School of Law

LLM in Paris Modules

Module credits 2019-20

Please note that the credit framework for the LLM is changing from 22.5 credit modules to 15 and 30 credit modules for the academic year 2019-2020. This will not affect the overall credits that you take for the LLM which is still 180. Please also note that the modules shown here are an indicative list of modules likely to be offered in 2019-2020.

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Module Availability

Not all of the modules listed may be available in any one year. Module teachers, teaching dates and times may be subject to change (CCLS will work to ensure students are notified of any changes as soon as possible). Please also note that timetable restrictions can sometimes prevent the choice of certain combinations of modules.

Whilst module teaching dates may change year on year, the period during which a module is taught (either January - June or September - December) usually stays the same.

Credits

You must take a total of 180 credits, consisting of 135 credits from taught modules and 45 credits from a 15000-word dissertation.

In order to specialise in a specific area, a minimum of 90 credits of taught modules and the 45-credit dissertation must be taken within the specialist field.

Specialisms

Students opting to study any combination of modules would study the general Paris LLM in International Business Law. Should you wish to specialise in:

  • LLM in Banking and Finance Law
  • LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law
  • LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law
  • LLM in Technology, Media and Telecommunications Law.

The applicable specialisms for each module are noted in the descriptions below.

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Module Descriptions

Comparative Law of Patents and Trade Secrets

Module Code

QLLP066

Module Description

Patents are exclusive rights granted for the protection of an invention that offers a new and inventive technical solution or way of doing something. This module deals with the process of obtaining and enforcing a patent under the UK Patents Act and the provisions of the European Patent Convention (EPC) and the United States Code (USC) Title 35. Students taking the course will acquire detailed knowledge of and compare the law of patents under the UK Patents Act, the EPC and USC Title 35, with particular reference to patentability criteria, categories of matter excluded from patentability and infringement and invalidity issues. Comparative law on the ownership of inventions and comparative law on trade secrets are also covered by this module.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Mode of Assessment

5,000 word course essay

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes, plus one daytime classes, and Saturday daytime

Teaching Dates

Monday 22nd October 2018
Tuesday 23rd October 2018
Wednesday 24th October 2018
Thursday 25th October 2018
Friday 26th October 2018
Saturday 27th October 2018
Wednesday 31st October 2018

Competition Law

Module Code

QLLP061

Module Description

The module will start with looking at the roots of antitrust before we look at the essentials of antitrust economics, market definition and will present a market definition case study. Subsequently the module will address the essentials of Article 101 TFEU (undertaking, agreement etc.), discuss various types of anticompetitive agreements, as well as the modern approach to the application of Article 101(3) TFEU in defending anticompetitive agreements. Then the module will look at Article 102 TFEU. The module will analyse the essential features of Article 102 TFEU i.e. the concept of dominance and the concept of abuse. The module will also discuss the guidelines for the application of Article 102 TFEU. Then the module will address each type of abuse (tying/bundling, exclusive dealing, price discrimination, refusal to supply). The module will also discuss fines, other types of sanctions as well as the role of settlements and commitments in competition enforcement. Finally, the module will analyse the assessment of mergers and acquisitions, focusing on substantive and procedural analysis. The content of the module is relevant for the competition enforcement by the European Commission, but also by National Competition Authorities of the EU Member States. The module will adopt a very practical perspective (case studies, quizzes) and will aim to equip students with the tools they need to assess/address infringements of national and EU competition law.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law

Mode of Assessment

5,000 word course essay

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days.

Teaching Dates

Monday 8th October 2018
Tuesday 9th October 2018
Wednesday 10th October 2018
Monday 12th November 2018
Tuesday 13th November 2018

Corporate Finance Law

Module Code

QLLP057

Module Description

Primarily the course aims to contribute to a critical understanding of the subject matter through the combined study of theories of regulation in general and the corporate dynamics in particular, with a special focus on the different stakeholders involved in corporate finance. This module is an introduction to advanced corporate law and financial regulation analyzing transactions using sophisticated methodologies. The module will focus on providing an introduction to the different corporate financing options, methods and techniques, particularly focusing on the dynamics of the different stakeholders and the use of debt and equity. Generally the course is strongly committed to presenting a global and comparative perspective highlighting the contemporary principles and trends of corporate finance rather than the pointillist and ephemeral details of national rule books.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Banking and Finance Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 15th May 2019
Thursday 16th May 2019
Friday 17th May 2019
Tuesday 28th May 2019
Wednesday 29th May 2019

Current Issues in International Copyright Law

*NOT RUNNING IN 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR*

Module Code

QLLP049B

Module Description

This module covers current issues arising in International Copyright Law in order to provide students with an understanding of copyright developments in the 21st Century from a comparative and international perspective.

