International Economic Law (LL.M.)

key area of law: international economic law

The two-year LLM study programme offers an in-depth study of international economic law with a double degree from Leuphana University of Lüneburg in Germany and the University of Glasgow in Scotland, or the University of the West Indies in Barbados.

International Economic Law – the programme

Content

Integrating public and private economic law, the programme brings together two areas of law that are often covered independently in legal literature as well as in teaching. This division will be overcome within the framework of this programme to provide students with a holistic approach on international economic law that characterises this area of law in practice. The programme aims to deliver a broad, scientific and profound engagement with the players and structures of international economic law (first study year in Lüneburg) and, as well as to facilitate an additional specialisation in one of the core subjects of international economic law such as Corporate & Financial Law, International Commercial Law, International Competition Law or Intellectual Property Law (second study year in Glasgow/Scotland or Bridgetown/Barbados). The blend of compulsory modules and electives therefore constitutes a unique feature of the programme enabling students to aquire

  • in-depth knowledge in the various fields of international economic law
    basic command of the functions of international markets and relations
  • the ability to analyse the opportunities and limits of global relationships and international regulations concerning international economic aspects
  • ideal preparation for the application of economic issues within the global framework.

On successful completion of the programme, students will be awarded with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Economic Law from Leuphana University of Lüneburg and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Glasgow, or a Master of Laws (LL.M) from the University of the West Indies, depending on which location students choose for their second study year.

A short description of the modules can be found in the study regulations for the Masters Programme International Economic Law.

Programme Structure

The study programme will be completed in Lüneburg, where students will spend their first year (October to August) and the second year either in Glasgow or Barbados (September to August).

In Lüneburg, a total of six compulsory modules have to be completed. Each of the following compulsory modules bear 10 credits: International Law, International Economic Law, European Law, European Economic Law, International Private Law and European Private Law.

In Glasgow/Scotland, students have the opportunity to choose one pathway specialisation out of seven: Corporate & Financial Law, Intellectual Property & the Digital Economy, International Commercial Law, International Competition Law & Policy, International Economic Law, International Law, or International Law & Security.

In Bridgetown/Barbados, students have the opportunity to choose courses from a wide range of modules in the field of Corporate & Commercial Law and Public Law such as corporate law, financial law, intellectual property law and transnational commercial transactions law.

Based on the consolidated knowledge gained in the first study year and the specialisation in one of the core subjects of international economic law in the second study year, students complete their studies at the end of the programme by writing their Masters dissertation. Due to the international context of the subject matter all modules of the study programme in Lüneburg , Glasgow and Barbados are only offered in English. In addition to the professional qualifications, the close partnership between the universities ensures the acquisition of language and cultural skills, which are of great significance to the practise of international economic law.

Participating Universities

Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Leuphana University of Lüneburg is a young and dynamic public university renowned for its innovativeness and unique university model within the German academic landscape. Based on a comprehensive and holistic education philosophy it considers itself a humanist and sustainable university. Although Emperor Friedrich III already granted permission for founding a Higher School for Law in Lüneburg in 1473, it took over 500 years to open the Leuphana Law School, which was only established in 2013. Leuphana Law School is the first Law School in a German public research institution that offers interdisciplinary study programmes mainly conducted in English. It brings together all Leuphana-based legal scholars to deliver teaching and supervision leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees. Combining law and business issues through a special inter-disciplinary approach, research and teaching at Leuphana Law School is both innovative and internationally focused.

University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is the fourth-oldest university in the English-speaking world and is ranked in the top 100 of the world's universities (QS World University Rankings). It is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading British universities and is considered a research powerhouse. Law has been taught at the University of Glasgow since the 15th century and today the School of Law is top-rated in Scotland and in the UK. Drawing on the expertise of its international staff, the School of Law promotes academically rigorous research that contributes to the theoretical and practical advancement of the discipline. Its postgraduate programmes offer a broad range of specialised courses in core fields of law, including International Law, International Competition Law, International Commercial Law, Corporate and Financial Law. Every year, they bring students from all over the world to Glasgow for a unique professional and personal experience.

University of the West Indies

The University of the West Indies (UWI) is the largest and most longstanding, higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 100 universities around the world. The UWI Alumni network includes one Nobel Laureate, dozens of Rhodes Scholars and more than 18 current and former Caribbean Prime Ministers and Heads of State. The Faculty of Law was established in 1970 with headquarters at the Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. The faculty is well equipped to provide legal postgraduate education in the field of Corporate and Commercial Law and Public Law with modern day technologies accompanying well qualified expert staff, with both academic and practical expertise. The concentration in commercial law and corporate law has been designed to meet the needs of students interested in an advanced legal studies programme focused on corporate law, financial law, intellectual property law and transnational commercial transactions law.

Career prospects

Perspectives

Students will be prepared specifically for management positions in multinational companies, as well as advisory positions in both the public and private sector. This will be achieved by means of a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of the international economic law and its embedding in national law, in combination with a focus on a core area of international economic law and the acquisition of interdisciplinary skills, particularly in language and intercultural competences. The different opportunities for specialisation thus allow emphasis on various professional fields as well as for professional careers in academic contexts in research, teaching and administration.

Entry Requirements

The Masters Programme is aimed at national and international law students who either have a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), a Bachelor’s degree with predominantly legal components, the First State Examination, or an international equivalent.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the awarding universities set a minimum English Language proficiency level. All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both EU and international students for this programme:

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System): overall score 6.5 with no subtest less than 6.5, or
  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22, Speaking not less than 23, or
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum, or
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum, or
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 68; minimum 60 in writing.

Even if you have not completed your Bachelors degree you may apply for this programme. You have to prove successfully completed courses at 81% of the required total performance (total performance of 180 CP or 210 CP depending on your study programme).

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At a glance

Degrees awarded: Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Leuphana University of Lüneburg and University of Glasgow or University of the West Indies
Application period: April 1 - June 1
Type of programme: Thematic relevance
Start date: Every winter term, October
Extent: 120 CP according to ECTS
Duration: 4 semesters
Language: English
Location: Lüneburg and Glasgow or Bridgetown
Contribution: per year: 720 EUR* at Leuphana University of Lüneburg
Fees: per year: 7.000 GBP (EU)* / 15.500 GBP (Non-EU)* at University of Glasgow or 10.000 USD University of the West Indies

*subject to change

Dates

Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Oct - Jan Courses
Feb - March Exams
April - June Courses
July - Aug Exams

University of Glasgow

Sept Induction Week
Sept - March Courses
April - May Exams
June - August Masters dissertation

University of the West Indies

Sept - Nov Courses
Dec Exams
Jan - March Courses
April Exams
May - Aug Masters Dissertation

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