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LLM in International Law

LLM in International Law

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September
Duration
1 year full time 2 years part time
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Full time Part time
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This degree aims to enable students to specialise in subjects related to international law, equipping them with comprehensive knowledge of the foundational principles of public international law and advanced conceptual insights into theories underpinning the legal status of international organisations and their role in the settlement of international disputes.

Why Study LLM International Law?

You will deepen and broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject, acquiring a systematic understanding of legal processes, methods and concepts, of the social and political context in which legal processes take place and of appropriate theoretical conceptions of law.

Ultimately, by maximising your academic potential and refining your problem-solving skills in a transnational context you will enhance your professional development and horizons.

The research and writing skills you gain will be transferable to a variety of professional sectors, including the legal profession, policymaking, corporate sector, governmental bodies or academia.

Course highlights

  • Developed and taught by leading experts in international law worldwide who represent different disciplines and legal traditions, this specialism opens the professional horizons of students to legal careers in any jurisdiction.
  • Gain a specialised and comprehensive knowledge in subjects related to international law, and advanced conceptual insights explaining the impact of international law on international relations and contemporary concerns such as globalisation, the use of armed force, transnational trade, terrorism, governance and the regulation of ownership over territory

Course Fees : Aed 68,250

  • Study the only British Qualifying Law Degree offered in the region
  • Programmes accredited by the bodies regulating the legal profession in the UK 
  • Opportunities to interact and network with distinguished legal practitioners
  • Faculty with extensive experience and expertise in legal research, teaching and practice
  • Opportunities to participate in international mooting and MUN competitions
  • Opportunities to participate in field visits to international organisations
  • Gain exposure to legal practice through the Department’s extensive network of partnerships

Course Structure

 Full-time LLM (1 year, 180 credits)

  • Four core plus two optional modules are completed over terms one and two, with a Dissertation period in term three.

Part-time LLM (2 years, 180 credits)

  • Four core plus two optional modules are completed over four taught terms, plus a Dissertation period
  • Two modules in term one, two modules in term two, and two modules in the first term of the following academic year.

Modules

Students must complete the following modules: Foundations and Principles of International Law, Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization, International Organisations and International Dispute Resolution and two other optional modules of their choice. One of those optional modules may be a non-LEX module from one of the MA programmes delivered by the Department of Law and Politics.

Each module is typically worth 20 credits, except the Dissertation and Work Integrated Learning modules which are worth 60 credits each. The Work Integrated Learning may be chosen to replace the Dissertation with prior agreement.

List of modules:

  • Legal Research Skills (20 Credits) – Compulsory
  • Foundations and Principles of International Law (20 Credits) – Compulsory
  • International Organisations and International Dispute Resolution (20 Credits) – Compulsory
  • Law and Policy of the World Trade Organisation (20 Credits) – Compulsory
  • Law of the International Sale of Goods (20 Credits) – Optional
  • International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (20 Credits) – Optional
  • International Human Rights Law (20 Credits) Optional
  • International Maritime Law (20 Credits) Optional
  • Dissertation (60 Credits) – Compulsory
  • Work Integrated Learning (60 Credits) – Alternative to Dissertation, upon CPC approval

In addition to the Law modules listed above, students can study one of the following modules if available:

  • Sustainable Development and Human Rights (20 Credits) – Optional
  • Politics of Globalisation (20 Credits) – Optional
  • Migration Politics and Policies (20 Credits) – Optional

*Undersubscribed modules (under 5 students) following the formal registration of students will not run.

** LLM students must study LEX4165 Dissertation, assessed by a 15,000- 18,000 words dissertation in term three, or –if eligible- the diary and original research paper required to complete SSC4060 Work Integrated Learning module. 

