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LL.M. in International Commercial Law

LL.M. in International Commercial Law

Overview

An opportunity to specialise in the exciting field of International Commercial Law for great career opportunities

The LL.M. in International Commercial Law is available on both a full and part-time basis over a 1 or 2 year period. 

Please note: The LL.M. in International Commercial Law is a cognitive masters. In order to be eligible for the course you will need to possess the following:

2.2 degree in Law or a related discipline (that has a 50% legal component to the degree) or foreign equivalent ​

Relative work experience 

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Why Study International Commercial Law at Griffith College?

The LL.M. in International Commercial Law offers students the opportunity to specialise in International Commercial Law in order to facilitate enhanced career opportunities and/or to lay the foundations for Ph.D. study.

  • Graduates of this programme will receive an internationally recognised postgraduate Master of Law degree.
  • Students will gain a firm understanding of the key principles of International Commercial Law including in areas such as EU Competition Law, International Financial Services Law, International Commercial Arbitration, and Corporate Governance.
  • Students will acquire highly transferable skills, attractive to a wide range of businesses including in major corporations and international institutions.
  • A strong international focus gives students a key advantage when building a career in today's globalised legal landscape.
  • All of our lecturers are experienced academics who are specialists in their particular field of international commercial law.

Course Highlights

  • Unique International Commercial Law focus
  • Experienced lecturers who are experts in their field
  • Small class sizes mean more individual attention to help you reach your personal potential
  • Evening time lectures mean that it is possible to obtain an LL.M. with work or other day time commitments

Intake Dates

This course will next commence September 2019.

What our students say

LLM

"The LLM in International Law, was one of the hardest but most rewarding experiences I have had. Since I started University in Venezuela, my dream was always to study this area of law and then gain the necessary qualification to be able to work in an NGO that promotes Human Right causes. Luckily, I can now say that I have accomplished both. The LLM definitely helped me with my research and writing skills. It improved my time management skills and it allowed me to better understand the Irish Legal system. But most importantly it gave me the possibility to learn, critically analyse and discuss topics of International Law that are currently being debated in the world. This LLM opened a great door for my professional career and I am now working in New Communities Partnership, a national organisation that supports the integration of migrant individuals and groups in Ireland." 

Angelisa Zerpa
LLM in International Law
LLM

"The LL.M. at Griffith College Dublin was extremely beneficial to me, both on an academic and work related basis. Griffith College Dublin’s LL.M. provided me with the opportunity to work full time and to comfortably complete a full-time course in one year. The lecturers were extremely helpful and enthusiastic about the course material. The course work required a higher level of diligence and commitment than the level 8 LL.B. Degree, which combined with the dissertation portion of the course, further developed my research and legal writing skills to be adapted to my own work environment and my pursuit of further academic study".

Danielle Crowley
LL.M. International Law 2016
Course details

The LL.M. in International Commercial Law is one year in duration or can be divided over two years. The student will complete six modules and a dissertation. In the first semester, the student will complete three mandatory subjects and in the second semester, they will choose three commercial electives. Assessment in the taught modules in semesters 1 and 2 is by way of assignments and examinations. A dissertation of 20,000 words is completed throughout the academic year and written up over the summer months under the guidance of a designated supervisor.

Semester One
Public International Law

Public International Law is concerned with both the relations between States and with the relationship between individuals, international organisations and States. This module enables the learner to understand and evaluate Public International Law and its role, potential and limitations in International affairs. It enables learners to identify the sources of Public International Law and develop their ability to apply these appropriately to a range of actual and theoretical situations. The module examines the operation of international organisations such as the United Nations and their impact on the wider principles of International Law. Learners gain an understanding of the formation and formalisation of international treaties and an awareness of the principles of State sovereignty. The module addresses a number of current legal issues in the development of international law and Learners become familiarised with the treaties on which International Law is based, the rules of Customary International Law and a knowledge of the institutions which apply International Law.

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Advanced Legal Research and Writing

The aim of this module is to inculcate in the learner advanced legal research and writing skills. The module initially focusses on the development of online research skills and search operators. The learner develops an understanding of various research methodologies which can be employed when conducting research; doctrinal, comparative, socio-legal etc. Furthermore, the module fosters within learners the ability to write excellent legal prose with style, precision and accuracy. Learners master a legal house style; the Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA).

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Semester Two: Electives
International Commercial Arbitration

This module is designed to provide a broad overview of the legal and practical aspects underpinning International Commercial Arbitration. The objective of any arbitration is to resolve a dispute. So as to facilitate resolution, all unnecessary obstacles need to be removed. In the context of international disputes there can be many obstacles, such as language barriers, different jurisdictions, different legal principles etc. To alleviate these difficulties a number of international instruments have been enacted throughout the years culminating in the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Model Law in 1985.

This module focusses primarily on both the substance and application of the UNCITRAL Model Law, and also its integration into Irish law. Candidates are required to achieve a high level understanding of the UNCITRAL Model Law so as to discuss in a competent manner the practice and procedure involved in International Commercial Arbitration, and the applicable legal principles.

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*This elective runs subject to demand and discretion of the Faculty of Law.

International Tax Law

This module focusses on an analysis of principal features of the International Tax Law system, from the perspective of Irish and EU law. The module looks generally at the main theories, concepts and principles of International Tax Law and then more particularly at the main substantive areas of the subject such as Public International Law and Taxation, the OECD Model Income Tax Convention and EC law as it affects Member States’ tax systems. Thereafter, the module examines important issues such as the different approaches to Corporate Income Taxation, tackling International Tax Avoidance, International Tax Law as it applies to developing countries, and the issues in modifying established International Tax Rules to regulate E-commerce activity.

