In just one generation, the world has witnessed a dramatic increase in the economic interdependence of countries and shifts in global economic power. This reshaped global economic map has many drivers, including key international institutions and accords that seek to promote enhanced competitiveness, trade and foreign direct investment globally.
The LLM in International Economic Law aims to provide students with both a theoretical understanding and the practical legal skills set for analysing the roles that institutions play in regulating crucial international economic relations and their specific rules that often become the agreed framework for national regulation across economic sectors.
This programme will enable you to explore the significant policy issues that arise in the development and implementation of these international economic legal frameworks.
You will be able to choose from a comprehensive range of modules that focus on these international economic regulatory frameworks as they impact diverse economic sectors, including finance, trade, investment, innovation and knowledge.
Your fellow students will come from the UK and more than 80 other countries, each able to draw on prior academic and, in many cases, professional experience from different jurisdictions to enrich discussion and debate in class.
You will have the opportunity to critically explore pressing development, environmental and financial stability concerns arising from the globalisation of the world economy in a genuinely international atmosphere.
The knowledge and skills gained on this course are suitable for careers in government, international organizations, law firms and NGOs concerned with international development, trade, investment and finance.
The Centre for Commercial Law Studies is offering two partial scholarships to those with an offer to study on the LLM International Economic Law programme.
Students on the LLM in International Economic Law programme will have the opportunity to apply for a number of internships.
Highlights in 2014-15 included two positions unique to Queen Mary students specialising in International Economic law: a three month internship with The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and an internship funded by CCLS at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in the Office of the General Counsel working with the Legal Transition and Knowledge Management Team.
Why study your LLM in International Economic Law at Queen Mary?
The School of Law has consistently been ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching, and many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
The Postgraduate Law Centre is based in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, the legal district of London, close to law firms, chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.
- There is a very high rate of employment of our students within six months of graduation.
- We have dedicated law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms.
- Many of our internationally recognised staff act as advisers to governments, industry, regulatory authorities and NGOs, both nationally and internationally.
- We offer a Critical Thinking and Writing in Law programme designed to improve your writing and research in law skills.
- You will be able to take part in networking and social events run by the Queen Mary Postgraduate Law Society and upon graduating join our extensive alumni network.
You will have access to facilities and equipment at the Postgraduate School of Law Centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields, which comprises workstations, wireless internet access, projectors and a common room. You will also have access to the Lock-keeper's Cottage Graduate Centre at the Mile End campus.
As well as housing the Law Library and a European Documentation Centre, the Queen Mary Library at Mile End provides access to all the main British, European and international textbooks, law reports and periodicals and also offers one of the best commercial law collections in the country. Through the University of London College network, students have access to an unrivalled range of electronic law journals and databases.
In addition, Queen Mary provides free access to extensive online databases and collections including:
- Business Source Complete
- Index to Legal Periodicals
- International Court of Justice Reports
- Kluwer Arbitration
- Oxford Scholarship Online (Law)
- Reports of Patent, Design and Trademark Cases
- UK Statute law database
- United Nations Treaty Collection
In addition to the Queen Mary Library and the British Library, postgraduate students are able to access the well-stocked law library at the University of London’s Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Institute, located at Russell Square, a few minutes’ walk from Lincoln’s Inn Fields, is one of the major law libraries worldwide. You will also have access to the University of London Library at Senate House.
The Master of Laws (LLM) is available to study full-time for one year or part-time for two years.
Each of the LLM programmes follows a common format: you will take 135 credits worth of taught modules (examined in May-June) and thereafter you work on a 15,000-word dissertation worth 45 credits (submitted mid August). You are required to balance your taught modules equally across the two teaching semesters – a full explanation of this process will be available during induction and before module selection.
What differs from programme to programme is the range of modules that you are required to choose from. If you wish to take an unrestricted range of modules and any approved dissertation topic you should apply for the Master of Laws.
Induction and choosing your modules
We run a two-week induction period that includes an overview of the programme and module selection, dissertation and research skills. In the second week you will have the chance to try out the different modules within your programme before you make your final choice. Full details of the induction programme will be made available online by September each year.
LLM Year Planner
The LLM Year Planner gives you an idea of the structure of the programme and key periods for assessment and exams.
Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly.
The part-time LLM is essentially aimed at legal practitioners working full-time in the UK. You will attend the same modules and follow the same teaching timetable as full-time students.
The part-time programme is, however, spread over two academic years.
In year one, you will normally complete 90 credits of taught modules. In year two, you will normally take a further 45 credits of taught modules and submit the compulsory 15,000-word dissertation (45 credits). This can of course be changed if necessary, as the dissertation can actually be done in either year. However we would always advise part-time students to take 90 credits of taught modules in their first year if they are timetabled in a convenient slot.
