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Course Overview

This course is the professional skills element of the LLM in International Trade Law and Treaty Negotiation Programme and is taught over two weeks in summer. It is a highly practical and interactive course that aims to equip students with the practical skills necessary to successfully negotiate international trade agreements. The knowledge and skills acquired on this course are suitable for positions in government, finance, international organisations, business and industry associations operating in or affected by international trade and NGOs concerned with international trade.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Burcu Yuksel

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Course Description

This is an intensive and highly interactive course that provides students with training in the practical skills necessary to successfully negotiate international trade agreements. It examines the disciplines, tactics, politics, bargaining power, conduct and process of international trade negotiations. It covers the basic principles of negotiations, the elements of decision-making in trade policy and the negotiating strategies and phases of trade negotiation at domestic and international level. It identifies the key participants and their interests in trade negotiations. It also covers the formal and informal negotiating process within and between businesses groups, within the government and between countries. As part of the course, students negotiate 'mock' international trade agreements which provides them with real life experiences of trade negotiations and with the understanding of how trade negotiations are conducted.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Group report and presentation (30%); 3500 word Individual written report (30%); 4500 word individual written report (40%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback will be provided in accordance with the University's Guidelines on Assessment, and will be designed to help students understand the mark awarded.

Course Learning Outcomes


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