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ELLM: Upcoming modules

The Executive LLM programme offers a powerful combination of information and inspiration. The teaching has been superb and the calibre of the student body is excellent.

Session: 14-18 December 2020

Take-Home Exam Date: Friday 19 Februrary 2021 - Sunday 21 February 2021

Rethinking EU Law

EU law is a fast-moving, dynamic area of law. The modulewill address core aspects of EU law and develop a number of key themes in the public law and policy of the EU and its Member States. It will provide a sophisticated understanding of the legal, political and constitutional issues surrounding the central debates in the EU, from its origins to the recent crises, including the Euro-crisis and Brexit. Topics will include: - Law and Politics of European Integration - Fundamental Freedoms - Collective Autonomy and Social Justice - Authority of EU Law - Sovereignty, Identity and Pluralism - Political Economy - Future of the EU. The modulewill use general theoretical accounts in law and related disciplines in order to situate EU law in its economic, political and social context. It uses the LSE’s unique interdisciplinary expertise in European law, constitutional theory, public law, and legal theory for a rich and varied study of the challenges facing the EU and its future development.

Lecturer: Dr Michael Wilkinson

Module Code: LL436E

Art and Antiquties Law

This module engages in a discussion of specific cases and issues regarding acquisition, ownership, and restitution of antiquities and works of art, and the problems that arise in regulating markets in art, antiquities and cultural artefacts. We will look at domestic (UK and US) and international legislation regulating the art and antiquities trades. Against this legislative background, the module examines important cases in disputes regarding looting and provenance of antiquities, and questions of commodification and sale of cultural artefacts and antiquities, including the issues that arise in the operation of the art market (dealers, museums, collectors and auction houses). ‘Art Law’ is a specialized area of practice and an emerging area of theory and scholarship. We will look at some of the cases and theory of art and law, including the practices of dealers and auction houses in valuing (and mis-valuing) art for sale; the recent developments in addressing the restitution of art taken during the Nazi era; museum loans and the cross-border movement of art; the restoration and conservation debate(s) and then turn to a scholarly and interpretive approach to the issues that arise in considering the art market. ‘Antiquity Law is an engagement with the problems of the market(s) in antiquities and the legal and ethical burdens on the participants in this trade. We will look at the practices and constraints that arise in the context of both private purchasers/dealers and museums acquiring antiquities. We will focus on the case that the government of Italy brought against Marion True, the erstwhile Curator of Antiquities at the Getty Museum, and we will consider how that ground-breaking prosecution changed some of the practices in this area, as well as added to the toolbox for nations seeking repatriation of cultural objects. We will also return to the questions that arise in dealer, auction house and museum policies more generally.

Lecturer: Dr Tatiana Flessas

Module Code: LL446E

Regulation of Financial Markets I

The first part of Regulation of Financial Markets focuses upon:

  • Anatomy of the Financial Market and the Great Financial Crisis
  • Building Blocks of the Regulatory World
  • Rationales for its Regulation: Systemic Stability, Market Integrity, Principle-Agent Competition
  • Key Elements of Financial Regulation: disclosure, resilience, risk modelling and regulation inside firm
  • Global and EU Regulatory Structures
  • Financial Stability – Policy Issues, Principles and Global Standard Setters
  • Prudential Regulation of Banks – The Basel Accords
  • The EU Banking Union
  • Deposit Guarantees
  • Bank Resolution and Insolvency

Lecturer: Dr Philipp Paech

Module Code: LL406E

Competition Law

The module is a comprehensive study of the main features of competition law. While the focus is on EU competition law, reference will be made to the laws of other jurisdictions (e.g. the United States and the UK) when these offer relevant points for comparison. The first part of the module examines the history and aims of competition law. It considers the role of economic analysis and its limitations in the light of non-economic considerations. The second part is a review of the major substantive fields: restrictive practices; the regulation of monopolies and dominant positions; distribution and cooperation agreements and merger control. The third part addresses the public and private enforcement of competition law.

