Our LLM programmes
International is the overall emphasis of the whole LLM programme at Glasgow, whether that is the international commercial law stream of the Glasgow LLM, or the streams of Corporate & Financial Law, or Intellectual Property Law, or International Competition Law or International Law. This international outlook is reinforced by many of our lecturers who have a non-British or non-European background. Students from India will notice the familiarity of common law concepts in the UK, but at the same time benefit from the knowledge of substantive international commercial law which transcends any particular jurisdictions but contains legal concepts found in their national law.
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The LLM in International Commercial Law specialisation comprises a number of courses, such as Advanced competition law, Competition law: substance and enforcement, Corporate social responsibility and the law, Corporate finance, Corporate governance, E-Commerce, rights management and information, European Union trade law, International financial regulation, International trade law, International investment law, International merger control, International sales and finance, & International Tax Law. Students choose four courses and write a dissertation on an approved topic in the area of international commercial law. There is great flexibility in the choice of courses, and students can even take one course outside their specialisation, for example a course on international law or intellectual property law. The courses are international in their approach: the legal skills and the knowledge students have obtained from their home jurisdiction is an important and enriching basis for studying, but the courses do not confine themselves to UK domestic matters: they consider the UK within Europe and the world, or focus on international and/or European law altogether.
The Corporate and Financial Law LLM programme covers aspects of UK, EU and international law. Given the interconnectedness of capital and financial markets at the international level, there is an increasing demand for law professionals with expertise in a specialised area of law such as Corporate (Debt & Equity) Finance, Corporate Governance, International Finance Law and International financial Regulation. With an LLM in Corporate and Financial Law from Glasgow, you will be well placed for roles in law firms, banks and regulators in India and around the world. India is particularly interested in growing further its financial and capital markets and in attracting an ever increasing amount of foreign investors. Becoming familiar with the international legal landscape in this area of law, will give you a distinctive feature in terms of employability and of future career prospects. Guest-speaker presentations, an active research seminar series and other extra-curricular events provide you with a unique opportunity to meet lawyers and academics from around the world, become exposed to some of the most topical discussions, and to engage with current debates.
The LLM programme in Intellectual Property and the Digital Economy covers all aspects of Intellectual Property but dedicates particular attention to the new digital and information-based society. How the law interacts with new technologies and the economic, social and cultural consequences of this interaction are analysed in detail by an international team of highly qualified IP experts. A dynamic and fast growing economy such as that of India is confronted daily with the challenges that digital and internet based technologies entail. This programme will provide Indian candidates with an extremely valuable set of specialised knowledge and analytic tools that will benefit them in their professional, academic and personal environment. CREATe, the Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy, offers an additional set of opportunities for students to work closely with colleagues from academia and from the private sector.
The LLM in International Law and Security is an innovative, interdisciplinary and practice-oriented programme, designed for students interested in international law and a rapidly changing global security environment. The Masters reflects the breadth of contemporary international security issues many of which are central to India's foreign and security policy. Thus, the program addresses topics as diverse as terrorism, armed conflicts, transnational organized crime, drones and autonomous weapons systems, espionage and surveillance in cyberspace, weapons of mass destruction, failed states, resource and energy security, poverty, climate change, pandemics and natural catastrophes. The LLM in International Law and Security is designed to respond to the increasing demand for lawyers with a background in international law and security, whether in international organizations, ministries and other governmental agencies, civil society, academia or in legal practice. The teaching team is made up of experts from Germany, Scotland, Greece, Canada and Uzbekistan.
Intellectual property rights are devised to encourage innovation in culture, business, and technology. Laws give protection to different types of creations, turning culture into goods that can be bought and sold in the ‘creative economy’. However, things change rapidly at the interface of rights, data, and information in the digital world, and these changes affect society in general and the work of creative businesses, digital innovators, cultural heritage organisations, and policy-makers. This is especially poignant in a fast developing economy such as India - the Indian media industry has grown at a rate of 10-15% annually over the last 10 years, with expectations to grow to US $28 billion by 2019. While working within international IP rules and norms, India has developed a distinct approach to IP questions, for example relating to compulsory licences, geographical indications, and net neutrality, emphasizing a development agenda. India is also the land of ‘jugaad’ - grassroots innovation. The question is: if IP laws seem restrictive and archaic in an era where developing countries such as India effortlessly jump technological ages, would jugaad innovation have answers for creative production and consumption? The MSc in IP, Innovation and the Creative Economy allows learners to make sense of this rapid environmental change and develop into creative industry leaders by offering professional development and validation of executive expertise.
Competition law is actively pursued in India as part of a wider policy relating to corporate governance and economic management. The Competition Commission of India has power to take action against anti-competitive agreements, abuses of dominant positions, and certain mergers (combinations) under the Competition Act 2012. The LLM at Glasgow, on which three expert academics are engaged, examines the general law of competition in the US and in the EU, with reference also to China, and to international development and cooperation. We put reasonable emphasis on the underlying economic principles, and use the two main models of competition law to explain competition law and its practice more generally.