It is recommended that this module be taken with UK, EU and US Copyright Law.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Not running this academic year

Digital Intellectual Property Law

*NOT RUNNING IN 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR*

Module Code

QLLP005

Module Description

The module introduces students to major problem areas concerning intellectual property in a digital environment. Following an initial introduction into the scope and function of relevant IP rights such as copyright, trade marks and patents the course will the specific forms of protection available to “digital” products and services such as computer programs and databases. Particular emphasis will be placed upon the role of copyright law as it applies on the internet, taking a comparative approach whilst using European law as a starting point. Topics encompass aspects such the extent of exclusive rights and their overlaps, the role and extent of specific limitations including general consideration sunder international copyright law, the protection of technological protection measures and the increasingly pivotal role of external factors limiting copyright law, in particular as based on antitrust laws and human rights aspects.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Intensive classes over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Not running this academic year

Energy Law and Ethics

Module Code / Credit Value

QLLP078 / 22.5 credits

Module Description

Energy plays a central role for the existence and subsistence of human life on earth. The production, distribution and use of energy resources raise numerous ethical questions beyond legal and political issues. Such questions include: (a) who owns energy resources? (b) how can the interests of present and future generations in the enjoyment of resources be balanced? (c) what is the role of states in securing a reliable energy supply to their citizens? (d) what are the risks in entrusting multinational corporations with conducting exploration and exploitation activities? and (e) are states and multinational corporations adequately addressing anthropogenic phenomena, such as pollution or climate change, and doing so consistently with other political, social, economic measures?

This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the ethical implications of international laws, policies and practices in the energy sector. Both hard and soft law on ethics and corporate social responsibility relevant to the energy supply chain will be considered. States, IOCs and NOCs have to address questions of corruption, health and safety and environmental concerns when dealing with local partners in multiple jurisdictions. Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) are required and recently Social Impact Assessments (SIAs) are becoming more common. In addition, the recent energy disputes related to violations of environmental, climate change and human rights law will be discussed. The module aims to provide students with the necessary tools to critically evaluate the implications of complex policy decisions. Decisions to phase out coal-fired energy plants to meet climate change commitments, for example, may trigger unemployment, economic underdevelopment and energy insecurity. Ensuring that local workers on site are not effectively being enslaved contrary to the provisions of the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015 which increased transparency obligations for international businesses is another example. Students will be encouraged to think about options for future ethical governance of energy matters through the analysis of case studies, particularly focusing on how to promote energy projects while taking into account ethical policies and standards.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law

Mode of Assessment

One coursework essay of 5000 words

Module Convenor(s)

  • Dr Tibisay Morgandi

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Thursday 9th May 2019
Friday 10th May 2019
Monday 13th May 2019
Tuesday 14th May 2019
Wednesday 15th May 2019

English Contract Law

Module Code

QLLP059

Module Description

This module will give an introduction to the English law of contract, including the rules governing the formation, construction and interpretation of contracts (including the incorporation and implication of terms), the circumstances where contracts may be deemed to be vitiated, as well as the available remedies for breach of contract. This module will also give students insight into the workings of the common law.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 6 days, plus one compulsory special lecture

Teaching Dates

Thursday 28th March 2019
Friday 29th March 2019
Saturday 30th March 2019
Thursday 4th April 2019
Friday 5th April 2019
Saturday 6th April 2019

Ethics in Business and Finance

Module Code

QLLP006

Module Description

The course in Ethics in Business and Finance is concerned with the study of ethical dilemmas arising in business people and financial players’ decision making and it aims at offering a pragmatic approach to the analysis of those issues. In fact, the module will intertwine the theoretical foundations of ethics with the legal framework in which companies operate. The main focus would be on corporate governance and in particular the laws related to the provision of financial services (as for example, conflicts of interests and duties to clients) and on those pursuing financial markets integrity (for instance, rules on market manipulation, takeovers and bankruptcy). The study of the foundations of Corporate Social Responsibility will be carried out. Special attention will be given also to self regulatory practices, such as standards of conducts and codes of ethics. Case studies will be presented and discussed with students. At the end of the course students should be able to identify and deal with the ethical dimension of financial activities.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Banking and Finance Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Dr Costanza Russo

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes and Saturday daytime.

