Featuring innovative ways of studying an exciting but demanding subject, this LLM will build your understanding of the human rights regime at international, regional and national levels.
a good honours degree or relevant experience
if your first language is not English, you will need to evidence a proficiency in English (IELTS 7)
The course is made up of three stages - Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and LLM.
Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma stages
You’ll enhance your research, communication and independent study techniques, which will help you throughout your Masters degree and will also assist with your personal and professional development. This module provides a stepping stone if you wish to present your work at conferences or have your work published. The skills you develop will also be of direct relevance if you are seeking to undertake a PhD and will help you progress through the early stages of a research career.
You’ll also study two pathway core modules:
The Law and Investigation of Human Rights Violations
You’ll deepen your understanding of the regime for the protection of human rights at regional and international level. In particular, the module focuses on developing a practical approach to the investigation of human right violations and the issues and concerns that should inform your investigations in this field.
Public International Law
This module charts the historical development and application of the legal rules established to regulate relations between states. You’ll explore the relevance of customary law and the development of particular treaties to regulate inter-state relations and to promote state responsibility. Within a modern global context, the module also considers liability of state where these rules are breached.
In addition, you’ll choose three optional pathway modules from the following:
Counter-terrorism and Human Rights - providing a unique insight into the role of international organisations such as the UN in maintaining peace and security and the impact of counter-terrorism strategies on human rights
International Criminal Law - providing comprehensive knowledge of the growing body of concepts and principles which step beyond the context of national jurisdiction
International Trade and Human Rights
Transnational Organised Crime - considering the legal framework and state cooperation necessary to investigate and prosecute crime that crosses borders, including drug, human, arms and environmental trafficking
International Trade and Human Rights - examining the economic and jurisprudential justifications for engagement in multilateral trade, their alignment with the development and realisation of economic, social and cultural rights for citizens within a global economy, and contemporary international economic relationships in light of their impact on human rights.
You’ll study this core module:
This final module gives you the opportunity to develop deep and specialist knowledge through robust legal scholarship. You will use the intellectual skills you’ve gained during your course to carry out an extensive investigation of a significant topic. You will be supported throughout by a member of our law team with expertise in the area you choose to research.
This specialist LLM equips you to join organisations working in the human rights field, from law firms to governments and NGOs. You will gain invaluable insights into the investigation of human rights abuses and a greater understanding of criminal trials, how to interview victims of human rights violations, and how to analyse criminal justice documentation to identify possible violations.
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