European Trade and Commercial Law
Study the law of the European Union in depth with a particular emphasis on the highly significant commercial aspect of legislation.
1 year full-time
Our LLM in European Trade and Commercial Law offers you the opportunity to study the highly significant area of European legislation relating to trade and commerce that continues to have huge relevance in the economic and political landscape.
As well as learning about key commercial issues such as cross-border commercial litigation and EU takeover regulation, you will also examine more people-related topics such as the protection of human rights and constitutional issues. If European law is a new subject to you then you will also take a foundation module that introduces the fundamental principles of European Community law.
The course runs for one year full-time and is delivered through a series of lectures and also small seminar or tutorial groups. You will be required to complete an extended dissertation using your own research on an area of European law of your own choice, for which you will be given support and guidance from a member of the academic staff with expertise in that particular area.
The law school is home to the Durham European Law Institute and you will be encouraged to join its many activities, while the library includes the European Documentation Centre which boasts a wide range of European-related material, to which you will have access as part of your studies.
A longstanding expertise and a tradition of innovative, interdisciplinary research can be found within the school and this heritage is supported by outstanding academic facilities including a moot court, dedicated workroom, a pro bono room and a Harvard-style lecture theatre.
Introduction to European Law offers an overview of the fundamental principles of European Community law and provides a springboard for further study or research into more specialised areas. This key module will enable you to acquire a proper grounding in basic principles, features and institutions of the European Community legal system.
Applied Research Methods in Law provides specialised knowledge on the range of research methods and skills available in legal studies as well as an advanced understanding of their strengths and weaknesses and of their relevance for different forms of legal research. The module also creates a framework within which you will be able to critically assess potential research topics and, importantly, where you will be able to design, discuss and develop a detailed research proposal of the appropriate standards for your dissertation.
The Dissertation is based on your particular research interests in an area of European Trade and Commercial Law, and can be of one of three lengths – 10,000, 15,000 or 20,000 words. The dissertation is equivalent to 2, 2.5 or 3 modules, depending on word count.
Depending on the dissertation length and prior subject knowledge, you can choose a number of subject specific optional modules (* indicates half modules) which in previous years have included:
Your remaining options can be chosen from a wider selection of law modules (* indicates half modules) which in previous years have included:
Learning on this course comprises both taught modules delivered through lectures and seminars and the completion of a major dissertation. In lectures, you will study your chosen topics and the main debates and ideas around them, the aim being to provide you with a framework of knowledge that you will then develop through your own reading.
You will be expected to undertake preparatory reading for the seminar sessions which you will then use to tackle questions or problems related to the topics in a supportive environment.
The total contact hours for each module is 15 hours or 30 hours, depending on the length of the modules chosen.
You will also write a dissertation which will be the outcome of your own independent research in an area of interest to you. Depending on the route chosen your dissertation can be anywhere between 10,000 and 20,000 words. You will have four one-to-one meetings about the project in an academic year with your supervisor who has expertise relating to your chosen area of research.
Assessment is stringent and based on writing tasks with the majority of the modules assessed through essays of 3,000-6,000 words in length. The core module on applied research methods will be assessed by the quality of the research topic proposal you will present for a research topic. Finally, you will complete a dissertation on an area of corporate law of interest to you.
A good 2:1 degree (or its equivalent) in law, or in a degree in which law is a major component.
|Home students||£12,750 per year|
|EU students||£26,900 per year|
|Island students||£12,750 per year|
|International students||£26,900 per year|
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