Ulster University

Ulster University

Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice

This programme is designed to give students a unique lens on the study of human rights in the contemporary international moment; using the local Northern Ireland political and legal context as a starting point the course imbues students with a working knowledge of international norms and principles, while at the same time encouraging students to move beyond the local to reflect critically on present international law norms and their application to other situations and contexts; students are encouraged to develop and transfer knowledge, experience and expertise of the transformative possibilities of human rights law both in respect of societies emerging from violent conflict and in relation to the local and global management of other particular societal problems; this dual focus - from the local to the global and back - is a core part of the course's aim to equip students with the knowledge and skills base to contribute internationally as well as locally.

Entry requirements

Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or better in law from a UK/Republic of Ireland university, Council for National Academic Awards, National Council for Educational Awards or other recognised institution.

Course modules

Modules include: Foundations of international human rights law; foundations of transitional justice; gender and transition; policing and human rights; the politics of memory; political violence; �wars on terror� and the law; critical perspectives on human rights; economic, social and cultural rights; equality law, human rights and conflict resolution; transitions from conflict: law and politics.

Assessment methods

Coursework based assessments.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time - 1 calendar years
LLM Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Jordanstown Campus Newtownabbey BT37 0QB Northern Ireland
Magee Campus Londonderry BT48 7JL Northern Ireland

Key information

General Enquiries
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028 7012 3456