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. We welcome other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience. 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

Take 2 core modules and 4 option modules, 1 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.

Sponsorship information

Applicants with a strong academic background may apply for the Arts and Humanities Research Council/Economic and Social Research Council (AHRC/ESRC) awards (UK and EU-based applicants only); there are also a limited number of Law School fee scholarships.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 7,950 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 14,075 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 7,950 per Academic year (EU fees) 1 years
LLM Part-time £ 3,975 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
LLM Part-time £ 7,050 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
LLM Part-time £ 3,975 per Academic year (EU fees) 2 years

Campus details

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

Key information

School of Law
Telephone number: 
020 7631 6511