As crime knows no jurisdictional or geographical boundaries, there is a growing demand for today’s legal professionals to expand their horizons and think globally. This LLM combines Masters level study of criminal law theory with international and transnational perspectives.
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:
International Criminal Law
This module provides you with comprehensive knowledge of the growing body of concepts and principles which step beyond the context of national jurisdiction. It considers the protection, at national and international level, covering the most serious crimes against mankind, and looks at the roles of international courts and tribunals in bringing the perpetrators of these crimes to justice. The module also considers the role of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the investigation of international crimes and in enforcing international law.
Transnational Organised Crime
You will consider the legal framework necessary to secure state cooperation in the investigation and prosecution of crime that crosses borders. This module also explores different forms of organised crime, including drug trafficking, human trafficking, arms trafficking and environmental trafficking.
In addition, you’ll choose three optional pathway modules from the following:
Clinic - a unique opportunity, through a work placement, to investigate and research ‘real life’ legal problems or issues arising from the provision of legal services within a niche area that aligns with your selected pathway and is relevant to your general or specialist area of study
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
Investigation and Prosecution of Environmental Crime - considering the role of regulation to safeguard, sustain and ensure the successful management of natural resources such as water to protect the environment and prevent damaging pollution
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
Public International Law - charting the historical development and application of the legal rules established to regulate relations between states
The Law and Investigation of Human Rights Violations – deepening your understanding of the regime for the protection of human rights at regional and international level
The Law and Investigation of Human Rights Violations
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.
The LLM Transnational Criminal Law provides you with a distinctive skill set to help you stand out from the crowd if you are seeking employment or career progression either nationally or internationally. It is ideal if you are looking for a career with an international focus in a government agency, non-governmental organisation or criminal justice agency.
If you are already in employment, the particular benefit of our LLM is that you can combine modules to create a programme of study which reflects your specific vocation and career aspirations while enhancing your knowledge and expertise. In a turbulent world where professional roles and career pathways are constantly evolving, the Derby LLM offers you the flexibility to adapt to meet employers’ requirements and your own professional development needs.
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