Our Master’s programme in Public International Law offers you active learning methods in which your own interests, ambitions and aims will guide your learning experiences. Your professors take a supportive role in this self-created, individualised approach to your studies. In the Capita Selecta modules and in your own specialisation, you will be trained in the essential skill of how to quickly deepen your knowledge in a current, specialised legal topic. From the very beginning, you will also take part in research and thesis training that prepares you to write your Master’s thesis, the culmination of your LLM programme. If you have the drive to go the extra mile in your studies, there is – the LLM Honour's Programme – an additional honours programme for the best and most highly motivated students.
The Master in Public International Law provides you with thorough and highly individualised training that will prepare you for a legal career in an international environment. You’ll develop your academic and practical abilities through taking part in moot courts, visiting legal and professional organisations and undertaking research focused on your thesis. You will also learn to reflect critically on current legal dilemmas, both human and environmental, presented by our globalised and interdependent world. Whether you aim to build a career as a diplomat, attorney or policy officer in national government, research scientist, legal advisor in an NGO or governmental organisation, or attorney in the legal department of a multinational corporation business, you will learn to work effectively and ethically in the complex world of public international law. When you graduate from this programme, you will receive an LLM diploma.Our Master’s programme in Public International Law (PIL) at Utrecht University will equip you with a broad range of legal tools to address current global challenges. PIL is a flexible programme that offers you many options, both during your study period and in your career possibilities post-graduation. As an added benefit, the international mix of students in this programme means that you – by working together – will actually offer each other personal "comparative" insights on international law.
Two specialisation tracks
In today’s globalised world, public international law addresses complex, challenging issues that touch everyone’s lives. In the PIL programme, you will explore common themes of public international law with the option to take a specialisation in two tracks:
The Environment and Law of the Sea track will teach you significant knowledge of and insight in the international environmental law and law of the sea. The Human Rights track allows you to acquire both the broad overview and skills of a generalist and the in-depth knowledge of a specialist.
You will build relevant and current skills by studying actual cases facing the International Court of Justice and other international dispute settlement institutions. You will develop your argumentation abilities in moot courts, among other training methods and learn to apply your knowledge of the law to real-life situations. This academic, challenging English-taught LLM programme reflects the Law School’s multi-dimensional approach to legal teaching: developments in public international law are best seen from a broad perspective. You will develop general precepts pertaining to worldwide concerns and learn to apply these precepts to specific cases.
In this advanced master’s programme, you will gain a thorough understanding of the legislation that governs international relations in an increasingly complex global society. You will learn in-depth about a wide range of aspects that affect our world, in addition to getting the opportunity to specialise your area of study. Through focused seminars and workshops, you will be challenged to develop your own views on the role and functioning of public international law.
For this programme, you will choose one of the following specialisations:
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During the programme, you will develop the skills to:
The Public International Law programme is a good fit for you if you have a sincere interest in the field and:
The programme caters to those who are working in or would like to pursue a career in international organisations, governmental institutions, international non-governmental organisations or in academia. You can follow the programme full-time for one year or part-time for two years.
Please select one of the specialisations to view the full prospectus and a more detailed programme description.
If you want to work internationally in law Public International Law gives you an opportunity to utilise your skills within nation states and international organisations. It consists of rules and general applications of states and intergovernmental organisations. If you want to work as a public international lawyer you can specialise with the programme at Aberdeen within discipline areas such as human rights law, world trade or international environmental protection. The School of Law is ranked in the top 10 (Complete University Guide 2018) and your lecturers come from across Europe and are published in several languages. You can be involved in the many student run societies and law projects which allow students to gain valuable real world insight. You can also attend events run by the Centre for Sustainable International Development, the Centre for Security and Governance and you can attend research seminars and guest lecturers to provide you with unique and current insights into legal issues.
The programme provides students with a thorough knowledge of public international law while also discussing recent trends and current developments in this area of law. The school prides itself in producing highly skilled graduates for the legal profession and you benefit from guest speakers from Public International Law. 98% of students felt that their LLM had added value to their career prospectus and 97% would recommend their programme to others. The programme is run by highly skilled lawyers and academics in their own right and you have access to these teaching staff whenever you need their support.
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Public International Law has traditionally been concerned with the structure and behaviour of sovereign states and intergovernmental organisations.
