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  • Objectives
    This unique degree enables you to study advanced options relating to the international dimensions of criminal justice and the law, and practice of international armed conflict. Emphasis is placed on contemporary problems and issues in this emerging, interdisciplinary field of International Criminal Justice, with attention to the theoretical significance, as well as to the practical challenges, of achieving criminal justice in the international arena. Opportunities are provided for more focused study of transnational, comparative and philosophical aspects of criminal justice in dedicated options, which also complement themes developed in the LLM Human Rights Law.
  • Academic Title
    LLM International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict
  • Course description
    Course Content

    You will take 120 credits’ worth of full and/or part-time subject options during the taught components of this course.

    Currently, some of the subjects offered in relation to International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict include:

    -Counter-terrorism & Human Rights
    -EU Defence Law
    -Foundations of International Criminal Justice
    -Imprisonment and Human Rights
    -International and Comparative Penal Law and Human Rights
    -International Criminal Law: Institutions
    -International Criminal Law: Substantive Law and Process
    -International Humanitarian Law
    -International Law on the Use of Force
    -International Refugee Law
    -Issues in International Refugee Law
    -Law of International Organisations
    -Principles of Public International Law
    -Settlement of International Disputes
    -Transnational Criminal Law

    Please note that all module details are subject to change.

    You will conclude the LLM in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict by undertaking a 60-credit dissertation; this is an extensive piece of independent research in a subject of your choice.  You will benefit from the support of a dedicated project supervisor, the School of Law’s Skills Programme, as well as the generic research skills training offered by the University’s Graduate School.

    Course Structure

    The LLM International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict can be taken on a full-time basis over 1 year or part-time over 2 to 4 years. 

    In order to qualify for the LLM, you must take four full-year options (120 credits in total), or the equivalent number of full and half options in the taught element of the programme. Full options comprise eighteen two-hour seminars, held during the Autumn and Spring Terms. Half-options comprise nine two-hour seminars, held in either the Autumn or Spring Terms.

    All seminars offer dedicated teaching, open only to postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, where an option is relevant to a student’s doctoral research.

    The precise availability of individual options differs from year to year, depending on the availability of staff to teach them, but in a typical session LLM students are able to choose from around a dozen full-year options (30 credits) and up to 50 half-year options (15 credits) over the programmes.  In addition, LLM students may elect to take up to two half-year options in relevant modules offered by the School of Politics as part of its MA in International Relations.

    To qualify for a particular specialist degree, candidates must choose at least three full options (or their equivalent in full and half options) from the list of qualifying options within the relevant specialisation.  Students may choose any full module (or equivalent half modules) within the LLM programme as their fourth, “free” option.

    In addition, the candidate must choose a dissertation topic within the relevant area of specialism.  The dissertation is worth 60 credits and taken over the summer period towards the end of the course for submission in September.

    Assessment for options is by essay, examination or a combination of both

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