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. Those modules running are confirmed at the beginning of the semester when minimum student numbers have been ascertained. 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 further note that timetabling restrictions can sometimes prevent the choice of certain combinations of modules.

This list is correct as at 11th December 2018 and is subject to change until printed for Induction.

Credits

180 credits must be completed for the LLM. A 15,000-word dissertation is a compulsory component of the Programme and counts as 45 credits. Please select sufficient taught modules to reach 180 credits in total.

In order to receive an LLM specialism, a minimum of 90 taught programme credits need to be chosen from the specialist field. The 45-credit dissertation must also be within the specialist field. You are free to choose from all of the modules on offer in Paris for the remaining 45 credits necessary to attain the overall 180 credits.

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 Details

Cloud Computing Law

Module Code / Credit Value

CCLP604/ 15 credits

Module Description

This module will provide a foundation for understanding and analysing cloud computing structures and contracts for private and public sector cloud services, including standard terms and contract negotiations; the application of data protection law to the storage and other processing of information in cloud environments, including what is regulated, who is responsible, which laws apply and the circumstances in which law enforcement authorities access information; and the subsistence and ownership of proprietary rights in data stored, processed and generated in cloud environments.

Applicable Specialisms

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

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr15mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

  • Niamh Gleeson

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes and Saturday daytime classes

Teaching Dates

Friday 15th November 2019

Saturday 16th November 2019

Friday 6th December 2019

Saturday 7th December 2019

 

Corporate Finance Law

Module Code / Credit Value

QLLP057 / 22.5 credits

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

 

E-Commerce Transactions

Module Code / Credit Value

CCLP219/ 15 credits

Module Description

This module investigates the difficulties posed by the problem of creating legally effective e-commerce transactions in a complex cross-border legal environment and potential solutions to those difficulties. It focuses on how e-commerce businesses are constrained to undertake and structure their online activities, and on how legal creativity might be used to reduce or eliminate legal uncertainties.

Applicable Specialisms

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

Mode of Assessment

24-hour Final Assessment Exercise

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes and Saturday daytime classes

Teaching Dates

Friday 18th October 2019

Saturday 19th October 2019

Friday 8th November 2019

Saturday 9th November 2019

 

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 / Credit Value

QLLP059 / 22.5 credits

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, including Saturdays

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 and Governance in Business and Finance

Module Code / Credit Value

CCLP011/ 15 credits

Module Description

The module on "Ethics and governance in business and finance" analyses unethical practices arising in business and in the financial sector and links them with corresponding corporate governance problems. The module then provides a critical evaluation of the relevant UK and EU regulatory and supervisory frameworks which strive to address them. Reference to international standards and US law is made where relevant. Thorough consideration is also given to Corporate Social Responsibility and Responsible Investment. The module aims at providing students with an understanding of the ethical problems which riddle the conduct of business of both financial and non-financial corporations. Given the persistence and apparent resilience of unethical conduct, it is a pedagogical imperative to educate future generations on the matter.

Applicable Specialisms

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

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr15mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes and Saturday daytime.

Teaching Dates

Saturday 5th October 2019

Tuesday 12th November 2019

Saturday 16th November 2019

Thursday 21st November 2019

Friday 22nd November 2019

 

EU and US Design Law

Module Code / Credit Value

QLLP050A / 22.5 credits

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

One coursework essay of 5000 words

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 / 30 credits

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 2018

 

European Copyright Law

Module Code / Credit Value

CCLP075 / 15 credits

Module Description

This module focuses on the copyright law of the European Union and on the relationship between that body of rules and the copyright laws of the Union's member states (including France and Germany).  It aims to provide students with a broad understanding of those systems and a more detailed awareness of specific topical issues within European copyright law. This module aims to provide students with:

  • a sound understanding of the history and principles underlying the systems of copyright law in the European Union and its Member States
  • an overview of the rules of those systems
  • a detailed understanding of certain important aspects of the relevant law - e.g. originality, forms of protected work, ownership, infringement, defences, moral rights
  • an ability to understanding the current challenges facing the development of copyright law within Europe

Applicable Specialisms

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

Mode of Assessment

One coursework essay of 4000 words

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 4 days

Teaching Dates

Thursday 3rd October 2019

Friday 4th October 2019

Wednesday 30th October 2019

Thursday 31st October 2019

 

European Law of Patents

Module Code / Credit value

CCLP076 / 15 credits

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 provisions of the UK Patents Act 1977, the European Patent Convention (EPC) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC), including infringement, defences, revocation and remedies. This modules aims to:

  • Provide students with a sound understanding of the essential principles of European patent law, providing a foundation and context for intellectual property law and practice;
  • Provide students with a detailed understanding of the laws on European patent law, focusing in particular on the UK Patents Act, the EPC and the UPC;
  • Provide students with a detailed understanding of the process of obtaining and enforcing a patent by virtue of the UK Patents Act, the EPC and the UPC;
  • Provide students with a detailed understanding of the legal concepts of novelty, inventive step and industrial application under the EPC and infringement, defences, revocation and remedies under the UK Patents Act and before the UPC.

