International and European Business Law (LL.M.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time
45 Places


Course Overview

In a global economy where companies of all sizes seek to expand beyond domestic borders, building an awareness of the legal environment in which these companies operate requires us to look beyond our national laws.

The LL.M. in International and European Business Law offers a comprehensive list of modules exploring the complex legal issues surrounding international business, commercial and financial services law. Academic staff engage in research-led teaching and the modules allow graduates to develop their knowledge and expertise in areas including international trade law, international dispute resolution, international business tax law, competition law, corporate governance, intellectual property, and market regulation.

This programme enables students to gain invaluable specialist knowledge from expert professors. Students will develop skills to critically analyse the interplay between law and social change in a variety of different contexts within international and business law and conduct effective and targeted research in case law, legislation and academic legal commentary in areas pertaining to international and business law.

Is This Course For Me?

The LL.M (International and European Business Law) is designed for graduates who wish to specialise in business law with a view to pursuing their research interests in this field or in preparing to work in busy international commercial firms or legal practice across the globe.

Career Opportunities

This course equips students with the expertise, skills, and attributes valuable across a wide range of careers, both within and beyond the legal profession, nationally and internationally. Graduates have pursued careers in international and European human rights law, international economic law, international aviation law, intellectual property law, among others.

Course Structure

The year is divided into two semesters during each of which students are required to take three modules. Each module is offered in one semester only and involves 22 hours of classwork. Various forms of assessment are utilised in the different modules. In addition, all students must complete a research dissertation over the academic year on an approved theme.

Course Content

The LL.M. International and European Business Law is delivered over one academic year. It seeks to promote critical analysis of, and reflection on, different aspects of national, European and international business law.

Students on this programme are examined in six modules and will also complete a research dissertation on a topic approved by the Dissertation Director and related to some aspect of international and/or European business law.

The International and European Business Law programme gives students the chance to study from a large range of modules designed to deepen their knowledge. Module topics may include corporate law and governance, International Economic and trade law, regulation of Investment Funds, mergers and acquisitions, and more.  Students may also choose up to two modules from the wide array offered on the general LL.M.

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Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

45 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Director

Professor Desmond Ryan


Closing Date

31st May 2024

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Admission Requirements

 Applications are invited from graduates who hold a Bachelor's in Law or a law-based interdisciplinary programme. Applications will also be considered from exceptional graduates in related disciplines in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences who can demonstrate their studies have fully prepared them for the LL.M.

Admission to Trinity's LL.M. programmes is at the absolute discretion of the School of Law, which will decide on admissions with regard to a range of academic criteria, including the quality of the individual application and the objectives of ensuring a diverse LL.M. class of the highest possible academic calibre.

We advise students to apply for the course as early as possible as admission is competitive. The programme is subject to early closure.

Course Fees

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The International and European Business Law programme allowed me to specialise in the legal fields I was interested in and write a dissertation on a related topic, with advice from my dissertation supervisor. During the year, I had the opportunity to meet legal professionals, which gave me a chance to really consider the direction I would like to follow in my future legal profession. The programme was an asset to my future career, as I aspire to work in an international business law firm.

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