This LLM provides an advanced conceptual and practical understanding of how international law promotes human rights and responds to their violation. The course sets international human rights in their broader philosophical, historical and social contexts, and engages students in an interdisciplinary study of the international legal processes designed to ensure their realisation. It also encourages students to think critically about the limits, ambiguities and contradictions of the international human rights movement.

Why study International Law and Human Rights at Keele?

The Keele Law School has a long tradition of academic expertise in the field of international law and human rights. These subjects have been taught at Keele by world-renowned experts such as Michael Akehurst and Patrick Thornberry. In recent years, the Keele Law School has invested heavily in the area of international law and human rights. Students will be taught by dynamic academic staff with a wide range of expertise and research interests.

Keele is a pioneer and leader in cross-disciplinary education. Students on the LLM in International Law and Human Rights will take modules in both the Law School and the School of Politics, International Relations and the Environment (SPIRE). Students also have the opportunity to study modern languages – including key UN languages – as part of their degree, increasing their range of professional skills. Keele currently offers courses in: Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.

Placements Opportunities

The LLM includes a study trip to Geneva where students visit international institutions such as the UN, the ICRC, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, or the International Labour Organisation. This provides an opportunity to meet with high level officials working in the field of international and human rights.

Students also have the opportunity to do work placements as part of their degree with any one of our partner institutions. Keele has a long-standing work placement scheme with UN human rights committees and international NGOs.

DURATION: 1-year full-time


FEES (2021/22 ACADEMIC YEAR): £16,000

SCHOLARSHIPS: £1,000 to £10,000