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This LLM course covers the concepts and enforcement of the international criminal law, It focuses on international crimes that fall under the jurisdiction of international criminal courts and tribunals (genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and aggression). The core principles, law, and institutions of international criminal law are contextualized against international law and human rights, and international humanitarian law.

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  1. Expert academics: taught by expert academics and practitioners. A number of Visiting Professors and Lecturers will teach on the course. All are leading practitioners with a national reputation in the fields of international criminal law and human rights.
  2. Professional links: Through our growing pool of visiting fellows and professors, the Law Department has developed a strong network of contacts with leading law practitioners in the UK.
  3. Dynamic research: benefit from engaging with highly qualified academic staff.
  4. Free tablet: Advanced technology and e-learning, a free iPad or tablet will support your studies.
  5. Comprehensive reading resources: via our virtual learning environment, a personal e-law library worth £6,000.
  6. Employability: graduate with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the fields of international criminal law and international criminal procedure (either in the UK or abroad) as advisors, experts, researchers and policymakers.
  7. Great teaching: The LSBU Law Department has a strong set of experts, consultants and international advisors in the field of international criminal law and hosts a number of annual events and conferences.
You'll study the following subset categories of International Law: International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law by exploring the contours of the duty to prosecute those who commit international crimes. And, focus on the application of domestic and international law to the question of jurisdiction over international criminal activities, including universal jurisdiction of national courts.
The course explores the procedural aspects of international cooperation in criminal matters, with particular attention to extradition and problems associated with obtaining evidence from abroad.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 12 months September Southwark Campus
Part-time 24 months September Southwark Campus


  • International criminal law
  • International criminal procedure and practice
  • International law and human rights
  • Research methods
  • Dissertation

Plus two options from:

  • International humanitarian law
  • International human rights and development
  • Terrorism
  • Case management
  • Advocacy
  • Migration and development


New international criminal law

This programme is particularly relevant if you're looking for careers in the new international criminal law institutions such as the International Criminal Court or in agencies with rapidly increasing criminal justice competencies such as the UN or the EU.

You'll acquire in-depth knowledge of international criminal law and procedure, international human rights law and international humanitarian law. You'll have the necessary knowledge and skills to practice international criminal law before international tribunals or national courts.

This LLM will appeal to you if you're interested in the increasing trend in international human rights law to criminalize and prosecute mass human rights atrocities, both in domestic courts and international tribunals, like the International Criminal Court.

Non-governmental organizations

Other graduates may embark on careers in non-governmental organizations, such as Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch, or in the area of international legal practice. The LLM is also highly relevant for law graduates and criminal law practitioners both from the UK and abroad. Moreover, it is particularly relevant for graduates from Commonwealth Common Law jurisdictions, wishing to study international criminal law and practice while developing their legal and professional knowledge and skills in the field of international litigation.

The LLM aims to produce reflective practitioners, capable of using their professional experience in combination with theoretical insights to contribute to public debate on international criminal justice policy and practice.

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At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching and learning


Content, knowledge, and understanding are assessed through coursework, or coursework, presentations and online assessments.

Assessment methods reflect the development of legal skills within particular modules, for example, the advocacy presentation within the Advocacy Module and the Case study within the Case Management Module. Oral assessments assess your ability to effectively and critically research, evaluate, write and present a coherent legal analysis of a particular issue drawing upon relevant law reform proposals, assessing conflicting interpretations of the International Criminal Law and proposing new hypotheses relevant to the topic being assessed.


Coursework can take many forms (based on the practical or theoretical content of the module) including essays and reports. Typically coursework pieces will be 6,000 words in length. Students will explore a topic covered in depth, providing a critical, practical, insight into the topic analyzed.

Entry requirements

  • An LLB (Hons) Law degree at 2:2/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division.
  • UK graduates with a non Law degree (2:2) and relevant knowledge and experience.
  • Individual applications for accreditation of prior learning and experience will be considered in accordance with the School's policy.
  • We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
1 - 2 years
7,500 MOP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £7500; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £3333.33; International fee: £5833.33
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Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
End Date
June 5, 2020
Application deadline

Sep 23, 2019

Application deadline
End Date
June 5, 2020