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International Human Rights Law LLM

International Human Rights Law LLM

Key information

Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

International Law Legal Rights (Law) Personal Finance / Consumerism / Rights Civil Law

Course type


Course Summary

The Brunel International Human Rights Law LLM is designed for graduates wishing to develop the specialist skills needed for a career in this dynamic field of law. Through a detailed analysis of the theory, history and development of human rights, and an exploration of the mechanisms of human rights protection you will acquire a comprehensive understanding of international human rights law and its interconnection with international criminal and comparative criminal law. The course places particular emphasis on the radical transformations in international human rights law since the beginning of the 21st century, with the establishment of the International Criminal Court, the on-going process of the United Nations reform, and the post 9/11 shift to a more ‘security-at-all-costs’ approach to criminal process values, especially with regards to the war against terror.

You will explore key contemporary issues, such as: human rights advocacy and global governance though NGOs and non-State actors; the European system of human rights protection; group rights and the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples; the challenges posed by international migration and the protection of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees
women’s rights and the rights of the child, including protection for victims of human trafficking
sexual and gay rights; the right to development and “third- generation” rights.

You’ll benefit from the guidance of dedicated careers advisors and the expertise of your personal tutor so whether you want to explore your passion for law or already have your dream job in mind, we’ll support you on your career journey. Our strong links with industry will help you to boost your career potential. Brunel is one of the few UK universities on the Blake Morgan Brand Ambassador Scheme – offering great work experience opportunities, mentoring programmes and giving you great exposure to the graduate recruitment team of a leading law firm. You’ll be sure to leave Brunel with a firm grounding in legal theory, allowing you to be flexible in your future choices. While many choose to move from the LLM to progress towrads becoming PhD students you'll also be well equipped for carrer opportunities in human rights advocay or in governmental and non-governmental human rights organisation at the national and international level.

Different course options

Full time | Brunel University London | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Foundations of International Human Rights Law (15 Credits) - Core
European System of Human Rights Protection (15 Credits) - Core
Theory and Practice of International Human Rights (15 Credits) - Core
Regional Systems of Human Rights Protection: America, Africa, Asia (15 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need to have 2:2 (or above) UK Honours degree, or equivalent internationally recognised qualification, in Law or a related subject(International Relations, Political Science, Criminology, and Criminal Justice). Other related disciplines and qualifications will be considered.