• Admission requirements - an LLB or equivalent legal qualification. Research competency and writing skills, as well as practical experience, are taken into account when considering applications. As a guideline, students must have obtained an average of 60% for the final-year LLB modules and for the dissertation.
  • International students - An evaluation certificate issued by the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) must be submitted if a previous qualification was obtained in a foreign country.  
  • Duration of study - Minimum one year, maximum two years.
  • Additional admission requirements - The Director Postgraduate Programmes may require a student to furnish sufficient proof of his/her research skills before receiving permission to register. If a student wishes to obtain an LL M degree in a subject not included in the LLB or in which the student’s achievements are not of the standard required, the Director may prescribe an admission examination in the subject concerned.
  • Capacity - The LLM programmes and elective modules are only offered if the Director of Research is of the opinion that there is sufficient demand for them.
  • Research topics - Students can only register for a research topic in any module when sufficient supervision is available and if the Director is of the opinion that there will be sufficient expertise to support and guide a student in the faculty.

International Trade Law is an important area of trade, making it a niche field of law.  The modules offered in this unique programme are presented by leading experts in their areas of expertise such as Adv Altus Joubert SC (professor extraordinaire of the NWU), Ms Sagree Chetty (General Manager Legal, Risk, Compliance and Regulatory at Transnet National Ports Authority), Prof Leonie Stander, Prof Charl Hugo (University of Johannesburg) and Prof Sieg Eiselen (Unisa), to name but a few.  Every effort is made to ensure that a balance is maintained between a solid academic foundation and practical application of the law, enabling graduates to apply their knowledge in practice.

The course comprises the following compulsory and elective modules:

Programme leader:  Dr Braam Klaasen

Compilation of curriculum – LLM in International Trade Law

CODE: 6CN P01, R801P



The programme comprises the following compulsory:

Module Code




Compulsory Year modules

LLMI 873

Research Methodology and Mini-dissertation



LLMI 897

International Instruments of Payment and Guarantee

Prof C Hugo



LLMI 886

International Law of Contracts

Prof S Eiselen


LLMI 887

International Transport Law

Prof AL Stander, Ms S Chetty and Ms M Schoeman


LLMI 894

Customs and Excise Law

Prof A Joubert SC


Credit total for modules



Credit totals for curriculum



* The mini-dissertation (40 – 60 pages) may be on any topic within the field of International Trade Law.

Seminar Programme 2022  (Download)