LLM (Transitional Justice and Conflict)
Business and Law
A master’s degree in law is a fantastic way for law graduates to develop a specialisation, or for non-lawyers working in related fields to gain a deeper understanding of legal issues.
This pathway connects research in law, social science and contemporary politics to provide you with a solid grounding in international human rights and international humanitarian law. You’ll focus on responses to violations of these legal regimes through transitional justice and international criminal justice. You will learn how these issues are addressed in the context of conflict-affected countries, where human rights and international law violations often arise.
You’ll also have the chance to choose from a wide range of optional modules to supplement this core teaching, and opt to either write a 15,000 word dissertation or conduct a work-based project that will give you valuable experience of dealing with a specific legal issue in detail.
The course is perfect for lawyers and law graduates looking for career development, although all of our LLM courses can be studied by students without a background in law, since you will be trained in the necessary analytical and legal skills.
As such, the programme will also provide ideal training for paralegals, journalists, NGO and charity workers, policy advisors, consultants, lawyers, those working in business and finance or anyone who will benefit from a legal education in their career.
A unique course
The course is unique in its use of research across law, social science and politics to address contemporary humanitarian issues.
internationally recognised research
Learn from area specialists, in a law department with 99% of its research rated as ‘international quality’ (REF 2014) - home to the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict.
Study in the evening at our state-of-art USS campus and access materials in the library of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies at Russell Square.
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and Maths.
What you'll study
- International Law: Problems and Process (core)
- War and Human Rights (core)
- Dissertation Module OR Work-Based Project (core)
Plus any two modules from:
- Advocacy, Interventions and Practice
- Regulation of Financial Markets
- International Law and Business
- International Human Rights
- Law of International Finance
- Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility
- Financial Crime and Corporate Criminal Liability
- International Corporate Governance
- The Law of the World Trade Organisation and Globalisation
- International Criminal Law
- International Environmental Law
- Oil and Gas Law and Policy
- International Refugee Law
- Regulation and Governance of Energy
- Economic Integration in Developing Countries
How you'll be assessed
All modules are research-based, involving coursework. You will take four modules of 30 credits each for which you will submit coursework of approximately 7,000 words at the end of the term. The LLM dissertation, accounting for 60 credits, involves a 15,000-word essay. Full-time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part-time students complete the same in two years.
How you'll learn
All our LLM courses are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. We extensively use problem-based learning, class discussion and case studies to ensure our teaching is brought to life, while all our lectures are issued as podcasts to give you greater access to learning resources and allow you to revisit specific classes.
The LLM Transitional Justice, LLM International Law and Legal Practice and LLM Human Rights Advocacy pathways are supported by regular events at the Centre for Human rights in Conflict. These involve presentations from prominent experts in the field of human rights in conflict. This year's speakers included Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of the Central European University and Former Leader of the Canadian Liberal Party, David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Other recent speakers at UEL have included included Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and the high-profile human rights lawyer (and UEL law graduate) Imran Khan.
All teaching on the programme takes place in the evening at our newly opened purpose built building at University Square Stratford, which has cutting edge facilities and includes a Mooting Room, Harvard Lecture Theatre and our newly re-launched Law Clinic provided to assist the local community. Students also have access to the new library that opened in 2013 on the Water Lane Campus at Stratford.
What you'll learn
You’ll develop a thorough understanding of the role of
international law and human rights legislation in upholding justice in regions affected
by war. This pathway takes advantage of our long-standing expertise in transitional
justice and conflict, so you’ll be learning about crucial, contemporary topics
in the field from leading experts.
The Centre on Human Rights in Conflict – based at UEL – does important work to protect human rights in regions suffering the consequences of war; you will learn from academics, researchers and practitioners in the Centre as well as experts in law and social sciences from across the university. You will also benefit from the regular seminar and lecture series held by the Centre, featuring prominent global practitioners and researchers.
You’ll also be able to choose a further two optional topics from our extensive list of LLM modules. Some of the available options are also related to human rights, transitional justice and international law, so you can develop your specialisation further, or opt to diversify your training with subjects from other areas of law.
As well as choosing your optional modules, you can decide to either write a postgraduate dissertation or carry out a work-based project. Both of these options allow you to conduct independent study on a topic of your choice, developing your practical legal skills while honing your knowledge of a specific legal issue.
Your future career
This pathway will leave you well-prepared to pursue a career in transitional justice, international criminal justice, and human rights, in both the domestic and international sphere.
Specialists may go on to work for NGOs, legal firms that specialise in transitional justice, international institutions like the UN or European Court of Human Rights, as well as non-legal professions that require expertise in law and conflict, including journalism, policy advice and charity work.
The course also allows you to undertake a work-based project so you can gain practical experience and build professional links, while our renowned Law Clinic enables you to work on real legal cases with local people to enhance your clinical skills while you study.