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School of Law

SOLM028 Transnational Law and Governance Applied (Sem 1)

Module Description

The central question which this module will address is how Transnational law impacts on the future of law-making, supervision and enforcement of rules in a globalised world of transnational business and markets. Globalisation and polycentrality are phenomena that influence every aspect of the world society and challenge the efficiency and validity centralized law-making by the states. In a globalised world where business is mostly done at transnational level coupled with the pace that both economic and technology change, traditional national law-making is proving ineffective and as a result we have witnessed alternatives appearing, including from regional and international organisations but also from private transnational market actors too. The law has emerged from its national setting and presents itself as transnational which has important ramifications for policy making.

A weekly topical issue related to Transnational Law will be discussed in depth. The discussions are based on readings and will follow a presentation of the readings. Potential issues which could be covered include: Is Transnational Law, Law?; The World Justice Forum Index; the Cape Town Convention; Climate Change as a Transnational Legal Order; private law-making in the diamond trade and financial markets; and Transnational lawyering.

Applicable Groupings

  • LLM in Commercial and Corporate Law
  • LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution
  • LLM in Competition Law
  • LLM in European Law
  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Public International Law
  • LLM in Energy and Natural Law
  • LLM in International Economic Law
  • LLM in Technlogy, Media and Telecommunications Law
  • MA/LLM in Regulation and Compliance

Mode of Assessment

5,000-6,000 word essay 

1,000-1,500 word annonated bibliography


30 Credits