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Law (Specialism International Law with International Relations)


Course Description

The Kent LLM (and associated Diploma programme) allows you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of law by specialising in one or more different areas.

This specialisation allows international law and international relations to inform each other. It covers the general methods, scope and theories of international law, international humanitarian law and international relations. It provides a detailed understanding of the role, potential and limitations of public international law in international affairs. Its interdisciplinary approach is particularly suited to those involved with, or hoping to work for, international organisations, non-governmental organisations, foreign affairs departments and international law firms.

Students studying International Law with International Relations are encouraged to participate in the activities of the Centre for Critical International Law (CeCIL) at Kent. These include workshops, trips to international courts and tribunals, and guest lecture series.

Students taking this specialisation can choose to spend one term at our Canterbury campus and one at our Brussels centre (returning to their primary location to complete the dissertation) under our split-site option for this programme. The split site option is charged at a different rate. Please see under Fees below for more information.

Studying for a Master's in Law (LLM) at Kent means having the certainty of gaining an LLM in a specialist area of Law. The Kent LLM gives you the freedom to leave your choice of specialism open until after you arrive, your specialism being determined by the modules you choose.

Think Kent: International Law with International Relations

There is no universally agreed precise legal, technical or political definition of either the boundaries separating airspace from outer space or of the term ‘outer space’ itself. Yet two separate legal regimes exist for the regulation of these two environments. In this lecture, Dr Gbenga Oduntan, Senior Lecturer in International Commercial Law at the University of Kent, critiques the leading theories that have been postulated to solve this problem, and proposes an original solution regarding the spatial demarcation boundary point issue in air and space law.

About Kent Law School

Kent Law School (KLS) is the UK's leading critical law school. A cosmopolitan centre of world-class critical legal research, it offers a supportive and intellectually stimulating place to study postgraduate taught and research degrees.

In addition to learning the detail of the law, students at Kent are taught to think about the law with regard to its history, development and relationship with wider society. This approach allows students to fully understand the law. Our critical approach not only makes the study of law more interesting, it helps to develop crucial skills and abilities required for a career in legal practice.

Our programmes are open to non-law graduates with an appropriate academic or professional background who wish to develop an advanced understanding of law in their field. You study within a close-knit, supportive and intellectually stimulating environment, working closely with academic staff.

National ratings

In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, research by Kent Law School was ranked 8th in the UK for research intensity. We were also ranked 7th for research power and in the top 20 for research output, research quality and research impact.

An impressive 99% of our research was judged to be of international quality and the School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.

Course structure

You can tailor your studies to your particular needs and interests to obtain an LLM or Diploma in a single specialisation, in two specialisations jointly, or by choosing a broad range of modules in different areas of law to obtain a general LLM or Diploma in Law.

Your choice of specialisation will be shaped by the modules you take and your dissertation topic. The double specialisation International Law with International Relations is slightly different to the other LLM Specialisations offered at the Kent Law School. International Relations is a ‘minor’ stream which is only available when combined with the International Law ‘major’ stream. For the award of a degree titled ‘Master of Laws in International Law with International Relations’ you should study at least three modules from the International Law stream together with your dissertation. You must then choose two modules from the International Relations ‘minor’ stream. The remaining module can be chosen from any of the other law modules offered on the LLM.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of this specialisation stream. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation and student demand. Most specialisation streams will require you to study a combination of subject specialisation modules and modules from other specialisation streams so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

LW814 Public International Law

LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems

LW906 International Environmental Law – Legal Foundations

LW843 International Human Rights Law

LW846 International Criminal Law

LW884 International Environmental Law – Substantive Legal Aspects

LW886 Transnational Criminal Law

LW922 Labour Rights in a Global Economy

LW925 Cultural Heritage Law

Assessment

The postgraduate programmes offered within the Law School are usually taught in seminar format. Students on the Diploma and LLM programmes study three modules in each of the autumn and spring terms. The modules normally are assessed by a 4-5,000-word essay. Students undertaking an LLM degree must write a dissertation of 15-20,000 words.

Programme aims

This programme aims to provide:

1. LLM: The opportunity to develop (a) expert knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of particular areas of law; (b) advanced research, writing and oral communication skills of general value to postgraduate employment.
PGDip: The opportunity to develop (a) expert knowledge and a sophisticated understanding of particular areas of law; (b) written and oral communication skills of general value to postgraduate employment.

