University of Sussex

University of Sussex

International Human Rights

This new and innovative LLM offers you the opportunity to specialise in the dynamic area of international human rights law to become a human rights practitioner. You critically engage with the key international human rights issues that feature strongly in public debate today and gain a deep understanding of international human rights law, as well as its interconnection with international, regional, European (European Union and European Convention on Human Rights) and national systems of human rights protection. The respect and protection of human rights is a core aspect of the research undertaken within the Sussex Law School and is one of the thematic priorities of the Centre for Responsibilities, Rights and the Law. Sussex Law School has an established reputation in the delivery of LLM courses in the field of international law and criminal justice and the new LLM in International Human Rights Law adds to this portfolio. The course offers a detailed analysis of the theory, history and development of human rights, and an examination of the main legal mechanisms (treaties, conventions and case law) and institutions (especially courts) of human rights protection. The LLM provides you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and understanding of a variety of contemporary human rights topics, including the examination of major developments and recent tendencies in the field of international human rights protection. You can choose to study a range of contemporary specialised topics and challenges of international human rights protection, including the emergence of cultural rights, environmental rights, language rights and the right to development; human rights advocacy and global governance though NGOs and non-state actors; the crystallisation of group rights, minorities and indigenous peoples� rights; the challenges posed to international human rights law by international migration and the enhanced need of protection of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees; women�s rights and the rights of the child, including protection against victims of human trafficking; and the development of human rights advocacy for sexual and gay rights.

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 legal research for LLM students; approaches to international law; international human rights law. Spring term: 2 options from (subject to availability): comparative criminal justice systems; corruption and the law; culture and identity rights; European citizenship; hate crime and sexual violence; human rights and migration; human rights in business; international crimes; international environmental law; law of armed conflict; restorative justice; law, security and the global public good; the ECHR in context; women and human rights. Summer term: supervised work on the LLM dissertation.

Assessment methods

The course is assessed through a mixture of written examinations, coursework and a dissertation.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
LLM Full-time £ 6,060 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
LLM Full-time £ 14,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years

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