University of Essex

University of Essex

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

This course combines cutting-edge scholarship and practice on the legal aspects of the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights, with the latest thinking in the operationalisation and implementation of these rights through public policy. From the legal perspective, the course focuses on international human rights law protections of economic, social and cultural rights, as well as how these are implemented at the domestic level through constitutional and administrative law. From the public policy perspective, this course looks at how human rights law is operationalised in practice, focusing on essential aspects of public policy making, including the relationship between economic policy and human rights, and new tools and methodologies being developed for promoting and achieving the realisation of these economic and social rights.

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 overall, with a minimum score of 6.5 in the writing component.

Course modules

Core modules: Foundation essay; foundations of economic, social and cultural rights; human rights and development; international human rights (law, institutions and practice); dissertation. Optional modules include: Acute crises and displacement; business and human rights; detention under international law; European convention on human rights 1; European Union law and human rights; freedom of expression, privacy and the media; human rights for women; human rights, international relations and diplomacy; international criminal law; international law of armed conflict for humanitarian situations; international trade, investment and human rights; public international law; religion and human rights; right skills for human rights professionals; the law of international peacekeeping; the protection of minorities and indigenous peoples in international law; the protection of refugees and displaced persons in international law; topics in the international law of armed conflict for humanitarian situations; transitional justice.

Assessment methods

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


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 8,755 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
LLM Full-time £ 14,350 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
LLM Part-time £ 4,250 per Academic year (home fees) 24 months
LLM Part-time £ 6,750 per Academic year (overseas fees) 24 months

Campus details

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

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Economics
Telephone number: 
01206 872719