University of Edinburgh

LLM in International Economic Law


Old College

South Bridge

Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9YL

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

LLM in International Economic Law

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Since the establishment of the Bretton Woods System in the aftermath of the Second World War, we have seen an extraordinary evolution of international economic relations towards interdependence and integration, and discussions on this process –known as economic globalisation– are commonplace in academic and other fora. This phenomenon of economic globalisation has been accompanied (and supported) by the development of international legal regimes and institutional structures, which have been at the same time the object of much praise and criticism. International Economic Law has thus developed into an increasingly specialised and appealing discipline, deserving the focus of an advanced degree programme in its own right. This LLM programme seeks to provide students with in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the institutions, rules and principles of the international economic system, as well as of key legal and policy issues arising from the globalisation of the world economy.
The structure of the LLM programme is flexible and interdisciplinary in order to cover the differing Schools of Thought on this subject. Students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the core branches of international economic law (i.e. international trade law and international investment law), the underpinning institutional frameworks and dispute settlement mechanisms, as well as having the option to chose from other relevant courses depending on their personal interests and future career plans.
You will study a total of 180 credits made up of a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 credits, and 120 credits of taught courses which may include topics such as: WTO Law; International Investment Law; Fundamental Issues in International Law; The Law of International Trade; International Commercial Arbitration; Principles of International Tax Law; Advanced issues in International Economic Law; Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law.


The University of Edinburgh and the Edinburgh Law School is an Internationally recognised Higher Education institution accredited to provide advanced education. It should be noted that a postgraduate masters degree in Law from the University of Edinburgh does not qualify for entry into the Scottish (or other country's) Legal Practice. Advice from your local Bar Association or Law Society should be sought if you wish to pursue legal practice in your country of domicile.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Out State Tuition (per year): The tuition fee for International students on this programme for 2017 entry is £19,300 USD

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Midsize City

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