• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 12 months
  • School: Social Sciences
  • Study Mode: Full Time

A truly International Commercial Law experience, dividing your time between Scotland and France, with the opportunity to gain two degrees.

TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

Established in 2008, the Joint LLM in International Commercial Law was one of the very first programmes of its kind. It offers tuition in two countries by renowned specialists and is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to work in an international business environment. It is aimed at students who are adaptable and ready to embrace a challenging year: the programme is demanding but offers excellent career prospects!

Where will I study?

You spend your first semester in Dundee before completing your studies at Cergy-Pontoise, which is 30 minutes from central Paris by train. You can start in September or January, and complete your dissertation with supervision from Dundee academics over the summer months. Successful candidates graduate with the Dundee LLM and the Master 2 degree from Cergy-Pontoise.


What our students say...

”Coming from a common law country (Nigeria), the joint programme was an opportunity to learn about the civil law as well as have an understanding of its judicial system vis-a?-vis business operations. The programme did help my career immensely. For one, it makes for an interesting CV and got me interviews for different opportunities. It also helped to show that I can work with people from different parts of the world and adapt to new cultures. As a lawyer, I have found that clients’ requirements are usually diverse. For example, I have had to review agreements that had jurisdictions and applicable laws ranging from England to Germany. Having an understanding of the civil law and its Codes helped in those transactions. In addition, time management, alongside analysis and writing skills, learnt from juggling the two programmes have proved invaluable over time.”

Ibironke Jegede, 2011 Graduate, Chief Compliance Officer, Dunn Loren Merrifield, New York

Who should study this course?

This course is designed for individuals with a background in law, i.e. a good honours degree in law (acquired or anticipated to have by the expected start date), or in exceptional circumstances non-law graduates with a considerable amount of relevant legal experience.

 

Top in Scotland

Law is ranked number 1 in Scotland and number 3 in the UK by the Guardian University Guide (2019). We’re also in the UK Top 10 in The Times and Sunday Times Complete University Guides, 2019.

Dundee Law School

Dundee Law School is widely recognised as an excellent place to study.  Both the Guardian and Times league tables placed Dundee as the top Law School in Scotland and in the top 10 in the UK, building on particularly strong results in the National Student Survey, which has repeatedly ranked Dundee as first in Scotland. Over the last two national reviews of research, Dundee is the only institution in the UK to have had all of its submissions rated as “internationally excellent” or “world-leading”. 

Our commitment is to provide high-quality instruction, with a focus on practical relevance, to prepare you for a successful career, at home or abroad. We offer an induction programme at the start of each semester, to ensure that you have the necessary understanding of the UK and European legal systems and of what is required of you in a study environment seeking to develop independent learning

We seek to integrate you into the life of the School, with invitations to guest lectures and seminars. We also have an annual reading party in a beautiful country house, where you are joined by staff to work on academic skills and relax with fellow students.

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).

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TEF Gold - Teaching Excellence Framework

How you will be taught

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminar discussions and tutorials, with an emphasis on seminars that build on reading done on the basis of the specific reading lists provided.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of exams and essays. The courses taught by Law share a common pattern; those in the autumn semester are assessed by exam and those in the second semester by essays. In each case you will be given a chance to practice this style of assessment and given feedback on your performance before the formal assessment.

This pattern ensures that you will gain experience of different styles of assessment, testing both breadth and depth of knowledge and developing writing skills in advance of tackling the Dissertation. The Dissertation is assessed wholly on the basis of the final text that is submitted and Legal Research Skills by a combination of a short essay and a presentation.

What you will study

You will take three modules in your Dundee semester, plus Legal Research Skills and will present a Dissertation (written over the summer). At Cergy-Pontoise, students are required to choose their major either in Business and Taxation Law or Law and Business Ethics. Classes are taught by academics and practising lawyers or other professionals thus promoting real engagement with the legal community. In addition to core law modules, and depending on the chosen specialisation, students have classes on contract law, company law, compliance, litigation, IP law.

Compulsory modules

Masters Dissertation

Aims

  • to promote a deeper and critical understanding of selected areas of law
  • to develop originality of thought and skills of research, analysis, argumentation and expression
  • to build upon and develop the knowledge and skills acquired in the taught masters modules through an extended piece of independent work

Example of content

Independent research on an area of law agreed and supervised by a member of staff.

SCQF Credits

50

Legal Research Skills

Aims

The aim of this module is to introduce you to the key elements of legal research and writing, supporting the acquisition of the (transferable) skills necessary to succeed in the LLM and beyond and in particular providing a sound basis for progress to the dissertation element of the Masters degree.

