About This Masters Degree
Our LLM International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law builds on the success of our long-established LLM International Human Rights Law, and our expertise with respect to the protection of human rights in situations of acute crisis such as war or displacement of refugees.
This LLM should appeal if you looking to work with humanitarian organisations in the field or have experience and want to examine the legal aspects of your work in more detail. It would be of interest if you are a member of the military seeking to broaden your understanding of the international law pertaining to peacekeeping and other types of military operation, or a member of governments or international organisations responsible for establishing peacekeeping or other humanitarian operations.
You critically examine how international law protects individuals in such situations, with core modules exploring:
-Public international law most relevant to the study of human rights
-Humanitarian law and international peacekeeping
-The international machinery for the protection of human rights
-The international law of armed conflict
-International refugee law
At Essex we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law. We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and we are ranked among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World [University] Rankings  for law.
Our law course will develop your intellectual and critical faculties, encourage you to think independently and teach you to present rational, coherent and accurate arguments orally and in writing.
Please note that this course is also available on a part-time basis.
Our expert staffOur work has always been informed by human rights practice and our senior staff have held - and continue to occupy - key positions in the United Nations human rights and development fields. We have also conducted numerous cases in Strasbourg, establishing far-reaching precedents that have shaped the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights.
At Essex, our objective is to ensure you receive a rigorous academic education that also prepares you for working as a human rights advocate. Every member of our teaching team is a leading human rights academic, as well as a practitioner in the field.
Our team includes former UN Special Rapporteurs, members of UN treaty bodies, the UK member of the UN Human Rights Committee, a member of the Government’s new Advisory Group on Human Rights. We are also advisers to a range of international organisations (like the OHCHR, UNHCR and WHO), as well as to NGOs around the world, and litigators before national courts, regional human rights commissions and courts, international courts and tribunals, and the UN treaty bodies.
Specialist facilities-Participate in various legal competitions to hone your debating, mediation and negotiation skills
-Work on key human rights projects at our Human Rights Clinic
-Network at our student-run Law Society, Human Rights Society, and Bar Society, which provides legal advice to the Commonwealth Students’ Association (CSA)
-Our Essex Street Law project is one of the first of its kind and is the primary pro-bono project provided by our Law Society
-Volunteer at the Essex Law Clinic where you can work alongside practicing solicitors to offer legal advice to clients
-Gain commercial awareness at our Business and Legal Advice Clinic
-Join our Model United Nations society, which can improve your skills of argumentation, oral presentation and research
-Take advantage of networking opportunities throughout the year with visiting law firms
We also offer a range of opportunities for working with projects associated with our Human Rights Centre:
-Essex Transitional Justice Network
-International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy
-Human Rights in Iran Unit
-Essex Autonomy Project
-Detention, Rights and Social Justice Programme
Your futureThe majority of our students go on, or return, to work in human rights as litigators, in NGOs and international organisations like the UN, in government (particularly Ministries of Foreign Affairs) and in academia. They are a conspicuous presence in all the key human rights hubs in the world.
Our School of Law graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in international and intergovernmental organisations or employment with governments across the world, in commerce and banking, in non-governmental organisations and, as might be expected, in the legal profession and the judiciary.
We are first university in the UK to sign a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). This creates internship and research opportunities for our postgraduate students and is based on our long-established expertise in international humanitarian law.
During the year, we hold a careers session for our students in which we reflect upon our own careers and how they have been built as well as those from former students. We are always available to discuss career options and if you are interested in a particular area of human rights, we can link you up with the relevant alumni to offer advice.
We also work with the university’s Employability and Careers Centre to help you find out about further work experience, internships, placements, and voluntary opportunities.
Example structure-Dissertation: LLM International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
-Foundation Essay for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
-International Human Rights: Law, Institutions and Practice
-International Law of Armed Conflict
-European Union Law and Human Rights (optional)
-Legal Research and the English Legal System
-Approaches to Legal Theory
-International Commercial Dispute Resolution I
-Public International Trade Law
-Legal Aspects of Electronic Commercial Transactions
-Marine Insurance I
-Maritime Law and Wet Shipping
-International Financial Law
-Freedom of Expression, Privacy and the Media (optional)
-The Economics of the European Union
-The Enlargement of the European Union
-EU Company Law
-International Commercial and Business Law: Models, Principles and Tools
-Topics in the International Law of Armed Conflict (optional)
-International Criminal Law (optional)
-Conflict & the UN: Law Relating to the Use of Force, Peacekeeping, Sanctions & Counter Terrorism (optional)
-Acute Crises and Displacement (optional)
-Public International Law (optional)
-Foundations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (optional)
-The Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law (optional)
-International Child Law (optional)
-European Convention on Human Rights I (optional)
-The Protection of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in International Law (optional)
-Human Rights and Development (optional)
-International Trade, Investment and Human Rights. (optional)
-Human Rights for Women (optional)
-Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in Africa (optional)
-The Inter-American System of Human Rights
-Business and Human Rights (optional)
-Transitional Justice (optional)
-Human Rights Clinic (optional)
-Religion and Human Rights (optional)
-Human Rights, International Relations and Diplomacy (optional)
-Language Rights (optional)
International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law - LLM
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