Teaching Dates

Tuesday 6th November 2018
Wednesday 7th November 2018
Thursday 8th November 2018
Friday 16th November 2018
Saturday 17th November 2018

EU and US Design Law

Module Code

QLLP050A

Module Description

This module will provide students with the core legal rules in relation to international and comparative aspects of design law.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Mode of Assessment

5,000 word course essay

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 20th February 2019
Thursday 21st February 2019
Friday 22nd February 2019
Monday 25th February 2019
Tuesday 26th February 2019

EU Data Protection Law

Module Code / Credit Value

QLLP074

Module Description

This module examines EU data protection laws and examples of the regulatory frameworks established in the Member States. It explores the key debates and commercial implications of the current regime under the Data Protection Directive and the new regime under the General Data Protection Regulation, including the challenges of particular developments, such as telecommunications, cloud computing and the Internet of Things.

Students will acquire legal knowledge, and gain a robust insight into policy considerations underlying statutory law. You will also acquire an international and comparative perspective on how the law is understood and applied in different jurisdictions. You will thereby be placed in a position to critically analyse current developments.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Technology, Media & Telecommunications Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes and Saturday daytime classes

Teaching Dates

Friday 10th May 2019
Saturday 11th May 2019
Friday 17th May 2019
Saturday 18th May 2019
Friday 24th May 2019
Saturday 25th May 2019

 

European and Comparative Conflict of Laws

*NOT RUNNING IN 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR*

Module Code

QLLP011B

Module Description

The course examines matters relevant to conflict of laws theory and practice. It looks into general principles of Private International Law, and focuses in particular on issues related to Applicable Laws and Conflicts of Laws rules.

The approach taken is international and comparative, although particular emphasis is given on the European regime and legal framework. Thus, sources relevant to the course include the recent EC Regulations on Law Applicable to Contractual Obligations (Rome I) and Law Applicable to Non-Contractual Obligations (Rome II).

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Comparative and international Dispute Resolution

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Not running this academic year

Financial Models and Derivatives in a Legal Context

*NOT RUNNING IN 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR*

Module Code

QLLP056

Module Description

This course introduces complex concepts and models in finance at a level that is appropriate for law students to master them. The goal of the course is to help students master specific financial tools that will facilitate a basic understanding of financial models and concepts as they relate to valuation in a legal context. Financial models such as the Capital Asset Pricing Model, Net Present Value, and Gordon Dividend Discount Model will be analysed.  Legal cases are then used to evaluate the actual applications of these models by the courts and to explore different possible solutions and interpretations. The material will also serve as a base to introduce derivatives instruments. An overview from a legal perspective of the various derivatives instruments will be covered. The course will be taught on the assumption that the students have no prior knowledge of these financial models and concepts.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Banking and Finance Law

Mode of Assessment

5,000 word course essay

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes and Saturday daytime

Teaching Dates

Not running this academic year

Information Technology Transactions

Module Code

QLLP075

Module Description

Technology touches on almost all aspects of businesses today and as such businesses need to address a wide range of business contracts dealing with the acquisition, deployment, use and support of technologies.

The module will include an overview of IT systems development methodologies and how different development methodologies need to be reflected in the contract terms.  The module will also cover the entire procurement life-cycle from the internal approval of the procurement through to the negotiation and final execution of the contract.

Students will, above and beyond the acquisition of legal knowledge, gain a robust insight into the practicalities of IT transactions in a business environment. You will also acquire a broad perspective on how the law affects various stakeholders at the negotiation stage, when the contract is concluded and during disputes. You will thereby be placed in a position to critically analyse complex legal scenarios in the abovementioned areas.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Technology, Media & Telecommunications Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

  • Conor Ward

http://www.law.qmul.ac.uk/staff/ward.html

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes and Saturday daytime classes

Teaching Dates

Friday 8th March 2019
Saturday 9th March 2019
Friday 22nd March 2019
Saturday 23rd March 2019

Insurance Law

Module Code

QLLP051

Module Description

Why should I study insurance? Insurance is fundamental to all aspects of business, social and personal life - the production of raw materials, energy supply, the manufacture and transport of goods, bank lending, art exhibitions at major galleries, the purchase of the family home and the enjoyment of the family holiday. Business is impossible without insurance: by enabling companies to shift the financial consequences of the loss of goods or the destruction of a factory, it encourages companies to engage in trade and manufacture.

