LLM Human Rights and Justice
Nottingham Law School has significant academic expertise in the areas of human rights and justice. The course parallels the historical and contemporary significance of these aspects of law, in particular their growth as topics of both domestic and international importance over recent decades.
About the LLM Human Rights and Justice
The LLM Human Rights and Justice is based on the significant expertise of academic staff in Nottingham Law School, particularly from its Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice.
The course will help you develop a strong analytical understanding of the key legal issues in the area, with a particular focus on European and international human rights and key aspects of international justice systems.
Why choose this course?
- Study the key issues in European and international human rights and justice.
- Explore bodily integrity rights such as the right to life, procedural rights such as the right to a fair trial, and expressive rights such as the freedom of religion.
- Benefit from strong links to our Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice
- Study full-time or part-time.
- Attend an International Summer School and explore Law from a European perspective.
- Scholarships available.
- Individual modules can be studied for Continuing Professional development (CPD) awards.
You will study six taught modules followed by a dissertation.
- Public International and Humanitarian Law
- Terrorism and International Response
- Victims' Rights and Restorative Justice
- Human Rights in Europe
- Theory and Principles of International Law
- Expression Rights
- Human Rights and Criminal Justice
- Discrimination Law in Employment
- International Criminal Court and International Crime
- Data Protection and Privacy
You can take up to two modules from another subject area, excluding Oil, Gas and Mining Law, but we advise you to select modules from the above options if possible.
You will start your dissertation after completing these modules.
In each case, modules are assessed through one piece of course work. This usually takes the form of a problem- or essay-style question, but will vary by module. You can submit and receive feedback on assessments over the course of each module.
The dissertation is 18,000 to 20,000 words and is researched and written independently under the guidance of an expert academic.
How do I study?
The academic year for the LLM courses is split into three parts: two ten-week terms (Term One runs from the beginning of the academic year until the Christmas vacation, Term Two between Christmas and Easter) and the summer period.
Full-time students – who complete the course over one academic year – study three modules in each term and complete the dissertation over the summer.
Part-time students – who complete the course over two academic years – study three modules across Terms One and Two in each year (six in total), beginning work on researching their dissertation during the first summer period and completing it during the second.
On the full-time and part-time modes modules are taught throughout the week. Depending on your timetable you may be expected to attend on more than one day. Modules may exceptionally be rescheduled due to course needs.
Seminars are led by academics but will usually require you to carry out extensive guided preparatory work and will often involve short presentations or other contributions.
You will need a good degree in Law (minimum 2.2) or, an honours degree in another discipline plus either the CPE (Common Professional Examination) or GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law) conversion qualification.
Applicants from other disciplines will be welcomed in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if not as lawyers.
English language requirements
International students need to demonstrate they have sufficient knowledge of written and spoken English before starting the course. We usually require one of the following:
- IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill
- An equivalent English language qualification.
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