2. LLM: A sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key principles of law and policy and influential ideas, theories, assumptions and paradigms of particular areas of law.
PGDip: A sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the institutional structures, key principles of law and policy and influential ideas, theories, assumptions and paradigms of the subjects studied.

3. LLM & PGDip: A degree of specialisation in areas of law and policy chosen from the LLM option streams available and an opportunity for students to engage with academic work at the frontiers of scholarship.

4. LLM & PGDip: A critical awareness of the operation of law and policy, particularly in contexts that are perceived to be controversial or in a state of evolution.

5. LLM: The skills to undertake supervised research on an agreed topic in their specialisation and to encourage the production of original, evaluative analysis that meets high standards of scholarship.

6. LLM & PGDip: Critical, analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied to a wide range of contexts.

7. LLM & PGDip: The skills of academic legal research and writing.

8. LLM: A sophisticated grounding in research methods.

Careers

Employability is a key focus throughout the University and at Kent Law School you have the support of a dedicated Employability and Career Development Officer together with a broad choice of work placement opportunities, employability events and careers talks. Details of graduate internship schemes with NGOs, charities and other professional organisations are made available to postgraduate students via the School’s Employability Blog.

Law graduates have gone on to careers in finance, international commerce, government and law or have joined, or started, an NGO or charity.

Kent has an excellent record for postgraduate employment: over 94% of our postgraduate students who graduated in 2013 found a job or further study opportunity within six months.

Information about the internship programme for LLM students can be found on the Kent Law School Employability blog - http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/klsemployability/postgraduates/llm-internships/

Learn more about Kent

Visit us - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/visit/openday/pgevents.html

International Students - https://www.kent.ac.uk/internationalstudent/

Why study at Kent? - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/why/

Visit the Law (Specialism International Law with International Relations) page on the University of Kent website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Jodie Satterley

Jodie graduated from the University of Kent in 2014 with an LL.B in Law with a year in China. She spent a year studying at Southwest University of Political Science and Law, Chongqing where she was awarded the Chongqing Mayor’s Scholarship. Whilst abroad Jodie studied Chinese and international law as well as the Mandarin Chinese language. She undertook internships at global law firm King and Wood Mallesons and the British Chamber of Commerce.

Whilst studying at Kent Jodie was a Kent Law Clinic Student Caseworker, and enjoyed representing clients in the areas of Civil Litigation, Immigration and Social Security Law. She was also involved in Clinic fundraising initiatives and served as a Clinic Committee Member. Studying at Kent has given Jodie an international perspective which has been broadened by work abroad in Thailand and Spain.

Jodie feels passionately about the contribution the Clinic makes to access to justice, and the ethos of the ‘critical law school’. She was therefore thrilled to be invited to attend the Masters summer school in Paris where she soon determined to continue her legal education at Kent, particularly because of the variety and quality of international modules on offer.

Jodie is enrolled upon the LL.M in International Law and International Relations and is currently developing a dissertation exploring theories of punishment in international criminal law. She presented research at the Kent Critical Law Society's annual conference and her paper on defining terrorism is to be published in this year’s Kent Student Law Review.

Jodie is completing her LL.M part-time whilst working and is currently employed as a Paralegal in local government, where she focuses on commercial property law and dispute resolution.

(Student Profile)

Marie Angele Abanga

What attracted you to BSIS?
I wanted to study international law with international relations at a UK institution and Kent is rated highly in the university league tables. I chose to study at BSIS because Brussels is the centre of Europe and the programme’s January start date was ideal for me.

What have you particularly enjoyed?
BSIS is a diverse institution. I’ve met people from all over the world and made a lot of friends. The academic and administrative staff here are also fantastic. They provide feedback on your work and ensure any issues are followed up. I had some difficulty transitioning from the system of education I was used to back home in Cameroon to one where you are expected to be a critical thinker, but my law professor really helped me through the process.

I have recently completed an internship at the European Parliament, which involved a lot of research and policy advising. The experience has helped me to keep abreast of the current laws and issues, and it’s been great to put what I’ve learned in class into practice.

What about your career prospects?
I am a lawyer by profession and have previously worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, so I’m keen to return to work in a UN setting. BSIS is a renowned institution – having attended this school and completed work experience at the Parliament, I think my employment prospects are very good.