Insurance is also important as a wealth creating industry. Globally, insurance premiums (the payments made by those who take out insurance) are more than $4 trillion each year (7% of the world’s GDP), and insurers manage investments worth around $19 trillion.

London has been a world centre of the industry for over 300 years. It hosts more than 1,300 insurance and reinsurance companies, and in Lloyd’s of London it has a unique insurance market, which underwrites many of the most significant and complex international commercial risks (such as large buildings, major construction projects, The Titanic): 90% of UK’s largest companies and 93% of US’s insure at Lloyd’s, as do companies from 200 other countries. The UK’s insurance sector employs around 290,000 people, and manages £1.7 trillion worth of investments (26% of the UK’s total net worth).

Do I need any prior knowledge? No prior knowledge of English or US law (contract or insurance) or experience of the insurance industry is required. You will learn all you need to know as the module progresses.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Banking and Finance Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Professor Philip Rawlings

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Thursday 28th February 2019
Friday 1st March 2019
Monday 4th March 2019
Tuesday 5th March 2019
Wednesday 6th March 2019

International and Comparative Law of Registered Trade-marks

Module Code

QLLP054

Module Description

This module provides the student with an understanding of advanced trade-mark law from a comparative and international perspective.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Thursday 4th October 2018
Thursday 11th October 2018
Friday 12th October 2018

International and Comparative Law of Unfair Competition

Module Code

QLLP053

Module Description

Brand loyalty, commercial reputation and goodwill are some of the most important assets a commercial entity might possess. This is the case whether or not trade-mark registration of such an entity’s distinguishing features is feasible under a given set of circumstances. This module therefore focuses on how the laws of different countries have evolved in order to protect trade-marks and other distinctive signs against unfair competition with particular reference to the UK, USA, France and Germany.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 13th March 2019
Thursday 14th March 2019
Friday 15th March 2019
Monday 18th March 2019
Tuesday 19th March 2019

International Arbitration and Energy

Module Code

QLLP032

Module Description

International arbitration proceedings in the energy sector have seen an important increase in recent years, both in terms of their numbers and their economic and political importance.  This module provides students with the basis for understanding the particular issues of disputes in the energy sector, both in international investment and commercial arbitration. This module gives students aiming to work in the arbitration area an important qualification in a very competitive market. The module include various case studies and interventions from guest lectures from the energy industry and pirate practice.

It is recommended that this module be taken in conjunction with module QLLP036 International Investment Arbitration.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution
  • LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Professor Maxi Scherer

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes

Teaching Dates

Tuesday 4th December 2018
Wednesday 5th December 2018
Thursday 6th December 2018
Friday 7th December 2018
Monday 10th December 2018
Tuesday 11th December 2018
Wednesday 12th December 2018
Thursday 13th December 2018

International Banking Law

Module Code

QLLP055

Module Description

The module examines the particular problems posed in the EU by the regulation of banks within a financial market that is increasingly globalised; how those problems have been addressed; and what the financial crisis tells us about the existing systems of regulation and supervisory architecture. In addition, it will be looking at the setting of standards internationally designed by the Basel Committee of Banking Supervision. Finally, the course will take the UK as a case study of how regulation develops through time and is shaped by various pressures in one country.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Banking and Finance Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes and Saturday daytime

Teaching Dates

Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Wednesday 3rd October 2018
Thursday 4th October 2018
Friday 12th October 2018
Saturday 13th October 2018

International Commercial Arbitration (Applicable Laws and Procedures)

Module Code

QLLP037

Module Description

The aim of this course is to establish students’ knowledge and critical understanding as well as provide an insight into the practice of international commercial arbitration as an independent comparative law subject.  The subject is first examined generically, without any reference to any national laws, arbitration rules or international instruments; and then various national and institutional approaches are presented.

Please note: students intending to take QLLP037 are advised to first take QLLP038.

