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LLM International Economic Law

LLM International Economic Law

Course Code: P-M3P7

Start Date:
30 September 2024

Entry Requirements:
2:i UG degree or equivalent

1 year (Full-time)

Master of Laws (LLM)

What is International Economic Law?

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.

What makes our LLM special?

  • Warwick was one of the first universities in the UK to offer a specialist LLM in International Economic Law and has a strong tradition of teaching and research in the area
  • Students benefit from the academic activities offered by our specialist research centre: the Centre for Law, Regulation & Governance of the Global Economy (GLOBE) who are dedicated to the study of IEL and global economic governance.

Image of Alumni Anna Celuch

The critical prism of the IEL programme was instrumental in helping me discover my passion for international development finance and its legal implications and inspired my journey into the world of public finance.

Anna Celuch, Civil Service Fast Stream (IEL LLM, 2016-17)

Our LLM in International Economic Law (IEL) is designed to help you to think deeply and critically about issues surrounding the shifts in global economic power and reconstituted global networks, and provide an understanding of the informal processes and formal regulatory frameworks that govern the global economy, including the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). You will develop an appreciation of the interplay among national, regional and international regulatory frameworks, fundamental to an understanding of International Economic Law.

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.

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.

Core Modules

  • LA908 - International Economic Law: The module aims to give students an understanding of the key rules, institutions and actors in the field of International Economic Law (IEL). It will also explore IEL’s social, environmental and developmental impacts.
  • LA984 - Legal Research and Writing Skills: The aim of this module is to provide students with the knowledge, skills and confidence required to develop critical reading, writing and research skills in preparation for undertaking independent research and writing up academic work. It brings together experts from the Law School, Library and Student Careers and Skills.

Optional Modules

There are a range of optional modules available. See which modules are currently running in the Law School.

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.


You will take a selection of modules totalling 120 CATS followed by a 10,000 word dissertation worth 60 CATS. All assessed modules are worth 20 CATS and run for one term. Modules will be taken during terms one and two, leaving you term three and the summer to complete your dissertation. You will also be required to attend a research and writing skills module for two terms. If you choose to study part-time, this will be split over two years of study.

You will be taught by academics who are recognised subject experts with UK and international experience. As well as teaching, most are involved in producing world leading research, often providing expert advice to outside bodies.

How the programme will be taught will depend on the modules you opt to take, but you can expect a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work.

Contact Hours

You will typically have up to 12 hours of contact time per week on the full-time programme, depending on your LLM programme and modules selected, but will be expected to do additional research and reading outside of the classroom.

Class Sizes

This will depend on the popularity of the modules you select but class sizes can range from between 10 and 40 students per module.


The programme incorporates a wide and varying range of assessment methods, which may include essays, examinations, portfolios, presentations and the dissertation.

We regard feedback as a vital part of the assessment process. We seek to help you reach your full potential by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your work and the actions needed to develop your understanding. You will be given feedback after your assessments each term.


With help and support from our world-class academic staff, you will write a 10,000 word dissertation on a suitable topic in your third term. We will help guide you in choosing a topic and title, and train you in how to research and how to structure your dissertation, setting you in excellent stead if you should choose to continue your studies with a PhD.

Teaching and assessment methods may be subject to change. If you have concerns about changes to teaching and assessment formats before applying or taking up your offer to study with us, please contact us via email.

What sort of careers can I go on to?

Studying at postgraduate level can provide a platform to a wide range of career opportunities. It enables students to differentiate themselves for opportunities where a postgraduate qualification is a requirement or desirable. We have recently had graduates go on to successful careers in:

  • Government
  • Financial institutions
  • Investment banks
  • Competition agencies
  • Trade organisations
  • Taxation commissions
  • NGOs
  • Private law firms
  • Academic institutions

Skills from this degree

  • 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
  • Drafting of international investment transactions and project finance instruments
  • Transferrable skills for careers in a government agency or private practise

Course Director:

Director of LLM in International Economic Law - Dr Velimir Zivkovic

Velimir's work focuses on the interplay of international investment law and other areas of international and national law, as well as rule of law issues affecting these areas. He explores these topics by considering both the more traditional, doctrinal insights and critical legal studies. Find out more about Velimir.