An LLM with a Global Perspective

Bond University Faculty of Law has assembled some of the world’s best legal minds to facilitate a fully-online Master of Laws program which takes Bond Law’s global focus to a whole new level.

The International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution Specialisation comprises four 20 credit point subjects that focus on topics such as International Sales and Transport Law, Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law, International Commercial Dispute Resolution and International Corporate Law. 

With global legal minds from Switzerland, Canada, the United States of America, and Australia, the program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and resources to differentiate themselves in a legal market that is increasingly globalised. The Master of Laws (International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution) Specialisation can open the door to the world of international law.

To complete the International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution Specialisation, students can simply enrol in the four subjects below (totalling 80 credit points) and complete the Master of Laws online. Students are eligible to receive this specialisation after the completion of two of the subjects below (totalling 40 Credit Points).


Why Study the Online Specialisation?

  • Have the freedom to study from anywhere in the world
  • Taught by experts with proven global experience
  • All resources 100% online

Specialisation Subjects

Ingeborg Schwenzer

This subject is coordinated by Professor Dr Ingeborg Schwenzer, L.L.M, Professor Emerita of Private Law, University of Basel, Switzerland.

Dean of Swiss International Law School, Dr Ingeborg Schwenzer is now an Adjunct Professor of Bond University. She has been an Adjunct Professor at City University, Hong Kong, as well as at Griffith University, Brisbane, and has held guest professorships all over the world.

Professor Dr Ingeborg Schwenzer has published numerous books and more than 200 articles in the fields of law of obligations (contracts, tort law and unjust enrichment, sales law both domestic and international), commercial arbitration as well as family law. She is the editor and main contributor of the world’s leading Commentary on the Convention on the International Sale of Goods (CISG) (4th edition, Oxford, OUP: 2016) and its German, Spanish, Portuguese and Turkish counterparts. She is also currently the chair of the CISG Advisory Council.

Professor Dr Ingeborg Schwenzer is active in all areas of legal practice. In particular, she regularly acts as arbitrator, counsel and legal expert in international disputes.

Louise Barrington

This subject is coordinated by Professor Louise Barrington, FCIArb, International Arbitrator, Toronto, Canada / Hong Kong. 

Director of the Vis East International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Hong Kong, China, Professor Louise Barrington was one of Hong Kong’s first chartered arbitrators, is an accredited mediator, and is qualified to practise law in Ontario, New York and England. She worked as a barrister and solicitor in Canada for several years before moving to France to study international private law. Combining practice with academic pursuits, Professor Barrington taught international and commercial law in Canada, England, Hong Kong and the USA. She has arbitrated scores of cases in Europe and in Asia, under ICC, HKIAC and UNCITRAL Rules, including wrongful dismissal, sales, banking, intellectual property, construction and shareholder disputes.

Professor Barrington founded and directs the annual Vis East Arbitration Moot and is the founder and former co-president of ArbitralWomen She teaches arbitration practice courses around the world – most recently in Melbourne, Jakarta, Paris, Washington DC and Toronto. She recently revamped the CIArb International Arbitration Workbooks, and has developed a Refresher Course in Award Writing for professionals intending to sit the CIArb’s Award Writing Exam. She is chief editor of The Danubia Files: Lessons in Award Writing from the Vis Moot.

Katharina Pistor

This subject is coordinated by Professor Dr Katharina Pistor, L.L.M, Professor of Law, Columbia University, New York, United States of America. 

Katharina Pistor is Michael I. Sovern Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, director of Columbia Law School’s Center on Global Legal Transformation, and founding member of Columbia University’s Committee on Global Thought. In that capacity she has launched a number of interdisciplinary research projects on law and finance. Her research focuses on comparative law and institutions with emphasis on emerging markets, the legal construction of financial markets, governing essential resources, as well as law and development.

Professor Dr Pistor has published widely in leading law and social science journals and has co-authored and edited several books. Her paper, ‘A Legal Theory of Finance’ published in 2013 in the Journal of Comparative Economics, has been awarded the Allen & Overy best paper prize by the European Corporate Governance Institute. In 2012 she was co-recipient of the Max Planck Research Award on International Financial Regulation. She is also the recipient of research grants by the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the National Science Foundation and serves on the editorial boards of several journals in law and economics.

William Van Caenegem

This subject is coordinated by Professor Dr William Van Caenegem, L.L.M, Professor of Law, Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia.

Professor Dr William van Caenegem is Professor at the Faculty of Law, Bond University. He is also Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He studied at Antwerp and Leuven in Belgium and obtained an LLM and PhD at Cambridge, UK. He teaches mainly in the area of intellectual property law but has also taught in other areas such as the law of evidence.

Professor Dr William van Caenegem is the author of a number of books on intellectual property law and comparative law, the latest of which is ‘Trade Secrets and Intellectual Property: Breach of Confidence, Misappropriation and Unfair Competition’ (KLI 2014). He has taught and given papers at a number of institutions, including the University of Ghent in Belgium, the Universities of Gothenburg, Stockholm and Lund in Sweden, Lausanne in Switzerland and in Paris. He is currently involved in a research project concerning geographical indications of origin, and completing research on comparative trade secrets law.


How to Apply

Students can undertake the Online Master of Laws (International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution) Specialisation when enrolled in our Master of Laws program. It is one of several specialisations offered as part of the Master of Laws program.