Financial Crimes&Money Laundering

Financial Crimes & Money Laundering Curriculum Structure

  # Course Code Course Name Pre-requisite
1 LLM 600 Legal Research and Writing Skills -
2 LLM 610 Legal Systems -
3 LLM 620 Management of Legal Resources -
4 LLM 630 Business Law -
5 LLM 640 Business Transactions -
6 LLM 650 Arbitration and Litigation-Principles & Practices -
Specialized Courses 7 FCML 700 Bribery & Corruption 9 C.H
8 FCML 710 Money Laundering 9 C.H
9 FCML 720 Competition Law 9 C.H
10 FCML 730 Financial Crimes and Governance, Compliance & Assurance 9 C.H
Thesis 11 FCML 740 Thesis (To be taken in the last term)  

Upon completion of the LLM program, students are expected to accomplish the following objectives which are common to LLM core courses:

  1. Communicate effectively and think critically and analytically English as legally trained professionals by preparing, presenting, arguing, and pursuing the point of view/case logically.
  2. Work in and lead dynamic international and UAE organizations in solving social and economic legal issues/ situations in specific legal fields.
  3. Apply written and oral communication skills in pursuit of legal professional goals.

Goals/Objectives Related to Transferable Skills, Values and Attitudes

These are common across LLM core courses. At the end of LLM program, the student is expected to accomplish the following objectives:

  • Think critically, analytically and communicate effectively in English as a legally trained professional by preparing, presenting, arguing and pursuing the point of view/ case logically.
  • Work in and lead dynamic international and UAE organizations in solving social and economic legal issues/ situations in specific legal fields.
  • Apply written and oral communication skills in pursuit of legal professional goals.

Goals/Objectives common to each of the nine LLM tracks

  • Develop local/global perspective and adapt to dynamic international and UAE cultural environments concerning social and economic development of UAE.
  • Adapt, apply and analyze specialized law knowledge to improve the business environment and Assist the UAE in social and economic development.

Six core courses

LLM 600 Legal Research and Writing Skills
Legal research and writing skills are core elements of the LLM program. The emphasis of this module is firstly on the development of research techniques and the development of key analytical and rhetorical techniques necessary for independent work at post graduate level. Secondly, this module focuses on students' writing skills from a legal practice perspective. It is sufficiently general that students from a variety of backgrounds with a diverse range of postgraduate aims will benefit. At the same time, it is sufficiently specific so that a number of key issues involved in advanced research skills and methods are addressed. This course uses key terms and facts in legal research such as legislation, treaties and the UAE Civil Code and identifies issues for legal research using analytical tools such as case law and briefings. This course also addresses principles of citation, referencing, literature review and research methodologies (empirical, economic, comparative, analytical, descriptive and other approaches relevant to high-quality legal research). The coverage includes updating and validating the research, writing the research report, and presenting research findings.

LLM 610 Legal Systems
This course provides a comparative introduction to common law (used in DIFC), Civil law and international law mainly from a contractual perspective.

LLM 620 Management of Legal Resources
This course provides future business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, managers, lawyers and students intending to enter the workforce with an introduction to the law of the workplace. It aims at enabling students to identify solutions and / or avoid workers disputes in the workplace. The course includes comparisons with US and UK employment laws. It also explains the legal aspects of human resources by focusing on the three basic stages of the employment life cycle: hiring, managing and terminating. The emphasis is on laws and regulations concerning the hiring process; equal employment opportunity with respect to discrimination and harassment because of some specific employees’ characteristics protected by workplace laws; workplace security and privacy including occupational health and safety; the regulatory environment referring to workers' compensation, unemployment compensation and minimum wage laws; labor relations, collective bargaining and dispute resolutions termination of employment requirements for UAE expatriates.

LLM 630 Business Law
This course examines business structures and provides an overview of basic corporations law including the formation of companies especially under UAE and DIFC laws and consequences of incorporation; company internal rules; management and contracting; governance including membership, meetings and director's duties, share holders' remedies, accounts and financial reporting and audit, corporate litigation and regulation, liquidation and bankruptcy; external administration of companies; and UAE regional and international corporate governance standards, ethics and corporate social responsibility.

LLM 640 Business Transactions
This course is intended to prepare students to represent clients in a variety of business transactions that contain international elements. The emphasis is on the formation and enforcement of agreements between private commercial parties and on the anticipation and recognition of issues that are peculiar to, or are especially prevalent in international business. The course follows a sequence of increasingly complex transactions from the isolated purchase and sale of goods, through sales distributors and licensing, to foreign direct investment. Topics include: the formation of the basic commercial transaction, financing the international sale of goods, agency and distributorships, licensing of intellectual property, establishing and operating a foreign investment, and dispute settlement.

LLM650 Arbitration and Litigation-Principles & Practices
This course deals with principles and practices of litigation and arbitration. Attention will be paid to the laws in the UAE (International) commercial disputes, recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitral awards, the Brussels and Lugano Conventions, The Brussels Regulation, the New York Convention, Amman Convention and Riyadh Convention. It also draws attention to the hierarchy of the court systems and the free zone areas focusing on Jebel Ali Free Zone and Dubai International Financial Centre.

Four Specialization Courses

FCML 700 Bribery and Corruption
This course deals with the concepts of bribery and corruption. The coverage includes UAE commercial and criminal regulations, UAE-specific issues in commercial contracts, and comparative studies on UAE versus US, UK and EU regimes.

FCML 710 Money Laundering
This course deals with the UAE legislation (Federal and DIFC), US and UK legislation on money laundering and the impact of regulations on money laundering. The coverage also includes the Middle Eastern and North African financial action taskforce, the Vienna Convention, the Palermo Convention, the Merida Convention and the United Nations Model Legislation on laundering, confiscation and International Cooperation in relation to the proceeds of crime (1999).

FCML 720 Competition Law
This course deals with the new 2013 UAE Federal Competition Law. The coverage also includes (Comparison with) EU law and the international dimension of competition laws. Furthermore, the course pays attention to competition elements that are included in other UAE laws.

FCML 730 Financial Crimes and Governance, Compliance and Assurance
The purpose of this course is to expose students to concepts, strategies, and best practices in governance, compliance, and assurance in relation to financial crimes.

Thesis - FCML 740 Thesis

The purpose of this course is to write a thesis on a research topic using adequate and acceptable sources of legal information. The course allows participants to draw on knowledge and comprehension of legal issues gained in the previous LLM courses. The thesis must provide a competent synthesis and critical analysis of the relevant materials and must be satisfactory in terms of structure, style, and presentation.

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