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Master of Laws International Human Rights Law with Work Experience

Why choose Herts?

  • Teaching Excellence: You'll 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: 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

LLM International Human Rights Law offers a firm foundation for human rights specialisation and enables you to explore a wide range of subjects in this area. You’ll examine the latest developments and critically analyse arguments on all sides of Human Rights debates.  

You have two compulsory modules: International Human Rights Law and International Humanitarian Law. Depending on which pathway you choose Humanitarian Law will only be available to those studying on the International Human Rights Law pathway.  

In the International Human Rights Law module you’ll 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. 

Throughout the International Humanitarian Law module students gain in-depth understanding of some of the core concepts and elements of force used in international relations. The module includes critical discussions and evaluation of the history, basis and nature of international humanitarian law, as well as applicability of the law of armed conflict and classification of armed conflicts. You will be involved in discussions of those affected and involved in armed conflicts including the wounded, sick, shipwrecked, and prisoners of war; the distinction between combatants and civilians, permitted means of warfare, methods of warfare, the rules of belligerent occupation, and means of implementation of the International Humanitarian Law. 

Why choose this course?

  • If you’re interested in specialising in Human Rights Law, this is the perfect course for you. Teaching is up-to-date and highly relevant to twenty-first-century global human rights issues 
  • You’ll be taught by experts at the forefront of their specialist disciplines, underpinned by the latest research and practice.  
  • The course is very practical, a firm foundation for your human rights law career. 
  • You’ll benefit from combined teaching methods and excellent seminars to support your learning throughout the programme. 
  • 4th for law in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES, Advance HE, 2023)

What will I study?

  • Hertfordshire Law School follows a blended learning approach to the delivery of its programmes 
  • Teaching and learning has a strong emphasis on accessibility and inclusivity.   
  • We have strategic focus around community, inclusivity, diversity of opportunity and employability in line with the University strategic objective (2020-25) of ‘Transforming Lives’ through the three pillars of Offering Opportunity, Building Community and Embracing Flexibility.    
  • From academic staff with PhDs to Qualified Barristers and Solicitors, Judges, Competition Law experts and Legal Risk Consultants, our teaching staff provide a wide range of skills and experience. Our connections with Law Firms and Industry ensure that they remain up to date with legal and commercial developments. 
  • Level 7
    Banking Law30 CreditsOptional
    International Financial Law30 CreditsOptional
    Data Protection Law30 CreditsOptional
    Medical Law and Ethics30 CreditsOptional
    Employment Law30 CreditsOptional
    Legal Risk and Compliance30 CreditsOptional
    Copyright and Artificial Intelligence Law30 CreditsOptional
    Public International Law30 CreditsOptional
    Private International Law30 CreditsOptional
    International Human Rights Law30 CreditsCompulsory
    Intellectual Property Law30 CreditsOptional
    International Commercial Law30 CreditsOptional
    Work Experience60 CreditsCompulsory
    International Humanitarian Law30 CreditsCompulsory
    Crimes of the Powerful30 CreditsOptional
    Company Law30 CreditsOptional
    Research Methods and Skills0 CreditsCompulsory
    LLM Dissertation60 CreditsCompulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    Master of Laws International Human Rights Law with Work Experience Download
    Programme specifications
    LLM in International Human Rights Law - Extended Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


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