LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law

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The deadline for accepting applications to this course for the 2019/2020 academic year is 31st August 2019

View of City of London from the airThis innovative programme builds on the Institute's research expertise in the area of company law, corporate governance, international economic law, financial regulation, and financial law. It has been designed to appeal to law graduates as well as those who come from other disciplines such as business studies, international relations, finance and economics, and would like to learn more about the legal side of international economic relations particularly international financial markets and services and develop a specialised understanding of corporate governance concepts and the role of financial regulation in today's globalised financial markets.  The Institute is uniquely qualified and situated to offer this academic law degree programme in London - the world's leading international financial centre.

The ever-changing nature of international financial markets and new challenges Picture of students at library computersand crises associated with this dynamic sector of the global economy require an interdisciplinary and international approach. For this reason, we offer this LLM which combines law and economics of financial markets and services and should meet the needs of law and business graduates who wish to pursue a career in financial services and develop their knowledge and skills in this important, complex and overgrowing field.

Picture of the Bank of EnglandThe programme offers courses that analyse corporate governance, financial regulation and international economics and financial law from a European and comparative perspective. Some of the main themes include the role of international economic organisations in globalised financial markets and the emerging legal and regulatory institutions that govern European financial markets. The United Kingdom's legal and regulatory regime is an important area of focus, including the various institutional models of regulation. Although the programme's core courses focus mainly on an academic analysis of the relevant legal and regulatory concepts and principles, there are optional courses offered by legal and regulatory practitioners that address the practical aspects of corporate governance and financial regulation. The courses are taught by leading academics from the University of London and other European and North American universities.

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Aims of this LLM Programme

  • Widen students knowledge of corporate governance, financial regulation and international and comparative aspects of economic law and financial regulation
  • Introduce students to the basic principles and theories that underlie this area of study and to elaborate the role of financial regulation and legal mechanisms in averting and/or managing financial crises
  • Stimulate broader strategic thinking of the goals of corporate and financial regulation and how it affects business strategy and overarching public policy with an analysis of the economic and legal principles applied to practical case studies
  • Have a particular focus on European, US and UK corporate governance, financial regulation and practices, and international developments in this field
  • Address  the public policy aspects of financial regulation and corporate governance
  • Help developing skills in legal analysis and compliance with laws and regulation required for a dynamic career in the financial services sector
  • Facilitate acquiring knowledge and skills required for a dynamic career related to the law, regulation and practice of financial markets


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Who Should Apply?

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  • Lawyers and compliance officers, regulators and policy makers who wish to enhance their knowledge and understating in areas of corporate governance, financial law and regulation and economic law
  • Law graduates, economics graduates and graduates from other disciplines who are pursuing a career in financial services and corporate finance with a legal and regulatory edge. The interdisciplinary nature of the programme means that applicants are not required to have a prior law degree, nor a professional qualification in law
  • Those with professional experience already working in financial service firms, law firms and corporations to learn more on how law and regulation affect management practices, corporate governance and business strategy
  • Those who wish to work or are already working in government and state agencies in charge of production, supervision and enforcement of the regulatory laws such as central banks, securities and exchange commissions as well as insurance regulators
  • Those with a background in university lecturing in business , law and social science faculties who are looking to enhance their qualifications to teach corporate law/governance, financial law/regulation, and international political economy and international economic law and organisations

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Length and Mode of Study

  • The programme is designed to be completed in one year (full-time) and two years (part-time)  with two nine-week terms of lectures (October-December; January-March), plus one term of independent study and supervision to write a dissertation
  • The programme consists of two core modules, which are mandatory, and a choice of four electives in which students would have a choice to select modules on this programme and other IALS programmes
  • Each candidate will also be required to write a dissertation (approximately 15,000 words) under the supervision of one of the teaching staff

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Teaching and Supervision Team

  • Most of the teaching is carried out by full-time academics, while a few electives will be taught by legal, regulatory and corporate practitioners
  • The academic faculty for the programme consists of leading scholars in the field of international financial law/regulation, European and UK economic and financial law/regulation, corporate law, governance and practice, and the extraterritorial aspects of US economic law
  • Faculty members have published in the leading academic presses and leading journals, including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Lexis-Nexis/Butterworths. Faculty members have also authored major government reports and have served as advisers to the European Union Parliament Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs and the House of Lords Select Committee on Economic Affairs
  • Experienced practitioners will teach some modules and there will be guest lectures given by eminent lawyers and jurists from outside the University

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  • Students will have access to the outstanding resources of the IALS and University of  London libraries and the nearby British Library
  • The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is a hub of legal studies and research in London which brings together practitioners, government officials and academics and hosts many international and national legal seminars, conferences and ad hoc public lectures
  • The Institute shares the same building with the British Institute of International Comparative Law (BIICL). BIICL is very active in organising many events on international and national law including law and regulation of financial markets
  • The Russell Square and Bloomsbury areas will provide a stimulating environment with many restaurants, theatres, museums, pubs and other cultural amenities that make London a unique and first-class international city
  • The rich diversity of the City of London and its wealth of expertise in corporate, financial and regulatory affairs will be drawn on for the modules and for special events and conferences
  • The programme  and the general atmosphere of the Institute is ideal for the intellectually aware student who wants to combine a year of post-graduate academic study with a practical agenda of interaction and learning from leading practitioners and regulators and corporate specialists

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Intended programme outcomes

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Students will:

  • Acquire a detailed knowledge of those areas of international economic and financial law, institutional aspects of European and UK financial regulation, institutional aspects of international financial regulation and related theories of international law and global governance and a practical understanding of the role of international economic organisations
  • Gain a thorough knowledge of the importance of corporate governance and financial regulation for the broader economy and the important role of public policy
  • Develop an understanding of international corporate governance and financial regulation principles from a more holistic and interdisciplinary perspective
  • Develop an understanding and critical perspective of the UK principles-based regulatory approach, which will be compared to the US rules-based regulatory approach
  • Have an understanding of the important institutional and legal and regulatory developments at the European level and the implications of the 2007/12 World Credit Crunch on global and European financial markets. Students will also develop their research and writing skills
  • Acquire a sense of having joined an elite community of financial regulatory and corporate governance experts and practitioners based in the world’s leading international financial centre – London
  • The knowledge and contacts they develop will advance their career objectives and enhance their understanding of global financial markets and the opportunities and risks they present

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Course Enquiries

If you have any questions about our courses please email: sas.enquiries@london.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 20 7862 8835

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Contact Details
Dr Mahmood Bagheri Dr Ivan Leonidov
Course Director
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Charles Clore House
17 Russell Square
SAS Programme Coordinator (IALS)
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Charles Clore House
17 Russell Square
Email: Mahmood.Bagheri@sas.ac.uk
Skype: bagheria222
Email: ivan.leonidov@sas.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7862 8663


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