LLM in International Economic and Business Law | HBKU
LLM in International Economic and Business Law

LLM in International Economic and Business Law

LLM in International Economic and Business Law

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

The LLM in International Economic and Business Law is a one-year program designed for recent or established university graduates in law. It is ideal for lawyers working or aspiring to work in international business, private practice, academia, government, and the judiciary.

The world’s major commercial hubs, including Doha, rely on those equipped with legal and business tools to sustain and grow international trade and investment. Critical to this reliance is a culture based on the law. Understanding the relevant legal principles and how they apply to a myriad of existing and likely new situations is key to the success of anyone working in this dynamic area.

The program examines a wide range of issues relating to international business and does so in an innovative, comparative manner so that students develop analytical and problem-solving skills while gaining substantive knowledge.  




Students complete 30 academic credits including 19 credits for coursework and 11 credits for the LLM thesis, which is to be completed in 12, and no later than 18 months after matriculation.

The curriculum comprises foundational courses such as Contract Law, Commercial Law, Academic Legal Writing and Research Methods, and Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility in a Global Context, which address principles that are needed to successfully practice law in multiple convergent legal systems. The curriculum also includes courses and seminars in transnational law, with modules on infrastructure development, international arbitration, global economic law, energy law, and others. These innovative courses are comparative and build on the common law, civil law, and Shari'a traditions.

The thesis is a cornerstone of the LLM program. Students, in consultation with a faculty advisor, will be required to write a paper on a policy sector of their choice with the aim of analyzing the current legal framework, putting forward reasons for reform by using the skills developed in the methodological courses, and making a policy proposal for legislative or regulatory reform. 

Other integral features of the LLM program are professional skills training sessions, internships and placements that focus on such skills as contract drafting, trial advocacy, alternative dispute resolution, negotiation techniques, and presentation training. 

Program Focus

The program provides students with a comprehensive knowledge of critical substantive areas relevant to the role of the lawyer in a global context. This focus is fitting given HBKU’s location in Qatar - one of the world’s most prosperous economies with vibrant and fast growing business, energy, financial, construction, aviation, maritime, media, sports, health care, and tourism sectors.
Students will gain expertise relevant to the structure of international business transactions, entrepreneurship, e-commerce, financing risk management, international trade law, international investment law, international banking and finance, intellectual property law, international environmental law, and the resolution of disputes in these and other areas.