The Master of Laws (Magister Legum, LL.M.) in International and Commercial Law is a post-graduate degree programme. The programme has been validated in 2009 and undergone accreditation in 2011 and 2018.
Purpose of this LL.M. programme is to offer postgraduate students an opportunity to explore and study established and rapidly developing areas of law by taking both an academic and professional approach to the subject. As such, the programme is intended to cater to a variety of individuals, ranging from recent undergraduates wishing to acquire specialist knowledge as part of their legal education, to practicing lawyers and public or private sector employees wishing to supplement their work with further legal study as well as to academics, wishing to broaden their scope.
The programme has a strong international and comparative approach, covering mainly EU, US and issues within the context of the international legal framework. However, the applicability of these aspects in diurnal business will be emphasized by also considering the Albanian context. In terms of career prospects, students completing the programme successfully may go on to a variety of career options including: practice of international and commercial law within respective home jurisdictions, a career with International Organisations, working with NGOs, university teaching and further research. Thus, the underlying aim of the programme is to develop a sound understanding of substantive legal principles in public international and commercial law – focusing EU related, US related and to International Organisations’ related issues – through combination of taught core and optional courses, and to develop appropriate legal research by means of a significant piece of independent written work supported by appropriate academic supervision and two compulsory modules in postgraduate research skills and methodology.
The programme will be taught by UNYT in full-time mode only, comprising 24 months.
The programme comprises seven taught core courses (Principles of International and Commercial Law, International Public Law I and II, Corporate Law I and II, Private International Law, Fiscal Law and Civil procedures) and two taught elective courses, as well as a significant research component involving a thesis of 15,000 words, and as well as the two compulsory skills courses (Research Methods in Law and Foundations of Postgraduate studies), and the dissertation seminar.
Core and Compulsory Courses
4 CT International & Commercial Law Principles 60 hours
4 CT Fiscal Law 60 hours
4 CT Research Methods in Law 60 hours
4 CT Public International Law I 60 hours
4 CT Public International Law II 60 hours
4 CT Corporate Law I 60 hours
4 CT Corporate Law II 60 hours
4 CT Elective Courses: International Trade Law/ Competition Law/Int. Criminal
Law 60 hours
4 CT Elective Courses: Alternative Dispute Resolution / Intellectual Property Law/
International Human Rights Law 60 hours
3 CT Private International Law 45 hours
3 CT Dissertation Seminar 45 hours
3 CT Civil Procedures 45 hours
15 CT Master Thesis (Dissertation) 225 hours
Two course combinations are to be chosen to establish a profile:
Either: International Criminal Law and Human Rights,
Or: International Trade Law/Intellectual Property Law/ Competition Law and/or Alternative Dispute Resolution
The programme specification covers core and compulsory courses (A) and elective courses (B). These courses are to be taken irrespective of the track chosen.
Research Methods in Law
Public International Law I and II
Corporate Law I and II
Private International Law
This course will provide for in-depth knowledge and cases regarding identification of competent courts, international contractual relations, and aspects of cross-border trade in goods.
This course will familiarise all students with the rules on civil procedure in Albania.
Competition Law (8 ECTS)
Intellectual Property Law (8 ECTS)
International Trade Law
Alternative Dispute Resolution
International Criminal Law
International Human Rights Law
Assessment Methods and Details:
Depending on the course there is a different assessment method:
I.e. Public International Law I (also the majority of the courses)
|Means of Assessment||Percentage in the overall assessment of the student|
I.e. Fiscal Law
|Means of Assessment||Percentage in the overall assessment of the student|
|Course attendance and active participation||10%|
|Mid term exam||40%|
I.e. Research Methods in Law (2017-2018)
|Means of Assessment||Percentage in the overall assessment of the student|
|Letter||Grade Percentage||G.P.A.||Accepted Meaning|
|B+||87-89||3.33||Good work, distinctively above average|
|D+||67-69||1.33||Work significantly below average|
|F||0-59||0.00||Work does not meet minimum standards for passing the course|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
The programme develops a systematic in-depth understanding of international and commercial law and to provide the skills necessary to analyse and evaluate complex legal problems and related issues. This is done through a combination of taught core and option courses involving lectures, interactive sessions through workshops, seminars and problem-solving classes.