Although not recommended, it is possible for part-time students, who are having difficulties in finding taught modules that fit in with their work timetable, to submit two dissertations – one per year. This would then enable you to take one taught module per year.
For more information:
Visit the School of Law website.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
If you can't find the information you are looking for on these pages, take a look at our LLM Frequently Asked Questions.
To specialise in this area, you must select 90 credits of modules from this list and do your compulsory dissertation in the field of International Economic Law (45 credits). The additional 45 credits of taught modules can be in this area or can be unrelated and therefore selected from the full list of available LLM modules.
All modules are 22.5 credits unless otherwise stated below.
Note: Not all of the modules listed will be available in any one year and semesters listed can be subject to change. Any modules not available in the forthcoming academic session will be marked as soon as this information is confirmed by teaching academics.
The updated module list below represents the result of our ongoing modularisation of the LLM which is intended to offer students greater flexibility and choice of module options.
- QLLM044 International and Comparative Competition Law (45 credits)
- QLLM062 International Tax Law (45 credits)
- QLLM069 Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies (45 credits)
- QLLM080 Multinational Enterprises and the Law (45 credits)
- QLLM096 Climate Change Law and Policy (45 credits) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM097 International Natural Resources Law (45 credits)
- QLLM128 Telecommunications Law (45 credits)
- QLLM155 Principles of Regulation (Sem1)
- QLLM187 International Investment Law (Sem 1)
- QLLM188 Regulation of International Investment and Public Policy (Sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM314 Transnational Law and Governance (Sem 1)
- QLLM315 Transnational Law and Governance in Practice (Sem 2)
- QLLM340 Global Intellectual Property: Fundamental Principles (Sem 1)
- QLLM341 Global Intellectual Property: Technology and Policy (sem 2)
- QLLM364 Law and Finance in Emerging Economies (Sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM365 Legal Aspects of Financing Development (sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM367 International Financial Regulation (sem 2) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM370 WTO Law: Market Access and Non-Discrimination (sem 1)
- QLLM371 WTO Law: Trade Remedies and Regulatory Issues (sem 2)
- QLLM376 International Economic Law (sem 1)
- QLLM387 International Trade and Investment Law of the EU (sem 1) (Not running 2016-17)
- QLLM388 Trade, Climate Change and Energy: EU and International Perspectives (Sem 2)
The usual qualification for entry to the LLM programme is a degree in law, or a degree with a substantial law content, of at least 2.1 honours (or equivalent). Law graduates with 2.2 honours who also have other legal qualifications and/or substantial professional legal experience may also qualify.
Non-law graduates with a minimum second class honours degree, that have also obtained a Merit (or 60 per cent) in the Common Professional Examination (CPE) or Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) recognised by the UK professional bodies, may also qualify. Non-law graduates may also be considered on the basis of exceptional professional experience (of at least five years) in a legal area or an area directly related to their programme of study.
In all cases, a full online application is required in order for a fair assessment and decision to be made. Each application is considered on its merits and on sight of full application documents.
A full and detailed CV is required for all applications and is particularly relevant where professional experience needs to be considered.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details of the English language entry requirements for postgraduate law programmes.
If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information you require, please contact the Admissions Office.
How to apply - one LLM programme only
You may only apply for one of the School of Law’s LLM London programmes at a time. This restriction does not include the LLM Law and Economics programme or the LLM in Paris programme, which you may still apply for. You are permitted to apply for a maximum of two Queen Mary taught postgraduate programmes, so you may still apply for a further non-LLM London programme should you wish.
If you apply for one of the LLM London programmes, then later decide you would prefer to attend a different LLM specialism, please contact the Admissions Office Law Team at firstname.lastname@example.org - prior to enrolment - to request a manual change of LLM programme. Do not submit a new application.
Learning and teaching
As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is by a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and may involve student presentations and group exercises as well as open discussion. We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You will have a team of advisers to support you, including the LLM and Research Directors, your dissertation supervisor and tutors and your module convenors.
Where will my lectures and seminars be held?
Teaching is based at the School of Law's postgraduate centre in Lincoln's Inn Fields (nearest Underground station: Holborn). Depending on the courses you take, you may also have classes at the Mile End Campus (nearest Underground stations: Mile End and Stepney Green) or the University of London's Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (nearest Underground stations: Russell Square, Euston and Euston Square) or Charterhouse Square (nearest underground station: Barbican).
The sample LLM teaching timetable will give you some idea of the different locations used for teaching. This is a sample only and venues and times/days can change from year to year. The LLM teaching timetable is given to students during the induction period (after enrolment).
