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International Law LLM 2017/18 entry

Course code:

BEST038

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2017
January 2018

Fees:

January 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £12,656

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Overview

International law regulates almost every aspect of state law, practice and relations – from human rights, peacekeeping and anti-terrorism to world trade deals, foreign investment arbitration and territorial disputes – with the aim of creating legal norms and strategies to address global societal, political, environmental and economic problem.

Ideally suited for those who are interested in specific international law issues or want to work for international organisations, NGOs and governments, this course is designed to develop specialist knowledge of this important, ever expanding, area of legal knowledge.

Law has been taught at Coventry University for nearly 50 years and enjoys high levels of student satisfaction. You may have the opportunity to network with a wide range of practitioners from well-known organisations, like Weightmans Solicitors, a top 45 UK law firm, The Commonwealth Secretariat or No 36 Bedford Row Chambers (London), one of the foremost family law barristers’ chambers in the country, to name a few and undertake research-based assignments responding to a range of contemporary issues.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

What our students say...

Coventry University is surrounded by symbols of peace, justice and reconciliation. I have always believed that education should prepare one for both individual and collective social responsibility. 

Terry Peterson, LLM International Law, current student in 2016

Course information

The course aims to develop your understanding of the dynamic nature of law and law reform in specific areas of International Law.

It is regularly reviewed and updated to reflect new developments and the requirements of the profession, together with the needs of industry, new legislative and other changes.

A diverse range of modules link together to provide an effective International Law framework, within which you will learn to appreciate the relevance of rules and principles in the International Legal environment, particularly in light of the contemporary developments in the world arena.

The mandatory modules provide basic research skills and methodology, as well as tuition in the core substantive legal areas of human rights, corporate governance and the practical application of International Law.

Modules

Overview

In the first two semesters, you are able to choose from a range of five specialist modules. In ‘International Corporate Crime’, for example, we analyse how the law makes corporations criminally liable for their acts or omissions.

We will begin by exploring the competing theoretical perspectives on corporate crime, its beginnings, definition, context and control. We compare corporate liability under English law and in other jurisdictions, considering the implications of cross-jurisdictional offending by corporations.

We draw heavily on real-life case studies, such as Tesco Supermarkets Ltd v Nattrass [1972] AC 153. In this case, Tesco had been offering a discount on washing powder, which was advertised on posters displayed in stores, however, once they ran out of the lower priced product, the stores began to replace it with the regularly priced stock. The manager failed to take the signs down and a customer was charged at the higher price. Tesco was charged under the Trade Descriptions Act 1968 for falsely advertising the price of washing powder, but the House of Lords accepted its defence that the company had taken all reasonable precautions and all due diligence and that the conduct of the manager could not attach liability to the corporation because the manager was not part of the "directing mind" of the corporation.

In the final semester, you will be given the opportunity to complete a dissertation in an approved related topic. Past students have covered exciting and varied subject matter, such as the efficacy of the Identification Doctrine in holding corporations criminally liable for the acts and omissions of employees and whether criminal fault can arise from corporate culture.

This course includes the Global Professional Development module. Each of the participating postgraduate courses have an individually tailored version of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Global Professional Development module.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • International Law in the Contemporary World Arena  
    • International Human Rights 
    • Research Skills 
    • Research Design
  • Semester 2

    • International Corporate Governance Law
    • Global Professional Development - Consultancy


    Optional modules (2 of the following):

    • International Criminal Law Gender and International Human Rights
    • Law of Diplomatic Relations
    • International Corporate Crime
    • International Environmental Law 
  • Semester 3

    • Research Design. (Offered in Semester 1)
    • Dissertation

In more detail...

  • Opportunity to contribute to the Coventry Law Journal, published twice a year.
  • High levels of student satisfaction of 93% overall, above the sector average of 84%, in the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) 2016.
  • Taught by staff with industry experience having worked as solicitors and barristers both in the public and private sector – nationally and internationally.
  • Annual Law Student Conference, which was run in collaboration the British Foundation for the University of the West Indies (BFUWI) and was attended by over 120 students at its launch in 2015 with the theme of ‘Global Careers in Law’.
  • Regular guest lectures from employers who specialise in different areas of the law, building your professional network. Recent speakers have included the Vice President and Chief Accountability Officer at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, USA, and a solicitor and legal skills research and study coach at the University of London.
  • Programme of international law research seminars, which have previously covered topics on International Civil Rights Law, whether or not the definition of torture in CAT should be extended to include rape or domestic violence and if states should be permitted reservations to fundamental articles to allow for cultural diversity.
  • Excellent links within the international law arena, including the South West University of Politics and Law (SWUPL) in Chonqing, China and the University of Central Florida in the USA. We have also established links with the Universities of Liege in Belgium, Strasbourg in France (French speaking), Castellon and Leon in Spain (Spanish speaking), The Hague in the Netherlands, Orebro in Sweden, Pecs in Hungary (where courses are taught in English) and the Universities of Kiel and Rostock in Germany (German Speaking).

