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European Trade and Commercial Law

This programme provides an opportunity to develop an advanced knowledge of the law of the European Union, with particular emphasis upon its commercial aspects. If you are new to European law, there is a (compulsory) foundation course providing a solid grounding in the subject. Having completed your choice of taught modules, you will then undertake an extended dissertation on a European law topic of your choice, supervised by a member of staff with expertise in their chosen subject area. Teaching is by a mixture of lectures and smaller, student-led, seminar or tutorial groups. The dissertation is pursued by independent research with individual supervision. Students attending the programme are drawn from a broad range of countries, and their previous academic or professional experiences enrich the programme The School is host to the Durham European Law Institute, and you are encouraged to participate in its many activities. The Library, which includes a European Documentation Centre, has extensive holdings of European materials.

Course modules

Students must study modules in Introduction to EU law, and Applied Research Methods in Law. You must also choose a number of additional taught modules, from a large body of optional modules. Finally, a dissertation must be completed, on a topic chosen by you in consultation with your allotted supervisor. Core Modules: Introduction to EU Law (unless you have previously studied such a module), Applied Research Methods in Law, Dissertation (of 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000 words). Optional Modules: Please note: not all modules necessarily run every year, and we regularly introduce new modules. The list below provides an example of the type of modules which may be offered. Advanced Issues in International Economic Law, Advanced Issues of International Intellectual Property Law, Corporations in an EU Context, EU Competition Law, International Co-operation in Criminal Matters, International Sales Law, Law of the WTO, Mergers and Acquisitions, Advanced Issues in the Constitutional Law of the EU, Advanced Law of Obligations, Commercial Fraud, Current Issues in Company Law, International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law, Introduction to Corporate Governance, Law of Oil and Gas Contracts, Takeover Regulation in the EU.

Assessment methods

Assessment is carried out mainly by coursework, although examinations are also set in some of the taught modules. All students must produce a dissertation of between 10,000 and 20,000 words.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2018 GBP 17,325 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
LLM Full-time October 2018 GBP 9,345 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years

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Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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