Welcome to the King's LL.M. Pathway in Transnational Law
The Transnational Law LL.M. Pathway was inaugurated in 2014 and introduced an entirely new concept of preparing future lawyers for a transformed and transformative legal practice. The transnational law LL.M. modules at The Dickson Poon School of Law cut across the divides between public and private law and cover not only core areas in domestic and international law, but include newly emerging fields of legal doctrine and practice as well. With an emphasis on training future graduates to effectively navigate and operate with ‘law in action’, the pathway also sensibilises students to recognize their own role in bringing about legal change, law reform and developing policy arguments. Covering a wide range of legal fields, the modules engage with the newly emerging and complex constellations of ACTORS, NORMS & PROCESSES that make up the new transnational legal landscape. A unique feature of the King’s LL.M. in Transnational Law is the emphasis the instructors, many of whom are also practicing lawyers as well as involved in legal advocacy and activism, place on using concrete and timely case study exercises to illustrate the practical relevancy of critical thinking and legal innovation in the concrete context of today’s legal battles.
In a dramatically changed, global context, ‘transnational lawyering’ takes place across vast distances, time-zones but also socio-economic, cultural and religious boundaries. A typical ‘transnational case’ does not arise in an empty and abstract space, but is characterized by its very local, concrete occurrence, on the one hand, and its diverse set of affected stakeholders, interests and actors, on the other. “Transnational law” emerges as a framework through which the local and international, the legal and non-legal dimensions of cases can be identified and addressed – not only in search of an effective legal strategy but in the hope of gaining a better understanding of the promise – and, the limits – of law.
Now, in its 5th year, the Transnational Law LL.M. is the fastest-growing and most sought-after programme of its kind in the city of London and far beyond the UK’s borders. It offers an unparalleled opportunity to combine rigorous and cutting-edge legal and interdisciplinary research with a practice-driven and practice-oriented search for a better, more inclusive and more effective mobilisation of law.
The Transnational Law LL.M. is housed under the roof of the Transnational Law Institute, a world-renowned research and teaching centre for global collaboration. Students on the LL.M. can participate and attend TLI events, assist with research projects at the Institute and apply for student positions on the editorial board of the quarterly, peer-reviewed law journal, “Transnational Legal Theory”. Peer Zumbansen, Founding Convener, Transnational Law LL.M., Sept. 2018
Please find the LLM Pathway Module list located here.