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This course focuses on the legal regulation from the perspective of a common law jurisdiction, and the challenges presented through membership of the international and European communities.
Founded in the ancient silk and spice routes, international trade and commerce has spread to become the most significant activity of any modern economy. The provision of goods and services in other countries has increased dramatically in the second half of the 20th century, and today continues to reveal new markets, products and commercial practices.
This course is our flagship programme for the international market. It draws on our academic excellence in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, International Economic Law, Intellectual Property Law and Tax. It is linked to the LLM Intellectual Property, with which it shares several units.
This course is suitable for a wide range of career paths: in-house counsel in an export-related industry, work in the City or other global financial centre, regulatory office in governmental organisations, appointments in foreign services, or even an academic career.
Key features of the course
- The course draws on BUs academic excellence in Commercial Law, Corporate Law, International Economic Law, Intellectual Property Law and Tax
- Our professional teaching teams are experts in their field
- This course is both challenging and stimulating, enhancing your career prospects within todays global companies and/or the legal profession
- The course is suitable for a wide range of career paths including in-house counsel in an export-related industry, work in the City or other global financial centres, regulatory office in governmental organisations, appointments in foreign services, or an academic career
- Unique blend of delivery including guest lectures, electronic learning, lectures and seminars
The course consists of 3 stages, details of which are below. This includes an overview of the units you will study.
Principles of International Law, International Organisations and the World Trade Organisation
The aim of the unit is twofold: Firstly it will provide you with a sound grounding in the principles underpinning international law. Secondly, and building upon the knowledge gained on the principles of international law, the unit will examine the World Trade Organisation as a prime example of an international organisation.
Option units* (choose 2)
Corporate Law: Theory & Practice
You will examine key issues in contemporary corporate law, this will enable you to evaluate corporate law issues from key theoretical and practical perspectives.
International Dispute Resolution
Cross-border and inter-State relations raise complex issues involving the law of more than one country. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) offers an alternative way of resolving disputes other than litigation. This unit will introduce the key concepts, forms and procedures of ADR and discuss its development and merits compared to litigation relating to both international commercial and public international law disputes.
International Cyber Law & Governance
An understanding of the principles of internet law and online policies (addressing principles of human rights law, criminal law, international law and copyright law inter alia) has become indispensable for professionals aiming for a career in the digital economy. This unit will provide you with a thorough grounding and critical appreciation of online policy, regulatory scope for online activities and strategic impact on business decisions.
Law of International Trade
This unit deals with the core of international commercial law: the legal regulation of international commerce from the perspective of transactions relating to the exportation of goods. This allows for an in-depth exposure to international supply, sale and carriage contracts, to considerations associated with multiple transactions and to techniques for the international harmonisation of substantive law.
Option units* - (choose 2)
International Intellectual Property Rights
Intellectual property rights (IPR) are implicated in most aspects of international commerce. For example: patent laws affect technology transfer, trade mark laws affect branding, design laws affect product development and copyright laws affect all entertainment goods. Through the integration of intellectual property standards into the WTO framework with the 1994 TRIPS Agreement, intellectual property laws have been substantially and controversially harmonised. This unit evaluates the consequences of the globalisation of intellectual property laws.
International Direct Taxation
The globalisation of business means that firms must not only understand the domestic tax systems in the states in which they operate, but also the ways in which those systems interact. Direct taxes at the federal level usually account for between 10 and 30 percent of pre-tax profits and this unit aims to foster an understanding of the international tax system and the principal tax planning techniques open to multinational firms.
International Law of the Environment
This unit will examine the particular sectors of environmental policy that are the subject of international legal regulation and obligations. This will involve an appraisal of how international legal regulation has developed in these areas, taking into account various challenges, legal and political, that have been influential in shaping their respective evolution.
This unit will provide you with the opportunity to conduct research on an area of law associated with the knowledge and skills acquired and developed on your chosen pathway. You will develop critical thinking, evaluate new and existing relevant research and develop your conceptual understanding of law. This unit will promote self-managed learning by completion of a significant piece of work.
*Please note that not all option/elective units may be offered or delivered in a given year.
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