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Master the theory and practice of international business law. Further your knowledge of the latest legal issues, and develop advanced analytic and research skills for work in international law firms or other high-level international careers.
- Master advanced international law in the English language, alongside legal practitioners from diverse jurisdictions and backgrounds
- Benefit from small classes: receive close support and form lifelong friendships
- Study at the centre of Cambridge’s legal quarter, halfway between the crown count and county court
- Join a Law School with satisfied students: our law undergraduates were the UK’s most satisfied in 2015 and 2016*
- Volunteer for our Law Clinic: put legal theory into practice by helping members of the public
- Get first-hand advice and guidance from a professional on our mentoring scheme
- Receive access to the University of Cambridge’s Squire Law Library
* The Complete University Guide 2015 and The Times and Sunday Times University League Table 2016
Develop your legal skills to an advanced level
On our LLM International Business Law, you will develop the necessary skills to critically appraise how international laws are created and enforced. Your legal reasoning, critical analysis, research skills and independent judgement will all be exercised as you learn to apply legal discourse to the regulation of transnational business.
Learn the fundamental themes, and specialise
Our core modules will introduce you to the fundamental themes in the higher study of international trade law, and allow you to examine, and critically reflect upon, the choices businesses must make about the methods of resolving commercial disputes. On our optional modules, you can specialise in areas such as competition law in the international context, corporate governance, or comparative company law.
At the end of the course, you will use all the skills and knowledge you have learned to research and complete a Major Project in the area of international business law that most interests you, under expert supervision.
Benefit from small classes
All of our modules involve small group seminar work complemented by independent study, allowing you to tackle each issue one at a time and giving you a clear distinction between them. Our small classes will allow you to receive dedicated support from lecturers and form close friendships with your fellow students.
Get support from diverse experts
Throughout the course, you will receive support and advice from dedicated staff who are expert in their fields. These include Course Leader Tom Serby and Dr Sarita Patil-Woolhouse (both of whom practised as commercial lawyers in the City of London after graduating from the University of Cambridge); Dr Ana Keglević Steffek (an author of leading texts on commercial law) and Professor Rohan Kariyawasam (Harvard Fulbright scholar, and member of E15 consultancy group on the China belt road project).
Master international law in the English language
English Law provides the basis for many legal traditions and principles worldwide, particularly in America and Commonwealth countries such as India, Malaysia and Nigeria. Studying International Law in the English Language will give you a unique insight into how the grammar of law was shaped, as well as advanced skills in a language used all over the world.
Our LLM will help you develop professional skills including logical reasoning, critical analysis, research and independent judgement, along with an understanding of the complex interplay between infrastructure, content, competition, social policy, punishment and trade in the international arena, and a greater capacity for legal communication.
These skills will prepare you for international practice and academic research at the highest level, but are also transferable to a range of other intellectually demanding roles, such as legal departments of international corporations, government departments and other international agencies.
Employability events and opportunities
Volunteer for our Law Clinic and practise your legal skills in a real-life setting. Work alongside local solicitors, providing pro bono advice to people who have limited access to legal resources.
Join our mentoring scheme: partner with a professional from a regional law firm to get first-hand advice and guidance.
Our employability service also organise many focused events, such as careers fairs specifically for law students.
MODULES & ASSESSMENT
Law in the Global ContextThis module will help you transition from Undergraduate to Masters level study by brushing up on the skills you need as a postgraduate student (effective use of electronic databases, academic writing and referencing) and providing an analytical framework for international trade law that transcends particular jurisdictions to focus on the context in which international business takes place. You’ll examine the need for regulation or international trade and the development of legal frameworks, including organisations like the WTO and the EU, and be expected to demonstrate a systematic and critical awareness of the interrelation of law and business in a global context, as well as advanced scholarship in international trade and business. You’ll be assessed through a group presentation, in which you’ll individually present findings resulting from your personal research. This presentation will be accompanied by a written assignment that will include referencing correctly presented using OSCOLA.
International Trade LawThis module will provide you with an analytical framework within which international trade transactions take place across different jurisdictions. You’ll consider international sales contracts, carriage of goods by sea and financing of international trade. You’ll examine the legal and commercial rules governing specific trade contracts and accompanying documentation in the context of English common law, as well as in the context of international rules and conventions concerning international trade. The different methods of financing international trade will also be considered, as will the rights and duties of carriers of goods. You’ll have the opportunity to practice applying these rules through practical problem solving, demonstrating your ability to use your knowledge and understanding of your discipline in an original and creative way. You’ll also be expected to evaluate and critically analyse current legal doctrine and demonstrate advanced legal scholarship. Your assessment will comprise two pieces of coursework: a realistic commercial case study in which you will provide legal analysis and advice, and an essay that critically evaluates an aspect of the law.
