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LLM in International Human Rights Law

Course Description

Many believe that international human rights law is one of our greatest moral achievements. But with serious abuses of human rights not reducing significantly and human rights playing an increasingly important role in major issues of public policy, there has never been a better time to study this area of the law.

This LLM addresses the theory, history and development of international human rights law by studying its interconnection with international, regional, European (European Union and European Convention on Human Rights) and national sytems of human rights protection.

You study legal texts such as treaties, conventions and case law, as well as the institutions in place to protect human rights, with a particular focus on the courts. You examine the legal context behind contemporary topics at the heart of current public debate, including the formation of group rights, minority
and indigenous peoples’ rights, human rights advocacy and global governance through NGOs and non-State actors, women’s rights and the rights of the child, including protection against victims of human trafficking.

Human rights law is a growing area of research at Sussex Law School, and is one of the thematic priorities of the Centre for Responsibilities, Rights and the Law. With a large number of staff whose primary research interest lies in this area, you can be sure that you will be exposed to the most important developments in the field.


Modules are assessed by a combination of coursework, unseen examinations, 4,000-5,000-word essays and a 15,000-word dissertation.

Course structure

We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.

Autumn term: Advanced Legal Research for LLM students • Approaches to International Law • International Human Rights Law.

Spring term: you select two options from Comparative Criminal Justice Systems • Corruption and the Law • Culture and Identity Rights • Hate Crime and Sexual Violence • Human Rights Law Clinic • International Business and Human Rights • International Crimes • International Environmental Law • Law of Armed Conflict • Restorative Justice • Global Security and Human Rights • Women and Human Rights.

Summer term: supervised work on the LLM dissertation.


The University of Sussex aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/

Visit the LLM in International Human Rights Law page on the University of Sussex website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in law or a relevant subject (such as international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered.Overseas entrance requirements: View Website

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