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LLM in International Economic Law

Duration: One calendar year (full-time)
Two, three of fours years (part-time, daytime only)
We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.


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Minimum Entry Requirements: Upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law

Start of programme: September only.

Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time

The SOAS LLM degree is a postgraduate qualification for those who hold an undergraduate degree in law.

A specialist LLM in International Economic Law will be of interest to those who wish to focus on legal aspects of international economic activity.

Students following the SOAS International Economic Law LLM are immersed in one of the youngest and most dynamic fields of international legal theory and practice.

The questions they confront are difficult, urgent and compelling:

  • When we regulate international trade, do we sometimes do more harm than good?
  • What impact do bureaucracy and corruption have on foreign investment levels?
  • What might international institutions do to prevent a future global economic crisis?
  • What changes are China and India bringing to international economic law?
  • What is the impact of economic liberalization on labour law and social welfare ?


Every student will be required to take courses equivalent to four (4.0) full units. Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least three (3.0) of the four (4.0) units within their chosen specialism, including the dissertation. The assessment of one of the chosen full units (within the LLM specialism) will be by means of a 15,000 word dissertation. The fourth unit can be chosen from either the general Law Postgraduate Courses or the following courses associated with the International Economic Law specialisation:

Full Course Units (1.0)

Half Course Units (0.5)

Dissertation (1.0)

The dissertation course unit forms part of the required three (3.0) units within the chosen LLM specialism. Please see the dissertation course units below. You will need to attend the teaching on the course and then submit a dissertation in place of the course method of assessment.  


Please note: Not all courses listed may be available every year.

A Student's Perspective

SOAS has an excellent reputation and its specialisation in the study of the Middle East was one of the main reasons I decided to come here.

Nikola Georgiev