Legal Research MethodsThis module will give you a critical understanding of research skills, methods and methodology, including surveys, questionnaires, statistical analysis, and interviews, in addition to bibliographical research methods in law. It will also provide you with an understanding of web learning and the ability to access materials both through the University library and from other sources. Most importantly, you will learn to critically examine alternative research methods and evaluate their effectiveness in the study of International Business Law. Further still, you will have the chance to discuss learning and teaching styles, academic expectations and learning strategies. You will be taught through seminars, library sessions and E-learning, giving you a grounding in the various possible research methods. Your assessment will comprise both a presentation and coursework.
International Commercial ArbitrationOn this module you will engage in an examination and critical reflection of the choices businesses must make about the available methods of resolving commercial disputes in a globalised world. You will examine methods of alternative dispute resolution together with substantive and procedural aspects of business litigation in the worldwide context. You will also examine the availability and desirability of forum selection as well as the practical and procedural differences between litigation processes within a range of selected forums, allowing you to critically analyse: different approaches to funding commercial litigation; practical considerations relating to choice of forum; the availability and effectiveness of selected interim remedies (such as worldwide freezing injunctions); and the practical difficulties of reciprocal enforcement of judgements throughout the world. You will combine theory and practical application relevant to international legal practice and business and, together with other students, engage in role-play within alternative dispute resolution scenarios, developing and enhancing your teamwork, negotiation and strategic-thinking employability skills. Your assessment will comprise a piece of individual written work (3,000 words) on a dispute resolution topic.
Major Research Project (LLMs)This module will support you in the preparation and submission of the Master’s stage project for the LLM International Business Law, LLM International Commercial Law and LLM Digital Economy. You will be assessed through a maximum 15,000-word final thesis.
Competition Law in the International ContextKnowledge of the legal regulation of competition is a key tool for anyone involved in businesses operating in a global context. This module will help you examine the purposes and theory of competition law and its relationship to economics, including comparison between EU and US anti-trust law. You will consider the extent to which the law operates to regulate the market behaviour of businesses, putting this in the context of the growing internationalisation of competition law. Increasingly, businesses now operate internationally, making cooperation between competition authorities essential, so you will look at a number of case studies with an international dimension. To gain a practical understanding of the framework of competition law and its enforcement, you will examine EU competition law will, which reaches beyond Europe and may act to prohibit activities (such as mergers between undertakings) that take place outside the EU. you will also consider the impact of the law on business practices such as cartels, abuse of a dominant position, distribution agreements, joint ventures and mergers. Your assessment will consist of a 4,800-word written assessment (80%) and a group presentation (20%).
Corporate GovernanceThis module will introduce you to the political, economic, cultural, social and legal mechanisms that govern the activities of corporations. You will engage in an examination and critical evaluation of corporate governance in a global context, examining its underpinning theories as well as the development and regulation of international governance. Contrasting these with recent business scandals and the different intercultural responses to them, you will also consider the nature, scope and effect of corporate social responsibilities, including environmental. You will learn to resolve ethical problems in the context of governance theory and apply theory to problem-based scenarios, considering the appropriateness of these theories in a business context, as well as undertaking a comparative analysis of approaches being adopted in a number of jurisdictions and reflecting the main schools of thought on corporate governance. Your assessment will comprise written coursework (4,800 words) and a group presentation.
Comparative Company LawThis module will give you an integrated view of the role and structure of corporate law, which provides a clear framework for individual systems both on their own and in relation to each other. You will be introduced to the theory of corporate law, focusing on the main ‚players’ in the corporate arena (such as the directors, shareholders, creditors and employees) and how company law can best accommodate their sometimes conflicting interests. You will also discover the main arguments for and against state intervention in what are primarily private transactions. Focusing on the theoretical aspects of corporate law, you will consider the problems and legal strategies common to each of the identified jurisdictions, particularly the five basic characteristics of business corporations: legal personality; limited liability; corporate governance/shareholder protection; management of companies; investor ownership. Your assessment will comprise an individual presentation plus written coursework.
You’ll show your progress through a combination of written essays, problem-solving assignments and presentations.
All students take our core modules, but please note that the availability of optional modules is subject to demand.