Our LLM in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is your opportunity to engage with the distinct yet complementary regimes of human rights law and humanitarian law and to study an area of law with urgent contemporary significance and practical relevance. By studying this course, you will tackle traditional subjects as well as new and emerging issues, such as the regulation of international society and the legal mechanisms of human rights during international and non-international armed conflicts. Your study will reflect the local, national and international nuances of this complex subject matter.
96.5% of Aberystwyth Law School’s publications were judged to be of an internationally recognised standard or higher in the most recent research assessment – REF 2014
All members of academic staff in Aberystwyth Law School are active in research and publication and participate in national and international debate and policy-making in legal and related fields
Aberystwyth is a multinational community. Aberystwyth Law School participates actively in international and European academic networks and frequently hosts visits by academics and experts from other countries
Expansive research is carried out within the Department across a range of research areas and within a range of research centres. Postgraduates integrate into our research culture through Departmental research seminars and postgraduate conferences
Over the years a large number of well-known legal academics have taught in Aberystwyth Law School
Study nearby to the National Library of Wales, one of five UK copyright libraries.
Benefit from a mature and well-stocked library for Law and Criminology (Thomas Parry Library) and from generous information technology provision
On this course you have the flexibility to choose from a comprehensive and wide range of optional modules, allowing you to tailor your study to your needs and interests. Whichever modules you take, you will be given a thorough grounding in legal theory and practice to make you ready for the rigorous demands of the modern legal workplace. This study of legal theory is then always balanced with the investigation of an array of fascinating case studies to illuminate your study and put you in touch with an authentic experience of legal cases.
An important part of the course is the writing of a detailed dissertation within a specialism of your choice. Previous LLM students at Aberystwyth have found this opportunity to be invaluable in establishing a successful career.
Definitional Elements of Substantive International Crimes Foundations of Public International Law General Principles of International Criminal Liability and Defences Human Rights in the Information Age Institutions of International Criminal Law International Business, Environment & Human Rights International Humanitarian Law Introduction to International Human Rights Law Mental Health and Human Rights Migration and Asylum Law Sources of International Criminal Law Study Skills Subsistence and Welfare Rights The Philosophy of Human Rights Protection The Sociology of Human Rights Violations
Assessment takes the form of coursework essays (120 credits). Each student will complete then a master’s dissertation (60 credits) which deals with an area of chosen study.
On this course you will gain a wealth of skills vital for success in legal and more general employment. You will:
• study the cutting-edge developments of many areas of law • develop a critical appreciation of legal responses to urgent contemporary issues • master a range of legal methodologies • learn to quickly assemble, assimilate and interpret a wealth of legal information from a fascinating array of fields • learn how to deploy your knowledge to assert your expertise and build a winning argument based on your own rigorous research and analysis • develop your abilities in structuring and communicating complex ideas efficiently • develop your planning, analysis, presentation, project management and professional independence • enhance your problem solving and creative thinking skills • devise and sustain a self-initiated programme of study • develop study and research skills • work effectively with others
This course will be particularly attractive to those seeking careers in transnational corporations, specialist online trading, corporate lobby groups, international law firms, technology companies and a range of governmental and non-governmental organisations.