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Faculty of Business, Law and Politics

LLM in International Law (Global Economy and Asia-Europe Trade and Investment)

Postgraduate - Taught LLM

Open for admission in 2019/20

Open for admission in 2020/21

Start in September

Full time
LLM 1 year

About the course

The University of Hull’s Master of Laws in International Law (Global Economy and Asia-Europe Trade and Investment) (LLM) degree programme presents a total study of International Law as an academic and vocational discipline. This LLM allows you not only to understand the public (political), private (economic) and moral (human rights) theoretical and practical interactions of international law but also to specialise in the legal study of economic globalisation.

This LLM specifically studies the law that regulates global business and cross-border commerce, with reference to trade and investment relations between Asia and Europe. It studies the principles and practices of International Economic Law as a body of critical thought and applied knowledge in its various norms, processes and institutions.

This LLM is among the first in the world to focus on Asia–Europe economic relations. It is among the first to teach International Economic Law as a policy space for the closer economic integration of these two regions. And it is among the first to make China’s Belt and Road Initiative a core element of study.

What you'll study

This LLM presents you with specialist core modules that develop the concept of International Law as a system to regulate the global economy. These core modules provide you with the opportunity to study cross-border non-investment business transactions and apply the principles that comprise the law and policy of economic integration to the practice of economic relations between Asia and Europe under China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the European Union’s Common Commercial Policy after Brexit.

This LLM also provides you with the opportunity to extend the application of the principles of International Economic Law with a choice between specialist optional modules. These optional modules study either the international trade and commercial dispute settlement processes within the international commercial arbitration system. These include the dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization (panels and Appellate Body) and the Multilateral Investment Court, or the system for the promotion and protection of foreign investment.

Core modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

  • Public International Law

    Explore the law governing the relations between States and other entities having international legal personality. Develop your knowledge and ability to critically evaluate the development of the international legal system, how international law is made and what it regulates, and how violations of the law are addressed.

  • International Trade Law: World Trade Organization v Preferential Trade Agreements

    Study the law and policy of economic integration through a jurisdictional survey of the World Trade Organisation and preferential trade agreements. You'll also critique contemporary economic and political developments as causes and effects of free trade practices.

  • Asia – Europe Economic Relations under the Belt and Road Initiative

    Study economic relations between Asia and Europe, learning to understand the EU's regulatory approach to the management of trade and investment relations with Asia. You'll assess the importance of China’s Belt and Road initiative to Asia–Europe trade and investment.

  • International Commercial Law: Skills for International Business Transactions

  • Human Rights: The United Nations System

  • Dissertation

    You will make an original contribution to research by designing, carrying out and writing up your own project on a topic you choose, supported by your dissertation supervisor.

Optional modules

All modules are subject to availability and this list may change at any time.

  • International Investment Law

    Study the law as it applies to international investment and the underlying policy which informs its development. You'll consider international regimes regulating investment, bilateral investment treaties and aspects of national law to develop an understanding of law and policy in this area.

  • International Trade and Commercial Dispute Settlement Processes

    This module provides an understanding of private and public dispute resolution systems in the context of global commerce and trade. There is a particular focus on the China Belt and Road Initiative.

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Where you'll study

The location below may not be the exact location of all modules on your timetable. The buildings you'll be taught in can vary each year and depend on the modules you study.

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Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £7,500

A new system of postgraduate loans for Masters degrees in the UK are now available. They provide up to £10,906 (subject to parliamentary approval) for full-time and part-time taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. For more information, visit our Postgraduate Loans page.

  • International:  £14,000

International applicants may need to pay a tuition fee deposit before the start of the course. Visit our tuition fee deposit page for more information.

Graduate Studentship

The University of Hull is pleased to offer graduates progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate taught study a £1,000 studentship towards the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out if you’re eligible by visiting the University of Hull Graduate Studentship page.

International Scholarships and Bursaries

For a list of all scholarships and bursaries for international students, please visit the International Scholarships and Bursaries page.

We also offer an International Studentship Scheme Discount of up to £3,500.

UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships to help you with your studies.

For more information, please visit the UK and EU Scholarships and Bursaries page.

Law has been taught at Hull since 1927 and our staff are at the forefront of research, scholarship and teaching.

Staff are at the forefront of research, scholarship and teaching and the LLM programme offers options informed, developed and taught by experts in their respective fields.

Our research is used by many non-academic bodies and helps shape public policy, professional practice and public understanding of legal issues.

Entry requirements

A 2.2 honours degree or above (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject or appropriate professional experience.

Those who do not possess an undergraduate qualification at this level, those who can demonstrate equivalent professional or practical experience may be considered.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Future prospects

Graduates of this LLM would typically consider a career in the civil and diplomatic service (for example China’s Ministry of Commerce and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade) or a role with the various international economic organizations such as the WTO and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. A career in importing/exporting, customs brokering, freight and logistics and academic and financial media roles would also be open to consideration.