Course materials for this module are available to purchase from the QMUL e-shop; show receipt and collect from Student Services at ULIP.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Thursday 23rd May 2019
Friday 24th May 2019
Tuesday 28th May 2019
Wednesday 29th May 2019

International Commercial Arbitration (Regulation and Infrastructure)

Module Code

QLLP038

Module Description

The aim of this course is to establish students’ knowledge and critical understanding as well as provide an insight into the practice of international commercial arbitration as an independent comparative law subject.  The subject is first examined generically, without any reference to any national laws, arbitration rules or international instruments; and then various national and institutional approaches are presented.

Please note: it is advised that QLLP038 is taken before QLLP037, if both are to be taken. Alternatively, QLLP038 may be taken alone.

Course materials for this module are available to purchase from the QMUL e-shop; show receipt and collect from Student Services at ULIP.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Thursday 7th February 2019
Friday 8th February 2019
Monday 11th February 2019
Tuesday 12th February 2019
Wednesday 13th February 2019

International Commercial Arbitration (Skills and Advocacy)

Module Code

QLLP033

Module Description

International Commercial Arbitration is a more and more specialized area of law.  In this module, students will learn the specific skill sets needed to become a successful arbitration lawyer. Oral advocacy, understanding of different cultural legal backgrounds and other skills will be taught on a "learning by doing basis."  Students will take part in practical exercises, stepping in the shoes of arbitrator, counsel or clients.  Applying the theoretical concepts of international arbitration in practice, students will lean the fundamental skills that will give students an important qualification in a competitive legal market. The students will benefit from practical guest lectures from renowned arbitration practitioners.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination (50%)
Practical class exercises and oral presentation (50%)

Module Convenor(s)

  • Professor Maxi Scherer

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes

Teaching Dates

Tuesday 11th June 2019
Wednesday 12th June 2019
Thursday 13th June 2019
Friday 14th June 2019
Monday 17th June 2019
Tuesday 18th June 2019
Wednesday 19th June 2019
Thursday 20th June 2019

International Commercial Law

*NOT RUNNING IN 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR*

Module Code

QLLP034

Module Description

International Commercial Arbitration is a more and more specialized area of law.  In this module, students will learn the specific skill sets needed to become a successful arbitration lawyer. Oral advocacy, understanding of different cultural legal backgrounds and other skills will be taught on a "learning by doing basis."  Students will take part in practical exercises, stepping in the shoes of arbitrator, counsel or clients.  Applying the theoretical concepts of international arbitration in practice, students will lean the fundamental skills that will give students an important qualification in a competitive legal market. The students will benefit from practical guest lectures from renowned arbitration practitioners.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days, including Saturday

Teaching Dates

Not running this academic year

International Commercial Litigation

*NOT RUNNING IN 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR*

Module Code

QLLP011A

Module Description

The module examines matters relevant to the resolution of all commercial transactions before national courts. It looks into general principles of International Commercial Litigation and Private International Law, and focuses in particular on issues related to Jurisdiction of National Courts, Conflicts between Jurisdiction of National Courts and International Tribunals and Recognition and Enforcement of National Judgments. The approach taken is international and comparative, although particular emphasis is given on the European regime and legal framework.

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Comparative and international Dispute Resolution

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes

Teaching Dates

Not runnning this academic year

International Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution

Module Code

QLLP012

Module Description

International construction contracts have by their nature special features, which affect the methods of resolving disputes arising from them. The module examines in detail the nature of international construction contracts, the typical clauses included in the standard form of FIDIC conditions, the parties to construction contracts (and in particular the role of the Engineer and the Contractor), their structure, and the types of disputes that arise under them.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 20th March 2019
Thursday 21st March 2019
Friday 22nd March 2019
Monday 15th April 2019
Tuesday 16th April 2019

International Energy Transactions

Module Code

QLLP063

Module Description

The energy sector is the largest industry in the world. It is also closely linked to the national sovereignty of the host state. It is now well established that states have a legal right to exploit their natural resources as they see fit. This course will give an introduction to the shift away from the old regime in the post-World War II environment to the new types of concessions and contracts that are used today. The module will consider some of the important and controversial areas of the energy sector from nuclear to renewables, finance to LNG and unconventional reserves.  It will identify some of the unique features of the energy industry for example joint ventures between what are essentially competitor companies to exploit resources, either onshore or offshore.

