LLM Masters of Laws: International Human Rights Law


This specialism has been specifically developed to allow you to construct a programme appropriate to private practice or public employment in the field of international human rights law.

An important element of the programme is a study trip to Geneva to gain first-hand experience of the work of the United Nations. During the trip you will have the opportunity to attend committee sessions, joining the delegation, NGOs and committee members in the committee chambers.

You may also be able to meet with some committee members for a private briefing on their work. The tour enables you to experience the practical side of human rights law, see the work of the Secretariat, and learn about opportunities to work or to serve an internship with the UN in human rights.

Students wishing to specialise in an area of law by following one of our dedicated pathways will also benefit from having that pathway named on your degree certificate, highlighting the specialist knowledge and experience you have in this field.

Students wishing to obtain a specialised LLM must complete three 30-credit modules in your chosen specialism, and must write a dissertation worth 60 credits in that subject area.

You will complete, one 30-credit module in a topic of your choice and a dissertation worth 60 credits.

Modules in this specialism are regularly updated to remain topical and may include:

LAWM640 Dissertation in topic related to International Human Rights Law 60
LAWM670 European Convention On Human Rights 30
LAWM671 International Human Rights Law 30
LAWM683 International Criminal Law 30
LAWM095 Human Rights and International Business Policy 30
LAWM097 International Law of Armed Conflict 30
LAWM715 International Migration and the Law 30

The remaining 30 credits can be taken from our full list of modules.

There is an also the option to take the following module from the Politics department: European Political Intergration (POLM606). Please note students are only permitted to take one 30 credit module outside of Law. 

The LLM International Human Rights Law class 2014-2015 travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to observe the proceedings of UN Treaty Bodies

"Having spent the first half of the term studying the procedures of UN Treaty Bodies, it was completely inspirational to gain an in depth practical understanding of their work. Our class considered our time in Geneva to be the highlight of our LLM studies to date and would highly recommend the course to any future LLM students." Read their thoughts and observations following the trip.

The LLM International Human Rights Law class 2014-2015 travelled to Geneva, Switzerland to observe the proceedings of UN Treaty Bodies