In recent decades, however, international law has also progressively affected multinational corporations and individuals. Public international law has increased in use and relevance vastly over the twentieth century, due to a globalised world with an upsurge in global trade, environmental concerns, human rights violations, armed conflicts and a boom in global communications. You will therefore benefit from the study of law in these areas and under the direction of experts in this field.
The course offers a unique blend of delivery including guest lectures, electronic learning, lectures and seminars.
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The LLM Public International Law allows you to develop recognised expertise in the main areas of international law.
You will gain the knowledge and tools necessary to understand and critically apprehend the rules, systems, techniques, practices, dynamics and discourses by virtue of which international law is created and applied.
This master's course draws on Manchester's established reputation in international legal research to offer you a wide range of optional subjects, and the opportunity to customise your curriculum according to your career ambitions, needs and areas of interest.
The course will also afford you the research skills to continue to expand your knowledge of international law and apply them to a range of professional careers.
The LLM in Public International Law is designed for students who seek to acquire a recognised expertise in the main areas of international law and become generalist international lawyers. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be all-rounders and have knowledge and understanding of the rules, systems, techniques, practices, dynamics and discourses by virtue of which international law is created, thought and applied. The course will also endow students with the necessary research skills to autonomously continue to expand, sharpen and update the knowledge of international law after the completion of the course.
This course offers the strongest students the opportunity of an internship with a renowned law firm or international organisation.
The course is based on small-group, seminar-style teaching by our research-active teaching staff as well as invited external experts.
This master's degree is offered part time to allow those with a professional occupation to follow the course.
Most course units are assessed by standard methods - either one unseen written examination, or one coursework essay, or a combination of these two methods of assessment. The assessment method of each individual course unit is listed in the course unit description on The School of Law website.
Students must also submit two research papers for the LLM degree (one research paper submitted in April, and one submitted in September).
You will be doing 180 credits in total, 120 of which will be taught modules and the remainder 60 credits in the form of two research papers (30 credits each) or a dissertation.
The LLM course will typically offer around 30 different course units in any one year, and will always reflect a wide range of subjects across the legal spectrum. There will usually be course units offered on such diverse topics as international trade and corporate law, financial services regulation, European law, international economic law, intellectual property law, human rights law, corporate governance, and law and finance in emerging markets.
Course units are of the value of 15 or 30 credits. You will be required to select course units to a total of 120 credits, and so must choose a minimum of four course units or may be able to choose a maximum of eight course units to make up your course of study.
The course has a compulsory research component, in which you have the option of choosing either to submit two research papers of 7,000-8,000 words each (and each of the value of 30 credits) or writing a 14,000 to 15,000 words dissertation (60 credits). The taught element of the degree programme will total 120 credits and the research element of the degree programme will total 60 credits i.e. you will study 180 credits for a master's programme. If you choose the option of submitting two research papers, the first research paper must be within the area of a semester one course unit that you have chosen, and the second research within the area of a semester one or a semester two course unit you have taken. If you choose to complete a dissertation this must be within the area of one units you have chosen. The research element of the course is supported by weekly research methodology lectures delivered throughout semesters one and two designed to improve your legal writing and research skills.
The School is offering a number of awards for students applying for masters study. To find out more please visit our Funding for Masters courses page.
Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: [email protected]
This LLM is a specialised master's offering you training for a range of legal careers. These include advocacy, civil servant, legal advisor, academia and research, applicable to international organisations or those with strong international links.
The International Law programme offered at Aberdeen differs from International Commercial Law with Professional Skills and Dissertation within the optional modules you take. There is less emphasis on intellectual property law and commercial business law and more emphasis on International Law in a general sense internationally. You study areas such as family law, human rights, criminal law and humanitarian law plus private laws in many cases within your options so you can potentially specialise within your choices. You also do combine some area of commercial law such as arbitration, energy and environmental law and international trade and finance law which can be applied to individuals and businesses, charities and NGOs plus some level of cultural property law. These could be options if you want to mix your modules a bit within the first and second semester. If you want to get the most from your Master's degree and have a range of specialisms in international private and commercial law this may be an ideal solution due to the range of modules to choose from.
The LLM in International Law offers a range of courses covering both public and private international law. It enables students to undertake advanced legal research and writing in this field and educates students in the analysis of international treaties and case law with an international law dimension.
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