My name is Brian Harris. I teach four modules on the LLM. So I come from a
practice background. I spent 20 years
in private practice in an international law firm,
practicing as a partner. And then about 10
years ago I joined NTU. And then probably a couple
of years into teaching, I then started in the design
for the international trade law module award. The international trade
and commercial law LLM is really at the place
where commerce and law meet and where public international
law and private law meets. So it looks at all the issues
surrounding how businesses manage to work across
international border in the various deals
they carry out. I love the complexity of
the multilevel governance of the issues. Because all states like
international trade. They want to promote it. But they also always
want to regulate it. And people carrying out
different businesses have to work within the
applicable law systems that there are available. And it’s a fantastic
mix for that reason. Well, it targets people who are
interested in law or people who are interested in business. We’ve had people who’ve just
come from a straight business background, perhaps they’ve
done an economics degree. We’ve had some people
who’ve been working in their own business,
and they wanted to understand the legal
environment in which they’re working. We’ve had other
people who are lawyers from around the
world, who’ve study law from around the world. And it’s fantastic. Some occasions I can
be running a module, and we’ve got
people representing 12 or 15 different countries. I love the different concepts. I love meeting the
different peoples. I think that’s a
fantastic richness. So I enjoy both those aspects. I also like helping people
to understand subjects that I really like and I feel
I’ve got a conceptual grasp of. And I like being able to
deliver that to people and feeling as if I’m helping to
empower them in their studies. Various people
should study the LLM. I think people who are lawyers,
whether from this country or from other
jurisdictions; people who are law students,
whether from this country or from other jurisdictions; and
also people who aren’t lawyers at all but are involved in
certain aspects of business, and they’re looking at
the issues of business working across
transnational boundaries. I think it provides them a
good, robust understanding of how these issues
of law work together.