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Trade disputes resolution

This module examines the significance of dispute resolution in a commercial and global context. You conduct an in-depth study of the procedural and substantive subjects within dispute resolution relating to international commercial law.

You also consider aspects of international sports arbitration – a growing and increasingly important area of law – and are taught by a combination of experts from the field and active researchers with experience built up in a range of jurisdictions across the globe.

The module comprises 12 weekly taught sessions as well as access to the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice's archive of guest lectures, research, and Youtube video resources.  Each session incorporates interactive discussion alongside access to a range of digital course materials. You will have the opportunity to engage in a collaborative assessed project with other students. Each group represents one party to a commercial dispute and utilises their knowledge of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and their skills as lawyers in presenting arguments to a virtual case study scenario. Working together, you determine the most appropriate strategy and undertake negotiations with the other party's representatives regarding a successful resolution.

Start date: 12 September 2016

Global corporate governance

Corporate scandals and the global banking crisis have led to a wide debate on topics including • business ethics • corporate social responsibility • the rights of shareholders and directors' responsibilities to them • directors' duties • the relationship between corporations and human rights laws • the effects of membership of international trading blocks.

This module assesses the effectiveness of the regulatory and enforcement mechanisms applicable to corporations across South East Asia and the rest of the globe. It aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the laws relating to corporations in the United Kingdom, the European Union and those operating in the USA and South-East Asia, and to provide students with the skills to evaluate and apply legal rules and theory in practical and contextual situations.

Start date: 12 September 2016

Global corporate restructuring

This module provide students with a global perspective on corporate restructuring, including developing their critical assessment of changes to the legal, technical and operational structures of corporations during the restructuring process, utilising a comparative approach to restructuring issues in the major markets of the world.

Using UK, EU and American corporate restructuring laws, the module will involve the critical analysis of issues including the aims and desired outcomes of restructuring; the maintenance and enhancement of capital; and the legal principles and issues relating to a range of specialist corporate law areas such as administration, liquidation and corporate mergers and acquisitions.

Start Date: 16 January 2017 

Business and Human Rights

This module provides you with an introduction to the growth in the importance of human rights awareness within the commercial context. Opportunities are provided to advance your knowledge of global and domestic human rights law as well as the skills involved in carrying out in-depth case studies on key challenges facing national and global business. The feasibility of integrating human rights norms and practices in the face of key contemporary challenges is questioned alongside an assessment of the contribution of mechanisms that seek to protect and promote human rights.

You will be taught by many members of staff, experts in the areas of study, and through the use of external guest speakers who contextualise and analyse legal and criminological approaches, on domestic and international bases, to human rights in a commercial context.

Start date: 16 January 2017

Business consultancy project

All students have the opportunity to undertake a business consultancy project or a dissertation. Both routes encourage you to demonstrate the breadth of your knowledge of commercial law through the preparation and presentation of a rigorous and analytical project report. The dissertation involves a desk-based piece of legal research whereas the business consultancy project is situated within your own workplace or through association with the University's Venture Matrix initiative. In each instance you are assigned a supervisor who provides advice on formulating ideas and hypotheses, and on proposed structure and methodology.

You will be taught by academic staff with an expertise in the area of study chosen by the student for his/her project. View staff profiles.

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