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LLM International Human Rights Law and Practice

LLM International Human Rights Law and Practice

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Full time | University of York | 1 year | 18-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

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

Course type


Course Summary

Human rights abuse still occur, despite growing numbers of international treaties and organisations dedicated to their eradication. The LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice engages you in a critical, nuanced, and interdisciplinary examination of this paradox.

You'll learn about issues central to the work of human rights scholars and practitioners including states and non-state actors as perpetrators and duty-bearers; standard-setting versus implementation; and the interaction between law, policy, and advocacy at local, regional and global levels. Whether you are a mid-career professional or recent graduate, our LLM enables you to acquire the substantive knowledge, versatile skills, and valuable networks necessary to work in the human rights field.

The LLM International Human Rights Law and Practice is distinctive because you will:

  • work on real human rights issues in partnership with international and local NGOs, UN mechanisms or governmental bodies
  • undertake fieldwork and acquire valuable socio-legal skills
  • learn from the experiences of human rights defenders based at the Centre for Applied Human Rights and from the interactions with an international student body
  • benefit from the interdisciplinary expertise of staff at the Centre for Applied Human Rights and York Law School whose research informs teaching and shapes international policy.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world?leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace.

Careers and skills

We provide career advice, networking opportunities, hands-on experience and personalised reference letters to help you find good jobs with human rights NGOs, humanitarian and development organisations, policy think-tanks, national governments, and UN agencies.

Career opportunities

  • Community engagement manager
  • Associate for an NGO
  • Civil Servant for the Diplomatic Service
  • Legal researcher
  • Solicitor
  • Rule of law adviser


The module provides students with an opportunity to put into practice their understanding of international human rights law and advocacy through group-based project placements with partner organisations, in particular human rights non-governmental organisations in the UK and Malaysia. This is co-requisite module with The Practice of Fieldwork. This is a core module for the LLM in International Human Rights Law and Practice. The placements will take place in Weeks 10 and 11 of Term 1.

Tuition fees

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Entry requirements

Undergraduate degree: 2:1 or equivalent. We will also consider a 2:2 with at least three years' relevant work experience. Some academic study or practical experience of law is desirable, but not required.