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International Human Rights Law LLM

Course Description

About the Programme

International Human Rights Law LLM is a unique programme designed to enable students to progress to become human rights practitioners and specialists in this dynamic area of law. Students will be expected to critically engage with many of the human rights issues that feature strongly in public debate today, and gain a deep understanding of international human rights law, as well as its interconnection with international criminal and comparative criminal law. This course places particular emphasis on the radical transformations that international human rights law has experienced since the beginning of the 21st century, with the genesis of the International Criminal Court, the on-going process of the United Nations reform and the post 9/11 shift to a more securitarian approach to criminal process values, especially regarding the war against terror.

This course offers a detailed analysis of the theory, history and development of human rights, and an examination of the main regional mechanisms of human rights protection. Further, it provides an overview of a variety of contemporary human rights topics, including the examination of major developments and recent tendencies in the field of international human rights protection. Several contemporary topics and challenges of international human rights protection are examined, including the emergence of the right to development and the so-called third- generation rights; human rights advocacy and global governance though NGOs and non-State actors; the crystallisation of group rights, minorities and indigenous peoples’ rights; the challenges posed to international human rights law by international migration and the enhanced need of protection of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees; women’s rights and the rights of the child, including protection against victims of human trafficking; the crystallisation of general equality and the development of human rights advocacy for sexual and gay rights.

Brunel Law School has an excellent reputation in this field. The International Human Rights Law Review - a peer-reviewed international journal - is edited at Brunel Law School. The School is able to attract a number of leading guest speakers to support further debate and learning’s around the complexity of human rights, and provides students with a wider variety of perspectives particularly in the international context. This is a challenging programme that is at the forefront of thinking in International Human Rights Law. It is taught by leading academics with a wide range of expertise in human rights practice, policy, activism and governmental, international and non-governmental organisations. As a result, the programme is research-led, and some of the reading required for the programme is based on books published by our academics.

Brunel Law School modules are 15 creadits each, and enables our students to design flexible pathways to suit their interests.

Modules Include:

Theory and Practice of International Human Rights
International Human Rights and Islamic Law
International Environmental Law
Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights
UN Human Rights Regime
Minority and Indigenous Rights
Disability and Human Rights
Theory and Practice of the European Convention on Human Rights

Please note that modules may be change subject at the discretion of the University

Visit the International Human Rights Law LLM page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

Student Profiles

The Brunel International Scholarships and Academic Excellence Scholarships (Postgraduate) - 20+ Awards

The Brunel International Scholarship Programme is an annual award run by the Brunel International office that is open to all international students. Its goal is to provide financial support to exceptional students. Scholarship holders will go on to represent Brunel as ambassadors throughout their time at the University. The deadline for applying for the 2014/15 programme is 25 May 2014 and all applicants will be notified of the panel's decision by the middle of July.For 2014/15, thanks to the generosity of Brunel’s alumni and supporters, we are pleased to be able to offer 37 awards, which will comprise a 15% discount on the cost of tuition fees. These awards are open to Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research students who are classed as overseas for fee purposes. Academic Excellence Scholarships (Postgraduate) – Automatic 15% tuition fee discount, unlimited to those who meet the conditions

Value of Scholarship(s)

15% discount


International Scholarship on application, and the Academic Excellence Scholarship - you must have first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

Apply to University

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Students will normally be admitted with a minimum of 2:2 at degree level, or equivalent with a good honours degree in Law or a related subject. Applicants with a first degree or experience in a subject relevant to the course may be considered for admission. International students are required to demonstrate a proficiency in English by attaining a 6.5 In IELTS or an equivalent approved English examination. For more information, please see: View Website

Course Fees

Home/EU: £9,000 (full-time) Overseas: £14,000 (full-time)

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