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:
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
The LLM International Law and Criminal Justice at UEL is a distinctive programme for the following reasons
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.
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.
It is not validated for work-based learning
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.
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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.
No work experience is required.
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