Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

International Economic Law, Justice and Development

Should those who are relatively poor regard international economic law as a means, end, obstacle or irrelevance to improving their lives? From Shock Therapy 1992, to Seattle 1999, to Shock and Awe 2003, to Live8 2005, to Financial Crisis 2007, to G20 2009, to Haiti 2010, the impact of international economic law and institutions upon justice and development justifiably commands increasing attention from all quarters: local politicians and international celebrities, savvy pharmaceutical companies and bewildered farmers, moral philosophers and foreign investors. This is the only postgraduate programme in the UK to address the law, institutions and practice which constitute global and local economies from an avowedly critical perspective, part- and full-time, in face-to-face evening sessions. It is particularly well suited to (current and aspiring) lawyers and non-lawyers within non-governmental organisations, government departments and in-house corporate social responsibility departments, who wish to critically reflect on their role as practitioners.

Entry requirements

Good second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline (see below). We welcome other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience.

If you have a first degree in a subject other than law, or if you want to refresh pre-existing legal knowledge and skills, you might consider completing a Pre-Sessional Course in Law and Legal Method, such as the one offered by SOAS. This intensive 2-week course runs during the daytime in September. It is designed primarily for those who do not already possess a law degree and provides an introduction to law, legal method and associated skills and techniques. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

You take 2 core modules and 4 option modules, one of which can be a dissertation.
Core modules:

Advanced International Economic Law, Justice and Development;
Introduction to International Economic Law, Justice and Development .

Option modules:

Advanced Intellectual Property Law;
Dissertation LLM International Economic Law, Justice and Development;
Globalisation of Land Markets;
International Financial Institutions: Law and Practice;
Post-Conflict Statebuilding, Law and Justice;
Qualitative Methodology;
Social Justice;
The International Economic Constitution;
The World Trade Organization and the Environment .

Please note: not all option modules will be available every year.

Assessment methods

Final assessment for most compulsory and option modules is based on a 4000-word essay. If you choose the dissertation option, you will be required to submit a dissertation of 8000-10,000 words.

Sponsorship information

The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. Applicants with a strong academic background may be eligible to apply for AHRC awards (UK and EU-based applicants only). Candidates with an outstanding academic record who demonstrate high potential for strong performance on one of our Master's degrees can apply for School of Law Postgraduate Fee Awards. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,075 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 7,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
LLM Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
LLM Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
LLM Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
LLM Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
LLM Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
LLM Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
LLM Full-time October 2017 - 1 years
LLM Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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