This course will provide you with a detailed understanding of the concepts and issues around international human rights. You will examine the international legal system and human rights legal system. In addition to studying core modules, you will be able to choose from a wide variety of optional, insightful modules, enabling you to tailor your studies and specialise in your chosen area of interest.
This course is particularly suitable for solicitors and barristers, activists, campaigners and researchers involved in human rights issues. It is also designed for those working in organisations with public functions and need to comply with human rights obligations, as well as human rights professionals in international organisations, non-governmental organisations (NGO) and those with a keen interest in Human Rights Law. Graduates are able to develop into legal work relating to human rights, policy analysts and diplomatic services.
- Develop your own personal pathway. This course combines one core module with a diverse range of optional modules
- Study at your own pace. Enjoy flexible distance learning, with the option to exit at one of several points with a postgraduate award
- Differentiate yourself in the job market. Gain a competitive edge by increasing your knowledge of human rights law
- Boost your employability. Improve your career and employability options in a globalised job market
Structure and assessment
International Human Rights Law – explores the birth of international human rights thinking and the struggle to balance competing rights. You will also examine the international legal system and human rights legal system
You will also select elective modules which might include:
- Social Justice & Human Rights
- International Child Law
- European Convention on Human Rights
- International Humanitarian Law
- International Law
- Negotiated Study
- Freedom of Religion, and the Rights of Minorities in International Law
- Gender & Sexuality in International Law
- The Protection of Refugees in International Law
You must also undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of the law. You will need to apply and enhance your technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice. In order to obtain the LLM in International Human Rights Law your dissertation must have an international human rights theme.
Note: All modules are subject to change in order to keep content current.
Facilities and features
Hugh Aston Building
You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.
Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
This course equips you to enter legal and other work relating to international human rights issues.
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