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LLM International Economic Law

What makes our LLM in International Economic Law special?

The increased interconnectedness of the global economy has meant that nation states and economies are immensely impacted by global events, resulting in massive shifts in the locale of global economic power and the emergence of new and reconstituted global networks. These events have demanded new modes of thinking about the governance of the global economy. Our LLM in International Economic Law (IEL) is designed to help you to think deeply and critically about these issues and provide an understanding of the informal processes and formal regulatory frameworks that govern the global economy, including the World Trade Organisation (WTO), World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

An IEL degree is valuable to graduates of law, economics, accounting, politics and sociology who are practicing or wish to practice in a government agency or private industry and require a detailed understanding of the economic principles and legal institutions that govern the negotiation of regional and international trade agreements, foreign direct investment, international financial transactions, project finance and technology transfer.

This LLM is distinctive because :

  • Warwick was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a specialist LLM in IEL and has a strong tradition of teaching and research in International Economic Law and in particular its impact on developing countries
  • The IEL degree has a broad range of subject offerings with a fully international staff and student body
  • Students benefit from the programme of academic activities offered by our specialist centre within the Law School dedicated to the study of International Economic Law and global economic governance: the Centre for Law, Regulation & Governance of the Global Economy (GLOBE)
  • Warwick's Global Research Priority on Global Governance offers you an opportunity to be part of a wider university community dedicated to further research into Governance and how International Economic Law affects this

What will I study?

You will take our core study modules to give you a firm grounding in the subject as well as legal research and writing skills, along with two optional modules in term one and three optional modules in term two. You will undertake a dissertation in term three.

The core and optional modules will provide theoretical and practical knowledge of international institutions and instruments that govern international trade, foreign direct investment, international financial transactions, international banking and international taxation. They will provide an understanding of the complex legal principles that guide international commercial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, technology exchange, foreign direct investment and project finance and provide techniques for the negotiation and arbitration of regional and international disputes. You will develop an appreciation of the interplay among national, regional and international regulatory frameworks, fundamental to an understanding of International Economic Law.

Core Modules
Optional Modules

The modules due to run next year may vary from the list above, depending on staff availability, research priorities, and student uptake. While we do our best to run as wide a variety of subjects as possible, it is not always possible to offer every module.

With permission, it is possible to take up to two modules external to your programme, as optional choices.

Our Staff

Other staff

Our Students

Octavio Rangel Castanedo - LLM Student IEL
The LLM has been challenging yet insightful and interesting, having the chance to study in a diverse environment discussing current issues with great academics has helped me grow as a lawyer.
Octavio is a member of the Mexican Competition Commission.

Other students

What sort of careers can I go on to?

While at Warwick you will benefit from bespoke advice from our professional careers advisors. Students who have completed the IEL at Warwick have gone on to successful careers in:

  • government
  • financial institutions
  • investment banks
  • competition agencies
  • trade organisations
  • taxation commissions
  • NGOs
  • private law firms
  • academic institutions

Your dissertation

With help and support from our world-class academic staff, you will write a 10,000 word dissertation. In writing the dissertation you will have the opportunity to examine in more detail a topic of your choosing on International Economic Law. During Term 3 you will have the benefit of precise feedback and advice on your written work from your dedicated academic dissertation supervisor. The programme also includes research and writing skills sessions to help you prepare for writing your dissertation.

Examples of recently completed dissertations:

Approaches to Private and Public Debt Restructuring

Harmonising the Preferential Trade Arrangements in Asia-Pacific Context: Critical Analysis of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership


For more information email:

pglaw dot admissions at warwick dot ac dot uk