Each course will be assessed based on a written examination (which will either be a research paper, an exam, or any other appropriate testing method). In general, no extenuating circumstances will be taken into consideration; however, especially medical reasons may be considered, if the respective student produces sufficient proof. Any envisaged extenuation must be applied formally prior to date of submission or exams. All examinations are to be submitted in electronic version, formatted as .doc(x) and/or .pdf documents. All examinations must be submitted to the Programme Director on time, early submission is encouraged, via email, and will be uploaded to the TurnItIn plagiarism check either by the student of the instructor, as agreed. Research papers as well as the final Master’s Thesis follow the LSE style. Insofar, the criteria and style information delivered during the LL.M. Programme are binding.
Students will be encouraged to produce a research log as part of their formative assessment in most courses so as to enable staff to give early feedback on written work and research. Students will also be given the opportunity to present their work-in-progress during class and also individually with their tutors during office hours and/or upon appointment.
The university’s Academic Regulations for Taught Awards will be applicable in respect to all aspects of assessment. The operation of the Regulations is codified in the School Code of Practice for the Assessment of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Taught Awards.
To be awarded the LL.M. International and Commercial Law, a student must successfully complete all courses ascribed to their programme of study.
Academic support includes counselling, academic advising, tutorial support by faculty members, offered free-of-charge to students, coaching sessions, provided via face-to-face or on-line, by course tutors and provision of support for students with learning difficulties
Each student will be assigned a personal adviser who is a member of the academic staff and normally someone involved in the teaching of the student’s degree programme. They will be responsible for the academic progress and personal development of their advisees. The method of advising is designed to offer complete student flexibility and can be on-line via the intranet, telephone/e-mail and face to face. To this end the following measures are available:
Students have regular meetings with their course tutors, on a one-to-one-basis, in order to discuss the above.
Tutorials are also offered in relation to course and student needs. In addition, UNYT staff offer scheduled tutorials on English Language and Research and Study Skills, as well as support for students with dyslexia on an annual basis.
A counselling service is available to all students, which is friendly, free, impartial and strictly confidential and aims to help and support students dealing with a broad range of concerns that may hinder their academic progress. A chartered psychologist is available on-campus to offer guidance and advice on personal problems and on specific learning difficulties and will liaise with academic staff in developing effective learning strategies or refer students to an appropriate outside resource when necessary.
At UNYT, students also benefit from a study skills course which is offered during each academic semester. The purpose of this course is to guide students through the requirements of a university-level education. It includes sections on study techniques, learning through class lectures and tutorials, taking exams and controlling stress, and writing and presenting for academic purposes. Special emphasis is put on how to avoid plagiarism through the proper paraphrasing, summarising and referencing techniques.
Each degree programme at UNYT specifies its minimum acceptable score on select English language tests. For postgraduate programmes the typical minimum TOEFL score is 530. Because many students in the Republic of Albanian do not have convenient opportunities to take Standard English language tests, we also administer an institutional TOEFL test, which consists of three sections: reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and grammar.
Each applicant is also interviewed by an academic officer in order to confirm that the applicant’s level of spoken English is sufficient. Students with lower scores are provided with intensive English Language courses, before being admitted as full-time students on the programme of their choice.
Attendance of the courses is mandatory, with a minimum requirement of 75% of the taught component for each. Students, who fail to meet the minimum attendance requirement, might be asked to repeat the course. Persistent non-attendance might result in expulsion from the programme.
Students arriving late to class may not be allowed to enter and may have to wait until the next break before being admitted to the classroom. Students may not come and go as they please during the lectures without permission or proper authorisation.
Sickness and Absences
In the event of work-related absences the student must inform the Programme Director as much in advance as possible, so that the professor may take all appropriate steps to ensure that the student is provided with the necessary support to complete the course. In case of sickness, the student must provide the UNYT Graduate Office with the necessary medical report.
In such circumstances, various outcomes may result:
In such circumstances a student may be unable to proceed to the next stage of the course until the next cohort at their local study centre proceeds to the appropriate modules.
