European Law LLM

 
  

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Qualification:LLM
Qualification name:European Law
Duration:1 year full-time
Entry requirements:2.1(Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Including:Law/Humanities/ Social Sciences subjects
Other requirements:Mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered
IELTS:7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening)
Part time details:2 years part-time
Start date:September
Campus:University Park
School:

School of Law

Course Overview

The University of Nottingham is recognised as a centre of excellence in European law. This course attracts students from around the world with an interest in the governance of Europe and the role of its institutions in the global legal order.

We offer a broad perspective that encompasses both the law of the supranational European Union and the intergovernmental Council of Europe, including the European Convention on Human Rights. Students also enjoy participating in seminars led by leading scholars from the schools specialist Human Rights Law Centre and Public Procurement Research Group.

We also have a thriving European Law Society that organises seminars and events open to all. Recent visitors include Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston of the European Court of Justice and Professor Joseph Weiler of New York University. 

Key facts

  • The School of Law was ranked 41st best law school in the world by the QS World Rankings 2016
  • The school enjoys professional relationships with international institutions, leading UK law firms, private industry and consultancies, and non-governmental organisations
  • We have a dedicated Legal Skills Advisor who delivers workshops and one-to-one sessions on issues such as time management, how to answer a problem question, how to research and reference, and how to choose a dissertation topic

Course Details

The LLM programme is offered on a full-time basis, to be completed in one academic year; and a part-time basis, to be completed in two academic years.

Students must complete at least 90 credits worth of modules from the qualifying specialist module options for the LLM European Law. The remaining 30 credits needed to complete the taught stage of the degree can be chosen from the full suite of modules offered across all of our LLM programmes. 

In addition, students must choose a dissertation topic which sits within the field of European Law. Students are given a wide array of support when choosing their dissertation title and preparing to undertake research, with bespoke workshops and one-to-one support available throughout the process. 

Teaching

The LLM programme operates small-group seminar teaching, allowing for an integrative and interactive learning experience. Students are encouraged and expected to prepare for and participate in seminars so that they get the maximum benefit from teaching sessions.

All seminars offer dedicated teaching, open only to postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, where the module option is relevant to a student's doctoral research.

Modular assessments

Students are given the opportunity to complete a formative assessment in both the autumn and spring term, which acts as a practice assignment that does not contribute towards their degree. Rather, formative assessments provide valuable feedback which can be utilised constructively when completing summative assessments.

All summative assessments take place at the end of the spring term; this includes assessments for autumn options. Modules are assessed by either essay, examination, or a combination of both.

Modules

Qualifying module options

Advanced Copyright and Design Law

The module will deal with special issues in copyright and international exploitation of copyright works at advanced level. 

First of all we will look in depth at the basic elements of copyright and we will do so via a case study on sensory copyright (smells and taste). Our attention will then turn to enforcement and injunctions against intermediaries, and also jurisdictions issues and choice of law issues (ubiquitous infringement). On the EU side we will look at exhaustion (digital exhaustion) and competition law. 

Finally we will look at fair use and the protection of derivative works.

This module aims to:

  • facilitate the understanding and knowledge at an advanced level of the nature and function of specific issues of copyright law, relating to new technologies
 
EU Competition Law

The module examines the legal regulation of competition within the single and free market of the EU and serves as an introduction to basic legal and economic principles as well as to detailed study of the rules of Union law which seek to outlaw competitive behaviour.

This module aims to:

  • provide an advanced level course on the European Union Competition Law
 
The European Convention on Human Rights

The module covers articles 2, 3, 5, 6, 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), together with the procedural provisions of the ECHR.

This module aims to:

  • develop a critical understanding of the jurisprudence of fundamental rights contained in the European Convention on Human Rights
 
Governance of the EU

This half option explores the European Union's constitutional system and governance structures. We will discuss the unique nature of the EU as an integrated multilevel legal order of European nation states in which, in certain areas, powers have been transferred to federal institutions.

Theories of federalism, functionalism and institutionalism will be explored and notions of the legal and political accountability of the EU as a "system of governance" are a core feature of the module. The use of law as a mechanism for integration, and the role of the courts in such a process, will be examined. 

This subject can be studied as a stand alone half option or as a companion to other modules in the LLM in European Law and Public International Law. 

This module aims to:

  • study the governance of the EU at an advanced level
 
International and Comparative Copyright Law

The module will deal with the basic principles of copyright law at an advanced level. British copyright law will be studied with reference to the international and European obligations of the United Kingdom in this respect. This covers an introduction to copyright law, subject-matter of protection, authorship, ownership and dealings, economic and moral rights, term of protection, infringement and defences.

This module aims to:

  • facilitate the understanding and knowledge at an advanced level of the nature and function of copyright law
 
International and Comparative Patent Law

The module will deal with the basic principles of patent law and it will do so from an international and comparative perspective. Special attention will be paid to European and US patent law before attention will turn to biotechnological inventions and a case study on stem cell patents.

