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LLMInternational Human Rights Law

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £14,950 per year
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Our LLM International Human Rights Law is the oldest established human rights law course in Europe, and reflects our University’s global reputation as the leading centre for human rights research, practice and education. In 2009 the University was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education in recognition of its excellence in the advancement of human rights.

We provide an advanced conceptual understanding of the international law on the promotion and protection of human rights, at the international, regional and national level, informed by the latest practice and scholarship.

Our course sets international human rights law in its philosophical and historical contexts, enabling you to understand international human rights law as it applies in various situations including states of emergency or acute crises, development and transition.

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.

We attract some of the most experienced and academically qualified students from around the world, and we aim to produce graduates who will be leaders in the field of international human rights law as advocates, field officers, legal advisers or researchers with governments and international and non-governmental organisations.

Programme structure

Year 1

Dissertation: LLM International Human Rights Law
Foundation Essay: LLM International Human Rights Law
International Human Rights: Law, Institutions and Practice
European Union Law and Human Rights (optional)
Freedom of Expression, Privacy and the Media (optional)
International Law of Armed Conflict (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)
Human Rights Clinic (optional)
Religion and Human Rights (optional)
Human Rights, International Relations and Diplomacy (optional)
Language Rights (optional)

Career opportunities

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.

Recent graduates of LLM International Human Rights Law have found employment as:

National Protection Officer for UNHCR
An advocate for Refugees International
A lawyer for the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights
An adviser for the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT)
Lead lawyer for the Human Rights Advocacy Centre/Memorial
A trade promotion manager at the Department of Trade and Industry

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

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

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States