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Law - International Commercial Law

With the enormous growth in international commerce over the last few decades knowledge of international commercial law has become an essential element of legal practice in all major law firms. The programme is also especially relevant to those seeking opportunities in the commercial world. Members of staff in the Sutherland School of Law have engaged in major research in this area spanning the full range of international commercial law from the World Trade Organisation through competition law in the domestic, European and international contexts to the issues arising out of the complexities of regulation.

To understand and think critically about various facets of International Commercial Law;

To apply their knowledge and understanding of International Commercial Law to real and hypothetical factual situations;

To conduct independent research and write coherent, well-structured papers.

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

demonstrate specialised knowledge and understanding of International Commercial Law.

apply their knowledge and understanding of international commercial law and their problem-solving abilities in diverse environments.

use knowledge of substantive law to critique arguments as to whether and how the law in this field is in need of reform.

integrate source material from a variety of disciplinary areas to reach reasoned decisions about the relative status of competing claims to knowledge.

unpack complex legal arguments and to render intelligible to a non-specialist audience, key disciplinary insights.

have the intellectual toolkit required to research and write a major dissertation.

apply their knowledge and understanding of international commercial law and their problem-solving abilities in diverse environments.

demonstrate specialised knowledge and understanding of International Commercial Law.

have the intellectual toolkit required to research and write a major dissertation.

integrate source material from a variety of disciplinary areas to reach reasoned decisions about the relative status of competing claims to knowledge.

unpack complex legal arguments and to render intelligible to a non-specialist audience, key disciplinary insights.

use knowledge of substantive law to critique arguments as to whether and how the law in this field is in need of reform.

The Sutherland School of Law offers a wide range of modules for the Masters programmes. Modules of especial interest to those undertaking this programme include:

EU Competition Law builds on your prior knowledge of EU constitutional and EU economic law by critically examining how EU competition law governs particular actions of private market actors. It considers the rationale behind EU competition law and how this area of law fits in to the EU's economic order and philosophy. It goes on to explore and critique the substantive and institutional dimensions of TFEU Articles 101 (governing, amongst other things, cartels between firms) and 102 (governing abuses of dominant market positions). This module additionally considers the relationship between national and EU competition law, as well as the institutions active in enforcing EU competition law at national and EU levels.

Corporate Governance will cover both the legal and regulatory environment and the informational and market infrastructures which apply in Ireland and the wider EU. The objective of this module is to develop an understanding of the development of corporate governance and its importance to companies and their stakeholders. It seeks to provide a framework for analysing how regulations impact on corporate decision-making, ethics and planning. The module will investigate the processes of supervision and control within companies and determine what the primary aims of those processes should be. It will examine the regulations and norms which seek to ensure that directors act in the interests of shareholders or wider stakeholder groups as appropriate. It will examine both the theory and the reality of shareholder democracy. Throughout the module, consideration will be given to the important question of determining the appropriate form of regulation to achieve the desired aims of corporate governance.

International Commercial Arbitration is a study of the domestic and international law and practice of commercial arbitration.The course will cover: The Arbitration Agreement: form; scope and effect; the proper law of the arbitration agreement; giving effect to the agreement to arbitrate; litigating the subject matter of an agreement to arbitrate; staying litigation pending arbitration; frustration, repudiation and abandonment of arbitration agreements. The Arbitrator: appointment, replacement, removal; duties and powers; immunity from suit; ethical obligations and considerations. The Arbitral Proceedings: procedure and evidence; the ICC and other institutional rules of procedure; the proper law of the proceedings; the proper law of the dispute; separability and arbitrability of disputes; equity clauses and the lex mercatoria. The case stated. The award: formal and substantive requirements; reliefs and remedies; costs and interest. Challenges to an arbitral award: domestic and foreign awards; the Geneva and New York Conventions. Arbitration of international investment disputes; the ICSID system and rules. State involvement in arbitration. The UNCITRAL model law and the reform of arbitration law.

CIEL
The Comparative International and European Law (CIEL) programme is an exchange programme for registered full-time LLM students. The programme includes joint thesis supervision with academic colleagues at both the home and host institution. Upon successful completion students are awarded the CIEL certificate in addition to their LLM award.

Entry requirements

Degree Requirements

Applicants must hold a Law degree, or an inter-disciplinary degree in which law was a major component. Applicants must have achieved at least an upper second class honours or equivalent.

Applicants holding a Graduate Diploma in Law may be considered but will normally be admitted only where they can show an exceptionally strong performance in both their undergraduate degree and diploma.

Exemption from these requirements may be given to those with significant, relevant, practical experience or those with a graduate qualification at Masters level or higher in a relevant discipline. Such applicants should state clearly in their application why they feel their qualifications/experiences are appropriate for admission to the programme.

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English must submit satisfactory evidence of competence in written and spoken English, i.e. overall IELTS 6.5 (including a minimum of 6.5 in the reading and writing parts and no part below 6.0) or 90 in the TOEFL iBT (with a minimum of 22 (reading) and 24 (writing) and no part below 20.) The test results must be less than 2 years old.

The School encourages all applicants whose first language is not English to attend the pre-sessional English programme offered by the UCD Applied Language Centre, details of which are available at www.ucd.ie/alc.

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information http://www.ucd.ie/alc/programmes/pathways/

International applicants should visit the UCD International Office website (www.ucd.ie/international) for information regarding our campus, location of UCD, visa information, registration and orientation.

Duration

1 year Full-Time or 1 Year Part-Time

Number of credits

90

Careers or further progression

Careers & Employability
The LLM in International Commercial Law is highly regarded by employers and has been the basis for many successful careers across the world. It is particularly useful for students wishing to practise with specialist corporate law firms or wishing to work as an in-house legal adviser. Potential employers include A&L Goodbody, Matheson, William Fry and Arthur Cox.

Several UCD careers events are held throughout the year, including dedicated law careers fairs which are attended by top employers. For specific careers advice, the UCD Sutherland School of Law has a dedicated careers advisor on its academic faculty.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Justine McCann
Contact Number: +353(0)1 716 4109

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Option

International Commercial Arbitration LAW40060
Environmental Law and Policy AW40120
International Economic Law LAW40140
Regulatory Governance LAW40250
Trade Mark Law LAW40280
Dissertation LAW40290
Advanced Issues in European Competition Law LAW40360
Corporate Governance LAW40670
Law of the ECHR LAW40780
International Human Rights LAW40790
Law and Governance of the EU LAW41040
Climate Change Law and Policy LAW41090
Cross-Border Litigation: European and International Perspectives on the Conflict of Laws LAW41200
Data Protection and Privacy: European and US Perspectives LAW41270
International Tax Law LAW41450
White Collar Crime LAW41500
Law of Aviation Finance MSc LAW41600
Patent Law LAW41610
Arbitration Project LAW41650
Whistleblowing Law & Practice LAW41780
Data Protection Governance LAW41790
Copyright Law LAW42000
Comparative Business Regulation LAW42010
Law of Armed Conflict LAW42020

Application date

The following entry routes are available:

LLM International Commercial Law Jan PT (B456)

Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Closed

LLM International Commercial Law FT (B453)
Duration 1 Years
Attendance Full Time
Deadline Rolling *

LLM International Commercial Law PT (B454)

Duration 2 Years
Attendance Part Time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Course fee

LLM International Commercial Law FT (B453) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 9320
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

LLM International Commercial Law PT (B454) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 4660
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships (Non-EU Students).

We also offer scholarships for EU applicants. All applicants who apply before May 31st will be included. Further details at http://www.ucd.ie/law/study/scholarships/

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake:2020/2021 September

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