The module aims to make students aware of the market drivers in the energy sector. It takes a very practical focus and draws on input from practitioners with many years’ experience, for example, nuclear power. Students should be aware of the challenges facing the energy industry and the market drivers for example the change in the price of a barrel of oil. In addition, students will learn of the scale of the energy projects, costs and risks involved and how they are dealt with by the parties in their agreements. The growing demand to ensure a long term secure supply of energy in the future lies at the heart of the development of the energy sector. Although governments had been encouraging the renewables industry through additional payments this was unsustainable in the current economic climate. This is a difficult balance for governments to get right as can be seen from the recent increase in cases against European states when the surcharge payable for green energy were cancelled.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 24th October 2018
Thursday 25th October 2018
Friday 26th October 2018
Thursday 22nd November 2018
Friday 23rd November 2018

International Insolvency and Debt Restructuring

*NOT RUNNING IN 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR*

Module Code

QLLP035

Module Description

The aim of this course is to analyse from an international perspective the different aspects of insolvency and/or debt restructuring of corporations, financial institutions and sovereign entities. The course would enable students to identify common aspects in the dynamics, techniques and mechanisms to deal with these three different types of insolvencies/restructurings and discover innovative trends in a continuous developing area. The course will have a transactional focus with actual case studies and will also analyse general principles of international financing techniques. Some topics covered include: access to the capital markets; UNCITRAL’s model law on cross-border insolvencies; out-of-court workouts and ‘pre-packaged’ plans; the London Approach; banking crises; IMF’s Sovereign Debt Restructuring Mechanism; holdout creditors and the use of collective action clauses; the role of the Paris Club, etc. Generally the course is strongly committed to presenting a global and comparative perspective of insolvency law and restructuring practices. Essentially the course highlights the contemporary principles and trends of insolvency law and debt restructuring rather than the pointillist and ephemeral details of national rule books.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Banking and Finance Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Not running 2018-19

International Investment Arbitration

Module Code

QLLP036

Module Description

The legal environment for international trade and foreign investment has changed dramatically since the end of the Cold War. Foreign investors are much more willing to pursue a claim of, for example, alleged expropriation or discriminatory behaviour by a host State. Further, public international law principles must also be considered once a state is involved. Principles of state responsibility, expropriation and acts tantamount to expropriation, what comprises fair and just compensation, immunity from suit and immunity from execution. These public international law principles overlap somewhat uncomfortably with the commercial interests of foreign investors. Developments in investment arbitration and trade dispute resolution have been rapid in recent years. It is now crucial that academics and legal practitioners are aware of the complex international legal elements involved in the resolution of investment and trade disputes.

It is recommended that this module be taken in conjunction with module QLLP032 International Arbitration and Energy.

Course materials for this module are available to purchase from the QMUL e-shop; show receipt and collect from Student Services at ULIP.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Friday 5th October 2018
Thursday 11th October 2018
Friday 12th October 2018
Saturday 13th October 2018
Monday 15th October 2018

International Law of Patents and Related Rights

Module Code

QLLP067

Module Description

Since the early 1990s, implementation of the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) has ensured that the international patent regime has become the focus of a great deal of attention in both developed and developing countries. Students taking this module will acquire detailed knowledge of how the international law of patents has had an impact on specific policy issues such as access to medicines, food security and traditional knowledge. The module also extents that data submitted from regulatory approval of pharmaceutical and agricultural chemical products can be considered trade secrets.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Mode of Assessment

5,000 word course essay

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes plus Saturday daytime

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Thursday 4th April 2019
Friday 5th April 2019
Saturday 6th April 2019
Monday 8th April 2019
Tuesday 9th April 2019
Wednesday 10th April 2019

International Oil and Gas Laws in the Energy Transition

Module Code

QLLP077 / 22.5 credits

Module Description

Petroleum laws and contracts are the ultimate manifestation of policy and are the result of lengthy negotiation processes and have an unusual dynamic.  According to the World Bank, between 1999 and 2010 more than 30 countries revised their petroleum contracts and made major amendments or completely changed their petroleum legal and fiscal framework. Several more countries have done the same since the 2014 oil price downturn in order to adapt themselves to the changes in the industry.

