University De Montfort University
Degree type Master
Academic title L.L.M. Master of Laws
Location United Kingdom
Methodology online
Commitment Full time, Part time
Duration 15-27 months
Tuition fee 9000 £ per year
Deadline 28. September 2020
Language English

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Description

This innovative programme has been designed to provide the opportunity for the advanced study of Human Rights Law in an international context and use will be made throughout of case studies and cutting-edge documentation providing you with thorough coverage of this fascinating area of law.

You will have the opportunity to converse with leading experts in International Human Rights Law including Professor Trevor Buck author of the key textbook, ‘International Child Law’. Within the LLM programme, each student has the opportunity to develop his or her own interests with the freedom to choose from a range of module options.

This unique programme will enable you to:

  • Analyse, interpret and apply the laws regulating international human rights
  • Gain a competitive advantage in difficult market conditions – increase your skills at this crucial time
  • Achieve a recognised UK university qualification while combining full-time employment with study
  • Learn from key industry practitioners and academics and benefit directly from their insight and invaluable commentary
  • Apply your learning and new skills to your work immediately and help further your career
  • Tailor the programme to your needs by studying your own unique combination of modules from this and other De Montfort LLM programmes
  • Study at a faster pace – follow the ‘accelerated route’ and complete the LLM in 15 months
  • Achieve the level you choose – postgraduate certificate and diploma levels also available

EU Referendum Statement: UPDATE

In light of the outcome of the recent EU Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union we wanted to reassure you that DMU remains as committed as ever to academic excellence as well as welcoming students from all countries, whether from Europe or the wider world.

De Montfort’s flexible programmes will ensure that when changes happen you’ll be in a position to understand and act on them immediately.

Find out more in the course prospectus.

Course Syllabus

You will be able to choose from the following modules:

Core Module

International Human Rights Law

  • Birth of international human rights thinking
  • International human rights legal system
  • International legal system
  • Balancing competing rights

30 Credit Modules

International Child Law

  • The concepts of childhood and children’s rights
  • Introduction to sources and institutions of international law
  • The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Child labour
  • International parental child abduction
  • Inter-country adoption
  • Children and armed conflict
  • Indigenous children’s rights

Freedom of Religion and the Rights of Minorities in International Law

  • Overview of the various legal and political values which have shaped the treatment of religious and minority rights in international law
  • International and regional instruments concerning religions and religious believers
  • International and regional instruments concerning ethnicity and minority rights
  • More detailed treatment of particular issues, such as discrimination, hate speech, freedom of religious choice, and the freedom to manifest religious belief through worship, adherence to dress codes, etc.
  • Universalism v cultural relativism
  • Individual v group rights

15 Credit Modules

European Convention on Human Rights

  • The background to the ECHR
  • The institutional framework
  • The nature of the substantive rights
  • How the ECHR can be updated
  • The application process and the admissibility criteria
  • The margin of appreciation and proportionality
  • Derogation
  • The EU and the ECHR

International Law

  • Sources of international legal rules
  • Subjects of international law: states, international organisations, individuals and NGOs
  • The law of treaties
  • Jurisdiction
  • State responsibility
  • International dispute settlement
  • The use of force

Social Justice

  • Theories of social justice – including ideas of justice based on choices, consequences, fairness and virtue
  • The role of United Nations agencies (and other international organisations) in promoting respect for economic, social and cultural rights
  • How the law protects vulnerable people and promotes equality
  • How the law makes a difference for those living with homelessness, poverty and poor housing conditions
  • How the law overcomes obstacles to accessing education, health care and housing in the UK and internationally
  • The role of judges in protecting the ‘second generation’ of international human rights
  • Experience of courts in the UK and internationally

International Humanitarian Law

  • Sources of international humanitarian law
  • International and internal armed conflicts
  • The law of targeting
  • Limitations on weapons
  • The protection of non-combatants
  • The enforcement of international humanitarian law
  • The relationship between international humanitarian law and international human rights law

Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights

  • Overview of the various legal, political, social and cultural values which have shaped the treatment of women’s rights in international law
  • International and regional instruments guaranteeing women’s human rights, with particular emphasis on the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, 1979
  • More detailed treatment of particular issues, such as gender-related discrimination, reproductive rights, violence against women, and the family, criminalisation and sexual orientation
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity in international law, including the treatment of these issues in key human rights instruments, and the relevance of key legal principles such as privacy and nondiscrimination

The Protection of Refugees in International Law

  • Overview of the various legal and political values which have shaped the treatment of refugees in international law
  • Key international and regional instruments
  • The legal scope of the term ‘refugee’ for these purposes
  • The nature of the rights afforded to those with refugee status

Negotiated Study

  • Explore an area of law selected by you
  • Examine its application by means of detailed critical analysis
  • Work independently and seek advice as required

Mix and match these modules with options from the other De Montfort University LLM pathways:

  • Sports Law and Practice
  • Employment Law and Practice
  • Medical Law and Ethics
  • Environmental Law and Practice
  • Food Law
  • Human Rights Law

Admission Requirements

What are the entry requirements?

  • You should have a good honours degree in Law or another discipline from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or an appropriate professional qualification.
  • Some background knowledge of law is useful, but a degree in law is not essential.

English Language Requirements:

  • If English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 (including a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent is normally required.

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