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  • Entry requirements
    an upper second honours degree in law, or a relevant social science, or non-UK equivalent.
  • Course description

    If you want to ...
    • explore the globalisation of governance
    • investigate issues of jurisdiction, territory and self-determination
    • examine the impact of international law on the 'war on terror'
    • analyse international human rights protection
    • study the legal regime on the prohibition of torture

    ... then LLM International Law is the course for you.

    LLM International Law gives you the opportunity to develop a thorough knowledge and understanding of the essential elements of international law as a distinct legal system.

    The course offers you the opportunity to pursue particular areas of interest in one of the many areas of the subject. It will help you understand the role that bodies such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organisation play in the international arena as well as the decisions and advisory opinions of the International Court of Justice ('the World Court').

    You will investigate and apply the complex rules of international law to novel problems, real-world and hypothetical scenarios, and critically evaluate the legal rules and underlying policies concerning international law.

    Teaching takes an innovative and often non-traditional approach that analyses the transformation of the international legal system towards a new world order. The modules provide comprehensive guidance and insight into an important and relatively recent body of practice that is transforming the way that international organisations are considered.


    This course has five compulsory modules. You also choose another three to four optional modules to complete your course.

    Compulsory Modules

    Global Governance through Law explores the globalisation of governance and also examines the nature and purpose of international law (including state responsibility), as well as the sources of international law. You will look at issues of jurisdiction, territory and self-determination and examine the concept of international personality.

    The Laws of War in an Age of Terror explores the impact of the laws of international law on the 'war on terror' and the impact of the 'war on terror' on the international laws of war. In doing so it provides the opportunity for critical analysis of this issue of contemporary import, and for consideration of the nature and purpose of the international system of international peace and security.

    International Human Rights Law introduces students to the idea of the international human rights protection, and the mechanisms introduced by the United Nations to protect human rights. It considers the structure of the international human rights system, paying particular attention to the work of the Human Rights Committee and the legal regime on the prohibition on torture.

    Research Methods focuses on the mechanics of the research process: how to formulate research questions, design research strategies and generally go about the process of 'researching.'

    Dissertation allows you to tailor your own programme of training and research in consultation with a member of staff drawn from the school's MA/PhD supervisory panel.
    Optional modules
    • International Criminal Justice
    • EU Discrimination Law
    • European Human Rights
    • Animal Law
    • EU Agricultural Law
    • International Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework
    • International Banking Law: Capital Markets and Loans
    • International Corporate Rescue
    • The International Law of Foreign Investment
    • World Trade Organisation Law
    • International Economic Law
    • Family, Law and Society
    • Disability Rights and Law

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