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The LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law (ICGFREL) is an advanced-level programme examining corporate governance, financial regulation and economic law from an international and comparative perspective with particular focus on European and UK corporate governance regulation and practices, and international institutional developments. 

The programme is based at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), a member institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. It builds on the Institute’s existing research expertise in the area of company law, corporate governance, international economic law, financial regulation, law of foreign investment and financial law.

It has been designed to appeal to law graduates as well as those in other disciplines - such as business studies, international relations, and finance and economics - who would like to learn more about the legal side of international economic relations and to develop a specialised understanding of corporate governance concepts and the role of financial regulation in today’s globalised financial markets. The Institute is uniquely qualified and situated to offer this academic law degree programme in London, the world’s leading international financial centre. 

The ever-changing nature of international financial markets and new challenges and crises associated with this dynamic sector of the global economy require an interdisciplinary and international approach. This LLM course, which combines law and economics of financial markets and services, will meet the needs of law and business graduates who wish to pursue a career in financial services and to develop their knowledge and skills in an important and complex field. 

The degree of LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law is awarded by the University of London at a ceremony held each year in Senate House.

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Who should choose this degree?

  • Lawyers or compliance officers, regulators or policy makers who wish to enhance knowledge and understanding of corporate governance, financial law and regulation and economic law 
  • Law graduates, economics graduates or graduates from another discipline, pursuing a career in financial services and corporate finance with a legal and regulatory edge: the interdisciplinary nature of the programme means that applicants are not required to have a law degree nor a professional qualification in law
  • Those who already have professional experience working in financial service firms, law firms or corporations and wish to learn more about how law and regulation affect management practices, corporate governance and business strategy 
  • Those who wish to work or are already working in government and state agencies in charge of production, supervision and enforcement of regulatory laws, such as central banks, securities and exchange commissions or insurance regulators 
  • Those who have a background in university lecturing in business, law or social science and are looking to enhance qualifications to teach corporate law/governance, financial law/regulation, or international political economy and international economic law and organisations

How will this course benefit me?

The LLM in International Corporate Governance, Financial Regulation and Economic Law aims to: 

  • Widen your knowledge of corporate governance, financial regulation and international and comparative aspects of economic law and financial regulation 
  • Introduce you to the principles and theories that underlie the field and to the role of financial regulation and legal mechanisms in averting and/or managing financial crises 
  • Stimulate broader strategic thinking about the goals of corporate and financial regulation and how it affects business strategy and overarching public policy, with an analysis of the economic and legal principles applied to practical case studies 
  • Address the public policy aspects of financial regulation and corporate governance 
  • Assist you in developing the skills in legal analysis and compliance with laws and regulation required for a dynamic career related to the law, regulation and practice of financial markets, or to the financial services sector

Degree Overview

The programme offers modules that analyse corporate governance, financial regulation and international economics and financial law from a European and comparative perspective. The main themes include the role of international economic organisations in globalised financial markets and the emerging legal and regulatory institutions that govern European financial markets. The United Kingdom’s legal and regulatory regime is an important area of focus, including the various institutional models of regulation.

Some modules focus on an academic analysis of the relevant legal and regulatory concepts and principles, while in other modules the lecturers will address practical aspects of corporate governance and financial regulation. Modules are taught by leading academics from the University of London and other UK universities.

    Modules and structure


    • International Corporate Governance and Transnational Corporations 
    • International Capital Markets Law and Securities Regulation
    • Bank Corporate Governance 
    • The Law of International Trade and Finance 
    • Money Laundering and Financial Regulation 
    • LLM Research Methods Training (compulsory and prerequisite for dissertation)
    • International Economic Law and Organizations 


    15,000 words, topic identified by student, to be agreed with supervisor


    * Availability of modules and lecturers may vary from year to year. 

    Please note that we are currently reviewing the structure and content of this programme and may introduce some additions and enhancements for 2019–20.

    Lecturing and teaching

    The academic faculty for the programme consists of leading scholars in the fields of national and international financial law and regulation, European and UK economic law, corporate governance and corporate law and practice. Faculty members have published in the leading academic presses and journals, including Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Lexis-Nexis/ Butterworths. Experienced practitioners will teach some modules; guest lectures are presented by eminent lawyers and jurists.



    About the institute

    The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies was founded in 1947. It was conceived and is funded as a national academic institution, attached to the University of London, serving all universities through its national legal research library. Its function is to promote, facilitate and disseminate the results of advanced study and research in the discipline of law, for the benefit of persons and institutions in the UK and abroad.

    The institute is engaged in a broad range of activities in the promotion and support of legal research in its widest sense. IALS serves its various constituencies of researchers, nationally and locally, both at Charles Clore House on Russell Square in Bloomsbury, featuring its national legal research library, through its digital free-to-internet resources, and through its outreach activities around the country. The Institute has an inclusive approach to legal studies embracing the theoretical basis of law, the sources and documentation of the law, and the direct impact of law on human lives.

    Entry requirements

    The normal minimum entrance requirement is a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree from a university in the UK, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard (for example a grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher).

    We will consider applications from candidates who do not meet the formal academic requirements but who offer alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience. Applicants are not required to have a law degree nor a professional qualification in law. 

    English is the language of instruction and applicants are required to demonstrate an appropriate level of proficiency.

    Find out more about our entry requirements here. 

    How to apply

    You can apply online via our online applications system. Applications for this course starting in September 2019 are now closed. Register your interest in this course to be notified when applications open for 2020 entry onwards.

    For more information on how to apply, including the documentation you will need to provide on the application form, click here.

    Fees, funding and scholarships

    Find out more about tuition fees here.

    The School of Advanced Study has a range of funding opportunities for home, EU and international applicants. Find out more about funding opportunities here. If you're applying for funding, you may be subject to an application deadline.



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