Taught course

International Law, Globalisation and Development

Oxford Brookes University · School of Law

Entry requirements

Students will normally be required to have (or to be expecting) a first or upper second class honours degree, or an equivalent degree awarded by a university outside the United Kingdom. The degree may be in law or in a related discipline. We welcome applications from both law and non-law graduates. Students new to the academic study of law will be advised to read a number of recommended texts by way of induction before they begin the course. Students are also encouraged to attend the induction sessions provided in the week prior to the beginning of the course.

Months of entry


Course content

The LLM in International Law, Globalisation and Development provides the opportunity to study the history, theories and application of the concepts of development and globalisation under international law. The course covers contemporary topics such as foreign investment, food security, the right to development and self-determination, post-conflict and transitional countries, and conflicts over energy and resources.

This course provides a wide choice of subjects and topics, focusing on the key aspects of economic activity and environmental protection currently regulated under the auspices of the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and other international and regional institutions. It combines rigorous legal education with a contemporary and global perspective, and is ideally suited to students from a law, history, politics, business, economics or other social sciences background.

The course is designed to provide the specialist skills and in-depth knowledge that will be attractive to employers in the areas of international legal practice and international development. It would also appeal to those who intend to pursue careers in international governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as in government and academic posts.

In the first semester, students taking the International Law, Globalisation and Development pathway will take a compulsory module in Advanced Legal Research Methods, and two optional modules from International Law, International Human Rights Law or International Economic Law. In the second semester students take a compulsory module in Law, Globalisation and Development, and two options from the list below:

  • Advanced Legal Research Methods
  • Law, Globalisation and Development
  • International Law
  • Law of International Business Transactions
  • Advanced Issues of International Business Transactions
  • International Economic Law
  • International Investment Law
  • European Union Law
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Labour Law
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Human Rights Law: Law and Institutions
  • International Human Rights Law: Law and Practice
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • European Union Law
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Refugees and Migrants
  • International Investment Law


Students who complete at least 60 credits over the taught elements of the course are eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in International Law.

Information for international students

English Language Requirements: IELTS minimum level 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in the reading and writing components

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
18 months
full time
9 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0) 1865 484931