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

    • Law and Policy of the World Trade Organisation (20 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of global trade regimes through an overview of globalisation and contemporary international economic relations; the regulation of international trade by the WTO; and the relationship between international trade, harmonisation of the law and trade-related issues.
    • Politics of Globalisation (20 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module considers the implications in International Relations of the forces of globalisation, looking at international political processes and institutions at the level of politics, economics and cultural.  In this module students analyse the relevance of international organisations, and look at transnational politics and issues of global importance. Students explore theoretical debates surrounding these issues and in this way, critically evaluate the effectiveness of international policy. The module aims to provide a platform for students to work constructively in groups, gain leadership skills and formulate arguments and coherent debates in a diverse international environment.
    • Sustainable Development and Human Rights (20 Credits) - Compulsory
      This module aims to provide a critical exploration of the key institutions and frameworks that govern human rights at the international level and of the international policy context that promotes sustainable development, to examine how the two do, or do not, interact.  It problematises the notion of rights as competing, contested and co-opted and questions their ability to function in crisis situations.  It focuses on issues of inclusion/exclusion and to this end reflects on how the rights and ‘development’ of three ‘marginalised groups’ have been promoted focusing on indigenous peoples, the caste system and gender inequality.  It aims, overall, to question if the current legal approaches to human rights are sufficient to bring sustainable development to currently marginalised groups.
    • Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory
      The module provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate advanced-level legal research skills and understanding in writing a dissertation on a topic proposed by the student and approved by the module leader, drawing as appropriate on knowledge and skills acquired in earlier LLM modules.
    • Legal Research Skills (20 Credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to ensure that students are equipped with essential skills for participating successfully in their LLM degree programme, by offering instruction at an appropriately advanced level in legal research skills coupled with practical tasks in analysing legal sources and in making presentations in suitable academic formats in English. The module adopts learner-centred instructional style, combining exposition with exercises, discussion and self-directed learning in a series of workshops supported by online resources.

    • International Maritime Law (20 Credits) - Optional
      Equips students with detailed knowledge and understanding of English and international normative frameworks regulating the carriage of goods by sea and the laws governing maritime causalities and their aftermath, such as collision, oil pollution, salvage and general average.
    • Migration Politics and Policies (20 Credits) - Optional
      To provide an opportunity for students to undertake work experience commensurate with postgraduate levels of study and, by doing so, to advance knowledge, critical thinking and understanding to an appropriate level. It also provides an opportunity for students to work alongside key decision makers in organisations where global governance occurs, and also provides an option to the dissertation credit for their degrees. In addition, the module enables students to develop advanced insight into core issues in global governance, developing individual capacity for problem solving, interpretation and critical construction of knowledge. 
    • Work Integrated Learning (60 Credits) - Optional
      The module aims to enable students to apply theoretical knowledge and research to anticipate and respond to challenges in a selected workplace experience. The workplace experience may be undertaken as an internship negotiated by the student or in their current workplace or an existing voluntary role. It also aims to foster sustainable long term learning by requiring students to take responsibility for their own learning, design and negotiate learning goals and make informed judgments about their performance across the programme of study. The module asks students to engage as active subjects in the assessment process, thus enhancing the capacity for transformative learning. By selecting a topic of interest grounded in the workplace experience the student will demonstrate reflexivity, self-regulation and self-assessment in their journey towards personal and professional development
    • International Human Rights Law (20 Credits) - Optional
      To analyse the international human rights law framework under the United Nations and assess its monitoring procedures and efficacy, engaging the complementary America, African and Asian regional systems. Students will be required to reflect on challenges to the implementation of international human rights law globally, as well as engage strategies that advance thematic and country-specific elements of the human rights bodies under the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. The module will involve critical research on international human rights mechanisms, including treaty-based and Charter-based bodies, as well as regional commissions and courts. The aim is to reach a comprehensive understanding of the full range of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, and the interaction between domestic, regional and international law in their protection, realisation and fulfilment. Students will be tasked with evolving a rights-based analysis to identify and address gaps that contribute to widespread contemporary global rights violations. 
    • International Commercial Litigation and Arbitration (20 Credits) - Optional

      This module will bring the student up to date with contemporary issues, legal problems and emergent changes in the practice and management of commercial cases that cross jurisdictional lines and may raise conflict of laws questions. It will extend from the jurisdiction of England into European and international jurisdictions. In particular it considers the use of arbitration for expediency and cost savings by medium and large scale enterprises operating within multiple jurisdictions. The module aims to familiarise the student with the original intentions of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as an alternative to litigation, and to critically examine the ways in which arbitration has begun to converge towards procedural and disclosure rules more closely resembling those of traditional court-based litigation – a tendency that is especially apparent in complex international commercial arbitration.

      The module aims to increase the students’ ability to understand and to organise for themselves a range of disparate views on current debates in legal and ADR practice and scholarship. The module will advance students’ legal research skills, with an emphasis on critical analysis of legal materials. It aims to enhance students’ ability to discern strengths and weaknesses in scholarly materials in allied disciplines (such as economics) where these assist the study of law. It expects students to go beyond synthesis to the competent formulation and thoughtful defence of an original position on these debates in their own written work and in discussions with peers and the instructor.