Applicable Specialisms

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

Mode of Assessment

One coursework essay of 4000 words

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes

Teaching Dates

Monday 21st October 2019

Tuesday 22nd October 2019

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Thursday 24th October 2019

Friday 25th October 2019

 

European Law of Trade-marks

Module Code / Credit Value

CCLP083/ 15 credits

Module Description

The emphasis is on European trade-mark law and, the relevant legal instruments and the extensive jurisprudence developed by the CJEU in that regard, with particular emphasis on the manner in which the latter is applied by UK courts. Trade-mark law has become an important driver of the economy, while brand loyalty, commercial reputation and goodwill are some of the most important assets a commercial entity might possess. These aspects will be covered in depth in relation to the trade-marks jurisprudence in Europe. Moreover, with the looming UK departure from the EU, the interplay between EU and UK trade-mark will be explored as it is of utmost importance to lawyers involved in pan-European transactions and litigation.

Applicable Specialisms

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

Mode of Assessment

24-hour final assessment exercise

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes

Teaching Dates

Tuesday 5th November 2019

Wednesday 6th November 2019

Thursday 7th November 2019

Tuesday 26th November 2019

Wednesday 27th November 2019

 

Information Technology Transactions

Module Code /Credit value

QLLP075 / 15 credits

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)

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 / Credit Value

QLLP051 / 22.5 credits

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 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

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 Unfair Competition

Module Code / Credit Value

QLLP053 / 22.5 credits

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 / Credit Value

CCLP163 / 15 credits

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 includes various case studies and interventions from guest lectures from the energy industry and private practice.

It is recommended that this module be taken in conjunction with module CCLP047 Investment Treaty 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 2hr15mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes over 4 days

Teaching Dates

Thursday 5th December 2019

Friday 6th December 2019

Thursday 12th December 2019

Friday 13th December 2019

 

International Banking Regulation

Module Code / Credit Value

CCLP007 / 30 credits

Module Description

The module on "International Banking Regulation" provides students with an in depth and thorough understanding of the legal and supervisory framework covering the entire life-cycle of a bank, from its inception to its failure. It also considers the economic and legal rationale for regulating banking institutions. The module covers primarily the regulatory and the supervisory framework in the UK and the EU. However, reference to international standards and the activities of international standard setters, such as the Financial Stability Board and the Basel Committee of Banking Supervision, is made throughout the module.

The module aims at providing students with a solid, thorough and cross disciplinary understanding of the most important regulations applicable to the Banking sector. The study of regulation will be complemented with that of supervision. This is a fundamental module for all students wishing to specialise in banking and finance.

Applicable Specialisms

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

Mode of Assessment

One 7500 word essay

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes over 6 days

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 2nd October 2019

Thursday 3rd October 2019

Friday 4th October 2019

Wednesday 13th November 2019

Thursday 14th November 2019

Friday 15th November 2019

 

International Commercial Arbitration (Applicable Laws and Procedures)

Module Code / Credit Value

QLLP037 / 22.5 credits

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 / Credit Value

QLLP038 / 22.5 credits

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 / Credit Value

QLLP033 / 22.5 credits

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. Prior knowledge of dispute resolution or arbitration is strongly recommended for this module.

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)

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 Construction Contracts and Dispute Resolution

Module Code / Credit Value

QLLP012 / 22.5 credits

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 6 days

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 20th March 2019

Thursday 21st March 2019

Friday 22nd March 2019

Monday 1st April 2019

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

 

International Energy Transactions

Module Code / Credit value

CCLP162 / 15 credits

Module Description

This module will teach students about the main types of energy transactions while putting them in the context of the energy transition. International energy transactions are complex, large, incredibly high risk and very expensive. They involve many parties from hosts states, international oil companies, national oil companies, NGOs, IGOs as well as service providers. The course is focused on practical issues including specific contract provisions used in upstream contacts from concessions to joint operating agreements. The module also looks at how these large expensive energy projects are financed. The unconventional market development in particular in the USA and the LNG value chain with the impact on the global gas market are also covered. Nuclear power is still part of the energy matrix of many states being a low carbon process and ensuring energy security.

The course aims to give a practical overview of the main types of transactions so that students understand the market drivers, can identify the types of contracts and the impact of the move from fossil fuels to clean sustainable power generation. The energy sector in dynamic and students need to be aware of impact this energy transition will have on the energy sector in the future.

