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International Trade Law, LL.M.

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  • 12 months
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The course allows you to examine the significant role that international law has played in the redistribution of wealth and the reform of the global economic order, and develop a specialised and detailed knowledge of the law concerning international trade.


LLM International Trade Law focuses on the public international law aspects of international trade, and the regulation undertaken by international law and international institutions, including the World Trade Organisation and the International Monetary Fund.

The course allows you to examine the significant role that international law has played in the redistribution of wealth and the reform of the global economic order, and develop a specialised and detailed knowledge of the law concerning international trade.

You will investigate and apply the complex rules of international trade law to novel problems and real-world and hypothetical scenarios. The course also gives you the opportunity to critically evaluate the legal rules and underlying policies concerning International Trade Law.

The distinctiveness of this LLM programme lies in its coherent provision of postgraduate level study in the area of international trade law.

Career possibilities

LLM International Trade Law will enable you to embark upon a career in legal practice, or any career, where success is built upon the ability to understand, analyse and respond to developments in international trade law.

A number of our students also remain with us to pursue a further research career as PhD students.

If you want to ...
  • examine the framework of international law governing the economic relations between States
  • analyse bilateral investment and free trade treaties, and explore regional trade agreements
  • investigate the workings of World Trade Organisation law
  • study international trade regulation

... then consider LLM International Trade Law.

Programme Structure

This course has five compulsory modules. You also choose another four optional modules to complete your programme.

Compulsory modules

International Economic Law provides a comprehensive and critical understanding of the main framework of international law governing international economic relations between states.

The International Law of Foreign Investment focuses on the big shifts in economic relations witnessed in the recent past, underlining the significance of bilateral investment treaties, regional trade and investment agreements and bilateral free trade agreements.

World Trade Organisation Law examines recent changes in economic relations that have underlined the significance of international trade regulation in international economic relations among States, and aims to consider and evaluate in detail some of the main topics within the WTO/GATT regime from the perspectives of both developed and developing countries.

Postgraduate Legal Research Skills aims to prepare you for legal research required for seminar preparation, coursework assignments and for writing dissertations in law. The module focuses on instilling the fundamental research skills that you need to undertake any type of legal research.

Dissertation allows you to pursue an area of particular interest within your programme in consultation with a member of staff with appropriate expertise.

Optional modules

The school offers a wide range of optional modules, although the list is subject to change.

  • Advanced Corporate Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Central Issues in Arbitration
  • Conflict of Laws in Business Transactions
  • Corporate Law
  • Environmental Law – The Regulation of Pollution
  • Insolvency Law
  • International Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans
  • International Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework
  • International Competition Law
  • International Corporate Governance
  • International Corporate Rescue
  • International Economic Law
  • International Law of Credit and Security
  • International Sales Law
  • International Trade Finance Law
  • Islamic Banking and Finance
  • The International Law of Foreign Investment
  • Trade Marks, Geographical Indications, Designs and Trade Secrets
  • World Trade Organisation Law
Programme structure
  • For the LLM, you study the core modules (60 credits) and take a further four optional modules (60 credits) with an extended research project (the dissertation) of 60 credits over the summer.
  • For the PG Diploma, you study the taught core modules and four further options.
  • For the PG Certificate, you study the core modules.


The structure of the programmes will provide breadth and depth of study and opportunities for drawing upon appropriate resources and techniques. The programmes are based on, at least, fifteen hours teaching time per taught module. Support for the dissertation rpoject is provided via two group sessions, a number of one to oe meetings and comment on draft work

Modules are offered within a small group teaching model whichprovides you with the opportunity to develop interests and informed opinions, and to communicate your conclusions. A variety of teaching provision is offered through lectures and seminars and all students meet weekly in the first semester for academic skills training


Assessment is by a variety of methods but primarily involves the writing of a 4,500 word essay at the end of each module. We assess the dissertation through your submission of a written piece of work of up to 15,000 words.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a related degree.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Leeds

  • 637 - 1110 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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