This module will examine the main type of contracts used in the upstream petroleum industry (Production Sharing Agreements, Concessions and Service Agreements) and their most important legal and fiscal mechanisms and the reasons why these are so frequently changed. We will also review the impact of the "Energy Transition" and resource abundance on the oil and gas industry and host countries from both the legal and contractual point of view. This course will also focus on the study of risk mitigation strategies in order to avoid the most common forms of legal and political risks:  expropriations and contract renegotiation. At the end of the course students will be able to understand petroleum contract dynamics from both the host country and the IOC’s point of view, understand their structure and adaptability, and the reasons why these are so frequently changed as well as the tools which are at their disposal to avoid this trend. This module will also examine the key issues when contract are negotiated and eventually renegotiated. Finally, this course will also aim to give students an introduction of how legal, political economy and business issues interact in the petroleum upstream industry.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law

Mode of Assessment

One coursework essay of 7,500 words

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Tuesday 26th February 2019
Wednesday 27th February 2019
Thursday 28th February 2019
Tuesday 26th March 2019
Wednesday 27th March 2019

International Regulation and Governance of Energy

*NOT RUNNING IN 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR*

Module Code

QLLP064

Module Description

This module will provide students with a good knowledge of the regulation and governance of the energy sector and the debates and issues impacting the continued development of the sector as it relates to regulation with particular emphasis on the EU regulatory landscape. It will encourage students to recognize the relevant issues impacting regulation of the specific energy markets, understand and contribute to the debates surrounding the regulation of such markets, to critically analyse the issues impacting regulation and to apply their knowledge and critical abilities to factual problems encountered by regulators and non-state actors.

This module will explore the relevant issues impacting the regulation and governance of the energy sector, with a primary focus on the European Union and the internal energy market it seeks to create. It will examine central themes and debates in energy regulation and their impact on legal developments and policy reform as it relates to the European energy sector. It will examine specifically, for example, energy regulation models, and the regulation and governance of specific markets such as oil and gas, electricity and alternate energy sources. It will explore issues such as the role of ACER as a transnational regulator, the European Target Model for the electricity and gas markets, market coupling and the likely shape of future energy markets as the Energy Union continues to take shape.

Please note that students choosing this module may benefit from also taking QLLP061 Competition Law.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law

Mode of Assessment

5,000 word course essay

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes

Teaching dates

Not running 2018-19

Law of Financial Crime: European and International Perspectives

Module Code

QLLP044

Module Description

This module will examine the European and International Law of Financial Crime. It will focus in particular on the development of legal responses to money laundering and terrorist finance, corruption and fraud (including fraud against the budget of the European Union). The synergy between European and international initiatives in developing a system of global governance in the field will be analysed and the impact of such system on domestic legal systems will be explored. The module will also place emphasis on the impact of new legislative initiatives in the field on fundamental principles of commercial and criminal law, as well as on the protection of fundamental rights.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Banking and Finance Law

Mode of Assessment

5,000 word course essay

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days, including Saturdays

Teaching Dates

Monday 1st April 2019
Tuesday 2nd April 2019
Wednesday 3rd April 2019
Monday 20th May 2019
Tuesday 21st May 2019

Legal Aspects of International Finance

Module Code

QLLP013A

Module Description

How do corporates and governments raise large-scale finance in the international banking and capital markets?

The focus will be on certain key financial transactions:

  • syndicated loans: where multiple lenders lend on the basis that each has a separate contract with the borrower but all act together
  • bonds: where the entity seeking funds borrows directly from investors through the market rather than from a bank
  • securitisation: bonds backed by an income stream, such as mortgage payments or, with Bowie bonds, future music royalties

We will look at the issues that shape both the way the documents are drafted and the structures involved in supporting them. These documents are taken from contracts used in the London market: in particular, we will analyse the Loan Market Association's Multicurrency Term and Revolving Facilities Agreement. As a global financial centre, these documents are also used as models by other financial markets around the world, and transactions undertaken in London often do not involve any party or asset located in the United Kingdom. Indeed, the transactions we will examine are cross-border: for example, Lenders located in Countries A, B and C, Borrower in Country D, Assets in Country E, Governing Law specified as English Law.

