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LLM in Human Rights Law
LLM or PGDip
Develop the legal skills and knowledge to protect human rights. And drive meaningful change for vulnerable people across the world.
This course will equip you for your career in international humanitarian protection. You’ll build the legal skills and knowledge to fight human rights abuses - from torture and disappearances to upholding freedom of expression. And you’ll understand how to work within international legal systems to drive real change.
You’ll also develop skills that human rights protection workers rely on every day. You’ll learn how to manage evidence, collect data, carry out interviews and collaborate with other protection agents. And you’ll develop solid knowledge of safeguarding, professional standards, and ethics.
You’ll graduate equipped with the legal knowledge to affect change within international systems - and the practical skills you need to get things done in the field.
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Financial support and scholarships
There are International Student Scholarships available for 2022 and other scholarships and funding options for postgraduate international students.
Learning and assessment
This course will equip you with the legal knowledge and skills to uphold human rights on the international stage. You’ll study human rights law as it applies in peacetime - and you’ll also explore the rules of armed conflict.
You’ll navigate the international human rights conventions - learning what they mean and how to apply them. You’ll examine the mechanisms for protecting human rights. And you’ll learn how to make a complaint or present an argument in these arenas.
You’ll build confident advocacy skills through simulations and mooting. You might act as a lawyer arguing before the International Criminal Court. Or you might take the position of a state accused of human rights abuses. You’ll build a nuanced understanding of the complex perspectives in human rights cases.
You’ll graduate equipped to tackle human rights challenges across the world - from FGM to the homelessness crisis in the UK.
You’ll study three compulsory modules and one elective module in semester 1. And in semester 2 you’ll take two compulsory modules and one elective module.
Our LLM course team consists of researchers working within the following research groups:
- international law
- critical approaches to law
- fundamental rights and equality.
You can attend the programme of research seminars and other events that underpin the research culture of the School of Law. You will have the opportunity to become involved in research through specialist modules in which teaching staff have expertise. They also supervise your dissertations in their specialist subjects.
After you graduate
Graduates from the LLM succeed across an impressive range of careers from policy makers and human rights activists through to high flying diplomats and commercial lawyers. LLM staff can advise you and direct you to possible careers and employers depending on your particular needs and ambitions.
"The LLM offered by Oxford Brookes has already helped me very much. It has given me that international profile that is required by all the bodies and agencies of the United Nations. Without this course I would not have had the opportunity to undertake an internship with the UN and finally understand what path I want to follow in my professional career."
Stefano Consiglio, LLM International Human Right Law graduate
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.