LLM International Development Law

Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, examinations may be replaced by an alternative form of assessment during the academic year 2020/2021. Please refer to the Programme Specification on these pages for further details.

About the course

The LLM International Development Law is perfect for you if you would like to study international law from an Islamic perspective. The course includes two compulsory modules – International Development Law and Islamic Finance Law – which will give you a solid foundation on which to build as you specialise in the area of international development. These will be combined with two modules of your choice from a wide range of options.

The International Development Law module considers the global issues of poverty eradication, human rights fulfilment and sustainable economic growth, and the related challenges. It also examines the foundations of international development law and seeks to offer a critical understanding of the political, economic and social context of global developmental challenges.

When Islamic Finance appeared in the banking sector in the 1970s, it wasn’t expected to survive. Not only did it survive, but it also weathered the storm of the financial crisis better than the conventional global finance market. The Islamic Finance Law module considers the lessons that can be learned. This cutting-edge module also examines the justifications for intellectual property rights from an Islamic perspective, and analyses the success of Islamic finance, seeking to understand how we can apply this learning to intellectual property and international trade.

We also offer a range of other Master of Law pathways.

Why choose this course?

The University of Hertfordshire is known for its great links with industry and its high-quality teaching, which is supported by cutting-edge research and practice and delivered by specialists at the forefront of their disciplines. The LLM International Development Law is regularly reviewed to ensure that its content is up to date and pertinent to current developments and challenges in the international arena.

Our innovative, practical teaching methods will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need – the intellectual, transferable, interpersonal and practical skills that will set you on the path of your chosen career with confidence. You can combine similar pathways if you wish, and graduate with a named joint pathway as well.

In addition to the compulsory and optional modules, we offer exciting co-curricular opportunities to further enhance your skills.

What will I study?

The programme is taught via a range of innovative methods, from class seminars to group discussions, role plays to debates, to enable you to learn in the way that is most suitable for you, and to give you practical experience in a variety of contexts. Independent study is crucial, of course, to consolidate and deepen your understanding.

The compulsory modules are assessed by way of written assignments, giving you opportunities to apply your learning and demonstrate what you know. Case studies will be used in the Islamic Finance Law module.

A peer mentoring scheme is also on offer, offering further opportunities to develop skills of mentoring, teamwork and leadership.


Successful completion of the LLM International Development Law will provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the area of international development, whether in an international organisation, in government, civil society, the private or public sector, or in academia or research. Your skills will be highly applicable within the international context, as you will have gained a sound knowledge of Western legislation as well as laws pertaining to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa region, and Africa.

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