International Human Rights Law LLM 2020/21 entry

Course code:

FBLT086

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

The course takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of international human rights law that will introduce you to both the international and regional protection of human rights.

This course will provide you with an understanding of the social realities that inform the human rights discourse and affect the practical applicability of human rights law.

Benefitting from over 50 years’ experience of teaching Law and having the opportunity to participate in the Coventry University Global Leaders programme and our CMI module, there are plenty of ways to develop your skills and stand out in the global graduate market.

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

Accreditations and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

International Association of Law Schools

Coventry Law School is a member of the International Association of Law Schools, an association of more than 160 law schools and departments from over 55 countries, representing more than 7,500 law faculty members. Having this status allows our Law students the opportunity for a variety of international experiences, including with our partner institutions across the world.


European Law Faculties Association (ELFA)

Coventry Law School is also a member of the European Law Faculties Association (ELFA) with over 250 members from Europe and beyond.

Course information

Suitable for graduates with or without a background in law who are seeking to gain and/or build upon their knowledge of international human rights law.

This course aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop recognised expertise in emergent issues within the area of international human rights law. The LLM in International Human Rights Law takes an interdisciplinary approach that will introduce you to both the international and regional protection of human rights. This will provide you with an understanding of the social realities that inform the human rights discourse and affect the practical applicability of human rights law. Through the course you will gain the necessary skills to critically apprehend the rules, systems, techniques, and practices of human rights.

You will be taught by experts in the field of international human rights, with assessment designed to test both critical understanding of the law, as well as its practical application. In addition to this, you will benefit from over 50 years’ experience of teaching Law, and have the opportunity to participate in the Coventry University Global Leaders programme and our CMI module.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Across semesters one and two, you will study a wide variety of legal topics, covering areas as diverse as International Human Rights Law, Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, and Human Rights and Gender, Race, Sexuality and Human Rights, all designed to ensure you have a strong grounding in key legal principles, alongside a direct focus on topics relevant to human rights law in an international context.

In the final semester, you should choose an area to research and report for your project. You will also have the opportunity to study a module developed in partnership with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), focused on consultancy, which can lead to a professional qualification upon successful completion.

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Contemporary Issues in International Human Rights Law
    • The Regional Protection of Human Rights
    • Minority Rights and Activism
    • Research Skills

  • Semester 2

    • Islamic Law and Human Rights
    • Terrorism, Counter-Terrorism, and Human Rights
    • Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Human Rights
    • Research Design

  • Semester 3

    • Global Professional Development Consultancy
    • Project

In more detail...

  • Guidance on research, study and writing skills together with research design and methods, in preparation for writing assessments and dissertation
  • Over 50 years’ experience teaching Law at Coventry University
  • Coventry Law School are members of the International Association of Law Schools
  • Access to an Employment Personal Tutor (EPT) dedicated to career advice and guidance
  • Access to Legal Futures, a dedicated service for those students seeking placements and employment
  • Access to Coventry Law School’s Moot Room
  • International perspective provided by staff exchange visits from other universities in the USA, such as the University of Maryland, who in the past have lectured on International Civil Rights Law
  • 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’
  • Opportunities to attend 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
  • Established student exchange 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), the Universities of Kiel and Rostock in Germany (German Speaking) and the University of the West Indies Law Faculty in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (English speaking)
  • The Internationalisation of Human Rights: The regulation of human rights at the regional and international levels serves as a means through which State behaviour is adapted in order to prevent and punish human rights abuses committed by and through State actors. It is therefore important within both academic and practical contexts for lawyers and legally-interested individuals to be able to critically analyse the way in which human rights frameworks serve to regulate the practice of human rights within the global system of States. This course therefore plays a crucial role in enhancing the knowledge, understanding, and skills of lawyers and legally-interested individuals.
  • Human Rights in Practice: An advanced knowledge and understanding of human rights is important for anyone seeking to work within this field of law. Human rights lawyers draw upon both their legal knowledge and practical skills in order to apply them to the various and often complex situations and cases involving the application of international human rights norms. This course incorporates a practice-oriented approach to study by challenging students to apply their knowledge and skills to contemporary human rights issues in both domestic and global contexts.
  • Social Justice: The development of human rights is dependent on the social and political movements that seek social justice for victims of human rights abuses. This course therefore considers the role that various actors play in the development of human rights regimes. In doing so, students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to critically appraise the development of human rights as it relates to the securitisation and protection of human rights in various socio-political and cultural contexts.

