LLM International Justice and Human Rights Law
- Prepare for a career in international law;
- Gain a solid grounding in the fundamental and foundational issues in international justice and human rights laws;
- Become skilled in legal reasoning and engage in sustained, independent research;
- Develop key transferable employment skills which are of great value for a wide range of legal and non-legal careers, of both national and international dimension.
This LLM provides an opportunity to develop a thorough, integrated understanding of international justice and human rights. You will study international criminal law and international human rights law, choose from a selection of optional modules, and immerse yourself in advanced legal research methods in preparation for completing a highly specialised piece of original research of your own.
On successful completion of the programme you will be well placed to pursue a career within law firms, governmental and non-governmental organisations and be able to demonstrate an impressive array of transferable skills to employers.
Edge Hill University
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2014/15 Entry Requirements
To join this LLM you should have a law degree at lower second class honours or above. It is also possible to access the programme with a non-law degree but you will need to have upper second class honours, or above, and be able to demonstrate relevant knowledge or experience. You can demonstrate a similar level of achievement with 360 European Credit Transfer Accumulation System (ECTS) credits.
For overseas applicants, IELTS 6.5 or equivalent is also required. Applicants are expected to possess English at a level sufficient for meaningful advanced legal study.
How do I apply?
Apply online at www.ukpass.ac.uk.
Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyukpass for more information on the application process.
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Who is this course for?
This programme is for those who wish to gain a global perspective of international justice and human rights. It will enable you to advance your knowledge and understanding whilst developing new skills at a higher level.
What will I gain from this programme?
The LLM will develop your skills in legal reasoning, communication and research as you engage in critical analysis of the distinct but inter-related issues presented within the framework of the programme.
How we will support you
You will be allocated a personal tutor who will support your academic progression and provide pastoral support throughout the programme. Ongoing support and guidance will also be available from module tutors and the programme leader.
A range of additional support mechanisms are in place for international students, including a dedicated 'orientatation week' to familiarise you with the campus, university life and the academic culture at Edge Hill. Staff from the International Office will be on hand throughout the programme to provide advice and support. International students will also have access to a dedicated 'English as a Second Language' online cafe, where a range of academic planning resources are available, in addition to a dedicated discussion forum and 'instant chat' facility.
What will I study?
The LLM International Justice and Human Rights Law includes three core modules which cover international criminal law, international human rights law and advanced legal research.
These core modules prepare you to undertake detailed study in three optional modules, choosing from topics such as public international law; humanitarian law; global justice; and freedom, security and justice in the European Union.
The culmination of the programme is the completion of a 15,000 word dissertation on a relevant subject of your choice.
How will I study?
The programme is delivered through a combination of small-group lectures, seminars and workshops which will typically account for up to nine hours per week on the full-time programme. Tuition will generally be focused on discussing the issues arising from recommended reading and questions presented for consideration.
You can expect a further four hours per week on the full-time programme to be spent engaging in self-managed, small-group work and a further 18-20 hours per week in private study. The full-time programme is divided into three separate 12-week teaching blocks with your dissertation completed during the third of these semesters.
We hope to organise visits to Auschwitz, Auschwitz-Birkenhau, and the International Criminal Courts of Yugoslavia and Rwanda as part of the programme.
Who will be teaching me?
The teaching team comprises experts in the fields of EU law, EU internal market law, criminal justice, human rights, public international law, incitement to genocide, international criminal law, extradition and jurisprudence.
How will I be assessed?
Modules are typically assessed through research assignments of approximately 5,000 words. You will also complete a 15,000 word dissertation.
What are my career prospects?
You will develop legal reasoning, research and writing skills. Typical employers of LLM graduates are law firms as well as governmental and non-governmental organisations.
In addition, the programme provides the development of a range of key transferable skills for those who wish to pursue a career without legal or international dimensions. These are valued by employers and include legal analytical skills, effective communication, time management, teamwork, independent learning and information retrieval.
A Great Study Environment
Based in 160 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds, the Edge Hill University campus is a unique and inspirational place to study. Industry standard resources and cutting edge technology combine to make an interactive and highly advanced teaching and learning environment.
