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LLM International Law: Crime, Justice and Human Rights Pathway

LLM International Law: Crime, Justice and Human Rights Pathway

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Full time | University of Birmingham | 1 year | SEP

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Qualification type

LLM - Master of Laws

Subject areas

Civil Law International Law Criminal Law

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Course Summary

This pathway draws upon Birmingham Law School’s research strengths in international law, international humanitarian law, criminal law and justice, and human rights, enabling you to develop expertise in a wide range of relevant international law subjects.

In our research at Birmingham Law School we increasingly encounter the challenges of internationalised legal problems, regionalised or globalised criminal justice intervention and enforcement and the severe challenges posed to human rights by them. In developing this course we set out to encourage students to explore these with us.

By undertaking a combination of the modules available on this pathway, you can become uniquely knowledgeable of dynamic, vital and growing aspects of international law theory and practice.

For those seeking a deeper understanding of the increasingly global structures which govern criminal justice as well as the finer issues challenging criminal justice structures, this course offers a unique learning opportunity and is an excellent choice for those seeking legal opportunities around the world.


This module explores the relationship between the aims and purpose of the criminal justice system, and the requirement to protect human rights. We will examine the rights of suspects, defendants, and convicted offenders, with a view to determining the extent to which rights can be, and should be, curtailed in the fight against crime. The module starts with a broad introduction to the issues, assessing how those working in the criminal justice system are bound by human rights norms, and assessing the various approaches that can be taken to balancing human rights considerations with the need to fight crime. We will then examine how the authorities investigate and detect crime, before considering the rights of an individual who has been arrested and detained for questioning. The right to a fair trial is then examined, followed by seminars on sentencing and punishment, and the rights of prisoners and those released from prison.
Dissertation (60 Credits)

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Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good Honours degree in law, or a degree in another discipline augmented with a pass in the Common Professional Examination.

University information

Part of the Russell Group of UK universities, the University of Birmingham has been developing great minds, encouraging challenging debates and pushing the boundaries of innovation and excellence for over 100 years. Over 14,000 students from over 150 countries choose to study at Birmingham, meaning you will be part of a diverse and vibrant community. 40% of this student population are postgraduates. Birmingham understands that you want to...more