LLM in Public International Law

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

Program Description

LLM in Public International Law

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

LLM in Public International Law

The LLM in Public International Law offers a specialised single-honours degree in international law. Suitable both for lawyers wishing to specialise in international affairs and for international generalists seeking a specialisation in legal studies, the programme offers both theoretical and applied overviews of the field and provides ample opportunity for specialisation in the major substantive fields of international law. The LLM places great emphasis on independent legal analysis, research and writing, and is firmly grounded in the proud critical intellectual and educational tradition of Kent Law School.

This LLM programme provides the knowledge, conceptual tools and analytical skills appropriate for the development of a variety of careers in diplomacy and policy-making in international affairs, including in international organisations, non-governmental organisations, foreign services, and international business.

Key facts


  • Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time
  • Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time

Start: September or January.


The aims of the LLM in Public International Law are to:

  • Provide a postgraduate qualification of value to those intending to play a leading role in any field of public international law; provide detailed knowledge and a high level of understanding of a range of specialised subject areas; and more broadly-based communication skills of general value to those seeking postgraduate employment.
  • Provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key legal principles and particular contexts of international law.
  • Provide a degree of specialisation in areas of public international law of individual interest from amongst the range of options that are available and which require students to engage with academic work which is at the frontiers of scholarship.
  • Encourage students to develop a critical awareness of the operation of public international law, particularly in contexts which are perceived to be controversial or in a state of evolution.
  • Encourage students to develop critical, analytical and problem-solving skills which can be applied to a wide range of legal and non-legal contexts.
  • Develop the skills of academic legal research, particularly by the written presentation of arguments in a manner which meets relevant academic conventions.
  • Encourage the production of original and evaluative commentary that meets high standards of scholarship;
  • Assist those students who are minded to pursue academic research at a higher level in acquiring a sophisticated grounding in the essential techniques involved by following a specialised module in research methods.


The LLM in Public International Law is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS) and the Extended (120 ECTS) Programme format.

The Extended Programme allows students to broaden their knowledge and experience within the programme by taking more options whilst at the same time affording them a greater opportunity for internships. Students can also benefit by taking parts of the programme in Canterbury as well as in Brussels.

To be awarded a standard LLM in Public International Law, students must take 6 taught modules, the methodology module 'Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research' and then submit a dissertation on a topic in Public International Law. For the extended programme students must take an additional 3 taught modules.


The programme of study has three components. The core of the programme consists of a solid grounding in the general field of international law and its historical and political context. Students take the complementary introductory modules Public International Law and Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems and the module International Human Rights. The second component consists of a range of specialised courses that provide in-depth analysis of major substantive areas of international law. Students can choose from International Criminal Law, the Law of International Organisations, International Economic Law, Diplomatic Law, International Law of the Sea, and International Migration Law. The final component consists of advanced training in research and legal writing and close dissertation supervision.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated August 31, 2015
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