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 Transborder Commercial Law

Degree awarded: LL.M in Transborder Commercial Law
Programme duration: 1 year
Study language: English
Official length of the programme in credits: 63 ECTS (42 Latvian credits)

The programme is designed to focus on practical aspects of transborder trade within the European Union and on international conditions framing European Union trade. It is designed to meet the needs of lawyers working in the private sector.

Available to individuals with at least 240 ECTS (160 Latvian credits) Bachelor, Masters, or equivalent degree in law or related fields, on condition that basic knowledge in law or corresponding work experience is acquired.

Accepted proof of English language proficiency: IELTS 5.5+, TOEFL IBT 69+ or TOEFL paper based test 525+

Courses cover the following topics:

  • transborder business activities
  • merger and competition procedures
  • state intervention in the market
  • trade aspects of intellectual property rights
  • resolution of international business disputes

The programme consists of academic studies and thesis writing. Following successful completion, students are awarded a master’s degree (LL.M) in Transborder Commercial Law.

The LL.M programme is also offered on a part-time basis. The duration of the part-time Masters programme depends on the schedule chosen by the student. In general, the duration of the programme is double that of the full-time programme.

Courses and Description

Students have to complete 6 mandatory courses and 2 optional courses chosen either from the tracks of Public International Law and Human Rights or European Union Law and Policy, as well as specialized courses and defend their master thesis at the end of the programme.

The 6 mandatory courses are as follows:

• Private International Law and International Civil Procedure
• Trade Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
• International Sales Law
• Alternative Dispute Resolution
• Comparative Contract and Commercial Law
• EU Company Law

During the teaching weeks, students will normally follow 2 courses offered for each 6-week period. Students may also choose to study on a part-time basis, following only 1 course at a time. Thus a part-time study will normally take double the time of a full-time study, but students may also choose a mixed part-time and full-time approach.

The teaching week usually comprises 12 contact hours, with lectures and seminars in the 2 selected courses, as well as specialized courses consisting of master thesis support sessions, legal English, legal research and legal ethics.

The teaching is based on case discussions with active student participation, involving both general studies and specific course assignments. Different teaching methods are used to encourage student participation, including Moot courts and study groups. Within the full-time teaching week, in average 26 academic hours are reserved for student preparation.

The thesis support comprises individual work together with individual tutoring and joint sessions, where the purpose is to give feedback on the work in progress, and to assist the student in choosing the topic and methodology of the thesis. 

International and European Law

Public International Law & Human Rights EU Law & Policy

 

Transborder Commercial Law

 

2-11 September Introductory Course
Each course (below) 2.5 Latvian credits (3.75 ECTS)
Module I

14 September – 23 October

International Law System and Human Rights: Theory and Development

 

Integration of Political Economy

 

 

 

International Sales Law

 

 

 

 

Legal Ethics and Psychology

 

 

 Module II

26 October – 4 December

State

Responsibility in International Law

 

External relations of the European Union

 

 

Comparative Contract and Commercial Law

 

 

Changing European Human Rights Law

 

 

Policy Implementation and Negotiation Techniques

 

 

 

Module III

7 December 2015

– 29 January 2016

(Christmas break 21 Dec 2015 – 3 Jan 2016)

Law of International Organsiations

 

 

Foreign and Security Policy of the European Union

 

European Company Law

 

 

 

International Criminal and Humanitarial Law

 

 

Private International Law and International Civil Procedure

 

Module IV

1 February – 11 March

Business and Human Rights

 

 

Environmental Law

 

 

Trade aspects of Intellectual Property Rights

 

Integration and European Court of Justice

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution

 

 

Suggested full time workload is 2 courses per module; part time – 1 course per module.

Mandatory courses for Transborder Commercial Law

 Introductory course + Legal Research  -2 Latvian credits (3 ECTS)
Private International Law and International Civil Procedure
International Sales Law
Comparative Contract and Commercial Law
European Company Law
Trade aspects of Intellectual Property Rights
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Master Thesis 20 Latvian credits (30 ECTS)

+ 2 elective courses (any of 13 courses offered in EU Law & Policy, Public International Law and Human Rights, International and European Law programmes) = (42 Latvian credits – 63 ECTS)

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