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

This course gives a true International Commercial Law experience. Divide your time between Scotland and France, with the opportunity to gain two degrees.

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Learn more about the University of Cergy-Pontoise.

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 graduates with the knowledge and skills they 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?

Students spend their first semester in Dundee before completing their studies at Cergy-Pontoise, which is 30 minutes from central Paris by train. Students can start in September or January, and complete their 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.

Dundee Law School

Dundee Law School is widely recognised as an excellent place to study.  Both the Guardian and Times 2017 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 students for a successful career, at home or abroad.  We offer an induction programme at the start of each semester, to ensure that new students have the necessary understanding of the UK and European legal systems and of what is required of them in a study environment seeking to develop independent learning

We seek to integrate LLM students 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

LW50107 - Masters Dissertation

All students write a 12,000-15,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice within the scope of their chosen programme, giving the opportunity for a deeper and more critical examination of a specific topic.  Advice and assistance are given on selecting the topic and on undertaking research and writing, and you will have a member of staff as your supervisor to provide further guidance.  The dissertation is written over the summer, whether you have started the programme in September or January.

Legal Research Skills (LW50108)

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.

Optional modules (as approved by Adviser of Studies)



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


The main objective of the course is to provide an introduction to the fundamental concepts and specific legal and jurisdictional issues in the field of international and transboundary natural resources.

The emphasis is on ensuring a proper understanding of the existing legal mechanisms and international regimes applicable to various types of natural resources located beyond States’ jurisdiction or control.

Module leader

Dr Sergei Vinogradov

Credits: 20


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

Corporate Governance

Module Convenor: Professor Alice Belcher

This module will give students an understanding of corporate governance issues. The module addresses the following: distribution of power within companies; methods of regulating governance; governance systems across the world; auditors and internal control; the meaning and importance of good governance. This module will be of interest to students who wish to work in the area of corporate governance in the UK or internationally.


Module Reading List

Private International Law of Business Transactions

Module Convenors: Ms Aude Fiorini

This module will give students an understanding of the core issues relevant to international contractual litigation in a European and international context. This module will address both issues of jurisdiction (where cross-border contractual cases may be litigated), of choice of law (which law governs an international contract) as well as that of movement of judgments across jurisdictions (the extent to which contractual judgments may be recognised and enforced abroad).

This module will be of interest to students who wish to work in the area of international commercial litigation.

Module Reading List

Private International Law (Common Law Perspectives)

Module Convenor: Ms Aude Fiorini (a.r.fiorini@dundee.ac.uk), Room 3.10.

This is a second semester module. As such this module will be assessed through essays.

The aim of this module is to give students an understanding of the core issues relevant to international commercial litigation in a common law context. By way of contrast, consideration will also be given to the differing approaches to jurisdiction in civil and commercial law matters as employed in common law and civil law legal systems. Topics covered will vary depending on current developments but may include tag jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, long arm jurisdiction, the doctrines of forum non conveniens and lis alibi pendens, the use of anti-suit or freezing injunctions or the Hague Judgments.

Module Reading List

Principles of Corporate Law

Module Convenor: Dr. Bo Xie (b.xie@dundee.ac.uk) Room 3.18

This module will be offered in semester 1. The method of assessment is a two-hour written examination.

This module will examine the fundamental principles which underlie company law and corporate finance in the UK. It examines what goes on behind the corporate veil; constitutional matters; the duties and liabilities of directors; shareholders’ rights and remedies, capital structures and maintenance, raising corporate finance through debt and equity, and what to do if companies in financial difficulties. You will investigate and apply principles and rules found in these areas of corporate law to novel problems, and real-world and hypothetical scenarios.

This module will be of interest to students who wish to work in the area of UK and/or international corporate law.

Module Reading List

Banking and Financial Services Law

Module Convenor: Mr Stephen Dnes (s.m.dnes@dundee.ac.uk)

This is a second semester module.  The module aims to examine the regulation of financial services and markets in a global context, with particular reference to the financial crisis and its aftermath.

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; Economic and policy issues relating to banking and financial services regulation; Main features of the regulation of financial services at the UK and EU level; Comparative analysis of approaches to regulation of financial services in other jurisdictions, such as transatlantic comparisons; Legal aspects of central banking; “Too Big to Fail,” ring fencing of investment and retail banking, and the “living wills” approach; Revisions to the Basel capital requirements and their national implementation; Legal aspects of quantitative easing; and the regulation of credit card interchange fees and merchant rules. Seminars will be geared to the development of a substantial paper to be submitted at the end of the semester; there is no exam.

