This LLM programme is an exciting and rewarding degree course which attracts a diverse student body: students who are qualified legal practitioners and students with extensive experience in the statutory, community or voluntary sectors nationally and internationally. The diversity among both staff and students allows the students and teachers on the course to learn from each other and makes for a vibrant academic experience.
From a human rights’ perspective, the focus will be on international human rights law (including at regional levels in Europe, Africa and the Americas) but there will be concentration as well on the practice of human rights, especially in the contexts of discrimination, armed conflicts, terrorism and migration.
The criminal justice component of the programme allows students to explore the inter-relationships between crime, justice and society in comparative context. Modules assess criminal justice policies and institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective and allow for in-depth analyses of topical issues in criminal justice and criminology at local, national, regional and international levels.
The programme is delivered through a series of taught modules and culminates in the submission of a dissertation on an original topic.
International Human Rights
Dissertation of 15,000-20,000 words
Plus Choice of
Criminal Justice Processes or
Crime, Justice and Society
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Equality and Discrimination
Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
Protecting Human Rights in Europe, Africa and the Americas
Comparative Human Rights
Concepts of Human Rights
Criminal Justice and Criminology Methods 1
Criminal Justice and Criminology Methods 2
Business and Human Rights
Theories and Methods of Human Rights
Approaches to Legal Research
Visit the LLM in Human Rights and Criminal Justice page on the Queen’s University Belfast website for more details!
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