Everything you could want is on one site with fantastic modern spaces in which you can study and socialise and 60 acres of sport and leisure facilities. There is also a University library, providing you with access to thousands of books, journals, online resources and extensive PC and media provision.
You will get all the support you need to succeed, reflected in Edge Hill University being ranked:
- Top in the North West for graduate employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2013;
- Top in the North West for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2013 and Sunday Times University Guide 2013.
Fees and Finance
Academic Year 2014/15
Tuition fees for full-time study on this LLM in academic year 2014/15 are £4,500 for UK and EU students and £11,950 for international students.
Tuition fees for part-time study on this LLM in academic year 2014/15 are £25 per credit (UK and EU students only). 180 credits are required to complete a Master's degree.
Edge Hill University graduates joining this programme in academic year 2014/15 could benefit from a 20% reduction in tuition fees. If you're a UK or EU student and will be paying the fees yourself, you might be eligible to receive this discount.
For comprehensive information about the financial support available to UK and eligible EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2014/15, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2014.
Finance information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.
Where can I find out more?
If you would like to receive a copy of our prospectus or be kept updated about forthcoming events, contact the Course Information, Advice and Guidance Team by emailing email@example.com or calling 01695 657000.
If you want to attend one of our open events held throughout the year, visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradopendays to book your place.
You will also find Edge Hill University staff at many postgraduate study fairs taking place across the UK and Ireland.
Still want more?
If you have any questions you would like to ask the programme leader about this course, please contact:
- Franco Rizzuto, Department of Law and Criminology, Edge Hill University, St Helens Road, Ormskirk, Lancashire, L39 4QP
- Tel: 01695 650607
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Overseas students should contact the International Office by calling +44 1695 584489 or emailing email@example.com with any queries.
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LLM4015 International Criminal Law (20 credits) covers the body of international law designed to prohibit certain categories of conduct commonly viewed as serious atrocities and to make perpetrators of such conduct criminally accountable. Principally, the module deals with genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the war of aggression.
LLM4016 International Human Rights Law (20 credits) focuses on the body of international law designed to promote and protect human rights at the international, regional and domestic levels. International Human Rights law is primarily made up of international treaties and customary international law. Principally, international criminal and human rights law are complementary, as both strive to protect the lives, health and dignity of individuals and punish perpetrators.
LLM4005 Advanced Legal Research (20 credits) will acquaint you with the research skills, methods and methodologies appropriate for research at this level. The module will also equip you with a suitable awareness of research ethics and ethical considerations.
LLM4013 Dissertation (60 credits) requires you to carry out a substantial piece of highly specialised original research on a relevant aspect related to international justice and human rights.
You will select three of the following modules:
LLM4014 Public International Law (20 credits) is the law governing relations between the USA and the activities of international institutions such as United Nations and the European Union. In this module, you will focus on the key principles, concepts, legal definitions and fundamentals of jurisdiction, considering issues such as the settlement of disputes, state responsibility and sovereignty, and legal restraints on the use of force.
LLM4018 Freedom, Security and Justice in the European Union (20 credits) equips you with an awareness of some of the competing theoretical notions of freedom, security and justice, enabling you to critically appraise the EU’s legislation in the areas of freedom, security and justice.
LLM4019 Global Justice (20 credits) provides a detailed examination that acknowledges how justice is not confined to the boundaries of a nation-state. The module involves rethinking the notions of individual obligation and state sovereignty, helping you to understand the connection between these concepts and their particular expression and application in the international legal frameworks of human rights law, humanitarian law and international criminal law.
LLM4020 International Humanitarian Law (20 credits) deals with situations of armed conflict, whereas human rights, or at least some of them, protect the individual at all times, in war and peace alike. Armed conflicts, in their various forms, remain rampant in today's world. Old wars and new wars, including the 'war on terror', continue to be fought, and armed violence from Libya to Darfur impacts on the lives of civilians.
Please note, optional module selection is subject to module availability and timetabling. Some restrictions on optional module choice may apply.