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LLM in International Economic Law


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 ?


Programme Specification

LLM in International Economic Law programme specification.

Programme Structure

LLM students must complete 180 CATS points.
• 1.0 Unit is 45 CATS points.
• 0.5 Unit is 22.5 CATS points.

An LLM International Economic Law may be obtained by taking at least 135 CATS (equivalent to 3 x 1.0 Units) from the specialist list

  • 1 x 1.0 Unit (45 CATS) to be assessed by dissertation (15,000 words).

The remaining 45 CATS may be taken from:

  • International Economic Law specialist list
  • General LLM list
  • Non-law postgraduate SOAS course (with permission)

Specialist list

Learn a language as part of this programme

Degree programmes at SOAS - including this one - can include language courses in more than forty African and Asian languages. It is SOAS students’ command of an African or Asian language which sets SOAS apart from other universities.

Teaching & Learning


Classes occur in the daytime. 

We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.

Teaching & Learning

The course lasts for one calendar year (two or three years part-time). 

  • Students follow taught courses for the first two terms
  • Examinations (where relevant) are held in May/June (see individual course pages for details).
  • The dissertation is due in September.


We aim to prepare students with a capacity to integrate their appreciation of legal theory with the demands of legal practice.  Students who complete the SOAS International Economic Law LLM may go on to apply their knowledge in the private, public or third sectors; or they may be inspired to do a research degree.

A Student's Perspective

I enjoyed the availability of a diverse range of units – something that you might not be able to get anywhere else. Also, the knowledge of the lecturers, particularly Diamond Ashiagbor, was incredible. In seminars, you would just get the feeling that she knew everything she was talking about and could answer any question.

Joshua Tan, Monash University