Students are not required to have any prior knowledge of banking, finance, contract law, or English law. You will learn all you need to know, including the terminology, as we proceed. Materials, including a detailed study guide, will be provided.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Banking and Finance Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 17th October 2018
Thursday 18th October 2018
Friday 19th October 2018
Thursday 29th November 2018
Friday 30th November 2018

Licensing Intellectual Property

Module Code

QLLP014

Module Description

The module will begin with an introduction to the basic principles of intellectual property, contract and competition law as they relate to licensing transactions. The body of the module will be concerned with the type, character and structure of licensing agreements for the major forms of intellectual property, notably patent, trade mark and copyright. The module will examine the key clauses common to all licensing agreements including: ownership; intellectual property grant; licensee exclusivity; invention improvement; sublicensing; royalties; warranties; restrictive covenants, indemnities and dispute resolution.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Thursday 6th June 2019
Friday 7th June 2019
Tuesday 11th June 2019
Wednesday 12th June 2019
Thursday 13th June 2019

Mining and Natural Resources Law

*NOT RUNNING IN 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR*

Module Code

QLLP062

Module Description

This module will cover all of the legal aspects of the mining industry. It will consider the type of natural resources that are included in the extractive industry and the main influences on supply and demand prices. Mining companies also have to be aware of political considerations and the impact of the nationalisation cycle. The main types of legal documents used in the mining industry will also be reviewed for the various stages of a project; from development, production and on to marketing and sales. Each phase requires certain licences and permits to proceed to the next stage. Some of the newer innovations of underwater mining will be looked at and the impact of the relevant provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Of particular interest, is the work of the International Seabed Authority and the regulations and recommendations it is making on prospecting in the sea. Environmental considerations and corporate social responsibility standards will also be discussed. Finally, there will be a review of mining disputes and how they are usually resolved.

The aim of the module is to give students a good understanding of the legal aspects relevant to the extractive industries. Students should be able to identify the corporate and legal structures that are used in the mining industry as well as the relevant international treaties and standards that might apply. It offers a more in depth consideration of the extractive industry and its specific concerns.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Energy and Natural Resources Law

Mode of Assessment

5,000 word course essay

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Not running this academic year

Negotiation Theory and Practice

*NOT RUNNING IN 2018/19 ACADEMIC YEAR*

Module Code

QLLP039

Module Description

The course will explore negotiation through various theoretical approaches including strategic bargaining, games theory, cognitive theories, processual analysis, for example. The focus will be on the lawyer as negotiator and the intent is to blend theoretical analysis with practical application. Lectures will be delivered in combination with role-play simulations and exercises. Students will be expected to participate in exercises and simulated roleplays each class.

Negotiation is a core element of every lawyer’s practice. Despite the prevalence of negotiation in legal transactions or dispute resolution, law school curriculums in Europe rarely offer an opportunity to explore negotiation theory. This module seeks to remedy that deficit with a focus on learning theory through practical application of theory and reflection of experience. One aim of the course is to ensure that theory is informed by practice and practice is informed by theory, requiring the student to reflect critically on the lawyer’s role as negotiator.

The course will explore negotiation through various theoretical approaches including games theory, processual analysis, strategic bargaining, cognitive theories. The focus is on the lawyer as negotiator. Lectures will be delivered in combination with role play simulations and exercises.

Please note that registrations for this module will be capped at 20 students

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution

Mode of Assessment

One coursework dissertation of 2,000 words (40%)
One oral presentation of 10 minutes (10%)
One 2hr30mins written examination (50%)

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Not running this academic year

Regulation of Financial Markets

Module Code

QLLP016A

Module Description

This course examines the regulation of banks, central banks and crisis management in the context of the multifaceted dynamics which operate in international financial markets. Primarily the course aims to contribute to a critical understanding of the subject matter through the combined study of theories of regulation in general and financial regulation in particular with a focus on core banking and central banking. Generally the course is strongly committed to presenting a global and comparative perspective of financial markets regulation. Essentially the course highlights the contemporary principles and trends of financial regulation rather than the pointillist and ephemeral details of national rule books. The main purpose of this course is to update students with the latest developments in financial regulation from a legal, economic, and policy point of view. The course will also provide legal analytical skills.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Banking and Finance Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 6th February 2019
Thursday 7th February 2019
Friday 8th February 2019
Wednesday 20th February 2019
Thursday 21st February 2019

UK, EU and US Copyright Law

Module Code

QLLP049A

Module Description

This module covers basic principles of the law of copyright in the UK, EU and US and international copyright law in order to provide students with an understanding of current issues from a comparative and international perspective.

Applicable Specialisms

  • LLM in International Business Law
  • LLM in Intellectual Property Law

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr30mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Monday 5th November 2018
Tuesday 6th November 2018
Wednesday 7th November 2018
Tuesday 27th November 2018
Wednesday 28th November 2018