LLM International Commercial Law with Competition Law and Regulation

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Law and Business Intertwined

Course duration: 1 year full-time/2 years part-time     Course starts: September / January

Financial Regulation Competition law is an exciting area of law involving the combination of legal and economic issues. The LLM in International Commercial Law with Competition Law and Regulation offers you the opportunity to study the application of competition law to different commercial transactions (e.g. mergers and acquisitions, horizontal and vertical agreements) as well as to explore the interface of competition law and regulation in a number of key sectors of the economy (financial services, telecommunications, energy). With the proliferation of competition law regimes around the globe, the pathway also offers you an opportunity to examine the main challenges posed by the increased globalisation and expansion of competition law. Competition law regimes have proliferated in recent years around the world. More than 120 jurisdictions have now enacted competition law statutes. The pathway offers the opportunity to explore the process of internationalisation of competition law and policy, the interaction between trade and competition, the interface between competition and industrial policy considerations, the competition rules of developing countries and the challenges for competition law enforcement in a multi-jurisdictional environment. All courses rely extensively on case studies drawn from, amongst others, the EU, US, Chinese, ASEAN competition law regimes as well as some selected jurisdictions in Latin America (Argentina, Brazil).

On completion of the pathway students will be expected to:

  • Appreciate the process of internationalisation and the role of international organisations and bodies in the area of competition law
  • Analyse the way international cartels are prosecuted
  • Evaluate the interaction between trade and competition
  • Evaluate the interaction between competition and industrial policy
  • Assess the interaction of energy law with competition law

Programme content

The LLM programme consists of 180 credits. Within the LLM programme there are a taught element (140 credits) and a Project (40 credits). Within the taught element there are three core modules: LWMTAI Advanced Issues in International Commercial Law (20 credits), LWMTPS Project Skills (10 credits), and LWMTPR Project (40 credits). Students must take all the remaining credits (110) from the lists of pathway and optional modules. Projects (LWMTPR) must be written on a topic related to the chosen pathway.

A note for full-time January entrants: Please note that the Project submission date falls at the end of the Summer, whereas you will study some of your taught modules in the (subsequent) Autumn term. You may wish to bear that in mind when choosing a Project topic.

LLM International Commercial Law with Competition Law and Regulation

Compulsory modules

All modules from this group must be taken

Code Title Credits
LWMTPSProject Skills10
LWMTAIAdvanced Issues in International Commercial Law20

To qualify for LLM International Commercial Law with Competition Law and Regulation, in addition to the modules listed above students must take at least 30 credits from the list of modules below:

Code Title Credits
LWMTCMCompetition Law20
LWMTMALegal Aspects of Mergers, Acquisition and Takeovers10
LWMTCPInternational and Comparative Competition Law and Policy10
LWMELREnergy Law and Regulation20

The remaining credits will be taken from the list of optional modules from the School of Law and ICMA/Henley Business School.

Part-time/modular arrangements

The programme can be taken part-time over two years.

Entry requirements

Please see general Postgraduate Entry Requirements for the School of Law but note that applications are particularly welcome from students holding undergraduate degrees in Business, Finance and Economics as well as in Law.

January Entry

LLM students can also commence the LLM in January. Students take modules in the spring term. They write the Project over the summer (May-September) and then take further modules in the following autumn term, graduating the following January.

To apply please see the following application form.

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Career prospects

Graduates will have developed the skills and knowledge to progress into careers in; states, government agencies, international courts and tribunals, multinational corporations, law firms with specialized knowledge of legal and regulatory aspect of competition; academia (subject to further study).

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Commercial LLM Programmes

For me, the LLM programme International Commercial Law at the University of Reading was a valuable experience. Especially as a non-native speaker, the courses which are held in small groups of 5 to 15 people encourage an active participation of each student. With regard to content, the programme gives the opportunity to choose from diversified courses which cover a broad range of commercial law issues. Through a taught element on the one hand (courses) and research elements on the other hand (essays and project), communication skills, writing skills and research skills are optimally trained. Moreover, the staff are very friendly and always keen to help with any kind of problem. Overall, my LLM year at the University of Reading was one of the best years in my academic education.'

Stephanie Hake, LLM International Commercial Law

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