Competition Law

Module Convenor: Stephen Dnes 

This is a second semester module. This module aims to introduce students to competition law and policy from an international business law perspective. Main topics will include (i) cartels and restrictive agreements; (ii) abuse of dominance / monopolization, with a particular focus on recent technology cases, and (iii) the review of mergers and acquisitions under competition laws. It thus seeks to provide a solid foundation in the competition law issues most likely to be encountered in practice, enforcement, and further legal research.

The primary focus of the course will be on the competition laws of the UK and the EU, but because of the increasingly global context of competition law practice, comparisons will also be drawn with other important jurisdictions from an international business law perspective, including China and the United States. The course will seek to explore the theoretical context of competition policy, notably related economic theory, to reflect the significant role underlying theory has come to play in shaping the development of competition law. However, no prior knowledge of economics is expected and the emphasis will be on a practical understanding of the issues from a primarily legal perspective.

Seminars will be geared to the development of a substantial paper to be submitted at the end of the semester; there is no exam.


Principles of E-Commerce Law

Module Convenor: Mr Stuart R. Cross (s.r.cross@dundee.ac.uk) Room 3.06

This module will give students an introduction to and an overview of the main concepts and legal issues associated with the law relating to E-Commerce and e-commerce transactions centred on the United Kingdom. It also considers cross border and conflict of law issues associated with such transactions.

This is a first semester module. The Module consists of an introductory seminar, 5 substantive seminars, and a revision class (7 class meetings).  There will be one piece of assessed work in the form of an exam held during the December exam diet.  This will be a two-hour unseen exam, with the default format being requiring students to answer 2 questions from a choice of 4. There will also be one formative assessment during the semester.

This module will be of interest to students who wish to work in the broad area of commercial law or specifically in the area of E-Commerce.

Module Reading List

Intellectual Property Law

Module Convenor: Professor Stuart Cross (s.r.cross@dundee.ac.uk, room: 3.06)

This is a second semester module. This module will give students an understanding of the key constituent legal regimes which comprise the general area of intellectual property law in the United Kingdom. The module focuses on the statutory and common law regimes in the United Kingdom which regulate and control copyright, patents, trademarks, and design rights. While the focus is on the United Kingdom legal regimes the module also deals with intellectual property issues in a digital environment and the significant role of the European Union in shaping and influencing intellectual property rules and principles in the United Kingdom.

This module will be of interest to students who wish to work in the area of intellectual property law or generally in commercial law in the European Union.

Seminars will be geared to the development of a substantial paper to be submitted at the end of the semester; there is no exam.

World Trade Organisation Law

The aim of this module is to examine the regulation of international trade in a global context, with primary reference to the World Trade Organization rules.
The syllabus will evolve in line with new developments. The module will include the following elements:

  • Introduction to international trade law and policy, with particular reference to the development of the multilateral trade agreements that culminated in the WTO.
  • General features of international trade law.
  • Tariffs, quotas and other barriers to market access under WTO law.
  • Antidumping and subsidies under WTO law.
  • Export controls and national security under WTO law.
  • The interaction of intellectual property law and competition policy with WTO law.

International Taxation Law

Module Convenor: Ms. Yvonne Evans, Room 3.12.

This is a second semester module. The method of assessment is: one piece of assessed work, in the form of a 4,000 word essay to be submitted after the teaching semester.  The essay title will be released in week 10 of the semester.  The submission date will be in the first or second week of the exam diet (to be confirmed). There will also be one piece of formative work, an essay of 1,500 words completed by the end of week 6 of semester.

This module will give students an understanding of several key aspects of international taxation law. The module will address issues of tax jurisdiction for individuals and corporations, and issues arising in the taxation of cross-border transactions. We will consider the interpretation of double taxation treaties and examine attempts to tackle international tax avoidance.

Taxation is of great importance to lawyers dealing with business transactions, and this module will be of interest to students who wish to work in the area of commercial law or within government institutions.



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 2018-19
Scottish and EU students £6,950 per year of study
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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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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
+44 (0) 1382 384601

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