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International Law and Human Rights (LLM)

Master of Laws
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

Discover the effects of globalisation on our legal and human rights with this LLB International Law and Human Rights master's degree. You’ll graduate with a thorough understanding of international conventions, state responsibility, international dispute settlement and human rights responsibilities.

The course prepares you for a career in international or human rights law in governmental and non-governmental roles or the private and commercial sectors.

The LLM International Law and Human Rights course is closed for the 2022/23 academic year. We will open applications for the 2023/24 academic year in October 2022. please see our other law courses available.

In your first week of study, you’ll attend an intensive legal skills course to learn about the:

  • common law system
  • interactions of statute and judge-made law
  • impact of international conventions and model laws on national law

From here you’ll develop your understanding of global legal frameworks along with the skills to analyse complex legal issues and evaluate legal or policy responses.

You'll choose from a wide range of modules including:

  • dispute settlement in international law
  • human rights in context
  • international criminal justice
  • armed conflict in international law
  • free speech and privacy on the internet

Our reform and development work, and globally recognised research, brings the latest legal innovations to your learning. We'll guide you through the challenges faced by the global community along with how law can help to resolve them.

Flexible study

If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:

  • a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 or more years

You can also take a single module as part of continuing professional development (CPD). Explore modules that are available as CPD

Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.

Course lead

Your course lead is Professor Uta Kohl. Her research focuses on online and corporate governance. She has written about corporate human rights abuses, online jurisdiction and the regulation of online speech. Uta is a trustee on the board of the Internet Watch Foundation. Visit Professor Kohl’s profile page to learn more about her work. 

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2021 to 2022. We're working hard to plan for a number of possible scenarios. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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