The School of Law at the University of Nottingham is proud of its human rights programme. Our world class team exposes students to the most exciting and important ideas and developments in the field. All of the senior human rights teaching staff have international reputations; they have also amassed second-to-none experience of human rights policy making and practice in the framework of such organisations as the United Nations and the Council of Europe.
The modules at the heart of the programme provide a thorough grounding in international human rights law. Many of the more specialised topics are cutting edge and innovative, such as, for instance,”Mental Disability and International Human Rights” and “Rights, Human and Other Animals”. One module, “International Human Rights Field Operations: Law in Practice”, is the only course of its kind in the world.
The learning experience is greatly enhanced by the wide international background of the student body, bringing together talented and committed people from across the globe, many of whom have considerable experience of human rights work. We also try to assist students with internships and other work to gain experience of human rights in practice. Many of our students, after completion of their degree, obtain jobs with the United Nations or other international organisations, with governments or non-governmental organisations, or otherwise in the field of human rights.
The learning environment at Nottingham is greatly enhanced by the exciting programme of guest lectures, delivered by distinguished scholars and practitioners. We regularly host groundbreaking conferences and other events that contribute to the development and the application of the international legal standards.
The University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre (within the School of Law) is one of the world’s best known and respected academic human rights institutions. It carries out its work by means of research, training, publications and capacity building. It collaborates with governments, intergovernmental organizations, academics, students and civil society, and has implemented programmes in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The Centre offers numerous services for LLM students, including an annual international student’s conference, a human rights cinema series, a student’s law journal, internship bursaries and research assistance opportunities
The University’s RAE rankings and reputation of the Academic Staff and high teaching standards were influential in my decision to come to Nottingham. In addition the presence of the Human Rights Law Centre attracted me to the programme. Apart from the excellent academic culture at the University, it is also famous for its diverse student life and quite correctly boasts of a beautiful campus.
My one year at the University was a true learning experience. I can confidently state that in this one year I have gained professionally, academically and personally. The standards were set high from the very start, with a completely different style of teaching then where I came from. The academic excellence of the faculty and the emphasis they place on seminar style teaching bought out the best in me and my fellow students. The class composition was truly international with almost all students being natives of diverse nations making me aware of laws pertaining not only to UK and Europe but also to Malaysia, the United States, Brazil, Taiwan, Indonesia, India, South Africa and many more nations.
I am now Senior Programme Assistant with the Prisons Reform Programme, Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in Delhi, a position which daily tests the knowledge I gained from undertaking the LLM programme.
2.1 (or international equivalent) in law, humanities or social sciences; mature applicants without standard entry requirements but with substantial and relevant experience may be considered. English language requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with 7.0 in writing, 6.5 in reading and 6.0 in speaking and listening).
Recipient: University of Nottingham
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