Our online students enjoy the same status as those who attend Queen Mary on campus. You will have access to our extensive online resources and if you are able, are welcome to attend any of the extra-curricular events run by various research centres to complement your studies.
We provide free access to extensive online databases and collections, including:
Oxford Scholarship online
Queen Mary has law careers advisers who organise events and internship opportunities with top UK and international law firms. Senior practitioners and academics from leading law firms, chambers and other universities also contribute on our programmes, providing excellent online networking opportunities for our students.
In addition, you will benefit from dedicated tutor support, enhanced online material, and a range of interactive features. There will be lively online discussions with your peers and webinars led by academic members, all accessible at a time that suits you.
You’ll also be able to turn to our helpful Student Adviser team once you enrol. They will help you with any non-academic questions and to ensure your experience with Queen Mary is positive and stress-free.
‘The online tutors are really active, responsive, knowledgeable, highly encouraging and helpful at all times. I have had the most stupid doubts and they have cleared them up without any hindrance whatsoever. It's only made me have a better understanding of International Commerical Arbitration.’ LLM student, Queen Mary Online
As a member of the Russell Group, Queen Mary is committed to the highest quality teaching and research.
The DL programmes in International Dispute Resolution are taught by academics under the direction of Norah Gallagher and Remy Gerbay, the co-Directors of the Distance Learning programmes.
Ms Norah Gallagher (Senior Lecturer)
Ms Gallagher is a specialist in the areas of international arbitration and public international law. She has acted in arbitrations under ICC, ICSID, LCIA as well as ad hoc arbitrations. She regularly advises on issues concerning arbitration agreements including defective or pathological clauses, bifurcated clauses and multiparty arrangements as well as all procedural aspects of international arbitration and enforcement of awards.
Dr Remy Gerbay (Lecturer)
Dr Gerbay is an international arbitration lawyer and academic. He is an Attorney (admitted New York) and a Solicitor (England and Wales). He is a former Deputy Registrar of the LCIA and a leading author on that institution. Remy frequently sits as arbitrator (co-arbitrator, sole and chair) and has been appointed in ad hoc, ICC, LCIA, Swiss Chambers, DIAC and KIAC arbitrations. Remy was named as number 1 in the non-partner, Americas region category of the Who's Who Legal Future Leaders in Arbitration 2019.
A team of accomplished Associate Lecturers is actively involved in the day-to-day teaching of the programmes. The team includes:
Mr Mohamed Mahayni
A dual qualified Solicitor (England & Wales) and Avocat (Paris Bar), Mr Mahayni spent six years with White & Case LLP in London, Paris and Hong Kong. During this time he acted in international arbitrations under various institutional and ad hoc rules, both as counsel and as secretary to tribunals. He also worked as counsel at the LCIA and DIFC-LCIA. Mohamed now splits his time between private practice and doctoral research at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Mr Javier García Olmedo
A Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute in Luxembourg, Mr García Olmedo holds a Master’s Degree in Law from the University of Granada (Spain) and an LL.M. in Private International Law and Arbitration from King’s College London. He is also a dual-qualified Abogado (Spain) and Solicitor (England & Wales). Before joining the Max Planck, Javier was an associate in the International Arbitration Group of Hogan Lovells in Paris, where he represented private entities and states in arbitrations under the ICSID, ICC and UNCITRAL arbitration rules. He also practiced arbitration with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Paris, and worked as a research assistant for Professor Martin Hunter at Essex Court Chambers in London.
Professor Stavros Brekoulakis
Professor in International Dispute Resolution: Stavros Brekoulakis studied law at Athens and London and obtained a first class LLB from Athens and his LLM from King's College London. He is also member of the Athens Bar having practiced in shipping law and dispute resolution.
Dr Debbie De Girolamo
Debbie De Girolamo teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution and Negotiation Theory and Practice in the LLM Programmes at CCLS and in Paris. She is also Academic Director of the Postgraduate Diploma Course in International Mediation (taught by distance learning) and the Postgraduate Diploma Course in International Dispute Resolution (Mediation). Her research interests include all areas of dispute resolution processes.
Professor Catherine Rogers (Professor of Ethics, Regulation and the Rule of Law)
Catherine Rogers is an expert in international arbitration and professional ethics. She leads on the development of the Institute in Ethics, Regulation and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary. Professor Catherine Rogers is also a Professor of Law at the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University. She is a scholar of international arbitration and professional ethics and a former Visiting Professor at QM (2008). Her research focuses on the convergence of the public and private in international adjudication, and on the attorney as a global actor. Before entering academia, she practised international litigation and arbitration in the US and Hong Kong and has since held teaching posts across the world.
Mr Denis Parchajev
Denis is a Senior Associate at Motieka & Audzevicius PLP in Vilnius, Lithuania. Denis has been involved in arbitration cases under the Rules of ICC, SCC, LCIA, IAC at the BelCCI and Lithuanian Arbitration Court. Denis also specialises in sports matters, including matters before the Court of Arbitration for Sport and the International Olympic Committee. His primary focus is arbitration, both commercial and investment, as well as litigation of complex cases with an international element. Denis has worked on a number of major enforcement matters before Lithuanian courts and the Court of Justice of the European Union. In addition, Denis is actively involved in cases in Russia and other CEE markets. Denis holds an LLM from QMUL and is a PhD candidate at QMUL.
Mr Rutger Metsch (Associate Lecturer)
Ms Agnieszka Ason
Agnieszka holds Polish and German law degrees and specialises in energy investment law and international arbitration. Having worked on complex investment and commercial disputes, mainly in the natural gas sector, she is now a Lecturer at the Technische Universität Berlin, Guest Teacher at the London School of Economics, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies. Her current research focuses on sovereign risk and gas price review arbitrations.
