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LLM International Human Rights Law

Programme code:LLM-LAW/IHRFUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Zoe Tongue 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 Human Rights Law is an advanced postgraduate course designed to provide a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of human rights issues at international, European, and domestic law levels. The programme provides a dynamic platform to not only expand your theoretical understanding of key concepts in this area of law but also to apply this knowledge in practical scenarios, equipping you with the skills to navigate the complexities of the 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 human rights law. Compulsory modules in International Human Rights, Comparative Human Rights Law and Postgraduate Legal Skills enable you to develop your legal research and writing skills, culminating in an independent piece of research on your chosen topic, the Dissertation. Optional modules offer a further range of specialisations, including international criminal, intellectual property, environmental, and trade law. This modular structure provides you with the flexibility to pursue specific areas of interest within the realm of international human rights 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 students engage with the latest scholarship and debates. The curriculum also promotes a breadth of learning, providing students 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 your professional career.

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 applicable to human rights issues at international, European, and domestic law levels, 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 Human Rights Law 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 human rights 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 120 credits of compulsory modules:

LAW5362MComparative Human Rights Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5662MPostgraduate Legal Research Skills15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5780MDissertation60 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LAW5861MInternational Human Rights30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

Semester 1
Candidates will be required to study 30 credits in Semester 1 from the following optional modules:

NOTE: LAW5301M is studied across two semesters and therefore counts as 15 credits of semester 1 study and 15 credits of semester 2 study.

LAW5301MSecurity, Conflict and Justice30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
LAW5406MTheories of Social Justice15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5655MWorld Trade Organisation Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5692MContemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expressions15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5694MContemporary Issues in Intellectual Property: Health, Food and Biotechnology15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5862MHuman Rights and Disabled People 115 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
LAW5867MFoundations of Global Governance Through Law15 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5346MPublic Administration: Policy, Planning and Development in a Globalised World30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP5356MInequalities: Exploring causes, Consequences and Interventions30 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Semester 2
Candidates will be required to study 30 credits in Semester 2 from the following optional modules:

NOTE: Candidates who choose LAW5301M should choose only 1 additional 15 credit module in semester 2.

LAW5146MInternational Criminal Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5355MEnvironmental Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5386MGlobalisation and Crime15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5401MInequalities, Law and Justice30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5688MDigital Environment: Law, Technologies & Human Rights15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5830MInternational Economic Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5863MHuman Rights and Disabled People 215 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW5868MAdvanced Global Governance Through Law15 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP5241MRacism, Decoloniality and Migration30 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

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