Online LL.M - Master of Laws in International Business Law

Module Descriptions

There are no average courses within our LL.M in International Business Law programme. We are committed to providing an exceptional learning experience, and there is no better way to achieve this than with outstanding courses. They have been carefully crafted by experienced professors and are all intended to make you a more successful and efficient legal professional.

There are no old-fashioned exams. Instead, you are given real-life case studies to work on and essays to write, which allow you to think critically about current legal issues that might be directly relevant to your own career. All this might seem too glossy but there is one catch: we do not accept average candidates. Only individuals as outstanding as our values are accepted for admission to Robert Kennedy College.


Not-for-credit module

A not-for-credit induction module will be the starting point of the programme. The induction process is designed to familiarise you with the programme design, requirements and resources, as well as with the way that the online interaction, learning and grading will take place. After the induction you will be familiar with academic life, including academic writing, library services and library access, the OnlineCampus access, and academic support services.

Core module

This module, which is compulsory for all LL.M students, provides an opportunity for students to develop core skills in legal research. Expert guidance is provided in locating and using international law sources especially electronic sources. Particular attention is also paid to analysis of legal texts, reasoning skills, presenting research, both orally and in writing, and appropriate referencing.

LAWS 7101 International Investment Law

Elective module

The aim of this module is to provide students with a solid understanding of international investment law with particular emphasis on collective investment schemes, including Exchange Traded Funds, and the law relevant to other investment vehicles such as unsecured debt obligations, exchange traded notes and tracker certificates. The module is particularly relevant to address the needs of the increasing compliance requirements in the financial sector and updates to the regulations to address new financial products such as synthetic exchange traded funds and synthetic financial products. The module will also allow students to explore comparative aspects between the laws of Switzerland, the European Union and the United States.

LAWS 7102 International Trade Law

Elective module

To provide an appreciation of the laws governing the trading of goods on the international marketplace. To examine the development and influence of the laws governing areas such as export trading, legal relationships between the parties, the nature of the particular types of contracts, and the rights and liabilities that arise.

LAWS 7103 Corporate Governance

Elective module

This module allows students to gain a comprehensive understanding of International Corporate Governance. The topics covered range from the core OECD principles to an exploration of corporate governance in international bodies such as the IMF and the World Bank and in several jurisdictions such as the U.S.A., the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand , Europe and Japan. Topics include auditing liabilities, board oversight and liabilities, and the detection and prevention of management fraud.

LAWS 7104 International ADR

Core module - Requires one week residency at the University of Cumbria London campus

The purpose of this module is to familiarize students with a wide range of dispute resolution processes as alternatives to conventional forms of adjudication and their impact on legal system. The module will equip you with basic tools which can help you in representing your client in an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process, primarily in mediation. The module in particular aims to form ones own approach to help clients and society select and employ the most effective, just, and humane methods of dispute resolution. The module will cover a wide range of jurisdictions where ADR is possible, developing a comparative standpoint and focusing more on the broad area of commercial disputes. ADR is a truly interdisciplinary field comprising law, social science, economics, psychology and others. However, the module is primarily designed for lawyers and experts directly involved in resolution of legal disputes. ADR is also a newly emerging and vibrant area of scholarship where it is impossible to give simple “yes” or “no” answers to most questions. Therefore the module will employ critical thinking and an open discussion approach.

LAWS 7105 International Human Rights

Elective module

The aim of this module is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of International Human Rights law as a global legal system including international human rights treaties and committees. It will also allow students to develop an understanding of international human rights as jus cogens norms, the various protection mechanisms and the contemporary jus commune of human rights.

LAWS 7106 International Intellectual Property law

Elective module

This module covers Intellectual Property law including copyright, trade-marks, patents and trade secrets. It includes a coverage of the relationship between IP law and new technologies such as domain names and the treatment of a variety of intellectual property issues in the modern age. It combines theory with practice through the analysis of a variety of cases and enforcement procedures.

LAWS 7107 Dissertation

Core module

This dissertation module aims to enable students to provide a major piece of summary evidence as to the student’s understanding of a topic selected from the optional topics offered on the international business law degree. It will provide an opportunity for the students to demonstrate how they can synthesise their acquired knowledge and skills into an analytical or empirical study of a legal topic relevant to their degree.