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LLMInternational Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £14,950.00 per year
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Our LLM International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law builds on the success of our long-established LLM International Human Rights Law, and our expertise with respect to the protection of human rights in situations of acute crisis such as war or displacement of refugees.

This LLM should appeal if you looking to work with humanitarian organisations in the field or have experience and want to examine the legal aspects of your work in more detail. It would be of interest if you are a member of the military seeking to broaden your understanding of the international law pertaining to peacekeeping and other types of military operation, or a member of governments or international organisations responsible for establishing peacekeeping or other humanitarian operations.

You critically examine how international law protects individuals in such situations, with core modules exploring:

- Public international law most relevant to the study of human rights
- Humanitarian law and international peacekeeping
- The international machinery for the protection of human rights
- The international law of armed conflict
- International refugee law

At Essex we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law. We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and we are ranked among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World [University] Rankings [2016] for law.

Our law course will develop your intellectual and critical faculties, encourage you to think independently and teach you to present rational, coherent and accurate arguments orally and in writing.

Programme structure

Year 1

Dissertation: LLM International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Foundation Essay for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
International Human Rights: Law, Institutions and Practice
International Law of Armed Conflict
European Union Law and Human Rights (optional)
Legal Research and the English Legal System (optional)
Approaches to Legal Theory (optional)
International Commercial Dispute Resolution I (optional)
Public International Trade Law (optional)
Legal Aspects of Electronic Commercial Transactions (optional)
Marine Insurance I (optional)
Maritime Law and Wet Shipping (optional)
International Financial Law (optional)
Cybercrime (optional)
Data Protection (optional)
Freedom of Expression, Privacy and the Media (optional)
The Economics of the European Union (optional)
The Enlargement of the European Union (optional)
EU Company Law (optional)
International Commercial and Business Law: Models, Principles and Tools (optional)
Topics in the International Law of Armed Conflict (optional)
International Criminal Law (optional)
The Law of International Peacekeeping (optional)
Acute Crises and Displacement (optional)
Public International Law (optional)
Foundations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (optional)
The Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law (optional)
International Child Law (optional)
European Convention on Human Rights I (optional)
The Protection of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in International Law (optional)
Human Rights and Development (optional)
International Trade, Investment and Human Rights. (optional)
Human Rights for Women (optional)
Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Africa (optional)
The Inter-American System of Human Rights (optional)
Business and Human Rights (optional)
Transitional Justice (optional)
Work-Based Project (optional)
Human Rights Clinic (optional)
Religion and Human Rights (optional)
Human Rights, International Relations and Diplomacy (optional)
Language Rights (optional)

Career opportunities

The majority of our students go on, or return, to work in human rights as litigators, in NGOs and international organisations like the UN, in government (particularly Ministries of Foreign Affairs) and in academia. They are a conspicuous presence in all the key human rights hubs in the world.

Our School of Law graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in international and intergovernmental organisations or employment with governments across the world, in commerce and banking, in non-governmental organisations and, as might be expected, in the legal profession and the judiciary.

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Application start
Aug 1, 2018
Dec 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

This is a pre-deadline and we suggest to apply before this date

Primary deadline
Aug 1, 2018 23:59
Europe/Tallinn time

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States