About This Masters Degree
In our current global economic crisis, are you concerned about the impacts of austerity measures on economic, social and cultural rights? Are you interested in public policies – on health, education, housing or food security – and how human rights can make a difference?
Our ground-breaking LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights builds on our distinctive expertise, reputation and experience of working on the protection of economic, social and cultural rights internationally and domestically in countries around the world.
Our LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights combines cutting-edge scholarship and practice on the legal aspects of the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights, with the latest thinking in the operationalisation and implementation of these rights through public policy. The course focuses on:
-International human rights law protections of economic, social and cultural rights
-Constitutional and administrative law
-How human rights law is operationalised in practice
-Public policy making
-New tools and methodologies for achieving these economic and social rights
We include a range of key law courses to enable our non-law students to develop an understanding of public international, constitutional and administrative 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 among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World University rankings.
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.
Drawing on both theory and practice of human rights law, our LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is taught by established experts in the field. This includes:
-Professor Paul Hunt, current Special Adviser on Human Rights in the World Health Organisation, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health 2002-08, and member of the UN Committee on Economic and Social Rights 1999-2002
-Professor Ellie Palmer, current UK National Reporter for social and economic rights as fundamental rights of the International Congress of Comparative Law in Vienna
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 in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
-Foundation Essay: LLM International Human Rights Law
-Foundations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
-Human Rights and Development
-International Human Rights: Law, Institutions and Practice
-European Union Law and Human Rights (optional)
-Freedom of Expression, Privacy and the Media (optional)
-International Law of Armed Conflict (optional)
-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)
-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)
-International Trade, Investment and Human Rights. (optional)
-Human Rights for Women (optional)
-The Inter-American System of Human Rights (optional)
-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)
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - LLM
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A degree with an overall 2:1. We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email [email protected]
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