LL.M – International Trade Law

This program would offer you an encompassing view on International Trade and Commerce where the focus lies exclusively on the commercial law side of matters This course would also expose students to the International Trade Laws and Regulations, the ways in which trade benefits nations and modern advancements that affect trade between nations.

This course would take a student through

Introduction to International Trade – which familiarizes students with theories and policies that guide international trade. Students will get meaningful insights into why international trade is important for a country and how it effects production, profit and the economy

International Business – where concepts and strategies that will help in building a successful international or domestic business. Students would also be exposed to the concept of globalization and how it affects business though case studies.

The World Trade Organization – where students are familiarized with the laws and regulations set in place by the World Trade Organization. They would also learn how to meet the trade regulations and discuss the principles behind the organization’s dispute resolution system.

Trade and Investment – where students will learn what different nations have to trade, when they trade it, why they trade it and what they hope to gain from the trade. This would sharpen the skills of students and they become more competitive when engaging in deals and making investments

Risks, insurance, transportation and intellectual property rights – where students are taught how to cover risks and liability involved in business transactions. Also covered in this program is contracts of carriage, transport documents and related documents, and the liabilities of the carrier and the shipper

Policy and Theory – where students learn trade theory and explore trade laws. They would be in a better position to analyze laws pertaining to monopolies and trade protection and discuss theories that can help them become successful in international trade.

Target Audience

The course would evince interest of individuals with a keen interest of specializing in a legal career focused on in trade, mostly international trade, by building on their trade law skills.

The program would equip students interested in international trade and most importantly, would offer first-hand training of the complex and challenging environment.

LL.M - International Trade Law – unlimited career prospects

  • Work for large Indian trading houses as legal consoles
  • Work with industry that imports or exports raw material or finished goods
  • Work with reputed Indian law firms servicing the sector
  • Work with MNCs setting up sourcing or selling offices in India
  • Work globally with Indian trading companies abroad or with foreign companies dealing with India
  • Further specialize to WTO / IP sectors for better prospects

LL.M - International Trade Law – Broad Course Structure 

Semester - 1

Paper 1Research Methods and Legal Writing (Code: SML6101)

  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Research Design and Analysis
  • Legal Research
  • Office Management of law firms, Research and Legal
  • Data processing and Report writing

Paper 2Comparative Public law/System of Governance (Code: SML6102)

  • Scope of the Comparative Study of Public Law or Systems of Governance
  • Nature of the Constitution (Unitary and Federal Constitutions)
  • Principles of Public Law (Rule of Law and Doctrine of Separation of Powers)
  • Principles of Natural Justice
  • Federal Governance (Legislative, Administrative and Financial Relations between the Federal and the Provincial Governments)
  • Forms of Government
  • Judicial System (Role of Judiciary, Judicial Review, and Doctrine of State Action)
  • Liability of State and Administration under the Constitution
  • Civil, Political, and Socio-Economic Rights under the Constitution

Paper 3Law and Justice in a Globalizing World (Code: SML6103)

  • Introduction
  • Concept of Law & Legal System
  • Concept & Theories of Justice Sessions
  • Concept of Global Law & Justice
  • Law as an Argumentative Attitude
  • Issues from Discipline of Indian Constitution
  • Module-7 International Issues, Organizational Codification, Unification & Harmonization

Paper 4Law of World Trade Organization (Code: SML 6121)

  • The Evolution of World Trading System
  • Institutional Dimensions of the WTO
  • WTO Dispute Settlement Mechanism
  • Constitutional Principles of WTO
  • Regulation of Market Access
  • Measures against Unfair Trade
  • Specific Sectors
  • Matters Relating to Goods
  • Areas Other Than Goods
  • Interface between WTO and RTAs

Paper 5Law of International Sales of Goods (Code: SML 6122)

  • History and evolution of United Nations Convention on Contracts for the Sale of Goods and role of United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
  • Sphere of Application and General provisions (Article 1 – Article 13)
  • Formation of the Contract (Article 14 – Article 24)
  • Sale of goods (Article 25 – Article 88)
  • Final Provisions (Article 89 – Article 101)

