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Source: HOTCOURSES, July 2016.


Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

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Course summary
Source: HOTCOURSES, July 2016.

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, July 2016.

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

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Full time


1 year

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These are the sub-topics that you will study as part of this course.

Source: HOTCOURSES, July 2016.

Law and Postcolonial Theory (15 Credits)

In this module, we will cover some of the key texts that have shaped the field of post-colonial legal theory. Beginning with the Subaltern Studies School, we will move through the turn to post-structuralist thought and the emergence of post-colonial theory. The texts chosen have shaped the field of post-colonial theory and are situated within a diverse range of disciplines, including history, literature, philosophy, cultural studies and law. For students interested in doing research in the areas of human rights, international law, indigenous rights, and legal theory from critical perspectives, an understanding of the texts covered in this module will be indispensable.

International Environmental Law (30 Credits)

This module examines international legal and institutional arrangements concerning the conservation and use of the environment. It examines both theoretical and practical dimensions of these arrangements. It explores some of the most salient aspects of the expanding area of international environmental law. It is built around the understanding that international environmental law is about both conservation and use (captured in the notion of sustainable development). It is also structured around an understanding that it is the North-South dimension of environmental issues that explains a large part of existing international environmental law.

Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post Conflict Societies (30 Credits)

The module consists of a critical examination of the role of law and lawyers in relation to issues commonly arising in post-conflict societies, and in particular to ways of dealing with a legacy of conflict and human rights violations, including issues of accountability for past human rights abuses, redress for victims, reconciliation, and reconstruction of the legal order. Students will be introduced to the works of leading thinkers and writers on subjects covered by the module, so that they will become familiar with the major debates, and will consider country case studies and comparative and gender perspectives.

Tuition fees
Source: HOTCOURSES, July 2016.

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements
Source: HOTCOURSES, July 2016.

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

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