Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £4,500 *
International Fees £6,500 *
Alumni Discount See details
Duration 2 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The course is intended for anyone wishing to demonstrate a commitment to contentious law in public and private international and commercial legal contexts. The taught part of the programme includes modules which reflect the three main forms of dispute resolution process, namely adjudication (litigation and arbitration), alternative dispute resolution (ADR – principally mediation), and negotiation.

This course differs from the International Commercial Law LLM course which is primarily concerned with non-contentious aspects of commerce (modules include competition law, trade, and insurance).

Class sizes are, in general, quite small, and you will be able to mix with students on other Masters courses at Westminster Law School.

The course provides an opportunity for in-depth study of the substantive and procedural issues involved in the field, and also the acquisition of skills involved in some of the processes. It is centrally concerned with law and other rules (international and commercial) which are applicable in adjudication and also in the other dispute resolution processes.

In addition to taught modules, there is also the Dissertation module which provides an opportunity for developing a specialist knowledge of a small area of the field, which might lead to a publishable article.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Other approved modules such as International Commercial Litigation and Private International Law might be made available depending on demand and the Head of Westminster Law School’s approval.

Core modules

You will be introduced to some of the essential elements of the fields of peaceful relations and conflict and dispute prevention and resolution. You will examine domestic, commercial, municipal, and international aspects of the fields, and the main processes and elements involved, including the concepts of peace, conflict, dispute, regulation, and risk. The module is designed to enable anyone to develop insights into the influences and pressures involved in decision-making in the contexts of prevention and resolution of conflicts and disputes.

This module allows you to develop a knowledge and understanding by research of a specialist portion of the field of international and commercial dispute resolution law. You will have classes on the essential research and writing skills required for the dissertation, and you will also have the support of a supervisor for this independent research and writing work.

You must agree your specialist topic with the module leader. The topic must not replicate your own prior work or anyone else’s work. Your work for this module should provide you with advanced research skills, and advanced skills of analysis, evaluation, synthesis, application and writing, all of which should stand you in good stead for any subsequent academic, professional, practitioner, business, government, or other career.

Option modules

You will be introduced to the study of comparative international commercial arbitration (excluding international arbitration between sovereign states and non-sovereign entities in the context of cross-border direct investment). You will examine the law and practice of international arbitration in the major arbitration centres of the world, and explore how different legal systems, and arbitrators from different legal cultures, interact in the course of resolution of commercial disputes by arbitration.

This module introduces you to the comparative study of different understandings and functions of laws and other norms within a variety of legal traditions. And you will be encouraged to see the ‘broader picture’ of the globalised commercial world through the theories of law transition. Within this framework, common law, civil law, Asian, and African legal families will be introduced. There will be special focus on current cases (e.g. in commercial arbitration and in litigation); and themes and legal problems which arise within comparative law will be critically analysed through the lens of legal traditions, legal families, and legal cultures.

This module introduces you to the study of public international arbitration between sovereign states and non-sovereign entities, such as companies, in the context of cross-border direct investment. You will examine the investment and disinvestment relationships between disputing parties (State and private) and the nature, function and interpretation of foreign investment instruments. You will also explore the relationship between international law and municipal investment laws, and tribunals and awards.

You will be introduced to the study of international commercial arbitration from the perspective of the English jurisdiction as an exemplar of an international centre for commercial arbitration. The aim is to include four pairs of overlapping relationships: between parties and tribunals; between parties and courts; between tribunals and courts; and between England and foreign fora. There will be focus, inter alia, on the ICC (institutional arbitration) and the New York Convention.

The aim of this module is to introduce the study and practice of negotiation in the contexts of international and municipal commerce, international affairs and international law, examining inter alia issues arising out of conflicts and disputes in those contexts. Among the areas covered are the relationships between pairs of negotiators; negotiators and the law; negotiators and ambient cultures; and theories and practices of negotiation.

The aim of this module is to provide a postgraduate introduction to the field of international, national, public and private processes for the prevention and resolution of conflicts and disputes.

Adjudication, alternative dispute resolution (ADR), and negotiation processes will be examined in the contexts of: international, municipal, public and private laws, rules, and other norms; international and municipal jurisdictions and applications of substantive laws; and the practices used in a variety of circumstances by natural and artificial persons, and organisations. Particular issues include: diplomacy, artificial intelligence, and parallel proceedings. And there will be insights into conflict and dispute prevention and resolution from legal anthropology and cyber relationships.

This module provides a postgraduate introduction to the field of restorative justice, covering international, domestic and public aspects of the field, and the main processes involved in restoration and integration within the field of dispute prevention and resolution. The module includes consideration of conflicts within and between groups (including cultural groups), and also victim-offender mediation and equivalent processes within the field. There will also be comparisons between restorative justice practices and other approaches to conflicts, including transitional justice.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

You should have a good Honours degree in Law or any non-Law subject from a UK university, or the equivalent from a non-UK university, and satisfactory references.

Other qualifications or experiential routes can sometimes be agreed.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, or the equivalent standard in an acceptable alternative test.

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Typical offer

You should have a good Honours degree in Law or any non-Law subject from a UK university, or the equivalent from a non-UK university, and satisfactory references.

Other qualifications or experiential routes can sometimes be agreed.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.5, or the equivalent standard in an acceptable alternative test.

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Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £4,500 (Price per academic year)

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Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

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Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Additional costs

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International tuition fee: £6,500 (Price per academic year)

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Alumni discount

This course is eligible for an alumni discount. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply by visiting our Alumni discounts page.

Funding

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Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Additional costs

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Course Location

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