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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Law

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    See website for details

  • Course Type

    LLM

  • Course Fees

    Please see website

  • Last Updated

    20 October 2017

Course content

Summary

The LLM course based at the Transitional Justice Institute, with staff expertise across a range of areas offers an LLM degree which is designed to give students a unique lens on the study of human rights in the contemporary international moment. Using the local Northern Ireland political and legal context as a starting point the course will imbue students with a working knowledge of international norms and principles, while at the same time encouraging students to move beyond the local to reflect critically on present international law norms and their application to other situations and contexts. Students are encouraged to develop and transfer knowledge, experience and expertise of the transformative possibilities of human rights law both in respect of societies emerging from violent conflict and in relation to the local and global management of other particular societal problems. This dual focus – from the local to the global and back - is a core part of the course’s aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills base to contribute internationally as well as locally.

About

With the emphasis on human rights and transitional justice, the LLM is a flagship programme of TJI as it is the only LLM programme of its type in the UK. As such it constitutes a dynamic nexus of exchange between teaching, learning and research wherein TJI staff strive to deliver high calibre, research-based legal education. In this way LLM students both benefit from and contribute to the realisation of the Institute’s core aims to:

  • To build a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of 'transitional justice', and the underlying relationship between justice and peace.
  • To examine the role of the international and domestic legal systems and institutions in facilitating transition from conflict.
  • To make links between the experience of Northern Ireland and international experience, so as to benefit both Northern Ireland and other contexts.
  • To inform policy makers involved in peacemaking in local and international institutions.
  • To make visible and critically examine gendered experiences of transition.

Typically, holders of an LLM will be able to:

  • Deal with complex issues in the fields of international human rights law and transitional justice both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements and communicate their conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
  • Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding of international and domestic human rights law and issues relating to transitional justice.

Work placement / study abroad

The Transitional Justice Institute works closely with a range of human rights organisations that regularly offer internship opportunities to our LLM students – including the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Consortium, Law Centre (NI) and Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM).

Career options

Successful completion of the LLM

Previous graduates have gone onto positions in the local human rights sector and public sector in Northern Ireland, to legal practice in areas related to the LLM and to PhD research. Further, previous graduates have secured work in the United Nations and in international non-governmental organisations.


Visit the Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice - LLM page on the Ulster University website for more details!

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