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Queen Mary University of London partners with Singapore Management University to offer Dual LLM in Commercial Law

Professor Spyros Maniatis, CCLS and Professor Yeo Tiong Min, SMU
Professor Spyros Maniatis and Professor Yeo Tiong Min

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and Singapore Management University (SMU) have announced an innovative Dual Master of Laws (LLM) in Commercial Law (Singapore and London), which will be offered from July 2016.

The 15-month programme, which will be jointly delivered by QMUL and SMU, will offer students the unique opportunity to study commercial law in two of the world’s major business and financial centres – Singapore and London.  

Students will first spend six months in Singapore where they will develop a broad overview of Asian commercial law and an understanding of the legal issues that businesses in Asia are likely to encounter.

Thereafter, the students will be based at QMUL’s Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) in the heart of London’s legal district. At QMUL, students will take a series of specialised modules taught by internationally renowned experts in commercial law.  

Professor Spyros Maniatis, Head of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, said:

“I am delighted that SMU and QMUL are offering this innovative programme allowing students to immerse seamlessly into diverse legal and business cultures, looking at East and West from an international and comparative perspective. Students will be part of an eclectic and dynamic group of students taught by top commercial law academics and practitioners, as part of a unique learning experience that draws on the strengths of both universities.”


The specially designed curriculum includes a major focus on international and comparative issues, and on the importance of legal principles, rules and laws underlying business and commercial relationships.  By the end of the programme, students will be equipped with a thorough understanding of key aspects of commercial law from multiple perspectives, enabling them to develop an in-depth knowledge of different regions’ approaches to resolving commercial problems.  

Professor Yeo Tiong Min, Dean of SMU SOL, said:

“We are proud to be the Asian partner of the CCLS at QMUL in the delivery of high quality postgraduate legal education.  The dual LLM programme that we are jointly offering has been specially curated to take advantage of the respective commercial law expertise of the faculty at both institutions.  We believe that the opportunity to study in London and Singapore, both hubs for transnational businesses, will be attractive to candidates who are keen to learn more about legal issues affecting cross-border commercial transactions.”  

The programme is fully integrated, which means that students will stay connected to both universities throughout the 15 months.

Students receive inductions at each of the two stages in QMUL and SMU, and lecturers from both universities are available to students regardless of whether they are in London or Singapore.

Media enquiries:

Mark Byrne
Public Relations Manager (Humanities and Social Sciences)
Queen Mary University of London
T: 020 7882 5378
M: 078 1590 2560



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