(Scholarship)

Kent Law School Taught Masters Overseas Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

For entry in September 2016Kent Law School offers a limited number of scholarships to students who are liable to pay overseas students’ fees. The scholarships are open to all overseas applicants on the Kent LLM programme at the Canterbury campus.The Taught Masters Overseas Scholarship will provide tuition fees at the full overseas rate (£12,890 in 2015/16) along with living expenses (equivalent to £14,057 in 2015/16). The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.The closing date for applications is Monday 14 March 2016. A decision will be taken as soon as possible after the closing date. Candidates who have not been contacted by 31 May 2016 can assume that they have not been successful

Value of Scholarship(s)

£12,890 (in 2015/16)

Eligibility

The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

Application Procedure

An application should make a case for the award of the scholarship to the applicant. The case for the award of a scholarship should be between 1000 and 1500 words and should:Describe the applicant's academic achievements and performance in university studiesDiscuss the applicant's reasons for wishing to study for the Kent LLMOutline the applicant's financial circumstances, indicating in particular whether the scholarship will make a difference to the feasibility of studying at the University of Kent. All applicants are required to indicate how they intend to pay for living expenses and all other costs during their postgraduate studiesFurther, students are asked to submit one piece of academic writing. This could be either a piece of coursework previously submitted for assessment at the applicant's previous institution or it could be a 2,000 word essay written for this application on a topic of the applicant’s choosing.Applicants are reminded to ensure that their academic referees have submitted full references in support of their LLM application for a place on the programme. A separate reference for the scholarship is not required. Applicants may also submit a limited number of supporting documents, as they think appropriate.

Further Information

https://www.kent.ac.uk/law/postgraduate/taught/overseas.html


(Scholarship)

Kent Law School Taught Masters Home/EU Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

For entry in September 2016Kent Law School offers a number of scholarships to students who are liable to pay tuition fees at the Home/EU rate. The scholarships are open to applicants on the Kent LLM programme offered at the Canterbury Campus.The scholarship will provide tuition fees at the full Home/EU rate. For the academic year 2015/16, the Home/EU rate was £5,250. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.The closing date for applications is Friday 6 May 2016. A decision will be taken as soon as possible after the closing date. Candidates who have not been contacted by 31 May 2016 can assume that they have not been successful.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,250 (in 2015/16)

Eligibility

The scholarship will provide tuition fees at the full Home/EU rate. For the academic year 2015/16, the Home/EU rate was £5,250. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence.

Application Procedure

An application must make a case for the award of the scholarship to the applicant. The case for the award of the scholarship should be between 1000 and 1500 words and should:*Describe the applicant’s academic achievements and performance in university studies
*Discuss the applicant’s reasons for wishing to study for the Kent LLM
*Outline the applicant’s financial circumstances, indicating in particular whether the scholarship will make a difference to the feasibility of studying at the University of Kent. All applicants are required to indicate how they intend to pay for living expenses and all other costs during their postgraduate studies.Further, students are asked to submit one piece of academic writing. This could be either a piece of coursework submitted for assessment at the applicant’s previous institution or it could be a 2,000 word essay written for this application on a topic of the applicant’s choosing. Applicants are reminded to ensure that their academic referees have submitted full references in support of their LLM application for a place on the programme. A separate reference for the scholarship is not required. Applicants may also submit a limited number of supporting documents, as they think appropriate.

Further Information

https://www.kent.ac.uk/law/postgraduate/taught/eu.html


(Scholarship)

The Templeman Scholarship - Single Award

- Applicants must be University of Kent Graduates.
- Applicants must already hold, or be expected to achieve, a first class honours degree from the University of Kent.
- Applicants must have received, and accepted an offer for a full-time taught postgraduate degree (any subject) at the University of Kent for 2016-17.
- Full-time UK (home), EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply.The deadline for this scholarship for 2016-17 has passed. Details for 2017-18 will be published here when available.

Value of Scholarship(s)

covers full-time taught postgraduate tuition fees for one year

Eligibility

This scholarship covers full-time taught postgraduate tuition fees for one year and is open to full-time home/EU or overseas fee-paying applicants.There is one Templeman Scholarship available each year.

Application Procedure

Applications should be made via your KentVision portal at: https://evision.kent.ac.ukYou will be asked to upload a covering letter '"Why I wish to pursue my chosen postgraduate degree at Kent".

Further Information

https://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/search/FNADTEMPLE02



Entry Requirements

A first or good second class honours degree in law or a related subject. Kent Law School (KLS) may also take account of relevant work experience when considering applications.

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