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LLM Human Rights and Justice

Course Description

Human rights law now permeates the study and practice of all areas of law, from our criminal justice processes, from planning appeals to privacy, terrorism to tort, health law to litigation. It is a fascinating and absorbing area of law in its own right, encompassing bodily integrity rights, such as the right to life, the right not to be tortured and the right not to be detained, procedural rights such as the right to a fair trial (both civil and criminal), and expressive rights such as freedom of religion, of assembly and of free expression itself.

Nottingham Law School has significant academic expertise in the areas of human rights and justice. The LLM Human Rights and Justice is based on the significant expertise of academic staff in Nottingham Law School, particularly from its Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice. The course parallels the historical and contemporary significance of these aspects of law, in particular their growth as topics of both domestic and international importance over recent decades.

The course will help you develop a strong analytical understanding of the key legal issues in the area, with a particular focus on European and international human rights and key aspects of international justice systems.

Modules Include: Public International and Humanitarian Law; Terrorism and International Response; Victims' Rights and Restorative Justice; Human Rights in Europe; Theory and Principles of International Law; Expression Rights; Human Rights and Criminal Justice; Discrimination Law in Employment; International Human Rights; International Criminal Court and International Crime; and Data Protection and Privacy.

Scholarships are available, visit: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/scholarshipsnls for details.

Visit the LLM Human Rights and Justice page on the Nottingham Trent University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kazuhisa Deguchi

4811.jpg I chose Nottingham Law School because I had heard of some of its expert teaching staff, and I was especially keen to experience being taught by Elizabeth Chadwick, whose book Self-Determination in the Post 9/11 Era I had read during my undergraduate studies. I also took an interest in the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law, and read their Insolvency Bulletin, which led me to contributing towards the Autumn 2015 Volume 11 Insolvency Bulletin in my first term of study.

Studying Law at postgraduate level is one of the requirements needed in order to pursue a career in the United Nations. Modules related to terrorism and the ICC were particularly appealing for me. I thought that what I'd learn in these modules would provide me with a decent backdrop before pursuing a career in international organisations. Despite my LLM course being geared towards Human Rights Law, my other interest is in Company Law, so I appreciated Nottingham Law School's flexible course structure.

The Legal Advice Centre was a highly influential factor in my decision to take up study at Nottingham Law School. The centre hosts workshops and seminar events on legal practice, and students have the opportunity to perform pro bono and gain legal experience by working here. I have been trained as a FRU representative, which means I am qualified to give free legal advice under the supervision of a specialist in-house solicitor. Nottingham Law School seems to have quite an extensive reach in terms of offering students panoply of experiences.

The University has a friendly environment and I recommend Law students to actively participate in the legal work experiences offered by or through Nottingham Law School. At times you may be required to venture out of your comfort zone, but the skills you develop will come into use in the future.


Masters in Law (LLM) Scholarships - 5 Awards

The scholarships are competitive and applicants must complete an application form addressing the selection criteria. The final closing date is 22 June 2016. For successful applicants the scholarship award (up to half tuition fee) will be deducted from their course fee at the start of the academic year. Application form, terms and conditions and further details are available on our web page: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/scholarshipsnlsA separate scholarship sheme exists for our GDL, LPC and BPTC courses. Details are on the scholarship webpage: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/scholarshipsnls

Value of Scholarship(s)

Up to half tuition fees


These competitive scholarships are available for Home/EU students. Applicants must have been offered a place on the Nottingham Law School LLM before they apply for a scholarship.

Application Procedure

Applicants must complete an application form and return it to the university before the nominated date in 2016. Full details are available on our web page: http://www.ntu.ac.uk/scholarshipsnls

Further Information


Entry Requirements

A good degree in law or a degree in another discipline plus either the CPE or GDL conversion qualifications are normally required. While most of our applicants have a qualification in law, applicants from other disciplines will be considered in appropriate circumstances, particularly if they have experience in the area, even if it is not as lawyers.

Course Fees

2017 entry: UK/EU: £6,500 FT, £3,250 PT per year; International: £12,900 FT, £6,450 PT per year

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