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Overview

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.

What makes this course different

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Placement

Optional placement year available

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A unique course

The course is unique in its use of research across law, social science and politics to address contemporary humanitarian issues.

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99% 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.

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. 

The programme also offers an optional placement year, following your first year. Placements will be provided and supported by the London-based NGO, Pro Bono Communities,  where you'll gain valuable experience in handling issues relating to aspects of social welfare law. Training and supervision will be provided by Pro Bono Communities and a module leader at UEL will oversee the relationship and assess student performance.

We consistently review our courses to ensure we are up-to-date with industry changes and requirements from our graduates. As a result, our modules are subject to change.

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MODULES

  • Core Modules
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    International Law: Problems and Process (Mental Wealth)

    The main aim of the course is to stimulate your research interest in topical areas of international law and to develop your research skills in both public and private international law. The course, intended as a core LLM module, presents a survey of key debates in public and private international law. It thereby provides a grounding in the skills and methodologies required for postgraduate study of international law.

    Being core to all UEL LLM pathways, this module will also incorporate a series of skills workshops to help orient you on the programme. These will cover essential skills and also address issues of employability and the core competencies of mental wealth.

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    War and Human Rights

    • You will consider the nature and development of contemporary armed conflicts, followed by an analysis of the constraints that international humanitarian law and human rights law place upon actors in both internal and international armed conflict.
    • You will consider the increase of internal armed conflicts and the participation of non-state actors, mainly armed groups, and the challenges for the application of international law in such contexts.
    • You will study the scope and effects of the human rights violations committed in the context of contemporary armed conflicts and their legal qualification.
    • You will consider the responses that have been taken in the wake of armed conflict to punish violations of human rights law and international humanitarian law, through prosecutions and other procedures at international level, including the ad hoc tribunals, hybrid tribunal and the International Criminal Court, and also in domestic courts of countries that have experienced conflict and distant countries.

     

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    Applied Project

    The aim of the dissertation is to enable Students to initiate and carry through an academic inquiry outside the formal structure of the taught LLM Modules. Students select their own field of research and build on the knowledge and skills acquired in the taught LLM Modules.

    Optional Modules
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    Law of International Finance

    In this module you will examine the legal issues created by the international operations of large commercial banks, merchant banks and investment banks. Although based primarily on a discussion and analysis of current London City Practices, reference to other relevant laws are examined. The course has a strong comparative and international law content and emphasises a study of regulatory issues and private international law considerations in the context of international finance.

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    Financial Crime and Corporate Criminal Liability

    • You will develop knowledge and critical understanding of financial crime offences from a domestic, European and international perspective.
    • You will examine the most relevant legal issues related to fraud, bribery and corruption, money laundering, terrorism financing, tax evasion, insider trading and cybercrime.
    • You will learn about illustrate the UN, US and EU economic sanctions regimes.
    • You will engage with with issues related to proceeds and instruments of crime.
    • You will gain an understating of the financial crime compliance measures adopted by corporations to fight against economic crime offenses.
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    International Corporate Governance

    The module aims to provide you with a comprehensive appreciation of the legal, theoretical and practical underpinnings of the operation and control of contemporary corporations. It introduces students to the evolving framework that seeks to regulate the intricate relationships between, and often conflicting interests of, the corporation and its board of directors, the management, shareholders and the broader society within which they operate. Whilst the module draws from English law, it is international and comparative in focus and exposes students to the evolving global corporate governance regimes.

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    The Law of the World Trade Organisation and Globalisation

    The primary aim of this module is to introduce you to complex international trade law and globalization issues. As the approach will be interdisciplinary, at the end of the course you will have an understanding of the history and politics of the post-World War II trading regime in addition to the principles of international trade regulation. You will also interrogate factors and forces shaping globalization and the consequences of this process for the global trading order.

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    International Criminal Law

    The aim of the module is to introduce you to the current debates about international criminal law, its doctrines and institutions with special reference to this newly emerging legal order.

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    International Environmental Law

    This course seeks to acquaint you with the basic principles of international environmental law. You will engage with some of the intricate issues arising out of the regulation of the environment. It is expected that by the end of the course you will have a good grasp of international environmental policy and regulation.

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    Oil and Gas Law and Policy (Mental Wealth)

    The module aims to provide you with a comparative and analytical exploration of contemporary upstream and downstream oil and gas and minerals regulatory trends particularly in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East in some key areas like Oil and Gas Law, Contracting, Decommissioning and Trade. In particular it seeks to give you a thorough grounding in the areas:

    • Oil and Gas finance and international economic law
    • Energy transactions - Law, policy and practice
    • Petroleum development and production arrangements and Rights
    • Energy and the International treaty framework
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    International Refugee Law

    This module aims to provide an overview of contemporary international protection framework and practice relating to refugees and Internally Displaced Persons. It explores the theoretical, philosophical, political and socio-cultural dimensions of the refugee crisis from an interdisciplinary perspective. The module focuses on the global and regional institutional mechanisms redressing human rights violations through case studies. It also discusses domestic application of international refugee standards by reviewing the legislative developments in the field of UK Immigration and Refugee practice and policy trends in Europe: and its impact on domestic refugee policy.

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    Regulation and Governance of Energy (Mental Wealth)

     

    The module aims to provide you the opportunity to explore within a multidisciplinary and critical framework, the regulatory and institutional aspects of the energy and natural resources and the wider economic, business, environmental and technological issues that are fundamental to energy and mineral economies and market. It covers complex concepts and modes of regulation in areas of :

    • Natural resources concepts in domestic and international context
    • The environment, energy security and sustainability law
    • Renewable energy and alternative energy industry
    • The WTO, natural resources Trade and Investment
    • The Resolution of minerals and energy disputes

    The module will also be supported by workshops focussing on issues of employability and skills.

     
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    Economic Integration in the Developing World

    This module focuses on economic integration in developing countries. It seeks to locate the process of regionalism within the framework of economic, legal and political development in economically disadvantaged parts of the world. The methodology of the module is interdisciplinary. You will explore questions of law, politics, economics, history and sociology. Thus, students are expected to understand both legal and non-legal perspectives on economic integration in developing countries.

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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.

If you go for the placement option, your degree will take an extra year as you will be placed in a workplace for 10 months. Placement is not available to part-time students. Students wanting to do the Placement year must indicate so upon application.

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.

CAMPUS and FACILITIES

University Square Stratford

University Square Stratford, University Square Stratford

WHO TEACHES THIS COURSE

The teaching team includes qualified academics, practitioners and industry experts as guest speakers. Full details of the academics will be provided in the student handbook and module guides.

What we're researching

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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.

Explore the different career options you can pursue with this degree and see the median salaries of the sector on our Career Coach portal.