University of Glasgow: International Economic Law

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow
Department School of Law View department profile
Web glasgow.ac.uk/law
Study type Taught

Summary

The programme offers an in-depth study of all the different aspects of the contemporary regime of international economic law. Unlike most other programmes, it overcomes the division between the main branches of international economic governance - world trade, investment, and finance - and raises awareness for common themes and challenges facing international economic law in these different areas.

The core course is designed to provide a bird’s-eye-view of the field of international economic governance and the multiple roles played by international law in that context.

Key areas of focus include the structure of global economic governance, the rules and institutions of world trade, international investment, and international finance.

  • Drawing on a range of different legal, critical, and interdisciplinary approaches, it aims to provide the students with the opportunity to study at advanced level the various aspects of contemporary international economic regulation in its full normative, political, and historical complexity.
  • You will benefit from the combined experience of a lecturing team representing a rich diversity of professional and international backgrounds. Theorists and practitioners, litigators and consultants, our lecturers come from more than half-a-dozen countries, including Germany, Canada, Portugal, UK, and Uzbekistan.
  • The programme is supported by excellent facilities, including two dedicated law libraries, extensive online resources, and access to various official publication databases, such as the European Documentation Centre.
  • Guest-speaker presentations, an active research seminar series and other extra-curricular events provide you with a unique opportunity to meet international lawyers and academics from around the world, become exposed to some of the most topical discussions shaping the field of international economic law, and to engage with current debates.

You are required to take at least four courses from the following list (plus two others) and to submit a dissertation as falling within the area. For this programme you must complete the core course, International Law and International Economic Governance, and then either International Trade Law or International Investment Law. Courses will be delivered through a combination of lectures and seminars.

Core course

  • INTERNATIONAL LAW AND INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC GOVERNANCE

Optional courses may include

  • FOUNDATIONS OF INTERNATIONAL LAW
  • INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION
  • INTERNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
  • INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION LAW
  • INTERNATIONAL COURTS AND TRIBUNALS
  • INTERNATIONAL FINANCE LAW
  • INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL REGULATION
  • INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT LAW
  • INTERNATIONAL MERGER CONTROL
  • INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW AND THE MARKET
  • INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW
  • LAW AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
  • LAW AND MARKETS

The rare combination of doctrinal, theoretical, legal-historical, comparative, and policy perspectives which this programme provides will prove highly attractive both to public and private sector employers. The programme will be of particular interest to those students interested in pursuing a career in international organisations, government service, advanced research institutions, think-tanks, NGOs, independent consultancy, and academia. Students seeking to pursue a career in legal practice will benefit from the programme's broad approach, to be able to situate specific legal problems arising in highly practical areas (such as world trade, or investment law) within the broader context of international economic law.

Most of our courses include perspectives on professional practice and some also include experiential learning activities, such as mock trials, analysis of court transcripts, and engagement with case studies. These activities are designed to consolidate your understanding of key theoretical concepts by putting them into practice in real-world contexts.

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Extra-curricular activities

In addition to these curricular activities, students in the International Economic Law LLM also have the opportunity to participate in extra-curricular activities that are designed to hone their professional skills:

• The Finance and Social Justice Project is a unique opportunity for students to work on current, real-world problems at the intersection of finance and social justice while gaining a practical insight into less conventional careers relevant to International Economic Law.• The Transnational Accountability Project.• Professional Skills Programme (PSP) tailored to LLM students in order to facilitate the improvement of their professional skills.• Graduate Skills Programme (GSP) offered by the College of Social Sciences to support students in their ability to communicate their professional skills (As developed, for example, in the PSP, to employers.


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Career talks

In addition, students pursuing the International Economic Law LLM will benefit from attending talks and events run by speakers working in cognate areas as part of the Glasgow Centre for International Law and Security’s events series. Academics and professionals working in fields such as WTO Law, Financial Regulation, and International Investment Law come to give talks at GCILS, which provides our LLM students with a unique opportunity to hear first-hand what it takes to work in this exciting and evolving area of law.


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External collaborations

Students in the International Economic Law LLM will also have the opportunity to gain valuable professional experience by working with some of our external collaborators.

For example, students can also work on their LLM dissertations in collaboration with external organisations such as public authorities and civil society organisations. These collaborative dissertation projects will give students the opportunity to develop their research skills in a practical context and to work alongside professionals in the field of international economic law.

Moreover, students in the International Economic Law LLM will be eligible to apply to several of our unique internship opportunities with organisations in the UK and abroad.


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The University of Glasgow’s School of Law equips you with the knowledge and skills you need in an increasingly competitive legal market. Our graduates have gone on to work in international courts, the European Commission, banking and finance, international law firms, governments, and academic institutions around the world.

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