LLM in Human Rights Law

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

Program Description

LLM in Human Rights Law

University of Kent, Brussels Schools of International Studies

LLM in Human Rights Law

Taught in the critical tradition of Kent Law School, the LLM examines the theory and practice of Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, Humanitarian Law, Transitional Justice, Migration Law and other fields in the context of different policy areas and various academic disciplines. It is particularly suited to those who currently work in, or hope to work in international organisations, non-governmental organisations, international law firms and foreign affairs departments.

In line with the new design of programmes of study at BSIS, the LLM in Human Rights Law allows students to choose secondary areas of specialisation from the range of programs offered at the School. Thus, a focused programme of study can be constructed of studying human rights law in the context of Conflict and Security, International Migration and others, leading to the award of a LLM degree in, for example, Human Rights Law with International Development. The cluster of modules in the Human Rights specialism can also be chosen from as a secondary area of specialization for those focusing on other fields, leading to the award of, for example, an MA degree in International Conflict and Security and Human Rights.

Finally, the Kent Law School is a top-15 UK law school renown for its critical style of teaching, where you learn more than just the black-letter law: we want you to understand how different legal regimes came about and how they may be interpreted, challenged or possibly changed. This is complemented by the real world advantage of doing your LLM in the capital of the European Union; mere hours from the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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 Human Rights Law are to:

  • Provide a postgraduate qualification of value to those intending to play a leading role in any field of human rights 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 Human Rights 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 Human Rights Law, students must take 6 taught modules, the methodology module 'Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research' and then submit a dissertation on a topic in Human Rights 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 October 17, 2016
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1 - 2 years
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17,300 EUR
Belgium - Brussels
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