Taught course

International Trade 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

We are a world-recognised centre for research excellence on trade law, with one of the largest interdisciplinary research groups in the world. Our faculty have both knowledge and practical experience of international trade organisations.

This LLM emphasises practical skills, training you to act as a litigator in international trade disputes. We welcome students from a wide array of backgrounds, attracting students with experience in national ministries who wish to further their expertise, as well as other students with an interest in the subject area.

We take you to the heart of the public dimensions of trade regulation, and offer an exciting insight into the processes by which international regulation is created and enforced. Options enable further specialisation.

You receive individual attention and can pursue a range of research interests from China to EU law, from trade and environment to intellectual property. You develop strong critical and theoretical perspectives. You experience the work of the World Trade Organization, the UN and WIPO, and other relevant international organisations first hand on our annual study visit to Geneva.

You learn to apply the rules of international trade law, and analyse and respond to developments in the area, and to evaluate cutting-edge scenarios like the relationship between trade rules and alternative energy regulation, or how non-market economies incorporate trade rules. You also critically examine the legal rules underlying trade liberalisation, and the theories behind them.


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 • International Trade: Issues and Challenges • Legal Regulation of International Trade.

Spring term: you take two options from a list that may include Aspects of Intellectual Property Law • Carriage by Air • Carriage of Goods by Sea • Climate Change Law and Policy • Cyberlaw • EU Competition Law • EU Single Market • International and Comparative Company Law • International Commercial Arbitration • Internatonal Corporate Governance • International Environmental Law • International Investment Law • Islamic Commercial Law • Law of International Business Transactions. The range of options 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

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Services
+44 (0)1273 678655