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The LLM in International law provides the opportunity to study the relations between states, individuals, international organisations and other non-state actors. It encompasses issues relating to the creation of legal obligations, recognition of states, the role of international organisations, liability for international crimes and dispute settlement, as well as questions such as the use of force, environmental protection, human rights and regulation of international trade and investment.

This course provides the widest choice of subjects and topics, enabling students to tailor the course to their areas of particular interest to facilitate their career aspirations. It is open to both law and non-law graduates.

Why choose this course?

  • You will gain advanced knowledge of the legal aspects of the global economic system, essential for today's legal or business professional.
  • In the 2014 REF 96% of the School of Law’s research was internationally recognised. You will have the opportunity to become involved in research via specialist modules in which the teaching staff have expertise and by the supervising of dissertations in their specialist subjects.
  • As one of the world's great academic cities, Oxford is a key centre of debate, with conferences, seminars and forums taking place across a range of international law topics within the university, the city of Oxford and in nearby London. In addition to our own excellent libraries and resource centres, LLM students have access to the unparalleled holdings at the Bodleian Law Library.
  • Special support is provided for international students, particularly those whose first language is not English, to ensure that they find their feet quickly and are able to participate fully.
  • Your course tutors, fellow students and alumni are drawn from countries around the world giving you the opportunity to build a truly international network of contacts.
  • A wide variety of modules are available to tailor the course to your particular career aim and plans.Graduates of the course have gone on to careers in international legal practice, international and national trade bodies, as well as in government and academic posts.

This course in detail

Students studying for the LLM/PG Dip in International Law are required to complete the compulsory module in International Law (20 credits), the compulsory module in Advanced Legal Research Methods (20 credits) and one optional module (20 credits) during the first semester.

  • International Law
  • Advanced Legal Research Methods

The student can choose any four of the following options (20 credits each, totalling 80 master's-level credits)*:

  • International Investment Law
  • International Human Rights Law: Law and Institutions
  • International Human Rights Law: Law and Practice
  • International Criminal Law
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • International Refugees and Migrants
  • International Commercial Arbitration
  • International Environmental Law
  • International Labour Law
  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility
  • International Economic Law
  • Law of International Business Transactions
  • Advanced Issues of International Business Transactions
  • Law, Globalisation and Development
  • Dissertation

Teaching and learning

A wide diversity of teaching methods are employed throughout the LLM courses in order to provide a high-quality learning experience. These include lectures, seminar discussions, individual and small group tutorials, case studies, and group and individual presentations. 

Particular emphasis is placed on skills training, with opportunities provided to acquire and practise legal reasoning as well as research and IT skills. Assessment methods include coursework and individual and group presentations.

All the members of the LLM course team are active researchers and encourage students to become involved in their respective areas of research by teaching specialist modules in which they have expertise and by supervising dissertations in their specialist subjects.


Visit the LLM International Law page on the Oxford Brookes University website for more details!

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