Human rights questions have been central to the development of international law during the era following the Second World War. More recently, human rights have dominated developments in national constitutional law. The LLM in International Human Rights Law is broad in scope, offering the opportunity for students to gain a critical understanding of the history and theoretical underpinnings of international human rights, international and regional human rights systems, and the practical application of human rights norms in a range of contexts.
In Semester 1 the compulsory module in International Law provides a general introduction to the theoretical basis and main aspects of public international law of which international human rights law is a very important subcategory. In Semester 2, in addition to the compulsory module in International Human Rights Law, you are able to choose from a wide range of specialist topics, including international criminal law, international humanitarian law, corporate liability for human rights violations and human rights issues in international trade.
You will benefit from a range of teaching and learning strategies, from case studies to interactive seminars, presentations and moots.
Your fellow students are drawn from countries around the world giving you the opportunity to enjoy a truly international exchange of ideas.
With your future career in mind, particular emphasis is placed on skills training with opportunities provided to practice legal reasoning skills both orally and in writing.
Special support is provided for international students, particularly those whose first language is not English, to ensure that they find their feet quickly and are able to participate fully.
Consistently high ratings in the university guides and marks of excellence awarded by government teaching quality assessors.
A wide diversity of teaching methods are employed throughout the LLM courses in order to provide a high-quality learning experience. These include lectures, seminar discussions, individual and small group tutorials, case studies, and group and individual presentations. Particular emphasis is placed on skills training, with opportunities provided to acquire and practise legal reasoning as well as research and IT skills. Assessment methods include coursework and individual and group presentations.
Graduates from the LLM succeed across an impressive range of careers from policy makers and human rights activists through to high-flying diplomats and commercial lawyers.
LLM staff can advise you and direct you to possible careers and employers depending on your particular needs and ambitions. Depending on your existing legal qualifications, you may wish to take additional legal training at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice.
Pursuing an academic career in law
Research is fundamental to the Law School and is one of the reasons we performed so well in the latest RAE. Your own interests will be reflected in the modules you choose and many students feel moved to continue their academic studies and become specialists themselves. Several former LLM students have chosen to become researchers, publishing and lecturing on their work and graduating to do a PhD.
Where part time fees are quoted this is for the first year only. Fees will increase by approximately 2% each yearFor the most up-to-date information regarding fees please see our website here:
Students studying for the LLM in International Law are required to complete the compulsory modules in International Human Rights: Law & Institutions, the compulsory module in International Law (20 credits), and the compulsory module in Advanced Legal Research Methods (20 credits) during the first semester.
In semester two you take the compulsory module in International Human Rights: Law & Practice (20 credits). In addition you can choose any two of the listed options below (20 credits each, totalling 40 M-level credits):
In Semester 2 you can choose any two of the following options (20 credits each, totalling 40 master's level credits):*
*Please be aware that availability of options may vary from year to year subject to staff availability and student demand.
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Students will normally be required to have (or to be expecting) a good honours degree, or an equivalent degree awarded by a university outside the United Kingdom. The degree may be in Law or in a related discipline. We welcome applications from both non-Law graduates and work experience-based candidates.
If you are new to the academic study of law you will be advised to read a number of recommended texts by way of induction before the course begins. You are also encouraged to attend the induction sessions provided in the week prior to the beginning of the course.
An IELTS minimum score of 6.5 (with 6.0 in reading and writing) is required.
No work experience is required.
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