Taught course

International Commercial Law

University of Sussex · Law

Entry requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered

Months of entry


Course content

Economies in today’s world are increasingly interconnected, posing new legal challenges in areas such as the regulation of international commerce and trade matters, the legal mechanisms and frameworks supporting cross-border commercial activities (including e-commerce), and governance in private
commercial bodies, as well as the use and enforcement of trade and competition rules.

This course offers you an insight into the processes by which international regulation is created and enforced from the perspective of commercial and economic actors (including individuals, corporate bodies and other enterprise forms). The focus is on crossborder transactions between companies and
individuals. You study many different aspects of international commercial law, thereby gaining a strong, and broad, theoretical foundation, while also being able to choose from a range of options.

It also offers you an exciting opportunity to understand the roles of international and domestic institutions governing the regulation of trading and commercial activities, and the role of both public and private actors in the formation of trade regulation and laws, including the concepts of international commercial law (lex mercatoria), as well as the rules that regulate private commercial activities between businesses and individuals from different countries.

The course attracts many students who are already legal practitioners in their home countries, although this is not essential as long as you have completed a basic legal education.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, 4,000-5,000-word essays, and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Course Structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: Advanced Research for LLM Students • Approaches to International Commerical Law • Transnational Commercial Law.

Spring term: you take two options from Aspects of Intellectual Property Law • Carriage by Air • Carriage of Goods by Sea • Corruption and the Law • Cyberlaw • EU Competition Law • EU Single Market Law • International and Comparative Company Law • International and Comparative Corporate Insolvency Law • International Commercial Arbitration • International Environmental Law • International Investment Law • Law of International Business Transactions. The range
of options available may vary in any one year.

Summer term: supervised work on the LLM dissertation.

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit:www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations30
Written coursework / continuous assessment40
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678655