Make-Up Assessment Procedures
If a student misses an exam, as a consequence of a duly justified absence accepted by UNYT, then s/he is entitled to request a Make-Up Exam. The student begins the process by completing the Make-Up Exam form and submitting it along with the necessary proof of evidence to the LL.M. Board. The LL.M. Board whether or not there are justifiable grounds for approving the request. In case the request is approved, the student is subject to a make-up exam fee, currently set at 100 € (excl. V.A.T.).
Most communication needs will be handled through e-mail communication.
While UNYT will be generating institutional e-mail accounts for all of its graduate students it is anticipated that students check their e-mails at least once per day.
Alternative means of communication (primarily telephone and SMS) will be utilized in urgent communication needs.
Quality assurance covers two aspects: the quality of courses offered by UNYT (A) as well as quality of papers submitted by students (B).
In compliance with the Higher Education Law 9741 / 21.05.2007, UNYT draws up an annual report on its activities, which are submitted to the Albanian Ministry of Education. The annual report comprehensively evaluates study, pedagogical, research, development and other creative activity, as well as collaboration with foreign partner universities. This assessment is based on annual evaluations of the activities of individual departments and other UNYT divisions, inspection reports by foreign partner universities and the results of ongoing evaluations of study and pedagogical activities.
UNYT study and pedagogical activity is semesterly evaluated in following areas:
Ongoing reports evaluating pedagogical and course activities at UNYT are drawn up by the Rector and discussed at regular Academic Board meetings.
UNYT activity is also subject to assessment by the Accreditation Agency of the Albanian Ministry of Education and Sciences, on the basis of quality standards laid down for the evaluation of accredited activities. These assessments will be performed at times set by the Accreditation Agency and the UNYT management is to take account of their results when drawing up its internal assessments and preparing the annual report on activities.
The quality of papers submitted end of each course will be assessed in various ways. All papers need to be submitted using the TurnItIn software (www.turnitin.com) to detect potential plagiarism. The instructor may decide to complete this plagiarism control himself. Students will normally be allowed only one further submission of assessment in a manner determined by UNYT. In case of plagiarism, the paper will be rejected, i.e. the student will fail automatically. A second, new paper has to be handed in after the student has re-taken the course or module; additionally, an oral defence on the new paper may be scheduled. Therefore students are normally allowed two attempts to pass a course. The style of each paper is subject to negotiations; a style sheet is attached to this document.
Mechanisms for Obtaining Student Feedback on Course Delivery
UNYT has established a vigorous evaluation process for all instructors in all undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. This process comprises:
UNYT strongly believes that higher education is a right not to be withheld from any citizen desiring it and that a healthier society is comprised of more citizens holding academic qualifications. In so believing, UNYT has opened its gates to all those who desire a western Higher Education while staying in Albania. The sole classification, rather than selection, criterion is the level of command of the English language assessed by an introductory TOEFL test. In its desire to provide equal opportunities to excelling students who would not have the financial means to study at UNYT, the university offers a range of scholarships awards and grants on an annual basis.
Upon signing this document each student at the University of New York in Tirana (UNYT) agrees to act in accordance with the academic rules and regulations listed below. This document will remain in your student file in the Records/Registrar’s Office throughout your period of study at UNYT.
Students who fail to act in accordance with the academic regulations will be subject to the disciplinary actions outlined on this paper.
All homework assignments, projects, papers and examinations submitted in a course are expected to be the student’s own work.
Students should always take great care to distinguish their own ideas, opinions and knowledge from information derived from other sources. The term “sources” includes not only published primary and secondary material (including material from the Internet), but also information and opinions gained directly from other people.
If students have any questions about what constitutes plagiarism, it is their responsibility to clarify the definition by conferring with their professor, Academic Advisor and/or a member of the English Faculty.
PENALTIES FOR PLAGIARISM
Student will receive a grade of “F” for the respective part of the course.
(Please turn sheet over to review regulations for CHEATING)
Unauthorized use of notes, text or other aids during a test is not allowed.
