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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

LLM International Law and Global Governance

Programme code:LLM-LAW/IGGFUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Ilaria Zavoli Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Entry Requirements are available on the Course Search entry

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Law

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

Programme specification:

The LLM in International Law and Global Governance is an advanced postgraduate course designed to provide a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of international law. The programme provides a dynamic platform to not only expand your theoretical understanding of key concepts in this area of law (e.g. sources of international law, the use of force, states’ obligations and settlement of disputes) but also to apply this knowledge in practical scenarios, equipping you with the skills to navigate the complexities of international law.

Structured with a blend of compulsory and optional modules, the programme allows you to tailor your studies to your specific interests while ensuring a solid foundation in international law. Compulsory modules in Global Governance through Law I & II and Postgraduate Legal Research Skills enable you to develop your legal research and writing skills, culminating in an independent piece of research on their chosen topic, the Dissertation. Optional modules offer a further range of specialisations, including human rights, tax, banking, and trade law. This modular structure provides you with the flexibility to pursue specific areas of interest within the realm of international law.

A distinctive feature of this programme is its commitment to the principles of the new Leeds Curriculum. It emphasises research-led teaching, ensuring that you engage with the latest scholarship and debates. The curriculum also promotes a breadth of learning, providing you with a holistic understanding of the subject matter. Contents are regularly updated to reflect the evolving nature of domestic and international legal landscapes, preparing you to address current and emerging challenges in their professional career. Professional development is a key focus, with the programme equipping you with the skills necessary for your future careers.

While primarily delivered through in-person lectures and seminars, the programme also utilises digital technologies to enrich the learning experience. This combination allows for an inclusive, engaging, and flexible environment, accommodating diverse learning styles and needs.

Upon successful completion of this programme, you will have achieved a comprehensive understanding of the laws regulating international trade, including its application to real-world and hypothetical scenarios. You will be able to critically evaluate legal rules and policies, undertake independent research, and effectively articulate your arguments. In addition to these subject-specific outcomes, the programme also develops transferable skills such as critical thinking, time management, and advanced communication abilities, which are indispensable in professional settings.

In summary, the LLM in International Law and Global Governance programme combines legal and academic learning with the development of key research and professional skills. It provides you with a unique opportunity to delve into the complexities of the laws governing international law, thereby preparing you to gather relevant skills to pursue careers in academia, legal practice, supranational organisations, or industry.

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[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following 105 credits of compulsory modules:

LAW5662MPostgraduate Legal Research Skills15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5780MDissertation60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LAW5867MFoundations of Global Governance Through Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5868MAdvanced Global Governance Through Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 75 credits of optional modules

Candidates will be required to study:

30 credits of optional modules in Semester 1 and 45 credits of optional modules in Semester 2.

Candidates should choose from the following optional modules:

Basket 1: Select 1 module (comprising 15 credits in each semester)

LAW5301MSecurity, Conflict and Justice30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LAW5613MInternational Tax Law and Policy30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LAW5861MInternational Human Rights30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Basket 2: Select 1 module 

LAW5406MTheories of Social Justice15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5562MInternational Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5645MThe International Law of Foreign Investment15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5655MWorld Trade Organisation Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5862MHuman Rights and Disabled People 115 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Basket 3: Select 1 x 30 credit or 2 x 15 credit modules

LAW5146MInternational Criminal Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5362MComparative Human Rights Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5386MGlobalisation and Crime15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5401MInequalities, Law and Justice30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5830MInternational Economic Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5863MHuman Rights and Disabled People 215 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Last updated: 24/05/2024 10:15:16


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