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Source: HOTCOURSES, April 2017.


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LLM - Master of Laws

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Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, April 2017.

The LLM programme is a single subject law programme that may be taken over a period of one year (full-time), or part-time over a period of two, three or four years. Every student will be required to take modules equivalent to four full units. The assessment of one of the chosen full units (which must be from your chosen specialism) will be by means of a 15,000 word dissertation. The dissertation must be linked to a module offered at SOAS itself, and attendance on the module will be treated as being part of the process of supervision. With permission of the LLM tutor, students will be entitled to select one complementary subject or the equivalent from comparable Master’s module at SOAS including appropriate language module.

In this course a complementary subject may be chosen in substitution for either a full or a half-subject. It is expected that all students will graduate with an LLM in law. It is possible, however, for students wishing to graduate with a ‘specialist’ degree, to do so by way of opting to take three or more modules from the relevant subject groupings below. In each case, the student must undertake a dissertation in that subject grouping.

Different course options
Source: HOTCOURSES, April 2017.

Full time | School of Oriental and African Studies | 1 year | SEP-17

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Full time


1 year

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Source: HOTCOURSES, April 2017.

Human Rights and Islamic Law (30 Credits)

This module critically explores the different theoretical perspectives of the relationship between Human Rights and Islamic law and examines the practices of some relevant Muslim-majority States in that regard. We will examine relevant theoretical and conceptual issues relating to the nature of both human rights and Islamic law respectively. This will include a critical analysis of the theoretical foundations of human rights, its sources, contents and implementation, in relation to the nature, sources and methods of Islamic law, and its role, application and influence in Muslim-majority States. We will then identify the areas of common grounds and conceptual differences between the two systems.

Gender, Armed Conflict and International Law (15 Credits)

At the end of the module, a student should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the themes, issues and debates on the role and impact of gender on war, armed conflict and post-conflict communities; identify and compare different feminist approaches to legal reform; critically assess the materials and themes explored in the module; to describe feminist histories in terms of theoretical developments and in terms of legal outcomes relevant to the module themes; to analyse the consequences of legal reforms that focus on women's rights in conflict situations, situating this knowledge with an awareness of broader political and legal approaches; to formulate and evidence an argument on the relationship between gender, war, peace and law.

Foundations of International Law (15 Credits)

At the end of the module the students should be able to identify and describe the foundational concepts in Public International Law (for example, international sources, the role of sovereignty, the impact of international institutions, jurisdiction, state responsibility) with special reference to issues relevant to Asia and Africa; compare and appraise the role of different theoretical approaches in understandings of Public International Law; discuss recent developments in Public International Law and demonstrate an understanding of their broader impact on the topic as a whole; explain the relationship between theoretical perspectives on international law, the behaviour of states and the development of international legal norms, as well as the role of international institutions.

Tuition fees
Source: HOTCOURSES, April 2017.

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
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For this course


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, April 2017.

Students need minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Law.

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