This innovative programme examines the complex interplay between law and politics in international affairs. Delivered jointly by the School of Law and the School of Politics, Philosophy, International Relations and the Environment (SPIRE), the LLM provides students with an opportunity to develop critical understanding of how politics shape international law and how, in return, law shapes the behaviour of states in their dealings with one another and with other actors. As will all our postgraduate programmes, the LLM encourages an integrated theoretical and interdisciplinary approach to global governance, where law is studied in its broader philosophical, historical and social context. This approach is particularly suited to those who aspire to work for international institutions like the UN, non-governmental organisations, government agencies or international law firms.
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.
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
SUBJECT AREAS: Law
FEES (2021/22 ACADEMIC YEAR): £16,000
SCHOLARSHIPS: £1,000 to £10,000