A dedicated ‘Moot Room’ to develop your advocacy skills and experience a modern courtroom environment.

Your main study themes are:

  • International Human Rights: Provides an in-depth understanding of the historical development of international human rights law, its impact on traditional concepts in international law, such as state sovereignty, and its changing institutions as well as their functions and powers. We examine the sources of international human rights law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Bill of Rights and subsequent Treaties and Conventions. We also investigate the political and other influences on the articulation of international human rights law. A number of detailed case studies will be undertaken to identify the difficulties of standard setting in the international environment and the particular political, economic and social differences within regions and countries. For example, we look at the Death Penalty and International Human Rights, human rights and prisoners, prosecuting genocide fairly and universal prohibition of torture.

  • International Law in the Contemporary World Arena: Focusing on the regulation of international relations, we examine the foundations on which international law is based and how it is generated by state practice, diplomacy, treaties, arbitral decisions and, increasingly, moral imperatives often linked to resolutions of the United Nations. You’ll be introduced to key concepts, like peremptory norms, international legal personality or international responsibility. We’ll consider the challenges and issues facing the United Nations when trying to maintain international security and defence.

  • International Corporate Governance Law: Explores how the law attempts to make corporations, and those that manage them, accountable for the way they are managed, to their owners (shareholders), employees, creditors and the wider community in an international commercial context. You will gain a critical understanding of the theories and policies that underpin various approaches to Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), looking at the relatively recent drivers that attempt to make companies and their managers more accountable and the continuing debate between those who argue for more control and those who argue for less. We focus on the approaches of three different economies – the UK, USA and Germany – with varying assumptions as to how the ‘law’ and corporate control should be exercised. Reference will be made throughout to actual company approaches to accountability, especially to their shareholders.

This course can be studied full-time over one year and may also be taken part-time over two years. You can start in January, May or September.

International Law is traditionally separated into two branches: jus gentium, or the customary laws articulating standards of international conduct; and jus inter gentes, or international agreements and treaties. Our teaching and learning strategy is designed to enable you to develop your knowledge and understanding of both aspects of International Law, while also developing your ability to think critically, work and research, both independently and as part of a team. You will have a personal tutor who can provide both pastoral and academic support throughout the course.

This is a taught programme delivered through lectures, presentations and weekly workshops; we adopt a case study approach, wherever possible, considering problems arising in the contemporary world arena, such as drug trafficking and terrorism. There will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate within tutorials. For example, when considering international corporate governance, you will consider how the Corporate Governance debate has moved from corporate social responsibility to organisational responsibility and accountability over the years. We also recently organised an international moot debate in the Caribbean drawing on our comparative research into ‘The Privy Council vs the Caribbean Court of Justice as the region's final court’.

The course is delivered by both our own experienced legal academics and industry professionals. In 2016, we successfully launched the first ‘Oil, Gas, Energy and Sustainability Law Converzacione’ in conjunction with the Centre for Global Engagement and Global Leadership Programme, British Petroleum and the Commonwealth Secretariat. Keynote speakers included the Head of Safety and Operational Risk, Competency and Capability Development from The BP Group and the Economic Adviser in Natural Resources at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, together with the Secretariat’s Legal Counsel for Maritime Law. Entitled ‘Contemporary Policy Issues for New and Emerging Oil and Gas Producers’, the inaugural lecture was streamed live to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Law Faculty.

The course will be assessed through a combination of coursework, short class-based examinations and presentation of workshop papers.

An estimated percentage breakdown of your final grade assessment is as follows: 

  • Practical or project work: 75%
  • Coursework, tests, essays: 25%

On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.