Examples of content

  • legal research
  • reading critically
  • writing critically
  • writing techniques
  • research methods
  • research ethics
  • presentation skills
  • approaching a dissertation

SCQA credits

10

Optional modules (as approved by Adviser of Studies)

Credits:20

Overview

The main objective of the module is to provide an understanding of the main law and policy issues in the international petroleum industry, with an emphasis upon transactional agreements concluded between host government and oil company/investors.

Common and diverging objectives between the two parties and indeed among the international corporate and financial investors themselves are faced in a candid and practical way, with an emphasis upon ways of accommodating the interests of diverse stakeholders in the development of petroleum resources.

A brief introduction is provided to petroleum taxation issues. The module focuses upon problem-solving techniques in a variety of settings, noting the inputs of lawyers, economists, accountants, engineers and geologists.

Module leader

Professor Peter Cameron

Credits: 20

Overview

Project financing is a tool, not an outcome in itself. This course recognises that energy projects are frequently financed by lenders. Where the lenders are content to accept repayment solely from the revenues of that project – not from the wider revenues of the sponsor – there is a limitation of recourse (or at the extreme an absence of recourse). That is project financing. The course looks at how various types of energy project can be structured to achieve that goal. The bank is not an equity risk taker – its business is to take credit risks. Project finance will force the bank to take a degree of project risk, so the bank will demand a contractual structure which mitigates that risk exposure. The course is concerned with understanding the risks for various energy projects – oil development; gas development; power generators; mining projects etc – and seeing how the principle risks inherent in those projects are moved by contract to the party best able to bear the risk. The course understands that where the bank is happy with the project risk profile, it will lend. If the bank is not happy with the project risk profile, it will not lend. The course looks at the risks which can be moved and how are they moved to a party acceptable to the lender – whilst at the same time ensuring that the holder of that risk is happy with the level of payment for taking that risk.

Module leader

Stephen Dow

Credits: 20

Overview

To enable students to understand the evolving complex practical issues of international arbitration, in the context of both investment relationships between states and foreign investors as well as those between parties to normal commercial contracts, faced by lawyers as counsel to the parties and as arbitrators and to equip them with the necessary skills on how to handle such issues.

Module leader

Professor Pieter Bekker

Credits: 20

Overview

This course has two aims:

  • to develop a solid understanding of the applicability, and application, of multiple sets of legal norms (domestic/international, public/private) to the extractive industries
  • to develop skills for addressing key legal issues facing the extractive industries in the various stages of contracting and investing and the manner in which problems and options can be analysed and addressed

Module leader

Professor Pieter Bekker

Corporate Governance

Aims

This module aims to to provide students with a knowledge and critica lappreciation o faspects of corporate governance.

Examples of content

  • A range of topical issues which might include:
  • Distribution of power within companies and governance mechanisms
  • Voluntary Codes, comply or explain and the place of information
  • Shareholders and the Stewardship Code
  • Risk, auditors and internal control
  • Board effectiveness and culture

SCQF credits

20

 Module Reading List

Private International Law of Business Transaction

Aims

This module aims to provide students with advanced instruction in several key aspects of private international law that are of particular relevance to business transactions in an international context.

Examples of content

The syllabus will evolve in line with new legislative developments. The module may comprise thefollowing elements:

  • resolving international commercial disputes, comparing and contrasting litigation, arbitration & ADR
  • jurisdiction in contractual matters
  • prorogation of jurisdiction (Brussels & Hague)
  • inter-relationship of Brussels Ia and Arbitration
  • choice of law in contract (Brussels & Hague)

SCQF credits

20 credits

Module Reading List

Private International Law (Common Law Perspectives)

Aims

The aim of this module is to provide advanced instruction in several key aspects of private international and procedural law that are of particular relevance to civil and commercial litigation in a European and International context.

Examples of content

  • Principles of Jurisdiction –a comparison between English and US traditional rules
  • Principles of Jurisdiction –the doctrine of Forum Non Conveniens in the UK, US & Australia
  • Principles of Jurisdiction –the role of the anti-suit injunction in the UK and the US
  • Common Law Jurisdiction vs CivilianPrinciples of Jurisdiction
  • The Hague Conference Judgments Project

SCQF credits

20

Module Reading List

Principles of Corporate Law

Aims

To develop critical understanding and knowledge of the fundamental principles which underlie company law and corporate finance in the UK

Examples of content

  • Separate Legal Personality and Limited Liability
  • Directors’ Duties
  • Shareholder Remedies and the Protection of Minority Shareholders
  • Equity Financing and Debt Financing
  • Companies in Trouble

SCQF credits

20

Module Reading List

Banking Law and Financial Markets

Aims

To examine the regulation of financial services and markets in&n a global context, with particular reference to the financial crisis and its aftermath.