    • Law of the International Sale of Goods (20 Credits) - Optional

      This module focuses on the most central channel through which international trade takes place: the sale of goods. It deals with two consequential legal regimes, English law and international law, principally the UN Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG). Of particular value to those students interested in commercial practice this module presumes familiarity with the principles of contract law and extends these into the international arena with sustained attention given to express and implied terms, the rights and obligations of buyer and seller respectively, remedies, description and quality, carriage of goods, insurance and re-insurance and the impossibility of performance. The module critically compares English law and CISG and increasing tendencies towards convergence between national legal regimes and international treaty law in some but not all areas of the cross-border trade in goods.

      The module aims to increase the students’ ability to understand and to organise for themselves a range of disparate views from practitioners and scholars pertaining to the international sale of goods. It will advance students’ research skills with an emphasis on critical analysis of legal materials such as English, European and other international case law, treasty law and commentary. It aims to enhance the students’ ability to think through the practical, policy and economic implications of legal regimes enabling (or impeding) trade and transactions between parties divided by or purposely straddling legal and geographic boundaries. It expects students to go beyond synthesis to the competent formulation and vigorous defence of their own positions on best practices and on the state of national and international legal regimes, both in written work and in discussions with others.

    • International Organisations and International Dispute Resolution (20 Credits) - Optional
      This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the rules and principles of International Law and International Relations to the extent that these are relevant towards explaining the legal personality and activities of International Organisations. Special emphasis will be placed on defining the role of International Organisations in the settlement of international disputes including in relation to their involvement in armed conflicts. The course will provide advanced conceptual insights into the legal, political and structural issues that underpin dispute resolution at international level within International Organisations through a thematic focus on issues such as labour, trade, title to territory and international peace and security. The module will enable students to think strategically about different means to settlement of disputes and their applicability to existing or potential conflicts. 
    • Foundations and Principles of International Law (20 Credits) - Optional
      Students will gain a systematic understanding of the core general rules and principles of international law. Knowledge of this conceptual and legal framework is particularly recommended for those enroling on other specialised LLM courses with an international dimension. The course seeks to enable students to analyse,  critically evaluate and provide authoritative commentary on how international law impacts international relations and contemporary concerns such as globalisation, the use of armed force, terrorism, poverty, governance and the regulation of ownership over territory. 

You will gain knowledge and understanding through a stimulating combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, professional internships and self-directed studies and use a variety of resources, including audio-visual media, library books and e-learning materials.

Lectures, seminars and presentations are used to communicate core information, develop themes and ideas, and seek to encourage student participation through interactive exercises and opportunities for peer and self-assessment. You will also be required to engage in intensive programmes of structured reading and research, and to present your findings orally and in writing.

Skills training, particularly through our Legal Research Skills module, will equip you with the intellectual tools necessary for postgraduate work, including the identification and location of appropriate materials, critical and analytical reading, writing skills and conventions.

Several sessions within each module and a substantial part of the Dissertation are designed to provide guidance on identifying a suitable research question, carrying out research, writing a literature review and planning and writing a dissertation. 

Learning and teaching on all modules is informed by a critical approach that encompasses relevant aspects of the ethical, social, professional, historical and cultural contexts within which the law operates. Ethics are specifically embedded in some modules and students are provided with the opportunity to understand the ethical dimensions of their own research and within which the law operates at each level.

Student's practical skills are assessed by oral presentations, coursework, exams, literature reviews and, where appropriate, dissertation, diary and report writing.

Qualifications

  • The University's standard entry requirement consists of a Law degree at 2:2 or Graduate Diploma in Law/CPE
  • Graduates in related disciplines, with law minors or with relevant professional experience or qualifications may be admitted subject to the programme coordinator's discretion
  • Other non-UK qualifications will be considered in accordance with NARIC guidelines.

 

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

English Language Test

Entry Requirement

IELTS Academic

6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)

TOEFL Internet-based

87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)

PearsonPTE Academic

58

PearsonPTE General

Level 4


For admissions related enquiries, kindly contact our admissions team on 0097143678100 / 0097143751212 alternatively you can email on admissions@mdx.ac.ae

This programme is attractive to students seeking to work as academics, practicing solicitors/barristers, policy advisors or other supporting roles in the professional sectors working in relevant areas concerning international law in multiple jurisdictions. This includes national governments, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, private firms, armed service or academia in a wide range of areas such as territorial disputes, armed conflict, human rights or maritime and commercial law.

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