Increasingly globalisation has led to a growing demand for commercial lawyers with an understanding of international law.
This course meets this need and will help you develop an understanding of the origins of public and private international conflicts and disputes, the causes of cross-border and municipal commercial disputes, and how these can be prevented, managed and resolved.
Intermediate qualifications available:
There are six entry points through the year. This allows you to start when it is most suitable.
The LLM in International Commercial and Dispute Resolution Law will provide you with the opportunity to study commercial law from an international perspective. This course is also designed for the personal development of lawyers who are concerned about the origins of public and private international conflicts and disputes; the causes of cross-border and municipal commercial conflicts and disputes; and how they might be prevented, managed, and resolved.
This course provides you with the opportunity for in-depth study of the procedural and substantive issues in the field. It is primarily concerned with the regulation of individual, corporate and public conduct in the context of international and commercial conflicts and disputes, including the relevance of issues such as the identification of the relevant courts and tribunals.
This course adopts a practice-based, client-facing approach, underpinned by a strong grounding in the appropriate legal theory. Thus, problem-based learning will play a key role in the course, with many seminars and assignments centred on imagined real-life scenarios, your job being to advise the hypothetical plaintiff on how they might resolve the legal problem with which they are faced.
You will be taught by internationally-recognised lecturers who have an outstanding reputation in their field with broad experience in City Law Firms. Additionally, International Aviation Law is a very specialised area and that is a truly distinctive element of this course which is one of the very few in the UK giving you the opportunity to become an expert in this topic.
The assessment strategy for the LLM International Commercial and Dispute Resolution Law is designed to ensure your full participation in the learning process. A number of different assessment methods will contribute to your development and will enhance your employability. The LLM Course Team considers it essential that comprehensive feedback is provided in due time so it is integrated in your learning process. In some cases, different kinds of assessment may be used in combination, making sure however that there are no hidden tasks. The intensive character of this course's delivery, as outlined in its Teaching and Learning philosophy, is consistent with the needs of todays world for graduates who accumulate knowledge fast and are able to express the outcome of this process in a way that is meaningful and comprehensive. All units have two assessment points, containing different types of assessment which are intended to enable you to demonstrate both breadth and depth of subject knowledge. For each unit, a week of intensive direct contact time, followed by your own contribution through individual learning, will take you to your first assessment point in week 3 of the teaching block. Your final assessment will be due at the end of the 6-week block. The types of assessment which you will encounter in this course include: - Individual Written Report or Research Essay: these assessments will enable you to develop your knowledge, legal research and critical analysis skills. The whole process will contribute to your development when it comes to conducting postgraduate level research and developing your enterprise. You will be required to perform literature informed research, to review and evaluate the relevant sources and to use an appropriate methodology in order to analyse and evaluate the relevant concepts. Your close adherence to the principles of academic integrity will also be assessed. - Case Study: this will require you to apply your subject-specific knowledge in the context of a specific factual scenario. - Oral Presentation: by presenting your research and arguments in a formal setting, you will develop a number of transferable skills, including in particular the ability to present your ideas and findings in a professional, clear and concise manner. Mooting: this will develop your legal research, writing and advocacy skill, by requiring you to develop legally-sound and effective legal arguments in support of your (fictional) clients position and articulate and defend those arguments during a simulated trial / arbitration. - Dissertation / Live Project: regardless of which Master capstone experience you opt for, you will have to produce an individual, independent piece of work. You will be asked to identify the research question or problem under investigation, review the relevant literature, develop a sound methodology in order to explore the problem, proceed with the analysis, discuss your findings and make recommendations. This project is the capstone of the LLM and builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in all taught units. Academic integrity The notions of accountability and academic integrity will be an integral part of your course. The ability to use of a wide range of sources, both academic and non-academic, is a requirement for a postgraduate degree. All coursework assignments will require a thorough evaluation of the sources you have used and appropriate references. References should follow the Oxford University Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA). During the Welcome week at the beginning of the course, you will receive training on how to reference your sources properly so at to avoid plagiarism; you will also be introduced to the University regulations on academic misconduct. Throughout the course, you will then receive detailed guidance on referencing and proper academic practice in the context of each individual unit. The Course Team and the University adopt a zero-tolerance approach to plagiarism and academic misconduct. Turnitin will be used for all submissions. In addition, for individual projects, you will be asked to present to your tutor/supervisor the various stages of your work as the project is developing or to present your work in its entirety upon completion. Marking criteria All assessments will be given a percentage mark. The pass mark is 40%; commendations and distinctions will be applied to achievement within prescribed bands. Full details of assessment and relevant marking criteria will be provided in the Unit Handbooks. The notions of accountability and academic integrity will be an integral part of this course; plagiarism and any other attempt to deceive in the context of assessments will not be tolerated. Students will be given extensive training on how to evaluate and appropriately reference sources and how to avoid plagiarism both during the `Welcome week at the beginning of the course and in the context of each unit. Turnitin will be used for all submissions; in addition, for individual projects, students will be asked to show the different stages of their work as it progresses or to present it in its entirety upon completion.
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