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An LLM with a Global Perspective

Bond University Faculty of Law has assembled a team of international academics to facilitate a fully-online Master of Laws program which takes Bond Law’s global focus to a whole new level.

The Master of Laws in International Commercial Law is a postgraduate program designed for legal professionals from different cultural and legal backgrounds, who aim for a high-level career in an international law firm, multinational company or government. Its four 20 cps subjects apply state-of-the-art distance learning techniques to bridge the distance between students and their instructors, peers, and resources. Instructors based all over the world supervise online classes of no more than 20 domestic or international students. The program is entirely online which provides flexibility of study.

The International Commercial Law focuses 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 in International Commercial Law can open the door to the world of international law.

Key features

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

About the program

The Master of Laws in International Commercial Law (Online) (LLM-ICL) is a postgraduate program offered by the Faculty of Law for law graduates from any jurisdiction. The program provides students with the opportunity to enhance their understanding of international commercial law and legal practice by completing advanced-level law subjects. Show more

The Master of Laws in International Commercial Law (Online) (LLM-ICL) is a postgraduate program offered by the Faculty of Law for law graduates from any jurisdiction. The program provides students with the opportunity to enhance their understanding of international commercial law and legal practice by completing advanced-level law subjects.  The program develops students’ advanced legal research and writing skills and enhances their ability to critically analyse and evaluate complex commercial law issues within a variety of contexts. The program is delivered entirely online. Show less

Duration2 semesters (8 months)
Starting semesters
  • January 2021
  • May 2021
  • September 2021
  • January 2022
  • May 2022
  • September 2022
  • January 2023
  • May 2023
  • September 2023
Program typeMasters Coursework
Study areaLaw
Program codeLA-43052
CRICOS codeThis program is not available to international students who intend to apply for a student visa.
Credit for prior studyFor more details on applying for credit, please contact the Student Business Centre: [email protected]

The Master of Laws in International Commercial Law comprises of 80 credit points which is made up of four 20 cps subjects.  It is offered completely online with students able to start in January, May or September.

Subjects available in the Master of Laws in International Commercial Law include:

Students enrolling in the Master of Laws in International Commercial Law will receive complimentary access to the following bonus modules:

  1. Features of Common Law and Civil Law Systems
  2. Legal Research and Writing
  3. Legal and Compliance Risk
  4. Professional Ethics for the Global Lawyer

The below fees are based on the total estimated program fee divided by the number of standard full-time semesters required to complete the program. Fees may vary based on which subjects are selected and the number of subjects enrolled in for each semester.

Semester program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $21,000* per semester average

Total program fee:

  • Students commencing study in 2021: $42,000

When considering the fees associated with your studies, keep in mind that Bond’s accelerated schedule means you can finish your degree sooner and be out in the workforce up to a year earlier than most other universities.

This time saving also represents a substantial reduction in accommodation and living costs, plus a full year of extra earnings.

Find out your financing options and other costs to consider.

* The fees listed are average costs displayed to provide an indicative program cost only, they may differ to the indicative fee included in the Bond University offer letter due to differences in individual and exact study schedules.

Tuition fees are subject to change on an annual basis and will be charged at the appropriate fee for the year of enrolment.

* Note: for students commencing January 2021 the University has held the 2020 tuition fee amount in recognition of the current circumstances, with 2021 fees effective only from the University’s May 2021 semester.

Academic entry requirements

The Master of Laws in International Commercial Law (Online) is offered to students who have completed a professional law qualification such as a Bachelor of Laws, Juris Doctor, or equivalent. Applicants from a non-English speaking background must achieve an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with no single band less than 6. Bond also accepts other English language tests including TOEFL iBT, CAE and PTE.

Please contact the Office of Future Students for further information.

English language proficiency requirements

As tuition is delivered in English, all students will be required to provide documented evidence of the required level of proficiency in the English language. Read more detailed information on English Language Proficiency Requirements for university study.

Credit for prior study

Subject credits may be awarded for previous studies. To apply for credits, you will need to submit academic transcripts including detailed subject outlines/course descriptions for each relevant subject and/or certified copies of testamurs to the Office of Future Students. Please refer to how to apply for credit for more information

Key dates

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How to apply

In order to apply for study at Bond University, you will need to complete the Online Application Form. To find out more about the application process please refer to How to Apply.

Future outcomes

The Master of Laws provides a postgraduate qualification in international commercial law to compliment and enhance your skills and advance your career in the area.


Subject Designers

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.

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