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.
The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.
Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.
You will be assessed by a mixture of formal examinations and coursework in the three taught modules, followed by more self-directed work on your 15,000-word dissertation.
You will also complete a dissertation of 15,000-words.
Teachers contributing to this programme include:
- Dr Rebecca Bates
- Dr Theodora A Christou
- Professor Maher Dabbah
- Dr Angelos Dimopoulos
- Professor Janet Dine
- Dr E. Fasoli
- Dr Gabriel Gari
- Dr Andromachi Georgosouli
- Professor Rosa Lastra
- Dr Rafael Leal-Arcas
- Professor Uma Suthersanen
- Professor Joy Svasti-Salee
- Professor Ian Walden.
Guest speakers that regularly contribute to this programme include:
- Lee C Buchheit, Partner Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
- Enrico Canzio, Chief Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- Gian Piero Cigna, Senior Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- Sean Hagan, General Counsel, IMF
- Michel Nussbambuer, Chief Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- Stephen Petri, Deputy General Counsel, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
- Gerard Sanders, General Counsel, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
- Matthew Weiniger QC, Parter, Linklaters
- Claus Zimmermann, Associate, Sidley.
Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
School of Law scholarships
The School of Law offers a range of scholarships for Law Masters programmes each year. Full details are made available on the law funding page from October – November each year.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Read more about funding a masters
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country.
Detailed information about postgraduate funding options is available in our Postgraduate Funding Guide (pdf).
Read more about funding a masters.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
- Postgraduate Funding (pdf)
- Planning your budget and cutting costs (pdf)
- Part-time and vacation work (pdf)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Ronald Chari, Intern at International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)
"I studied for the LLM in International Economic Law programme at QMUL and graduated with distinction. In addition to the compulsory economics modules, I specialised in Regulation of Financial Markets, Law of Finance and Foreign Investment in Emerging Economies and Legal Aspects of International Finance. After leaving QMUL I undertook an internship programme organised by the CCLS careers office at the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), a Rome based International financial institution that finances agriculture development in developing countries.
At IFAD I worked in the office of the General Counsel. My main duties were drafting of financing agreements (for loans and grants), carrying out due diligence, providing legal opinions on IFAD projects and operations, providing support to the Fund replenishment process and providing research support to the office of the General Counsel.
The IFAD internship was my first opportunity in an International Financial Institution and I learnt a lot during there. It has opened other doors for me. After I left IFAD I joined the African Legal Support Facility (ALSF) at the African Development Bank, another International Financial Institution, where I am currently working. Most of the skills that I gained during the internship have been very useful for my current job. I am very grateful to IFAD and CCLS for the opportunity."
Joost van Roosmalen, LLM in International Economic Law Student 2015-2016
"I chose the LLM International Economic Law as my second master because I wanted to learn more on the (regulation of) international trade and international financial markets. I believe that doing this master has helped me to become a better lawyer, with more knowledge and a deeper understanding of many subjects. I plan to go back to the Netherlands to work for an international law firm. I know that doing this master has made me more employable.
I chose Queen Mary because of the huge knowledge of professors in the field of regulation of international trade and regulation of financial markets. The professors are top-notch and have a great network which result in a lot of interesting guest lectures. Another reason I chose for Queen Mary is their coaching in the field of the English language and in the field of career counseling.
I learnt a lot during my time at Queen Mary. The lectures are really interactive, which makes it possible to really engage with the subject. Also, I made international friends for life during my year at Queen Mary. Together with another student, I was Student Representative for the master International Economic Law. This meant that we organised many academic activities, but also many social gatherings. This proved to be a great way to build an international network of friends."
Jasmin Hansohm, LLM in International Economic Law Student 2015-2016
"The LLM in International Economic Law at QMUL appealed to me since I was interested in a more inter-disciplinary focus to my studies, which this programme offers by taking a legal perspective on economic issues and institutions. The reputation of the law school as one of the best LLM providers, the incredible range of modules available to me, and the flexibility in designing a programme that would best suit my interests and future ambitions made this my top choice.
Apart from the modules themselves, I was given the opportunity to conduct research for a professor during my degree, enabling me to further discuss and explore the issues raised in class. I also attended networking events and guest lectures that were offered by the university. This includes learning first-hand about the international organisations, and in particular the international financial institutions involved in the development sphere. I also attended lectures outside my specialism; especially memorable was a series comparing the genocide in Sudan with that in Burma. This inspired me to think about the intersection of conflict and trade, and this is an area I would like to explore further and work with in the future."
Dr Gabriel Gari to speak at 2014 ICTSID - WTI conference
22 November 2014