognized in the Research Assessment Exercise 2008
  • The LLM in International Law and the World Economy would offer a wide range of modules and options.
  • The LLM in International Law and the World Economy Human Rights has a distinctive focus offering fresh courses such as Economic Integration in Developing Countries and Law & Development offered only in a limited number of other institutions.
  • The LLM in International Law and the World Economy is attractive because of the programme structure making it entirely research based while offering students the flexibility of choosing research areas within the modules and for their dissertation.
  • The LLM in International Law and the World Economy is supported by a strong library collection.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee Not specified
Credits 180 credits
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months
Part-time variant Flexible

Course Content

Students undertake four modules and a dissertation. There are 3 core modules: Law of the World Trade Organization, Globalization and Current Issues and Research in International Law (CIRIL).Students are required to take CIRIL and at least one of the other two; with students from a non-law background recommended to take at least the Globalization option. Candidates take one option module from the following: Transnational Corporations, Law and Development, Economic Integration in Developing Countries, International Environmental Law or International Human Rights. The Dissertation must be deemed by the Dissertation committee to be in the area of International Law and the World Economy.

Learning environment

Module Lectures/Seminar/s, workshops and International Law and the World Economy seminars with external experts.


All modules are research based involving coursework. Students take four modules of 30 credits each for which they submit their coursework of approx. 7,000 words at the end of the respective semester. The LLM dissertation accounts for 60 credits involving a 15,000 word essay. The full time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part time students complete the same in two years.

Relevance to work/profession

Students are welcome to negotiate projects/assignments as work-based initiatives but the supervision offered is the same as for other coursework.

Dissertation/project work

Day School and dissertation seminars provide the opportunity for students to develop their own ideas, research specific topics. Though classroom presentations involve joint study and research, the nature of postgraduate research (and concerns over plagiarism) does not provide scope for formal collaborative research projects.

Your future career

Students graduating with a specialisation such as the LLM (International Law and the World Economy) can look to the expanding market and professional choices available in this field. A wide range of career paths opening up include specialised practice, work in the public sector and government, development agencies and organisations, grassroots advocacy and academics.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

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Qualifications for admission are a good degree in law, the social sciences or the humanities or another appropriate degree. Professional qualifications will also be taken in account. Applicants whose first language is not English or who have not studied for the first degree in English medium require IELTS at 6.5 or its equivalent.

Students that apply to enter stages of the programme may be admitted through normal Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes, or through an approved articulation agreement. Therefore such applicants must be able to demonstrate and evidence that they have the required learning outcomes as listed in the modules for which they are seeking exemption.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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