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INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW (INTENSIVE) (LLM)

Birkbeck, University of London

  • January, 2020 Start Date

  • 1 year Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £11000.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

This innovative LLM enables you to tailor your studies to your professional and research interests. You choose one of two critical pathways, which draw on cutting-edge critical research to examine contemporary issues and problems:

  • LLM International Finance and Economic Law (Intensive)
  • LLM International Economic Law, Justice and Development (Intensive).

LLM INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND ECONOMIC LAW (INTENSIVE)

What is it about finance that makes it appear powerful? How does finance relate to different senses of law, norms and regulation?

The first time the concept of 'freedom' was written down, in Mesopotamia c.2400 BC as ama-gi, its use did not relate to liberty from tyrannical rule, but to freedom from debt-slavery. Why is it that from the first civilisations to the present, debt-finance has exercised such power over peoples that it has led thinkers as diverse as Hindu theologians and classical economists to link finance to power?

Adopting an avowedly critical perspective, this programme refuses simply to accept current financial law and economics as given. The programme develops an understanding of the conditions in which financial crises develop. It is designed to examine the nature of finance and the power it exercises within society. Focusing on the law, economics and practice of international finance leading up to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, you will be presented with critical theoretical tools with which to interrogate the role of finance in society, and in particular its effects on value systems. This programme’s critical depth and breadth affords you a unique opportunity to concretise and engage with the questions you have asked about the failures of finance.

To achieve this, you will be given a solid grounding in the legal and economic principles of finance. We examine the practice of finance in today’s financial capitals with their money markets and complicated corporate structures. You will develop practical knowledge and the theoretical tools necessary to critique finance as such: from questioning the concepts of money and value, to the power of finance with respect to time and space, the nexus of finance and consciousness, to the deep relations between finance, consumption, desire and life itself.

The study of finance will be combined with that of international economic institutions, and a range of specialised modules that you can choose based on your individual interests.

LLM INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW, JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT (INTENSIVE)

Should those who are relatively poor regard international economic law as a means, end, obstacle or irrelevance to improving their lives? What role do international economic institutions play in shaping and responding to global events and crises?

The impact of international economic law and institutions upon justice and development justifiably commands increasing attention from all quarters: local politicians and international celebrities, savvy pharmaceutical companies and bewildered farmers, moral philosophers and foreign investors.

This is one of the few postgraduate programmes in the UK to address the law, institutions and practices that constitute global and local economies from an avowedly critical perspective. It is particularly well suited to (current and aspiring) lawyers and non-lawyers within non-governmental organisations, government departments and in-house corporate social responsibility departments who wish to critically reflect on their role as practitioners. It also offers an opportunity for research and study for those considering a career change in the direction of working in, and with, international economic institutions or international development.

This innovative LLM enables you to tailor your studies to your professional and research interests. You choose one of two critical pathways, which draw on cutting-edge critical research to examine contemporary issues and problems: LLM International Finance and Economic Law (Intensive) LLM International Economic Law, Justice and Development...

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Course Content

You choose one pathway within the programme: International Finance and Economic Law (Intensive); or International Economic Law, Justice and Development (Intensive).

Within your chosen pathway, you take two compulsory modules and choose three or four option modules.

If you are studying part-time, you take two compulsory modules and choose one or two option modules in Year 1, before choosing three further option modules in Year 2.

Option modules may be chosen from any of the approved Level 7 intensive options offered in that year by the School of Law.

LLM INTERNATIONAL FINANCE AND ECONOMIC LAW (INTENSIVE) PATHWAY

  • Introduction to the Law of International Finance
  • Law, Post-Colonialism and Political Economy (Intensive)

LLM INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC LAW, JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT (INTENSIVE) PATHWAY

  • Advanced International Economic Law, Justice and Development (Intensive)
  • Law, Post-Colonialism and Political Economy (Intensive)

OPTION MODULES

  • Crisis, Conflict and Human Rights: Contemporary Challenges
  • Critical Migration Law
  • Environmental Law and Justice (intensive)
  • Hate Crime
  • Human Rights, Poverty and Development
  • International Financial Institutions: Law and Practice (Intensive)
  • Issues in International Law and Human Rights (Intensive)
  • Southern Perspectives on Constitutional and Political Transformation
  • The History and Philosophy of Human Rights (Intensive)

Please note that the modules listed here are indicative; not all modules will be available every year.

You choose one pathway within the programme: International Finance and Economic Law (Intensive); or International Economic Law, Justice and Development (Intensive). Within your chosen pathway, you take two compulsory modules and choose three or four option modules. If you are studying part-time, you take two compulsory modules and choose one or two option modules in...

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Birkbeck, University of London

Full Time, 1 year

January, 2020

£11000.00

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Birkbeck, University of London

Part Time, 2 years

January, 2020

£5500.00

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Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification.

We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.

On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.

COURSE SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A second-class honours degree in law or a related discipline (see below). We welcome other relevant qualifications and appropriate professional training and experience.

If you have a first degree in a subject other than law, or if you want to refresh pre-existing legal knowledge and skills, you might consider completing a pre-sessional course in law and legal method, such as the one offered by SOAS. This intensive two-week course runs during the daytime in September. It is designed primarily for those who do not already possess a law degree and provides an introduction to law, legal method and associated skills and techniques.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. Some courses may require higher scores, particularly in the following subject areas:

  • arts management
  • cultural studies
  • development studies
  • film and media
  • geography
  • history
  • law
  • organizational psychology
  • psychology.

Please carefully check the Course-Specific Entry Requirements on your chosen programme for details of higher English language entry requirements.

VISA REQUIREMENTS

If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) and/or Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa.

The visa you apply for varies according to the length of your course:

  • Courses of more than six months' duration.
  • Courses of less than six months' duration.
  • Pre-sessional English language courses.

International students who require a Tier 4 visa should apply for our full-time courses (with the exception of modular enrolment certificates of higher education and graduate certificates), as these qualify for Tier 4 sponsorship. If you are living in the UK on a Tier 4 visa, you will not be eligible to enrol as a student on Birkbeck's part-time courses (with the exception of some modules).

Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support...

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Assessment Methods

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

Where a course has unseen written examinations, these may be held termly, but, on the majority of our courses, exams are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June. Exams may be held at other times of the year as well. In most cases, exams are held during the day on a weekday - if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance - but some exams are held in the evening. Exam timetables are published online.

Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete...

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