This course can be studied full-time over one year and may also be taken part-time over two years.

We place great emphasis on enhancing your transferrable professional skills, so you will regularly have opportunities to lead discussions or develop your presentation skills. We will also encourage you to improve your analytical and critical thinking skills.

Teaching will principally be delivered through flexible workshops, which will include expository ‘lecture style’ content, in-class activities, and discursive seminars. We will draw heavily on real-life case studies and there will be plenty of opportunities for discussion and debate within workshops. You will be expected to prepare in advance of workshops, with the aim to develop your understanding of a particular subject.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include, practical or project work, coursework, and essays.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion of the course, a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding of international human rights law as a legal system that is distinct from national legal systems.
  • Critically evaluate substantive issues and developments within international human rights law.
  • Apply advanced legal knowledge to practical issues within international human rights law.
  • Effectively communicate ideas by explaining and conveying information in varying forms, such as orally and written.
  • Undertake complex research-based projects independently, including an ability to manage your work in an effective manner.
  • Work independently and collaboratively, making effective use of feedback.
  • Understand the importance of social responsibility and ethical behaviour in an academic and vocational capacity.
  • Evidence intellectual independence by addressing and resolving legal and related questions, identifying gaps in their own knowledge, and by acquiring new knowledge by engaging in critical analysis and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the principles of consultancy and the theories and practices found in leadership.

We set out below the typical teaching contact hours that you will receive on this course.

In your first and second semester, you should have up to 12 contact hours of teaching a week, which will include medium size teaching such as workshops.

A strong emphasis is placed on the Project module in your final semester and therefore total teaching contact hours may be reduced.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a significant amount of studying and revising in your own time each week, which will be both self-directed, and also guided, through the use of, for example, hand-outs or online activities.

We recognise the difference that both work and an international experience can make to a future career. As well as having an international theme throughout your studies, there will also be opportunities to attend field trips overseas, which in the past has seen us visit the University of the West Indies Law Faculty in the Republic of Trinidad, The Hague to visit the International Criminal Court and Tobago to experience a different legal system as praxis, and also engage in a moot debate.

We have particularly strong links with the South West University of Politics and Law (SWUPL) in Chongqing in China. We have also established links with The University of the West Indies (Republic of Trinidad & Tobago), Stellenbosch University (South Africa), Nebrija University (Spain), Brunswick European Law School (Germany), and the University of Maryland (USA). These provide opportunities for study exchanges and staff also regularly give guest lectures and host joint ‘live’ online seminars with their students. Previously, we’ve organised seminars on topics such as International Development Law, Oil, Gas & Energy Law, Intellectual Property, International and European Law.

*Travel costs for mandatory field trips are covered by the University’s flying-start scheme. The cost of optional international field trips are borne by the student. All field trips are subject to availability, application and visa requirements. 

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

global programmes

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


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 and business graduates with some knowledge of law.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by CU Recruitment and Admissions limited. For information regarding what might amount to “a good undergraduate degree” please contact 024 7765 2222.

 

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 and business graduates with some knowledge of law.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by CU Recruitment and Admissions limited. For information regarding what might amount to “a good undergraduate degree” please contact 024 7765 2222.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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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 and business graduates with some knowledge of law.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by CU Recruitment and Admissions limited. For information regarding what might amount to “a good undergraduate degree” please contact 024 7765 2222.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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.

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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.

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Fee


September 2020

TBC* (per year)


UK 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.

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September 2020

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EU Scholarships

We're investing 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!

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September 2020

TBC* (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

Career prospects

The LLM in International Human Rights Law provides specialist knowledge in the legal understanding and application of human rights law, thus providing graduates with legal specialism in this area of law.

International human rights law is at the forefront of policy-making and those graduating with an LLM in International Human Rights law may go on to work in either the public or private sector. Careers prospects for those with specialist human rights knowledge include a wide-range of fields such as policing, immigration, and privacy law. Graduates may engage in advisory work, such as reviewing government policies and actions, whilst some graduates may find employment as human rights litigators, working for domestic and/or international legal firms. Additionally, career prospects include human rights advocacy work, particularly on behalf of, but not limited to, the work of non-governmental organisations.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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