Public International Law LLM 2020/21 entry

Course code:

FBLT087

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 LLM in Public International Law aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop recognised legal expertise within the field of public international law. As a system of law, public international law focuses on the treaties, rules, and conduct governing the relationship between states.

The course will approach public international law from the vantage point of the foreign relations, ideas, and substantive issues that shape its development. You will be able to gain an in depth understanding of public international law as a system of law by not only being introduced to its fundamental aspects, but also by being taught the skills necessary to apprehend the way public international law regulates the state system and responds to changes within the dynamics of that system.

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 public international law.

The LLM in Public International Law aims to provide you with an opportunity to develop recognised legal expertise within the field of public international law. As a system of law, public international law focuses on the treaties, rules, and conduct governing the relationship between states. The course will approach public international law from the vantage point of the foreign relations, ideas, and substantive issues that shape its development. You will be able to gain an in depth understanding of public international law as a system of law by not only being introduced to its fundamental aspects, but also by being taught the skills necessary to apprehend the way public international law regulates the state system and responds to changes within the dynamics of that system.

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 Organisations and Development Law, International Criminal Law and Justice and International Environmental Law, all designed to ensure you have a strong grounding in key legal principles, and how they reply to public international law.

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

    • Public International Law
    • International Organisations and Development Law
    • The Law of Diplomatic Relations
    • Research Skills

  • Semester 2

    • International Humanitarian Law and Security
    • International Criminal Law and Justice
    • International Environmental Law
    • 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
  • Benefit from a Law School who are members of the International Association of Law Schools and European Law Faculties Association
  • 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
  • Opportunities to attend guest lectures from employers who specialise in different areas of the law, giving you the opportunity to build 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)
  • Global Governance: One of the overarching aims in today’s globalised world is the regulation of international affairs. Political cooperation, especially that aimed at negotiating responses to problems that affect more than one State or region, are operationalised through global governance structures. It is therefore important for lawyers and legally-minded individuals to be able to understand and critically analyse the way in which public international law regulates the global community. This course therefore plays a crucial role in enhancing the knowledge, understanding, and skills of lawyers and legally-interested individuals.
  • Justice and Security: The international security regime forms the basis of various branches of public international law, namely international humanitarian law, international criminal law, and international environmental law. Each branch of law is driven by the idea that States and other international organisations need to promote the safety and security of the global community. In doing so, this course enables you to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to critically appraise the development and operationalisation of these branches of public international law as they relate to issues of securitisation, protection, and justice.
  • Public International Law in Practice: An advanced knowledge and understanding of public international law is important for anyone seeking to work within this field of law. International 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 legal norms. This course incorporates a practice-oriented approach to study by challenging you to apply your knowledge and skills to contemporary issues affecting the interaction between States, as well as between States and non-State actors within the global community.

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 presentational 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. We seek to supplement teaching with regular guest lectures – from the UK, Europe, and beyond – bringing new perspectives to the material covered in class.

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, tests 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, you will be able to:

  • Appraise the development of public international law as a distinct system of law
  • Critically analyse the practices that have impacted on the development of public international law
  • Critically engage with substantive issues that have impacted upon states and the regulation of the state system
  • Effectively communicate ideas by explaining and conveying information in varying forms, such as orally and written
  • Undertake large research-based projects independently, including an ability to manage their work in an effective manner
  • Work either independently and/or collaboratively within workshops and on assessments, making effective use of feedback throughout
  • 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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Fee


September 2020

TBC* (per year)


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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Fee


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 Public International Law provides specialist knowledge in the legal understanding and application of international law, thus providing graduates with legal specialism in this area of law.

Career potential is wide-ranging and includes work in areas such as international criminal law, international trade and investment law, as well as human rights advocacy. Graduates may obtain employment in their national public service, including their government’s diplomatic service. There is also potential to engage in legal advisory work in inter-governmental organisations, non-governmental organisations, and State administrations. Some graduates may choose to work in the area of international arbitration.

Where our graduates work

Graduates on similar courses have gone on to start 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; 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.

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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