University of Sussex

University of Sussex

International Trade Law

Economies in today's world are increasingly interconnected, posing new legal challenges in areas such as the regulation of international trade, cross-border trading activities and competition, and standards of governance in public and private bodies, as well as the regulation and enforcement of trade and competition rules. This degree takes you to the heart of the public dimensions of trade regulation and offers you an exciting insight into the processes by which international regulation is created and enforced. It also offers an exciting balance between the rules and institutions governing the regulation of trading conduct by states (such as the World Trade Organization), including the role of both public and private actors in the formation of trade regulation and laws, and the rules regulating private commercial activities between businesses and individuals from different countries, which are often situated in the context of relationships between states and rely on cross-border regulation and enforcement by state and non-state bodies.

Entry requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd Class undergraduate Honours Degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered.

Course modules

Autumn term: advanced research for LLM students; international trade: issues and challenges; legal regulation of international trade. Spring term: 2 options from: carriage by air; carriage of goods by sea; citizenship of the EU; cyberlaw; EU competition law; EU single market; intellectual property; international and comparative company law; international and comparative corporate insolvency; international environmental law; law of international business transactions. The range of options available may vary in any one year. Summer term: supervised work on the LLM dissertation.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, 4000-5000-word essays, and a 15000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
LLM Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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