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Many believe that international human rights law is one of our greatest moral achievements. However, huge gaps remain between the theory and the practice of human rights implementation.

You’ll study the interconnections between international human rights law and regional and national systems of human rights protection. Studying legal texts such as treaties, declarations and case law, you’ll examine the legal context behind contemporary issues and challenges. 

Many of our staff engage in interdisciplinary human rights research, which is reflected in our teaching and is an area of research strength at Sussex.

Why choose this course?

  • Engage with a growing team of established human rights researchers and get involved with the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research.
  • Prepare for your future career and take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Human Rights Law Clinic.
  • Discover what interests you most – Sussex Law School provides a truly international, stimulating and engaging learning environment for you to build a rich base of knowledge in human rights.

How will I study?

You’ll learn through core modules and options in the autumn and spring terms. In the summer, you undertake supervised work on the LLM dissertation. Find out more about core modules and options here.

You will be assessed through coursework, a portfolio, essays and a 10,000-word dissertation.

Human Rights Law Clinic

When you’ve successfully completed the International Human Rights Law core module, you can apply for The Human Rights Law Clinic option.

The Clinic gives you the chance to build on law and theory through the preparation of pro bono legal opinions for real clients. You’ll gain practical insights, work on research, and formulate advice and recommendations on contemporary human rights challenges.


This LLM is ideal if you wish to achieve a law-oriented postgraduate qualification in human rights and want to go on to a career in law or human rights advocacy. 

The international and comparative nature of this course means that you will be well placed to seek employment in the UK and overseas in organisations such as: 

  • International law firms 
  • Governments 
  • International organisations 
  • NGOs

Visit the International Human Rights Law - LLM page on the University of Sussex website for more details!




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