LLM International Trade and Maritime Law


In Colchester

£ 7,200 + VAT


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    1 Year

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About the course
Delve in to the legal principles surrounding the exciting field of global trade with a focus on the shipping industry

Specialise in two key areas of commercial law: International Trade law and Maritime Law, building your knowledge and skills within a continuously growing niche industry

These two areas bring together many fields of law from advanced contract to the law of the sea

The international nature of this course, covering international trade and shipping, is matched by the diverse staff and students that form our truly global community

You develop a thorough and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the main principles of law in the areas of international trade and maritime law

Exploring the social, political, cultural and economic background of the laws in question, you gain an understanding of how national, European Union Law and International Law interact

You will cover a variety of topics, including:
Financing International Trade
How Marine Insurance protects ships and cargoes
International Law of the Sea issues
Sale and Carriage of Goods by Sea Contracts
Environmental Protection Laws
At Essex, we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law

We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and we are ranked among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World [University] Rankings [2016] for law

Our course uniquely combines International Trade Law with a particular focus on Maritime Law and our close proximity to London means you are near the heart of the UK Finance, Insurance and Shipping industries




Colchester (Essex)
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Wivenhoe Park, CO4 3SQ


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  • Law
  • IT Law
  • International
  • Trade
  • International Trade
  • Maritime Law
  • Shipping
  • International Trade Law
  • LLM
  • Insurance
  • Industry
  • Global
  • Commercial Law
  • Teaching
  • Finance

Course programme

Example structure
Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.
For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.
Year 1
Dissertation: LLM International Trade Law
International Trade Finance Law
International Sale of Goods
Carriage of Goods By Sea
Foundation Essay for International Trade Law
Marine Insurance I (optional)
Maritime Law and Wet Shipping (optional)
Mainly taught through seminars, supplemented by lectures where appropriate
Small group teaching
Postgraduates are welcome to participate in and present their work at our popular School Seminar Series
Virtually all your modules are assessed by a combination of essays, take-home examinations or 100% coursework
Your dissertation is normally between 15,000-20,000 words in length
A compulsory component of our LLM courses
Supervision and guidance is given

Additional information

You develop your intellectual and critical faculties, encouraging you to think independently and teaching you to present rational, coherent and accurate arguments orally and in writing It will provide you with an excellent foundation for any career Our expert staff LLM International Trade and Maritime Law is taught by international experts in the field, teaching specialised modules which will develop your skills in research, litigation and negotiating Our internationally diverse community of staff and students gives us a breadth of cross-cultural perspectives and insights into law and justice around the world Specialist facilities Volunteer at the Essex Law Clinic where you can work alongside practicing solicitors to offer legal advice to clients Gain commercial awareness at our Business and Legal Advice Clinic Participate in mooting competitions to develop your skills, particularly important if you hope to become a barrister Test your mediation and negotiation skills in our Client Interviewing Competition (sponsored by Birkett Long Solicitors) Join our Model United Nations society, which can improve your skills of argumentation, oral presentation and research Network at our student-run Law Society, Human Rights Society, and Bar Society, which provides legal advice to the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA) Our Essex Street Law project is one of the first of its kind and is the primary pro-bono project provided by our Law Society Take advantage of networking opportunities throughout the year with visiting law firms Your future Our School of Law graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in international and intergovernmental organisations or employment with governments across the world, in commerce and banking, in non-governmental organisations and, as might be expected, in the legal profession and the judiciary Students have joined Protection and Indemnity Clubs, working in the Insurance industry including Lloyd’s of London...

LLM International Trade and Maritime Law

£ 7,200 + VAT