University of Essex

University of Essex

International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

This course builds on the success of our long-established LLM International Human Rights Law, and our expertise with respect to the protection of human rights in situations of acute crisis. Students on this course critically examine how international law protects individuals in such situations, with core modules exploring: the rules of general public international law most relevant to the study of human rights; humanitarian law and international peacekeeping; together with the international machinery for the protection of human rights; the international law of armed conflict and international refugee law; thiscourse appeals to those students looking to work with humanitarian organisations in the field or have experience and who want to examine the legal aspects of their work in more detail. It would be of interest also to those who are a member of the military seeking to broaden their understanding of the international law pertaining to peacekeeping and other types of military operation, or a member of governments or international organisations responsible for establishing peacekeeping or other humanitarian operations.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree in law, or in a related discipline, and/or substantial practical experience in a field related to the course. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 7.0 with at least 6.5 for the writing component.

Course modules

Core modules: Foundation essay for human rights and humanitarian law; international human rights (law, institutions and practice); international law of armed conflict for humanitarian situations; dissertation. Optional modules include: Acute crises and displacement; approaches to legal theory; business and human rights; cybercrime; data protection; detention under international law; electronic products and the world trading system; EU company law; European competition law; European convention on human rights 1; European Union employment law; European Union law and human rights; foundations of economic, social and cultural rights; freedom of expression, privacy and the media; human rights and development; human rights for women; human rights, international relations and diplomacy; international commercial and business law (models, principles and tools); international commercial dispute resolution 1; international criminal law; international financial law; international law of armed conflict for humanitarian situations; international trade, investment and human rights; legal research and the English legal system; marine insurance 1; promotion and protection of human rights in Africa; public international law; public international trade law; religion and human rights; the economics of the European Union; the enlargement of the European Union; the law of international peacekeeping; the protection of minorities and indigenous peoples in international law; topics in the international law of armed conflict for humanitarian situations; work-based project.

Assessment methods

Combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, students work on a dissertation or individual project included in their final grade.

Sponsorship information

Some University of Essex studentships available.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 8,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,950 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
LLM Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,475 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
LLM Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,475 per Year 1 (International) 24 months
LLM Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,475 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
LLM Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,475 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
LLM Part-time October 2016 GBP 4,475 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Graduate Administrator, School of Law
Telephone number: 
01206 872719