This module aims to:

  • facilitate the understanding and knowledge at an advanced level of nature and function of patent law as well as of specific issues of patent law, in relation to biotechnological inventions
 
International and Comparative Trade Mark Law

The module will deal with the basic principles of trade mark law and it will do so from an international and comparative perspective. Special attention will be paid to European and US trade mark law before attention will turn to passing-off and comparative advertising issues.

This module aims to:

  • facilitate the understanding and knowledge at an advanced level of nature and function of trade mark law as well as of specific issues related to trade mark law, such as passing-off and comparative advertising
 
International Commercial Arbitration

This module offers the fundamentals of international commercial arbitration, the most important dispute resolution mechanism for international business transactions.

The module begins with the legal framework of international commercial arbitration. It then deals with jurisdiction of arbitration tribunals and certain procedural issues arising in arbitration practice. The module ends with the setting aside and recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards. 

The course focuses mainly on English law of arbitration which is put in comparative perspective and compared and contrasted especially with the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration.

This module aims to:

  • develop a knowledge and understanding of principles and main rules of international commercial arbitration
  • develop the students' ability to identify and resolve main issues arising in arbitration practice
  • develop an understanding of the place that international commercial arbitration occupies in commercial practice and how it relates to other dispute resolution mechanisms, especially international commercial litigation
 
International Relations Law of the EU

This module is concerned with the EU's attempts to assert its international identity.

Subjects being examined will include:

  • the issue of competence and effectiveness of the EU as a global actor
  • the Common Commercial Policy
  • the EU/WTO relationship
  • international development
  • human rights conditions in trade/development agreements
  • common foreign and security policy
  • the EU as a 'regional superpower'

This module aims to:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of a specialised and constantly evolving area of European Law
 
Minorities and International Human Rights

The module aims to provide a thorough grounding in the application of international law standards to minorities and indigenous peoples. There is a strong focus on the decisions of international and European courts and international human rights bodies.

This module aims to:

  • provide students with a thorough grounding in the application of international human rights law standards to minorities and indigenous peoples
  • develop the students' analytical skills in relation of the function, scope and operation of the international human rights standards relevant to minorities and its likely future development
  • develop critical interpretations of international and European human rights jurisprudence relating to minorities and indigenous peoples
 
Public Procurement in EU and International Trade Law

This module examines the regulation of government procurement at international level for the purpose of opening up government markets to free trade.

This module aims to:

  • provide a detailed examination of the system under EU Law, which has provided a model for other international systems
  • provide a detailed examination of government procurement regulation in the WTO
 
Religion and International Human Rights

The module aims to provide a thorough grounding in the application of international law standards to religion. There is a strong focus on the decisions of international and European courts and international human rights bodies.

This module aims to:

  • provide students with a thorough grounding in the application of international human rights law standards to religions and religious believers
 

Please note: All module details are subject to change.

Funding

Up-to-date fees information can be found on our student fees and finance website.

All students

The School of Law advertises a variety of funding opportunities each year, please see the funding opportunities webpage for further information.

Please also visit the Graduate School's online funding database for information about additional masters scholarships.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Applications for 2016 entry scholarships will open in late 2015. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

Careers

With over 39,000 students from over 150 countries and two overseas campuses, Nottingham is a truly global university. We are one of the top institutions targeted by graduate employers, outperforming Oxford, Cambridge and other leading universities.* Added to this, the school was ranked 4th in the UK by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015.

Our postgraduate students move into an extraordinarily wide range of careers. Many graduates either go into the legal profession or return to their previous legal careers with their experience and prospects enhanced by their experiences on the course. A large number also work with NGOs, or return to their countries with the relevant skills to help add to the future development of that country.

A selection of LLM graduates progress onto our PhD programme each year, in order to progress their academic career. These students often choose to stay at The University of Nottingham beyond their doctorate, with a number of our current lecturers having completed both the LLM and PhD programmes with us before becoming members of staff.

* High Fliers Research 2015

Average starting salary and career progression

Over 94% of our postgraduates who were available for work entered employment or further study within the first six months after graduation. The average starting salary for a Nottingham taught masters student is £23,082 with the highest salary being £48,000.*

* Known destinations of the 2013/14 leaving cohort of Nottingham home/EU postgraduates who studied full-time.

Career prospects and employability

Our award-winning Careers and Employability Service will help you to plan your career throughout your time at the University and beyond. 

Services available include:

  • Presentations and drop-in sessions with employers
  • One-to-one careers guidance and CV sessions with our advisers
  • Over 250 careers events
  • A specialist careers adviser for research postgraduates

All postgraduate students also become members of the Graduate School, which provides dedicated facilities and resources to enhance your postgraduate experience.

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