Public International Law LLM
The LLM in Public International law is designed for those candidates who seek the qualification of a general public international lawyer, but with a range of specialist interests (as in environmental protection, or world trade or humanitarian warfare or human rights).
This degree School of Law not only allows candidates to develop an excellent grounding in the techniques of argument and interpretation of international law with special reference to its sources (such as treaties and custom) but also to acquire some expertise in how these elements are put to the test in very different contexts (compare for example, the notion of the international law of development, which enjoys a more recent history of legal intervention, with the international regulation of the sue of force, whose history is often traced back to the 1907 Hague Convention Respecting the Limitation of the Employment of Force for the Recovery of Contract Debts). We seek, therefore, to produce a well-rounded, or general, international lawyer who is sufficiently equipped in the basic methodologies of the discipline but who, at the same time, has a general awareness of the various sub-realms of public international law applies (and has been applied) therein.
Since its introduction in 1987, our LLM programme has continued to grow in popularity and prestige. Offering a wide and diverse range of over 50 options, the programme now attracts some 150 to 180 candidates each year, from more than 50 countries, confirming its status as one of the leading and most exciting LLM programmes available.
We also offer LLM pathways in the areas listed below, as well as a more general LLM (Master of Laws) qualification:
- LLM Environmental Law
- LLM European Law
- LLM Human Rights Law
- LLM International Law
- LLM International Commercial Law
- LLM International Criminal Justice & Armed Conflict
- LLM International Law & Development
- LLM Maritime Law
- LLM Public International Law
You will take 120 credits’ worth of full and/or part-time subject options during the taught components of this course.
You will conclude the LLM Criminal Justice 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.
The LLM Public International Law 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.
Currently, some of the subjects offered in relation to Public International law include:
- Biodiversity and International Law
- International Humanitarian Law
- International and Comparative Penal Law & Human Rights
- International Criminal Law: Institutions
- International Refugee Law
- International Criminal Law: Substantive Law and Process
- Principles of Public International Law
- European Law of Human Rights
- International Law on the Use of Force
- The World trading System
- Settlement of International Disputes
- International Human Rights Law I
- International law of Transboundary Pollution
- Governance of the EU
- International Investment Law
- International Law of Treaties
- Public Procurement in EC and International Trade Law
- Law of International Organisations
- International Human Rights Law II
- Law Development and the International Community
- Mental Disability and International Human Rights
- Issues in International Refugee Law
- International Law of the Sea
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
Entry requirements:2.1 (Upper 2nd class hons degree or international equivalent)
Including:Law/Humanities/ Social Sciences subjects
Other requirements:Mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered
IELTS:7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening)
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:67 (no less than 67 in writing, 62 in reading, and 55 in listening and speaking)
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Last updated August 14, 2015