LL.M. LLM International Law and Criminal Justice

University of East London

Tuition fee:
  • € 6,580 / Year (EEA)
  • € 11,960 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, February  2016
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The aim of the LLM International Law and Criminal Justice is to provide a critical appreciation of the new legal regime that is emerging between international law and criminal justice symbolized with the creation of the International Criminal Court. This has effected a shift between international law and municipal law as the ICC works at both at level of international as well as universal jurisdiction which has profound implications for the development and implementation of humanitarian and human rights law. Through a strong foundation in both international law and international criminal law the programme will offer the opportunity of developing expertise in terrorism studies, international policing, international organized crime, the laws of war and armed conflict, human rights and Islamic law. The programme aims to produce graduates with excellent research and writing skills in the area.

The Aims and Objectives of the LLM International Law and Criminal Justice Programme are to:

* Develop a critical awareness of the way in which international law and criminal justice are creating a new legal regime.
* Critically engage with the major theoretical debates in the areas of international law, criminal justice and international criminal law.
* Demonstrate a familiarity with the key institutions of the international criminal system.
* Evaluate the doctrinal and policy issues associated with the new legal regime.
* Develop the ability to analyze, articulate and write on the subject, by linking previous or current experience with an academic inquiry, particularly via the dissertation.

The LLM International Law and Criminal Justice offers a range of modules. In addition to the two core modules, Current Issues and Research in International Law and International Criminal Law, a range of options are offered including: Human Rights and Armed Conflict, Terrorism Studies, International Policing, International Organized Crime, Islamic Legal Cultures, the Law of Armed Conflict

International Law and Criminal Justice at UEL
The LLM International Law and Criminal Justice at UEL is a distinctive programme for the following reasons

* The LLM teaching team is composed of experts in the area whose work has rated as internationally recognized in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008.
* LLM programs adjudged the highest grade "commendable" by the Quality Assurance Agency in 2003.
* The program, is taught by a group of researchers who have made a distinctive contribution to international law and criminal justice through publication and consultancy
* The LLM International Law and Criminal Justice offers an innovative programme through its multidisciplinary approaches combining law, criminology, international relations and critical legal studies.
* The LLM International Law and Criminal Justice is attractive because of the programme structure making it entirely research based while offering students the flexibility of choosing research areas within the modules and for their dissertation.
* The LLM International Law and Criminal Justice will be taught, as with the existing programme, through interactive lectures, workshops and seminars and specialist events.
* The LLM International Law and Criminal Justice is supported by a strong library collection and the academic and research culture in the School of Law and UEL.


In addition to the two core modules, Current Issues and Research in International Law and International Criminal Law, candidates take at least one module from the following: Terrorism Studies, War and Human Rights, International Policing, International Organized Crime, Contemporary Islamic Legal Issues, law of Armed Conflict, Feminist Legal Studies. Candidates may chose another of the above or one module form any other LLM programme. . The Dissertation must be deemed by the Dissertation committee to be substantially related to the area of International Law and Criminal Justice.

Learning environment
Module Lectures/Seminars, workshops and research group seminars, occasional day school, and visits by external experts.

All modules are research based involving coursework. Students take four modules of 30 credits each for which they submit their coursework of approximately 7,000 words at the end of the semester. The LLM dissertation accounting for 60 credits involves a 15,000 word essay. The full time students normally complete the 180 credits requirements in one academic year while part time students complete the same in two years.

Relevance to work/profession
It is not validated for work-based learning

Thesis/Dissertation/project work
Dissertation seminars provide the opportunity for students to develop their own ideas, research specific topics. All students are allocated a supervisor. However, the nature of postgraduate dissertation does not provide scope for formal collaborative research projects.


Qualifications for entry is a good honours degree in law, criminology, sociology, international relations, political science, economics, psychology, cultural studies, social work, area studies or any other relevant discipline.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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