LLM in International Law


Program Description

Are you interested in current affairs? Does the idea of studying international law in the most vibrant city in Africa appeal to you? Do you want to further your studies in a vibrant and dynamic field of the law?

In an increasingly globalized world, it is no longer sufficient to be familiar with the domestic law. Whether you are interested in the prosecution of war crimes or in global warming, the LLM in International Law offered by the Faculty of Law of the University of Johannesburg offers you a chance to specialize in fields of the law which are not only interesting but also increasingly useful and relevant. The one year course takes an interdisciplinary approach and assesses international legal questions from the perspective of international law as well as from a regional African perspective.

The lecturing style is interactive. Students benefit from close contact with their lecturer and with experts from the relevant legal field. The diversity of the participants in the LLM program contributes significantly to the educational experience. The University of Johannesburg has a superb library and electronic resources.

The course will consist of the following three modules:

  • International Protection of Human Rights
  • International Criminal Law/International Humanitarian Law
  • International Environmental Law

Students are expected to complete a minor-dissertation on any topic in International Law. Students will benefit from research workshops which will be held to guide students in the writing process.

The degree can be undertaken as full time or part time study. Lectures take place after 18h00 to accommodate students who work during the day.


The course will be lectured by Prof. Mia Swart and a select group of expert local and foreign guest lecturers. Prof. Swart is an internationally recognized expert in International Law.

Admission Requirements

In general, as a minimum admission requirement, students must have attained an average of 65% for the law subjects in their LLB degree.


Scholarships are available. Students who complete their degrees within one year qualify for reimbursement of their tuition fees (excluding the registration fee and ICT levy and subject to certain terms and conditions).

Career Opportunities

Many career opportunities exist for students with an LLM international law. Some of these opportunities include a career at an international organization such as the United Nations, the Red Cross, international criminal court, and tribunals as well as many local and international non-governmental organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International.International law firms are also increasingly interested in graduates with expertise in international law. Prof. Swart is proactive in advising students in this regard. Internships can be arranged at organizations such as Amnesty International.

For further information and inquiries regarding entry requirements and the application procedure, as well as the substance of the coursework, contact the faculty:

Mrs. P Magongoa: Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Tel: 011 559 3843 , Email: phaladim@uj.ac.za , Web: www.uj.ac.za/law

Prof M Swart: Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
Tel: 011 559 3214 , Email: mswart@uj.ac.za ,

Registration and Start Dates

Registration starts in January and lectures in February for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work programmes.

All research programmes for Masters and PhD can register throughout the year.

End Date: Academic starts in January and ends in December. Programme deadline is determined by the duration of the programme.

Last updated Aug 2019

About the School

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university i ... Read More

Vibrant, multicultural and dynamic, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) shares the pace and energy of cosmopolitan Johannesburg, the city whose name it carries. Proudly South African, the university is alive down to its African roots, and well-prepared for its role in actualising the potential that higher education holds for the continent’s development. Read less