LLM in International Business Law – Programme Structure
The LSBF LLM in International Business Law is composed of 4 core modules followed by 2 elective modules and is concluded with a capstone module. Our programme design provides you with a systematic learning process. This is made up of three distinct parts, beginning with the core and common modules which will provide you with a solid foundation in international business law. You can then choose from a range of our elective modules to suit your specific learning and career objectives, and this essentially makes up the second part of the programme. The final capstone module consists of a compulsory up to 20,000 word dissertation which is a supervised piece of independent study of either original investigation or an ordered and critical exposition of existing knowledge. The dissertation is an opportunity for you to further your knowledge and learning in your specific area of interest, career objectives and an opportunity to capitalise on LSBF resources to enhance your knowledge.
See the tables below for a detailed list of the programme breakdown, modules and learning outcomes.
Our systematic approach also provides you with the opportunity to study towards your programme progressively, in stages. Each of the three stages will empower you with an award, the first being a Certificate in Law which requires the completion of 60 credits, the second a Diploma in Law which requires the completion of 120 credits and the ultimate award is of course the LLM in International Business Law degree, which is awarded upon completion of 180 credits.
Certificate in Law
Diploma in Law
LLM in International Business Law Degree
|3 Core Modules||1 Core Module + 2 Elective Modules||Capstone Module|
|Global Finance Law||International Intellectual Property Law||Employment Law|
*All elective modules are available subject to student demand.
International Competition Law, known in the United States as antitrust law, promotes and maintains market competition by regulating anti-competitive conduct. The business practices of market traders, guilds and governments have always been subject to scrutiny, and sometimes severe sanctions.
Since the twentieth century, competition law has become global. The two largest and most influential systems of competition regulation are United States antitrust law and European Community competition law. National and regional competition authorities across the world have formed international support and enforcement networks.
You will examine the goals pursued by international authorities in general and critically assess the major aspects of competition law in preparation of a comparative analysis of the regulatory frameworks in the US and the EU (including the UK).
Corporate governance examines the set of processes, customs, policies, laws, and institutions that affect the way a corporation (or a company) is directed, administered or controlled. You will learn how to ensure the accountability of certain individuals in an organization through mechanisms that try to reduce or eliminate the principal-agent problem.
In this module you will critically examine the intellectual and practical background to the concept of corporate governance domestically in the UK and internationally. You will also explore the legal and extra-legal solutions for perceived problems with past and present corporate governance regimes, and will critically examine proposed future developments and monitoring of corporate governance compliance.
This module introduces students from varied prior learning experiences to specific learning and teaching styles including research and analytical skills and academic expectations. You will be introduced to what is required at Master's level, both in terms of the taught modules and the dissertation, and will be encouraged to advance your independence and responsibility regarding your studies, in particular the development of Master's level technical legal research skills.
The research module will introduce key thematic issues in International Business Law, especially globalisation. The module will also cover the development of technical research requirements of a dissertation proposal, and will highlight the technical writing and academic skills required to conduct research in International Business Law.
International trade law examines the rules and customs for handling trade between countries or between private companies across borders. Over the past twenty years, it has become one of the fastest growing areas of international law.
This module critically examines the most up-to-date theories and practice in respect of global trade, while examining and understanding the documentary requirements of international trade.
The module covers the workings of the WTO and predecessor agreements, The Financing of International Trade and Dispute Resolution
Elective Module: Global Finance Law
Global Finance Law provides interdisciplinary skills with a focus on the global financial system which includes banks, markets and investment funds, covering multi-level legalities. The two key international institutions of global finance are the IMF and the World Bank and this module will examine new forms of global finance law.
You will be introduced to the basics of the global financial system including the issues of systematic risk and the global nature of legal structuring and regulation of the global financial system and organisations. This module will require you to consider the pros and cons of global governance in the context of the global financial system and organisations.
Elective Module: International Intellectual Property Law
Intellectual Property refers to a number of distinct types of legal monopolies over creations of the mind, both artistic and commercial, and the corresponding fields of law. Under intellectual property law, owners are granted certain exclusive rights to a variety of intangible assets, such as musical, literary, and artistic works; discoveries and inventions; and words, phrases, symbols, and designs. Common types of intellectual property include copyrights, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights and trade secrets in some jurisdictions.
You will review the global nature of Intellectual Property regimes and regulatory mechanisms, as well as describe each of the rights encompassed by the term intellectual property. With consideration on the main legal elements pertinent to each right, you will review the operation of intellectual property regimes through specific global industries, e.g. pharmaceuticals, media, information technology. You will place this study within the broader setting of economic policy and commercial application and consider the impact of new technology on these rights, considering international regulation in the context of a global information society.
Elective Module: Employment Law
Employment Law is the body of laws, administrative rulings, and precedents which address the legal rights of, and restrictions on, working people and their organisations. As such, it mediates many aspects of the relationship between trade unions, employers and employees. There are two broad categories of labour law.
First, collective labour law relates to the tripartite relationship between employee, employer and union.
Second, individual labour law concerns employees' rights at work and through the contract for work. Labour rights have been integral to social and economic development since the industrial revolution.
Through the employment law module, you will be provided with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the structure and content of the contract of employment and relevant common law and statute.
Elective Module: Commercial Contracting
A commercial contract refers to a legally binding agreement between parties in which they are obliged to do or not do certain things. Contracts may be written or verbal, and drawn up in a formal or informal way. Most businesses create contracts in writing to make the terms of agreement clear, often seeking legal counsel when drawing important contracts. Contracts may encompass all aspects of a business, including hiring, wages, employee safety, leases and loans.
A breach of contract occurs when one of the parties fails to live up to the agreements. In such a case, the law is required to provide a remedy, which in many cases involves the court system enforcing the contract or asking the party to compensate for any damage done by the breach.
This module will provide you with thorough and critical knowledge on the rules of contract law in its commercial sphere and will enable you to read and draft commercial contracts, as well as to appreciate how contract law works in the area of consumers.
Elective Module: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) includes processes and techniques that fall outside of the government judicial process. Despite historic resistance by many popular parties and their advocates, ADR has gained widespread acceptance among both the general public and the legal profession in recent years. In fact, some courts now require some parties to resort to ADR of some type, usually mediation, before permitting the parties' cases to be tried.
The rising popularity of ADR can be explained by the increasing caseload of traditional courts, the perception that ADR imposes fewer costs than litigation, a preference for confidentiality, and the desire of some parties to have greater control over the selection of the individual or individuals who will decide their dispute.
This module will provide you with a detailed understanding and analysis of the various laws, regulations and systems applicable to the dispute resolution process.