LLM International Human Rights Law

Why choose Herts?

  • Teaching Excellence: You will be taught by experts, including practising solicitors and barristers who will train you to work on real-life scenarios at our £10m Law Building inclusive of a full-scale replica Crown Court Room.
  • Work-Related Learning: You will gain client-facing casework experience working in legal services within our award-winning pro-bono Law Clinic providing community-based legal services.
  • Excellent Industry connections: Benefit from our links with employers, such as Hertfordshire Constabulary, Hertfordshire County Council, and local courts. Students have access to Law Fairs, employer workshops, and networking events.

About the course

If you wish to apply for LLM International Human Rights Law, please apply through the LLM Masters of Law course page.

Ethics and human rights are always hot topics, both domestically and internationally. The LLM International Human Rights Law will enable you to explore a wide range of subjects in this area, examine the latest developments and critically analyse the arguments on all sides of the debates. The two compulsory modules – International Human Rights Law and Medical Law and Ethics – will offer you a firm foundation for human rights specialisation, particularly with an ethical and medical law perspective. Practical work and case studies underpin solid theoretical teaching, equipping you with everything you need to work in this dynamic and challenging area of international law.

In the International Human Rights Law module you will gain a critical understanding of human rights law from a comparative and cross-cultural perspective. The module also includes examination of theoretical and philosophical discussions on human rights, international and regional systems of human rights protection and the effectiveness of the United Nations system, and a focus on civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights.

The Medical Law and Ethics module offers analysis of a wide range of areas within medical law and ethics, particularly from an international perspective. You will cover topics such as medical negligence and legal and ethical dilemmas, medical law and ethics from ‘birth to death’, the impact of modern technologies in areas such as gene editing, embryo testing, surrogacy and organ donation, and the law and ethics of end-of-life issues, such as assisted suicide.

Why choose this course?

You can be sure that the teaching you receive is up to date and highly relevant to twenty-first-century global human rights issues, taught as it is by specialists at the forefront of their disciplines and underpinned by the latest research and practice. Practical, innovative teaching methods combined with traditional class seminars ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge and skills that you will need for your career in the arena of human rights.

The two compulsory modules will be complemented by two from a range of optional modules on offer, enabling you to tailor your course according to your particular ambitions and aspirations.

In addition, the University’s co-curricular programme offers a wide range of options that will further enhance your skills.

Hertfordshire Law School has helped graduates forge successful careers for 40 years. You’ll benefit from our reputation for being forward thinking, innovative, and responsive to the world around us.

What will I study?

A range of innovative theoretical and practical teaching methods are used on this course, from class seminars to large group discussions, small group work to collaborative projects, role plays to debates. All this will enable you to develop those vital intellectual, transferable, interpersonal and practical skills, and to enhance your abilities in the areas of negotiation, presentation, debating, and so on. These skills can be boosted further by participation in our peer mentoring scheme.

The compulsory modules are assessed by way of written coursework, so independent study is, of course, essential to consolidate and broaden your learning and to demonstrate your ability to formulate arguments and seek solutions to contemporary global human rights challenges.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Dissertation 60 Credits Compulsory
    International Human Rights Law 30 Credits Compulsory
    Research Methods and Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Alternative Dispute Resolution 30 Credits Optional
    Banking Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    Public International Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    Intellectual Property 2 30 Credits Optional
    International Commercial Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    Legal Risk Management, Governance and Compliance 30 Credits Optional
    Company Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    International Environmental Law 30 Credits Optional
    International Energy Law 30 Credits Optional
    Medical Law and Ethics 30 Credits Optional
    Islamic Finance Law 30 Credits Optional
    International Development Law 30 Credits Optional
    Private International Law 30 Credits Optional
    Emerging technologies and law 30 Credits Optional
    Data Protection Law 30 Credits Optional
    International Electronic Communications Law 30 Credits Optional
    Corporate Governance 30 Credits Optional
    Employment law 30 Credits Optional
    International Financial Law 2 30 Credits Optional
    Employability Skills and Career Planning 0 Credits Optional
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
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    LLM Masters Degree in Law Semester B entrants Download
    Programme specifications
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    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year

    n/a

    Applications open to international and EU students

    Yes

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