LLM International Justice and Human Rights Law

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UKPASS Code:P047162
Course Length:1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time
Start Dates:September 2016
Department:Department of Law and Criminology
Location:Edge Hill University
  • 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 is for those who wish to gain a global perspective of international justice and human rights. It 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, legal reasoning and communication 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.

Department of Law and Criminology

Course in Depth

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.

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.

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.

A Great Study Environment

Law and Criminology Mooting RoomThe stunning £8m Business and Law building provides state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities for students in the Department of Law and Criminology and Business School.

The three-storey building includes a dedicated law and criminology library and a 100-seat lecture theatre. A roof garden and atrium are other attractive features along with modern seminar and meeting rooms and social learning areas which encourage a more informal and interactive style of learning. Elsewhere on campus, there is a mooting room (a mock courtroom) in which students can train and practice their mooting skills.

You are encouraged to join the student-led Edge Hill University Law and Criminology Society which offers a range of activities to enhance your professional development, from mooting workshops to educational visits, mentoring opportunities, a debating society and monthly social events.

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LLM4005 Advanced Legal Research (20 credits)

Advanced Legal Research consists of a number of taught classes to acquaint you with the research skills, methods and methodologies appropriate for research at Masters level. The module will also provide you with a suitable awareness of research ethics and ethical considerations.

LLM4013 Dissertation (60 credits)

Dissertation requires you to carry out a substantial piece of highly specialised original research on a relevant aspect related to international justice and human rights.

LLM4015 International Criminal Law (20 credits)

International Criminal Law 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)

International Human Rights Law 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.

You will select three of the following modules:

LLM4014 Public International Law (20 credits)

Public International Law 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)

Freedom, Security and Justice in the European Union 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)

Global Justice 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)

International Humanitarian Law 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.

Entry Criteria

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Edge Hill University recognises learning gained elsewhere, whether through academic credit and qualifications acquired from other relevant courses of study or through recognition of an individual’s professional and employment experience (also referred to as ‘experiential learning’).

Previous learning that is recognised in this way may be used towards meeting the entry requirements for a programme and/or for exemption from part of a programme. It is your responsibility to make a claim for recognition of prior learning. For guidance, please consult the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and contact the faculty in which you are interested in studying.

Career Prospects

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.


Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for full-time study on this LLM are £4,680 for UK and EU students and £12,250 for international students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

Tuition fees for part-time study on this LLM are £26 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2016/17.

180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree. Please note, the University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Financial Support

For comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK and EU students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University in academic year 2016/17, together with details of how to apply for potential funding, please view our Money Matters 2016/17 guide at www.edgehill.ac.uk/postgradfinance2016.

Financial support information for international students can be found at www.edgehill.ac.uk/international/fees.


How to Apply

Apply online at www.ukpass.ac.uk.

Visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/applyukpass for more information on the application process.

Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.

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Get in Touch

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International students should visit www.edgehill.ac.uk/international or email international@edgehill.ac.uk with any queries about overseas study.

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