International Business Law



Master of Laws (International Business Law)

The NUS Faculty of Law and the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), one of China's top law schools, jointly launched the specialist LLM (International Business Law) degree programme in July 2005. The programme is currently in its fifth intake, and has grown from 19 students in 2005 to the present intake’s 59 students from a dozen countries.

The programme is taught entirely in English, and is offered partly in Singapore, and partly in Shanghai. It is the first overseas degree programme to be offered by the NUS Faculty of Law. Students who successfully complete the degree requirements will obtain an LLM (International Business Law) degree conferred solely by NUS (i.e. the degree is not a joint degree).

Building on the expanding links between Singapore and the People's Republic of China, this programme signifies another innovative step towards the NUS Law School's vision of becoming a leading global law school. Indeed, the NUS Law School has been at the forefront of curriculum developments to make legal education more international and comparative in orientation. Staffed by an outstanding international faculty with degrees from leading law schools from more than a dozen jurisdictions, NUS academic staff continue to make an impact internationally with their teaching and research.?The approval of the Chinese authorities for this programme is a further validation of the high reputation that the NUS Law School enjoys both within and outside Asia. This is particularly true given the fact that China receives a large number of applications for degree programmes involving foreign educational institutions.
The curriculum reflects an innovative and exciting programme that will benefit every law student and practitioner who is interested in the growing field of international business law.?
Students enrolled in the programme will spend their first nine weeks (July – September) at NUS where they will read two subjects as well as undertake internships with law firms, government bodies or the courts. They will then spend the rest of their time in Shanghai (October – May) at premises set aside for the NUS Law School within ECUPL's campus. Professors from NUS will typically conduct a total of 10 subjects in the programme, while professors from ECUPL will offer 2 subjects. Students will need to read a total of 10 subjects (or 40 credits of courses) to complete the programme. Teaching will be conducted by leading faculty members from NUS and ECUPL. ?
The following subjects are offered in AY2009/2010:
In Singapore
Common Law Reasoning & Writing – Asst Prof Lim Lei Theng & Legal Writing Team, NUS
Common Law of Obligations - Asst Prof Helena Whalen-Bridge, NUS
Comparative Corporations Law – Prof Tjio Hans, Prof Tan Cheng Han & Asst Prof Wee Meng Seng, NUS
In Shanghai
International Tax Law – Assoc Prof Stephen Phua, NUS
Cross-Border Transactions & Transnational Commercial Law
– Prof Tan Yock Lin, NUS
Comparative Corporate Governance
– Adjunct Prof Tan Ng Chee, NUS
International Shipping Law
– Adjunct Assoc Prof Peter Koh, NUS
International & Commercial Trusts Law?
– Assoc Prof Tey Tsun Hang, NUS
International Commercial Arbitration
– Adjunct Prof Lawrence Boo, NUS
Choice of Law for International Commercial Contracts
– Visiting Senior Fellow Dang Xuan Hop, NUS
Banking and International Payments
– Assoc Prof Dora Neo, NUS
International Law
– Prof Si Ping Ping, ECUPL
Chinese Intellectual Property Law
– Prof Zhu Lanye / Prof Wang Qian, ECUPL