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

If you aspire to pursue your legal career internationally, this course is the one for you! The combination of compulsory and optional modules will ensure that you have the grounding you need, while providing you with the tools and knowledge to build upon it according to your own particular dreams and ambitions.

The Public International Law module gives you a solid understanding of public international law within its political context. The module begins by exploring the sources of international law and its key actors. You will also study areas such as dispute settlement techniques, the use of force or international criminal law, and the critical interplay between law and politics.

The Private International Law module focuses on the rules of private international law as they operate in England and Wales. You will receive a thorough grounding in the basic concepts, and then move on to consider the law on connecting factors and the rules on jurisdiction within common law and as they operate under European legislation. In addition, the module includes study of the relevant choice of law rules in contract and tort, and examination of the various legal regimes that provide for the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgements.

Both modules are assessed by written coursework. In addition, you will study two modules of your choice from the wide range that is available.

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

Why choose this course?

In the twenty-first century, global travel, instant communication and cutting-edge technology have made the world a much smaller place than it ever has been. In this context, a comprehensive understanding of international law is vitally important for anyone wishing to pursue a legal career.

Taught by specialists in their field, and continually reviewed to ensure it is up to date and relevant, the LLM International Law will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for your career, whether you choose to follow a professional, commercial, business or an academic route. Successful completion will ensure you have a well-rounded knowledge of international law, whether from a state, public perspective (often political and controversial), or with an individual, private focus.

If you wish, you can combine a similar pathway, and graduate with a named joint pathway. In addition, you may wish to complement the subject areas on this course with our co-curricular programme, which will further enhance your skills.

What will I study?

A variety of active and innovative teaching methods combine to equip you with vital skills of negotiation, persuasion, debating, presentation, teamwork and leadership. Class seminars are supported by group work, role plays and debates, to enable students to pool resources and work collectively on problem solving.

Independent study is, of course, a vital part of your degree, and the written assignments will enable you to consolidate and deepen your knowledge and to apply what you have learnt to real-world situations.

A peer support and mentoring scheme is also available, for ongoing advice and support, as well as to offer further opportunities to develop mentoring, teamwork and leadership skills.

Careers

The LLM International Law degree will open a wide range of doors into a very exciting future. Whether you wish to follow a path within the public sector, into international business, civil society, academia or even research, your University of Hertfordshire degree will stand you in good stead!

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