LLM Specialisms 2012/13
[please note: links below are to the 2011/12 course
guides; they will be updated when new guides are made available during the
The first British
textbook on European law was written at the LSE, which was also the first
British university to develop a Masters in European Studies. The new Masters
takes forward this tradition by offering an innovative and unique programme.
It offers a series of advanced courses that builds upon rather than
replicates traditional European studies, and provides a strong basis for
careers in the public sector, commercial practice, or academia. The
programme offers interdisciplinary, practical and cross-cultural insights
into all the central legal fields of the European Union. In addition to
seven full time members of Law Department staff, students will be taught by
a range of staff from other LSE departments, government lawyers responsible
for applying EU law, and leading experts from a number of other European
universities. In addition to traditional classroom teaching, a large part of
the teaching will be done electronically, with proposed common 'virtual'
seminars with a number of other high profile programmes from around Europe
taught by leading authorities in their fields. Students will also enjoy the
benefits of the European Institute, the largest Institute of its kind. Its
reputation ensures that each year it is able to attract an array of visiting
speakers and offer a range of specialised seminars.
Advanced Issues of
European Union Law (LL4B2):
study of the central
themes and challenges posed by the development of European Union
citizenship, governance and constitutionalism.
Competition Law (LL430):
comprehensive review of principles informing competition law analysis and
enforcement studied in a global context, with particular attention to the
rules in the EU and US.
Employment Law (H)
(LL4H8): regulation of
the content and the form of the employment relation. The contract of
employment, including express and implied terms and the scope of employment
law. Regulation of minimum wage and working time. Discipline and protection
from dismissal and termination of employment. Business reorganisation,
insolvency and employment rights, and economic dismissals. The approach
involves theoretical perspectives, economic analysis, comparative law of
employment, and examination of relevant European law.
EU State Aid Law (H)
State Aid Law examines the conditions under which EU Member States may
favour domestic companies by means of subsidies or other measures having the
same effect (such as unlimited guarantees or tax breaks). The first part of
the covers the notion of State aid within the meaning of Article 107(1)
TFEU. The second part examines the application of these rules to specific
sector, including the financial and the IT and communications industries.
a study of the development of a system of European Union administrative law,
focusing on the evolution of regulatory institutions, machinery for the
redress of grievances and accountability. [not offered 2012/13]
European Capital Markets
Law (H) (LL4K9):
this half course examines the EUís regulation of the capital markets from
regulatory and market integration perspectives. Topics covered include the
regulation of investment services and stock exchanges and the EUís attempts
to build a culture of household investing. With LL4G9 it forms the full
course LL425 (European Monetary and Financial Services Law).
European Monetary and
Banking Law (H) (LL4G9):
this half course examines
the institutional structures and legal rules which underpin the EUís
monetary system and its integrated banking market. Topics covered include
the legal underpinnings of European Monetary Union and the EUís regulation
and supervision of banking markets. With LL4K9 it forms the full course
LL425 (European Monetary and Financial Services Law). [not offered 2012/13]
European Monetary and
Financial Services Law (LL425):
the institutional and legal underpinnings of the European financial economy,
including banking, securities and insurance. [not offered 2012/13]
European Union Law and
Government (H) (EU420):
a theoretically informed study of the central political institutions and
legal processes of EU government. Central theories of decision-making and
legal theory within EU studies are considered, then applied to analyse the
central political and legal relationships within the EU political system.
Rights in the Workplace (H) (LL4H9):
the sources and
application of human rights in the workplace, including international and
European laws and conventions. Civil liberties of employees. Social and
economic rights of workers. Protection from discrimination in the labour
market and employment. As well as detailed examination of legal materials,
the approach involves discussion of theories of human rights and comparisons
between legal systems.
European Environmental Law (LL4D6):
study of international and European legal responses to global environmental
challenges, including climate changes, biodiversity protection, chemicals
control, and international trade.
Law and Governance of
the Single European Market (EU436):
an in-depth critical analysis of the central institutions and legal norms
that make up as the Single European Market as well as an analysis of the
legal organisation and governance of key goods, services and labour markets
within the Single European Market.
Mergers, Acquisitions and Restructurings in Europe and the United States
will look at the regulation of the market for corporate control and
corporate restructurings in Europe and the United States.
Acquisitions and Restructurings in Europe (H) (LL4F3):
This course will look at the regulation of the market for corporate control
and corporate restructurings in Europe.
Value Added Tax in the European Context (H) (LL4Z4):
analysis of the European Union VAT as it operates in the
United Kingdom, beginning with an introduction to key concepts of the EU
VAT, and examining in more detail a range of the most important aspects of
VAT, including topics such as the deductibility of input tax and the
treatment of exemptions, the taxation of transactions between member states,
and the taxation of financial services. With LL4Z3 it forms the full course
LL494 (Value Added Tax).