Viraj Bhide is an attorney at the Paris Bar. His areas of practice include litigation, international arbitration and consulting on questions of private and public international law. He has an LLM. in French and European law from the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, and a master's degree in Litigation, Arbitration and ADR from the University of Paris II Panthéon-Assas.
Other academic members of the School of International Arbitration, who have some limited involvement in the Online Learning programmes include the following:
Professor Loukas Mistelis (Director of the SIA)
Professor Loukas Mistelis is a member of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies where he is Director of the School of International Arbitration. He teaches on the LLM programme and is the co-ordinator of the courses in International and Comparative Commercial Arbitration, International Trade and Investment Dispute Settlement, International Commercial Litigation and ADR.
Professor Maxi Scherer (Chair in International Arbitration, Dispute Resolution and Energy Law)
Maxi Scherer is an Avocat at the Paris bar and a solicitor (England and Wales). She has practiced international arbitration for over 10 years, both as counsel and as arbitrator. She is the Academic Director of the new Queen Mary LLM in Paris and she teaches international arbitration in the London LLM programme.
Teaching and Research
Established in 1985, the School of International Arbitration (SIA) is the oldest academic institution dedicated to the study of international arbitration and dispute resolution, and one of the largest specialist PhD programmes in the world.
The SIA is a centre of excellence in research and teaching of international arbitration and is part of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies (CCLS) at Queen Mary University of London – which consists of 32 full-time academic staff and more than 50 practitioners, judges and visiting academics contributing to the teaching, research and life of the centre.
Involving leading practitioners and business in the delivery of our courses continues to ensure that the teaching and training we deliver is relevant and practical whilst retaining the highest academic rigour. CCLS’s advisory council (chaired by The Right Honourable Lord Justice Kitchin) and its Development Board are comprised of judges, solicitors, barristers, general counsel, business leaders and academics.
CCLS has approximately 100 doctoral and 1000+ LLM and MSc students from some 80 countries and has trained over 10,000 lawyers since its establishment. Our students benefit from learning from leading academics who in turn involve experienced practitioners in their teaching teams. Graduates from our programmes go on to form part of the vibrant Alumni and Friends of the School of International Arbitration.
The School of International Arbitration is widely considered as one of the world’s pre-eminent academic institutions for the study of international arbitration.
The School of Law at Queen Mary is consistently ranked in the top 10 law schools in the UK for the quality of our research and teaching and our students enjoy a very high employment rate within six months of graduating. It is also often ranked as the top law school in London.
Queen Mary is in the top 120 universities in the world and the top 50 in Europe. We're also a member of the UK's 24 leading universities, the Russell Group
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The networking you get in a university like this is impressive.
Catalina Hoyos Jimenez, LLM student, Queen Mary Online
How could Queen Mary's course benefit my career?
Queen Mary University of London is a member of the Russell Group of leading universities. Studying online with us gives you access to the highest quality of teaching and research, empowering you to achieve lifelong career success and make a global impact.
Queen Mary’s School of International Arbitration (SIA) is the world’s oldest and largest academic institution dedicated to the study of international arbitration. The SIA is widely recognised as a global leader in the field.
We have students who have recently graduated from law school and are looking to start their career, preferably in arbitration or international resolution. We also have mid-level or senior lawyers who want to understand international arbitration better, because they need it in their work or want to transition from general litigation, for example, into international arbitration.
Dr Remy Gerbay, LLM Programme Co-Director
What career-relevant skills will I develop?
During the course, you will get a broad perspective on arbitration. At Queen Mary, we teach international arbitration taking a comparative law approach. Our courses are not limited to English arbitration law. Instead, we study statutes and cases from numerous jurisdictions, covering continental Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.
Throughout the course, you will work on questions based on real cases, conduct legal research, write legal analyses, and get feedback from our academic team.
Through our LLM, students with no background in arbitration will gain a comprehensive knowledge of both commercial and investor-State arbitration, garnering both precious practical and theoretical insights into these fields of practice.
For experienced arbitration lawyers, studying our LLM is an opportunity to take some distance from your everyday work and gain a top-down, theoretical understanding of the subject matter.
A specialised LLM will also bolster both experienced and inexperienced lawyers’ credibility as arbitration practitioners, thereby helping you achieve your professional goals.
What additional career support is available?
You’ll also have access to QM Careers and Enterprise throughout your studies and for up to two years after you graduate. The service offers information and guidance on a wide range of topics, from choosing a career to finding work experience and starting your own business.
Find out more about career guidance for Queen Mary Online students on our Career Support page.
What are the networking opportunities?
You can look forward to engaging and building connections with your tutors and fellow students during webinars and in discussion forums. Through your time on the course, you will build a network
that could allow you to work together in the future.
You will also have access to various extracurricular events organised by the SIA, including a range of online seminars relevant to the course on topics such as transparency and insolvency.
Where have graduates progressed to?
From the success stories of our LLM graduates, we know the variety of careers that are likely to be open to you on successful completion of this course. A large portion of our graduates have applied their degree knowledge directly while working in private practice, in law firms big and small. Others have gone on to work as in-house counsel for private companies, government, or arbitral institutions.
Finally, some of our students have gone on to pursue doctoral degrees and joined academia. Students who had already been practicing for several years prior to the LLM have found themselves able to advance their position within their existing organisation, or to transition into a new area of law.
The skills developed through our programme – combined with the extra-curricular activities we offer – have enabled Queen Mary graduates to move in to careers in the UK and around the world at companies such as:
Albright Stonebridge Group
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Dittmar & Indrenius
The World Bank
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