University of Sussex

University of Sussex

International Criminal Law

This course aims to introduce you to the institutions and politics of the international legal framework, emphasising both the political and legal dynamics that are shaping tribunals such as the International Criminal Court. You can choose whether to focus your attention and research on the more theoretical/political aspects of violence, rights, war, and justice, or work on the elements and definitions of crimes, although most people will find a balance between these perspectives. The field of international criminal law is dynamic, controversial, and fast-moving, and the course is characterised by its emphasis on building upon the textbook and mainstream approach to international criminal law by constantly bringing contemporaneous commentary, case-studies, and jurisprudence into seminar discussions and debate. During the course you have the opportunity to experience the work of the international courts at The Hague first hand on our annual study visit.

Entry requirements

A 1st- or upper 2nd-Class undergraduate Honours degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered.

Course modules

Autumn term: Advanced research for LLM students; approaches to international criminal law; the nature and institutions of international criminal law. Spring term: You take 2 options from: Comparative criminal justice systems; human rights and migration; international corporate governance; international crimes; international environmental law; international and transnational offending; law of armed conflict; law, security and the global public good; transitional justice; women and human rights. The range of options available in any one year may vary. Summer term: Supervised work on the LLM dissertation.

Assessment methods

Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, 4,000-5,000-word essays, and a 15,000-word dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,450 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
LLM Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,060 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
LLM Part-time October 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Sussex House Brighton BN1 9RH South East

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