Semester - 2

Paper 1Law of International Carriage (Code: SML 6223)

  • Introduction to International Carriage by Air
  • Introduction to International Carriage of Good by Sea
  • Introduction to International Carriage of Passenger and luggage by Sea
  • Introduction to International Carriage of Passenger and luggage by Road and Rail
  • Introduction to International Carriage of goods by Road and Rail

Paper 2India and Foreign Trade (Code: SML 6224)

  • History & Introduction to Trade
  • Export Import Policy of India
  • India & its International Trade relations
  • Foreign Exchange and International Trade
  • Trade & Environment

Paper 3International Investment Law (Code: SML 6225)

  • Introduction to Foreign Investment: History and Evolution, Trends and Rationales
  • International efforts to regulate Foreign Investment
  • International Investment Agreements in the form of Multilateral Investment Treaties & Bilateral Investment Treaties
  • Foreign Direct Investment in India
  • International Investment Arbitration
  • Contemporary Issues and Challenges in India

Paper 4International Commercial Arbitration (Code: SML 6226)

  • Introduction, Nature and Development of ICA
  • Theoretical Aspects of International Commercial Arbitration
  • The Agreements of Arbitration
  • Laws Governing International Commercial Arbitration
  • The Arbitral Tribunal
  • The procedure to conduct the proceedings
  • The procedure to conduct the proceedings
  • Investment Arbitration and International Law

Paper 5Dissertation (Code: SML 6209)

Note: Course Faculty may modify the syllabus as per needs/requirements of the paper.

Student Exchange programme at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

A portion of the syllabus in second semester will be taught at the Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands. GMU shall organize a 2 weeks international study tour for students desirous of getting international exposure while pursuing the Masters’ programme. This is one of a kind offering in India, especially in the Maritime sector where students get an international experience of academics as well as industry combined. Erasmus University is amongst the top rated Universities offering Maritime related courses. We are proud to announce that.


Sr. No. Particulars Fee
1 Tuition Fee (Per annum) *For, General & Category Rs. 80,000.00
2 Admission Fee (One Time) * Rs. 2000.00
3 Infrastructural Maintenance Fee (per annum) * Rs. 28,000.00
4 Examination Fee (per annum) * Rs. 6000.00
5 Extra-Curricular (per annum) * Rs. 3000.00
6 Academic Facility Fee (per annum) * Rs. 18,000.00
7 Refundable Security deposit (Library, Hostel, Mess) Rs. 10,000.00
  Annual Fee Rs. 147,000/-
Sr. No One Time Amount
1 Admission Fee Rs.2000
2 General Security Deposit Rs.10000
3 (A) Total (One time) (2+3) Rs.12000
4 Tuition Fee for Indian National Rs.70000
5 Tuition Fee for NRI & Foreign National 4000 USD
6 Infrastructure Maintenance Fee Rs.16500
7 Examination Fee Rs.6000
  Academic facility Fee  
8 (Library, Computer, Internet, Moot Court, Training, etc.) Rs.12000
9 Hall of Residence, Mess and other related Fees (facility not provided during vacation period, rooms are provided on sharing basis) Rs.60500
10 Extra-Curricular, Adventure, Sports and Gymnasium, Social and Cultural Activities, Welfare Fee Rs.3000
11 Total {Including Mess Charges} (3+4+6+7+8+9+10) Rs. 180000/-
12 Total (For NRI & Foreign National Student) {including Mess Charges} (3+5+6+7+8+9+10) Rs110000/-+ 4000 USD
13 *If any student  partcipate in  Global  Externship Activity, fee will be (Includes food, Travel, Lodging, etc) RS. 280500/-
14 Total ( 11+13) 460500
15 Total (FOR NRI & Foreign National) (12+13) Rs. 390500+USD4000

* Note
Hall of Residence, Canteen and Related Fee:
This will be collected as and when physical classes will resume on campus.
Hostel Fee- Rs. 11,000/- per semester
Mess Fee- Rs. 3500/- per month