LLM in International Commercial Law

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Faculty Website:   Faculty of Law
Department: Department of Mercantile Law
Programme Level: Postgraduate
Programme Name: LLM in International Commercial Law
Programme Code: M4053Q

Medium of Facilitation: part-time, Full-Time
NQF Level: 9
NQF Credits: 180
SAQA: 88873

Application Start Date: 1 April 2023
Application End Date: 31 October 2023

Campus: Auckland Park Kingsway

Contacts: Ms Andani Ramulongo 011 559-3843
Email: aramulongo@uj.ac.za

Duration of Study: 2 Years Full-Time and 3 Years Part-Time

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The various modules in International Commercial Law provide students with analytical and problem-solving skills for a challenging multi-levelled global legal landscape. Students are introduced to a wide range of national legal systems and legal instruments on a regional, supranational and international level (uniform law). These rules may be of a substantive nature but could also take the form of conflicts rules (private international law), referring the particular substantive issue to a national legal system or a regional or international substantive instrument. The interplay between the different natures and levels of legal norms is emphasized and the student is equipped to deal with the complexity and interwoven structure of the global legal milieu. As such, students are provided access to a diverse and wide range of legal epistemologies. Legal rules and principles are ever-changing and, in International Commercial Law, increasingly take a denationalized form. Developments on the various levels are meticulously followed and integrated in the curriculum. Particular attention is given to legislation, case law and doctrine from Africa, the BRICS countries and other emerging regions of the world.


Classes take place between 18h00 and 20h00 on weekdays. In general, students must have obtained an average of 65% for the subjects in the LLB degree to be considered for admission. The student body often includes learners from other parts of Africa.

Admission Requirements

The minimum entry requirement is an LLB degree (or equivalent qualification) at NQF Level 7 or 8 and a minimum number of credits of 624. Candidates for admission to Master’s degrees in general need to have obtained their previous degree with an average mark of at least 65%.

Selection Process

Students may be selected for entry to the qualification. This selection will be based on one or more objectively justifiable and appropriate criteria. Such criteria may include the academic merit of an applicant, the relevant practical experience of an applicant and the number of students who can be effectively accommodated in a programme or module having regard to the high level of personal interaction required between Master’s students and supervisors/study leaders.

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