University of Sussex

University of Sussex

International Commercial Law

Economies in today's world are increasingly interconnected, posing new legal challenges in areas such as the regulation of international commerce and trade matters, the legal mechanisms and frameworks supporting cross-border commercial activities (including e-commerce), and governance in private commercial bodies, as well as the use and enforcement of trade and competition rules. This course offers you an insight into the processes by which international regulation is created and enforced from the perspective of commercial and economic actors (including individuals, corporate bodies and other enterprise forms). The focus is on crossborder transactions between companies and individuals. You study many different aspects of international commercial law, thereby gaining a strong, and broad, theoretical foundation, while also being able to choose from a range of options. It also offers you an exciting opportunity to understand the roles of international and domestic institutions governing the regulation of trading and commercial activities, and the role of both public and private actors in the formation of trade regulation and laws, including the concepts of international commercial law (lex mercatoria), as well as the rules that regulate private commercial activities between businesses and individuals from different countries.

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; approaches to international commerical law; transnational commercial law. Spring term: 2 options from: Aspects of intellectual property law; carriage by air; carriage of goods by sea; corruption and the law; cyberlaw; EU competition law; EU single market law; international and comparative company law; international and comparative corporate insolvency law; international commercial arbitration; international environmental law; international investment 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, 4,000-5,000-word essays, and a 15,000-word dissertation.


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