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*This elective runs subject to demand and discretion of the Faculty of Law.

International Financial Services Law

At a time of tentative emergence from crisis on the global markets, this module seeks to enable learners to address the major regulatory and contractual aspects of Financial Services Law. The module deals with the institutional structures created to protect international financial transactions. There is a particular focus on the impact that European Union legislation is having on the area, with a number of the key regulations being examined in detail. There is also a strong emphasis on the 2008 Financial crisis and the impact that it has had on the financial services industry. The module is suitable for those seeking to work in law firms which have International Financial Services as a significant part of their workload, but also for those who hope to work directly in the Financial Services sector.

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*This elective runs subject to demand and discretion of the Faculty of Law.

EU Internal Market and Competition Law

The objectives of this module are twofold. Firstly, it seeks to develop within the learner an in-depth understanding of the economic and political basis for the Internal Market of the European Union and the laws that ensure its operation. Secondly, it requires the learner to critically analyse the European Union’s policies in the sphere of Competition Law. The module will address a number of current legal issues in the development of the Internal Market, such as the future of the Eurozone, the position of Public Services and the impact of the developing jurisprudence on Citizenship. The learner is encouraged to critically assess the basis for Competition Law within the EU and engage with academic commentary and court decisions to determine whether the overall policy goals are being met.

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*This elective runs subject to demand and discretion of the Faculty of Law.

International Intellectual Property Law

This module provides a detailed overview of the principles regarding the key aspects of Intellectual Property Law: International Copyright, Patents, Design Rights, Trademark and Passing Off and Misappropriation of Personality and Publicity and Privacy Rights. Case law illustrating the application of these principles along with international treaties dealing with Intellectual Property is addressed. The module seeks to enhance the learner’s ability to apply theoretical aspects of the jurisprudence to real life situations through the use of case studies.

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*This elective runs subject to demand and discretion of the Faculty of Law.

Corporate Governance

The primary objective of this course is to impart a critical understanding of the structure, objectives and mechanisms of Corporate Governance, and the legal and other issues affecting systems by which corporations are directed and controlled. Themes and issues explored include: theoretical and overview perspectives on Corporate Governance; the nature of the corporation, the basic model of the firm, principal-agent theory; the legal framework of Corporate Governance; the role and responsibilities of directors and boards; enforcement of director duties; monitoring and legal compliance issues; executive compensation, takeovers, and shareholder activism. This module also deals with the emergence of Corporate Governance requirements in developed/developing capital markets. The module sets out the divergent ways in which Corporate Governance is applied across the globe, in particular examining the reliance on principles or alternatively, rules. It examines both country specific codes and international practices. Case studies on major corporate scandals are carried out in detail in order to assist in the understanding of Corporate Governance principles.

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*This elective runs subject to demand and discretion of the Faculty of Law.

Course Contacts

Karen
Sutton
Dublin Campus
T: 
01-4163372
Timetables

A copy of the provisional timetable is attached below. Please be aware that this timetable may be subject to change.

2018 Timetable 

How to Apply

 Entry Requirements

2.2 degree in Law or a related discipline (that has a 50% legal component to the degree) or foreign equivalent or relevant work experience.

How to Apply

Apply online. Please make sure to provide us with necessary documentation such as a proof of identification, passport or driver's licence, along with a copy of your degree award.

Fees

 

Tuition Fees
Irish/EU

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below. The fees below relate to Year 1 fees only.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 7,200.00

Study Mode: Part-Time

Dublin 

Irish/EU living in Ireland: EUR 7,200.00

International

General Fee Information 

An Academic Administration Fee of EUR250.00 and a 2% Learner Protection Charge is applicable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Non-EU students: a Medical Insurance, Student Services and Administration fee of EUR300 is payable each academic year in addition to the fees quoted below.

Study Mode: Full-Time

Dublin 

Non-EU Living in Ireland: EUR 11,000.00

Non-EU living Abroad: EUR 11,000.00

EU Living Abroad: EUR 8,200.00

Direct Debit Scheme

Students wishing to pay for their fees monthly may avail of our direct debit scheme. Please download our Fee Payment Information document to review the payment plan schedule and how to apply.

Sponsorship

Is your company paying for your course?

They will need to complete a Griffith College Sponsorship Form and send this to the Student Fees Office:

  • Post: Student Fees, Griffith College Dublin, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
  • Email: [email protected]

2% Learner Protection Charge

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby, in the event of the provider ceasing to provide the programme for any reason, enrolled learners may transfer to a similar programme at another provider, or, in the event that this is not practicable, the fees most recently paid will be refunded.

QQI Award Fee

Please note that a QQI Award Fee applies in the final year of all QQI courses. To find the relevant fee for your course level, please see the Fees page.

Progression

Academic Progression

Many of our LL.M. graduates go on to pursue PhD studies, having acquired not only legal expertise but also advanced academic writing and legal research skills during the LL.M. programme.

Career Progression

Through the LL.M. in International Commercial Law, you will have gained valuable professional experience, built a strong foundation of critical analysis and presentation skills, and covered a diverse range of topics. There is a wide range of career options for our graduates including:

  • Promotion for those who are already practising in law
  • In-house legal roles with international or domestic businesses
  • Legal advisor within international or domestic commercial entity
  • Legal researcher in area of international commercial law
  • PhD study for an academic career

What our students say

"A challenging endeavour, where the reward is worth the effort"

Cillian Blake
LL.M. International Law
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