Applicable Specialisms

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

Mode of Assessment

One 2hr15mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 23rd October 2019

Thursday 24th October 2019

Friday 25th October 2019

Monday 18th November 2019

Tuesday 19th November 2019

 

International Law of Patents and Related Rights

Module Code / Credit Value

QLLP067 / 22.5 credits

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

One coursework essay of 5000 words

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 / Credit Value

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 5000 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

 

Investment Treaty Arbitration

Module Code / Credit Value

CCLP047 / 30 credits

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.  The subject has become very topical with broader political and economic debate on ISDS. This debate has intensified in recent years and various reform projects are underway at UNCITRAL, ICSID and other international organisation.

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 3hr15mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 6 days, including Saturday

Teaching Dates

Thursday 3rd October 2019

Friday 4th October 2019

Saturday 5th October 2019

Thursday 10th October 2019

Friday 11th October 2019

Saturday 12th October 2019

 

Law of Financial Crime: European & International Perspectives

Module Code / Credit Value

QLLP044 / 22.5 credits

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

One coursework essay of 5000 words

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 5 days

Teaching Dates

Monday 1st April 2019

Tuesday 2nd April 2019

Wednesday 3rd April 2019

Monday 20th May 2019

Tuesday 21st May 2019

 

Lawyer Negotiations

Module Code / Credit value

CCLP039 / 15 credits

Module Description

The course will explore negotiation through various theoretical approaches including strategic bargaining, 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.

This module aims to familiarise the student with negotiation theory and to explore how these theories impact the student’s approach to negotiation; to enhance the student’s preparation for and engagement in negotiation; to combine theoretical learning with practical application to gain understanding through experiential learning.

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 course work essay of 3000-4000 words (80%)

One oral presentation of 10-15 minutes (20%)

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 3 days

Teaching Dates

Monday 28th October 2019

Tuesday 29th October 2019

Wednesday 30th October 2019

 

Legal Aspects of International Finance

Module Code

CCLP606 /15 credits

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 supporting them. These documents are taken from contracts used in the London market, and, in particular, we will analyse the Loan Market Association's Multicurrency Term and Revolving Facilities Agreement. As a global financial centre, these London documents have been adopted in other financial markets around the world. 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 2hr15mins written examination

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Evening classes and Saturday daytimes

Teaching Dates

Friday 27th September 2019

Saturday 28th September 2019

Friday 29th November 2019

Saturday 30th November 2019

 

Licensing Intellectual Property

Module Code / Credit Value

QLLP014 / 22.5 credits

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

 

Regulation of Financial Markets

Module Code / Credit Value

QLLP016A / 22.5 credits

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 13th February 2019

Thursday 14th February 2019

Friday 15th February 2019

Wednesday 20th February 2019

Thursday 21st February 2019

 

Regulation on Media Reporting of the Legal System

Module Code / Credit Value

CCLP218 / 15 credits

Module Description

One of the most fundamental concepts governing a legal system is not only that justice should be done, but that it should also be seen to be done. The modern notion of open justice sees the media encouraged to report on the court system in operation; indeed, the right to do so comes under the scope of Article 10. There are, however, situations in which limits must be put upon what may be reported, such as, for example, where the public interest lies in protecting the Article 8 privacy rights of an individual, or perhaps even where it is necessary for information identifying them to be withheld from publication lest it put their actual lives in danger, as was seen in regards to the Bulger killers, Thompson & Venables (UK). Prior to and during legal proceedings, it can be necessary to put limits on the manner in which the media report particular proceedings; in some circumstances, it may even be necessary to prevent certain key information from being able to be reported at all for the duration, as to do otherwise could pose a threat to the integrity of the proceedings, violating the Article 6 right.

This module will undertake a comparative exploration of different legal approaches which seek to maintain the balance between open justice and media freedom of expression on the one hand, and the protection of vital interests in the integrity of the justice process on the other. Consideration will also be given to the challenges posed by the nature of the contemporary media: online, global, and instantaneous. Can traditional approaches in this area, designed in an era of professional journalists and defined boundaries, be adapted in order to really address the internet era of amateur commentators, online gossips, and international communication platforms with global reach?

Applicable Specialisms

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

Mode of Assessment

24-hour Final Assessment Exercise

Module Convenor(s)

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 4 days

Teaching Dates

Wednesday 13th November 2019

Thursday 14th November 2019

Wednesday 20th November 2019

Thursday 21st November 2019

 

Trade Secrets

Module Code / Credit value

CCLP096/ 15 credits

Module Description

Every intellectual property right starts life as a trade secret. Trade secrets and related intellectual assets are viewed as critical to the success of many businesses. But they are also uniquely fragile rights and so their protection under different legal systems requires close assessment.  This module complements other IP modules by providing an opportunity to study the economic and legal foundations of these important rights.

Applicable Specialisms

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

Mode of Assessment

One coursework essay of 4000 words

Module Convenor(s)

  • John Hull

Mode of Delivery

Daytime classes taught over 4 days

Teaching Dates

Tuesday 8th October 2019

Wednesday 9th October 2019

Thursday 15th October 2019

Friday 16th October 2019