Examples of content

The syllabus will evolve in line with new developments. It is envisaged that the module may comprise the following elements:

  • introduction to banking and financial services regulation and the context in which the industry operates, including its recent history.
  • main features of the regulation of financial services at the UK and EU level.
  • substantive law relating to financial services (I): Contract and tort.
  • substantive law relating to financial services (II): Property and crime.
  • the interaction of financial services regulation and competition policy.

SCQF credits

20

Competition Law

Aims

This module provides an advanced understanding of modern competition law with primary focus on the law and policy of the EU and UK. It covers the main areas of competition law that students would be most likely to encounter in practice, enforcement, or further legal research.

Examples of content

This module focuses on cartels and restrictive agreements; abuse of a dominant position;and the review of mergers and acquisitions under competition law:

  • introduction to competition law and policy
  • the law relating to horizontal restrictive agreements
  • the law relating to vertical restrictive agreements
  • introduction to competition law and practice relating to abuse of a dominant position
  • merger clearance law

SCQF credits

20 credits

Principles of E-Commerce Law

Aims

This module aimsto provide an introduction to and overview of the main concepts and legalissues associated with the law relating to E-Commerce and e-commercetransactions in the United Kingdom.

Examples of content

  • Introduction
  • Intellectual Property in the Electronic Environment
  • Governance and Regulation of Electronic activity
  • Electronic Contracts
  • Consumer Related Issues
  • Enforcement and Conflict of law issues

SCQF credits

20

Module Reading List

Intellectual Property Law

Aims

This module aims to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of key concepts in intellectual property law from a UK perspective as affected by European and international influences and a critical appreciation of the key social and economic issues and influences associated with the topics.

Examples of content

  • A range of topical issues which might include
  • Copyright
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Design rights
  • The digital environment
  • Intellectual Property in the European Union

SCQF credits

20

International Taxation Law

Aims

To examine critically the law relating to taxation in an international context. The module will look at jurisdiction to tax individuals and businesses, the causes of double taxation and ways in which domestic systems seek to deal with double taxation where activities attracting taxation are carried out over more than one country –namely through double taxation treaties. The module will look at how different countries seek to protect their tax base against tax avoidance.

Examples of content

  • jurisdiction to tax –corporate residence
  • permanent establishment
  • taxation of business profits
  • double tax treaties –interpretation
  • international tax avoidance
  • BEPS and countering international tax avoidance

SCQF credits

20 credits

Graduates of this LLM are pursuing careers in a wide variety of sectors including legal practice, banking, the judiciary, State ministries or academia. The majority now work in private practice or banking.


What our students say...

”Coming from Norway, I found that experiencing both the University of Dundee and the University of Cergy-Pontoise was especially exiting. I got to live and study the two different legal traditions, as well as the differences with the universities and approaches of teaching. My experience is that joining the Dundee-Cergy program has given me great value, both personally and career-wise. Seeing that business is more and more influenced by international relations, an international experience makes the difference. I have received nothing but positive feedback from potential employers on my studies in both Dundee and Paris. In my daily work I, among other responsibilities, negotiate contracts with international parties. My international experience from Dundee and Paris has been of great value to me when applying for jobs, as well as in my current job.”

Karianne Grinde, 2010 Graduate, Legal Advisor, Norwegian Armed Forces

The Joint Masters is a very challenging programme requiring students to adapt quickly to contrasting legal systems and modes of study. Applicants must have, or expect to receive in the anticipated year of entry, a good honours degree in law, of at least upper second class or equivalent.

 EU and International qualifications


English Language Requirement

IELTS Overall 6.5
Listening 6.0
Reading 6.0
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0

 Equivalent grades from other test providers

 

English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

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The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

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Fee statusFees for students starting academic year 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £6,950 per year of study
See our scholarships for UK/EU applicants
Rest of UK students £6,950 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £16,450 per year of study
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Fee statusFees for students starting academic year 2019-20
Scottish and EU students £7,300 per year of study
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Rest of UK students £7,300 per year of study
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Overseas students (non-EU) £17,275 per year of study
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Additional costs

You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.

Examples of additional costs:

One off costOngoing costIncidental cost
Graduation feeStudio feeField trips

*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.

Additional costs:

  • may be mandatory or optional expenses
  • may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
  • vary depending on your programme of study
  • are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable

Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.

For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.

You apply for this course via the UCAS Postgraduate website which is free of charge. You can check the progress of your application online and you can also make multiple applications.

You'll need to upload relevant documents as part of your application. Please read the how to apply page before you apply to find out about what you'll need.

  Degree Course code
Apply nowInternational Commercial Law - Dual Qualifying Programme LLMP039348

Course Contact

Ms Aude Fiorini
Dundee Law School
a.r.fiorini@dundee.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1382 384601

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