A student is considered cheating if:
PENALTIES FOR CHEATING
“I ACCEPT THE ABOVE RULES AND REGULATIONS REGARDING PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING AT UNYT.
I SIGN THIS DOCUMENT WITH AN UNDERSTANDING THAT IF I BREAK THE ACADEMIC REGULATIONS I WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS OUTLINED ON THIS PAPER AND IN other UNYT PUBLICATIONS.
________________________ ________________________ ______________
Student ID Printed Name Student’s Signature Date
University of New York in Tirana
K21714002G Komuna e Parisit, Tirana Albania
Coursework Header Sheet
|Research Paper||Course School/Level:
Coursework is receipted on the understanding that it is the student’s own work and that it has not, in whole or part, been presented elsewhere for assessment. Where material has been used from other sources it has been properly acknowledged in accordance with the University’s Regulations regarding Cheating and Plagiarism.
STUDENT’S NAME: Student’s Registration No: ___________
In this section, the marker will give a general comment on the essay submitted.
In this section, the marker will give specific comments on the essay submitted with regard to the content, i.e. scope, coverage of the topic as well as the in-depth analysis provided by the essay. The content will count for 20% of the grade (points: 1 to 20)
In this section, the marker will give specific comments on the essay submitted with regard to the reasoning and elaboration of argumentation, i.e. scope, coverage of the topics as well as the text. The argumentation will count for 20% of the grade (points: 1 to 20)
In this section, the marker will give specific comments on the essay submitted with regard to the formal structure as well as to the structure in the context of the reasoning and elaboration of argumentation. The structure will count for 20% of the grade (points: 1 to 20).
In this section, the marker will give specific comments on the essay submitted with regard to the use of English language (incl. syntax and semantic) in general and specifically regarding the use of appropriate terminology. This section will count for 20% of the grade (points: 1 to 20).
In this section, the marker will give specific comments on the essay submitted with regard to the writing style, following the LSE style or the Harvard style. The style will count for 20% of the grade (points: 1 to 20).
Grade Awarded % For Office Use Only_____ Final Grade___________
Moderation Required: yes/no Tutor: Date:
Schedule LL.M. Cohort VIII
2016 to 2018
LL.M. in International & Commercial Law
Thursday, Friday 17.30- 21.30; Saturday 9.30 – 18:30(1st weekend) / 2nd weekend finish at 16.30*
|December 2, 9,10, 15,16,17 2016||Principles of International and Commercial Law (core 4cr)||Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darjel Sina/ Hektor Ruci, PhD Cand.|
|January 19-20-21, 26-27-28, 2017||Research Methods (core 4cr)||Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darjel Sina/ PhD. Denard Veshi|
Every week (3h)
|Fiscal Law ((core 4cr)||Ph.D Denard Veshi/ Enkelejda Koka, PhD Cand.|
|Public International Law I (core 4cr)||Ph.D Denard Veshi, / Hektor Ruci, PhD Cand.|
23-24-25, 30-31/03, 01/4
|Corporate Law I (core 4cr)||Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darjel Sina|
|Public International Law II (core 4cr)||Ph.D Denard Veshi/ MSc Blerina Fani|
Every week (3h)
|Corporate Law II (core 4cr)||Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darjel Sina|
|International Trade Law or International Criminal Law (Elective 4 cr)||Ph.D Denard Veshi/ Enkelejda Koka, PhD Cand.|
|Fall 2017||Private International Law (core 3cr)||Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darjel Sina|
|Fall 2017||Arbitrage Dispute resolution or International Human Rights Law (Elective 4 cr)||Ph.D Denard Veshi/ LLM Arold Zhukri|
|Dec 2017||Dissertation Seminar (Core 3 cr)||Assoc. Prof. Dr. Darjel Sina|
|Spring 2018||Civil Procedure (Core 3 cr)||Ph.D Denard Veshi/ LLM Arold Zhukri|
|Dec 2017-May 31,2018||Final Dissertation (Core 15cr)||Group of Faculty|
*Second Saturday class hours 9.30 – 16.30 due to the final exam taking place each next Friday.
Submission of Dissertation at the latest: 20.06.2018