Lecturer: Professor Pablo Ibanez-Colomo

Module Code: LL425E

Session: 12-16 April 2021

Take-Home Exam Date: Friday 18 June 2021 - Sunday 20 June 2021

Comparative constitutional law: Institutions

This module examines the central issues in comparative constitutional law across a range of jurisdictions and from a variety of perspectives. The module opens with an introduction on the purpose of comparative constitutional law. The first substantive part discusses various approaches to the study of CCL as well as the migration of constitutional ideas (and related notions of constitutional borrowing, transplants etc). The second part deals with key constitutional concepts (constitution; rule of law; presidentialism, parliamentarism) which are discussed from a historical and comparative perspective. The point of these sessions is not to compare for the sake of comparing, but to equip you (the researcher) with the conceptual tools to do insightful, critical, and original comparative work of your own. The third part challenges the assumptions of liberal constitutionalism by examining constitutions in divided societies and authoritarian constitutionalism. The overall aim of the module is to develop students' understanding and use of many general theoretical explanations surrounding debates in CCL, and to develop students' critical/analytical approach to many of the questions facing judges and scholars in the next decade.

Lecturer: Dr Jo Murkens

Module Code: LL408E

Law of Corporate Finance

The module examines the private law rules governing how companies raise finance. The issues covered include e.g. capital structures, identifying and protecting shareholder rights, issuing shares, initial legal capital and alternatives, dividends, reduction of capital and share buy-backs, reform and moving to a solvency test and financial assistance. The module will focus on English Law and German Law and reference will be made to the relevant EU rules.

Lecturer: Professor David Kershaw, Edmund Schuster, Dr Eva Micheler

Module Code: LL419E

[third module to be confirmed]



Session: 19-21 April 2021

Take-Home Exam Date: Friday 2 July 2021 - Sunday 4 July 2021

Mergers, acquisitions and restructurings in Europe

In this module, we will explore the regulation of mergers, acquisitions and restructurings in Europe. We will focus on legal techniques for the combination and restructuring of business operations in Europe, with a particular focus on the legal issues arising in cross-border transactions in the EU.

There are a number of reasons for corporations wanting to restructure their operations or to make acquisitions. For instance, firms may want to acquire a strategically valuable firm or asset in order to improve the efficiency (and thus increase the value) of their business operations; they may want to implement a better governance structure, enabling them to manage their undertaking more effectively; or they may want to subject themselves to more favourable legal or tax rules – including choosing among different national corporate laws.

EU law offers a range of legal vehicles for achieving such aims, and it is these vehicles we will explore throughout the term. In particular, we will look at re-incorporations of EU companies based on the relevant Treaty provisions; takeovers of (listed) EU companies; domestic (“statutory”) mergers; de-mergers and spin-offs; cross-border mergers in the EU; and the European Company.

Content overview:

  • The market for corporate control, corporate ownership structures and transaction structures for takeovers and restructurings in Europe
  • European takeover regulation
  • Domestic mergers
  • Divisions & spin-offs
  • Cross-border mergers
  • Employee participation (board-level co-determination) and board structures, and their relevance for corporate transactions
  • The European Company (SE)
  • Brief introduction to taxation of corporate transactions and tax-related drivers and incentives for intra-group reorganisation and company migration

Lecturer: Mr Edmund Schuster

Module Code: LL432E

Innovation, technology and patent law

Patent rights are the link between your index finger that slides or twirls to open your smartphone, a synthetically generated living cell, the diagnostic test for breast cancer, the velcro on your gym bag and the connectivity we often take for granted on social media. Over the last two decades patents have moved from an obscure, arcane subject to being the main stay of domestic and international debates spanning issues as wide ranging as innovation policies, access to medicines, international trade and development, ethical implication of biological research and commercialisation and the sustainable use of genetic resources.

This course will critically examine core concepts of the protection of inventions in UK/European, US and International patent law often taking a comparative perspective. We examine specific industrial or technology sectors such as software, artificial intelligence, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. The course takes a broad approach to questions of patentability, and through readings and discussion you will investigate the economic and political dimensions of the use, control and exploitation of technology and innovation and the impact of structural inequalities. This year 2021 in particular, the devastating effects of the pandemic invites us to contemporaneously  study the effort to provide vaccines and treatments for Covid-19 and analyse what it teaches us about the intersection between market incentives like patents and structural inequality.

You do not need prior exposure to intellectual property law or a science background to take the course. You will be supported throughout the course to understand technologies via their legally significant attributes.

Lecturer: Dr Siva Thambisetty

Module Code: LL435E

[third module to be confirmed]



Further teaching session dates for 2020/21 are as follows:

6-10 September 2021

13-17 December 2021

Course offerings will be published once they are confirmed.