25% assessed by coursework, tests and essays

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of: the objectives and conceptual underpinnings of International Law; the  sources of International Law; the relationship between national law and International Law; the role of diplomacy in the formulation of international policy and practice and the generation of International Law; the concepts and principles of state responsibility applied in international arbitral decisions; the institutional framework for the administration and enforcement of International Law, including an appreciation of the role of the United Nations and the jurisprudence of the International Court of Justice.
  • Demonstrate an appropriate degree of critical analytical and communication skills and an appropriate enhanced ability to use primary and secondary sources and critically evaluate legal and other materials in the presentation of oral and written arguments, including the acquisition of advanced citation and referencing skills.
  • Design, execute and critically evaluate research and to identify and employ appropriate sources and methods for its completion.
  • Identify and apply relevant legal principles in the area of International Law.
  • Evaluate the impact of the law and principles both at the domestic and international levels.
  • Research and update legal knowledge.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 14 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1 hour of tutorials each week.
  • Medium group teaching: 4 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 9 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 25 hours of self-directed studying and revising in your own time, including some guided study using handouts, online activities etc.

This course is centred on legal studies within an international dimension and you will learn alongside home, EU and international students, which provides a rewarding and varied academic and personal experience. You will have the opportunity to take part in a range of fieldtrips (subject to availability and additional costs), which have previously included the University of the West Indies Law Faculty (Republic of Trinidad & Tobago) to experience a different legal system as praxis and engage in a Moot Debate. For 2017, students will be travelling to the University of Maryland (Baltimore, USA) and visiting the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


What our students say...

Coventry University is surrounded by symbols of peace, justice and reconciliation. I have always believed that education should prepare one for both individual and collective social responsibility. 

Terry Peterson, LLM International Law, current student in 2016

Entry Requirements

A good undergraduate degree. This course is aimed primarily at law graduates, legal practitioners (solicitors and barristers) from the UK and other jurisdictions, and politics graduates with some knowledge of law.

A good undergraduate degree. This course is aimed primarily at law graduates, legal practitioners (solicitors and barristers) from the UK and other jurisdictions, and politics graduates with some knowledge of law.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

A good undergraduate degree. This course is aimed primarily at law graduates, legal practitioners (solicitors and barristers) from the UK and other jurisdictions, and politics graduates with some knowledge of law.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

What our students say...

Coventry University is surrounded by symbols of peace, justice and reconciliation. I have always believed that education should prepare one for both individual and collective social responsibility. 

Terry Peterson, LLM International Law, current student in 2016

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

January 2017 start - £6,930 | May 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


January 2018

January 2017 start - £6,930 | May 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2017

January 2017 start - £6,930 | May 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


January 2018

January 2017 start - £6,930 | May 2017 start - £6,930 | September 2017 start - £7,374 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2017

January 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £12,656 (per year)


January 2018

January 2017 start - £12,068 | September 2017 start - £12,656 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

What our students say...

Coventry University is surrounded by symbols of peace, justice and reconciliation. I have always believed that education should prepare one for both individual and collective social responsibility. 

Terry Peterson, LLM International Law, current student in 2016

Career prospects

Master’s level qualifications are highly regarded in any professional or academic sector, but there is an increasing need for knowledge of International Law in various companies, government and state agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGO), either as a legal adviser or in a non-legal capacity.

On successful graduation, you should possess a range of transferrable graduate and employability skills in research, analysis, synthesis, critical judgement, evaluation, application of knowledge, problem-solving, communication and reflective learning.

Some students have chosen to specialise in Diplomatic Relations or Human Rights Law as lawyers both at home and abroad, dealing with legal issues affecting the contemporary international community, for example, global security, international human rights and state responsibility and matters relating to international environmental law and responsibility. Others have gone on to work for international organisations in a non-legal capacity, in areas such as international human rights and the environment, and for local and national government agencies. This course can also be an excellent preparation for further degrees and research and academic careers in universities and other academic and research institutions.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Many of our graduates started their legal careers at organisations such as the Criminal Cases Review Commission, Crown Prosecution Service and in high street, national and international firms specialising in commercial and business law. Examples of recent employers of our graduates include: Brethertons LLP, a growing Midlands firm with six offices; Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer a leading multinational law firm and Ince and Co, a specialist international commercial firm with offices in Dubai, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Le Havre, London, Paris, Piraeus, Shanghai and Singapore. International NGOs include PeaceDirect.

What our students say...

The second Coventry Legal Cinematic Review was enjoyable and thought provoking, coupling together films and discussion on equity and equality by reference to its application from 1950s to the present day. It was apparent that a reduction in overt segregation does not and will not ever eliminate de facto less overt discrimination. The content and the delivery from the speakers was excellent.

Phil Storey, LLM International Law, graduated in 1991, now Assistant Solicitor at Bailey Wright & Co. (Birmingham), UK Education Law Firm of the year 2015
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