Dissertation: LLM International Trade Law

The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 02 July 2021
20 August 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

LLM M10212 International Trade Law,
LLM M10224 International Trade Law,
LLM M22112 International Trade and Maritime Law,
LLM M22124 International Trade and Maritime Law,
LLM M221PP International Trade and Maritime Law with Professional Placement

Module description

The dissertation is an independent and research-led piece of work under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Students are to undertake an individual research programme and apply appropriate methodologies on a topic within the scope of the LLM International Trade Law degree course. The topic will be approved by the academic supervisor and the postgraduate taught director and provides an opportunity to develop and display an extensive knowledge of the law and, drawing on applicable legislations, case law and scholarly works, to engage in critical evaluation and analysis of relevant legal issues.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to encourage the development of independent research, presentation and communication skills, the ability to set own goals and keep to working schedules and to facilitate in-depth and critical engagement of the legal issues in an extended formal piece of legal writing within the LLM International Trade Law degree course. The module also aims to develop the ability to present legal arguments and opinions in relation to the chosen topic through library research, fieldwork or other relevant study.

Module learning outcomes

The learning outcomes for the module are to:
1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the legal rules, concepts, models, principles and institutions in a chosen topic and be able to systematically discuss the legal, practical and business context in which they operate, including their benefits, limitations and challenges;
2. Demonstrate capacity to undertake independent legal research and selecting appropriate methodologies for investigating and critical evaluating relevant legal rules, principles, models and issues using research skills and theoretical perspectives;
3. Demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate critically large and complex amounts of legal data from more than one source or jurisdiction and to apply legal data to specific facts and deduce likely outcomes where the law is indeterminate;
4. Demonstrate the ability to identify, select and organise materials and produce coherent and convincing arguments and to engage in critical thinking and academic debates using persuasive, effective and appropriate written communication skills; and
5. Demonstrate independent legal research and study skills, including multi-disciplinary research and use of library-based resources.

Module information

The syllabus will be determined on an individual basis for each student. The dissertation topic will be subject to approval by both the academic supervisor and the postgraduate taught director.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be a 2-hour essay dissertation workshop. Each student will be assigned to an Academic Supervisor. Students will have supervision meetings with their Academic Supervisors and note them in the Supervision Record Form. Information on learning and teaching methods and materials will be available on the module Moodle page.


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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   DISSERTATION      

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Onyeka Osuji, email: o.k.osuji@essex.ac.uk.



External examiner

Dr Ebenezer Adodo
The University of Leicester
Associate Professor of Commercial Law
Available via Moodle
Of 2 hours, 2 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
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