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LLM International Law and Global Justice

Overview

Start date: September
Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Course code: LAWT83 (full-time)
LAWT84 (part-time)
Course fees:

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This course has been designed primarily for lawyers and students who work in, or intend to pursue a career in, the public sector. This may include high-level government lawyers, leaders in non-governmental organisations, and academics. It offers the opportunity to gain a critical understanding of the role of international law in advancing justice both in times of peace and war.

Why choose LLM International Law and Global Justice?

  • Sheffield has a long history of being at the forefront of research in International Law resulting in research-led teaching on appropriate topics in the field.
  • We offer bite-sized modules in many different areas of international law, giving you a broad coverage of key issues, whilst also allowing you to specialise in a chosen area for your dissertation.
  • Our class sizes are small, meaning that our staff are very accessible and able to offer more one-on-one support.
  • We are a truly international department, with academics who have lived and studied around the world.
  • You will have the opportunity to attend conferences and research seminars held by the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law, based right here in the School of Law.

It covers areas such as the human rights protection at international, regional, and domestic levels; the protection of people during armed conflicts and the available remedies; the means and methods of dispensing international criminal justice; and the protection of refugees and displaced persons.

Drawing on the considerable expertise of our renowned academics, teaching is both research-led and practice-oriented, influenced by the research activities of the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law. Like the other LLM pathways, this course is also flexible, offering opportunities to study modules from other streams.

Don’t worry if you’re not sure whether to apply to the LLM International Law and Global Justice pathway, the Sheffield LLM (general) or one of our other specialist pathways the LLM Corporate and Commercial Law or the LLM European Law when you apply. All of our pathways are under the same course code, which means you can choose any pathway on the application form and make your final decision once you are here at Sheffield (no later than the start of semester 2). All pathways follow the same structure during semester 1, which means you can wait to see where your strengths and interests lie. If known, simply indicate the pathway you are interested in on your personal statement or advise that you are keeping your options open until you arrive. 


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Course structure

The LLM International Law and Global Justice can be studied on a full time basis over 1 year or on a part time basis over 2 years.

Full time course structure

The course is split across two semesters. 

Semester 1

Students will study modules to the value of 90 credits (minimum) from the following:

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Legal Research and Writing Skills* LAW685 Non-Credit Bearing
Theoretical Foundations of International Organisations  LAW6157 15
Principles of International Law LAW60047 15
International Institutional Law LAW6153 15
International Human Rights: Philosophical, Moral and Legal Foundations LAW6109 15
International Humanitarian Law LAW60054 15
WTO Law: Foundations, Institutions, Challenges LAW60053 15
Judicial Protection in the European Union  LAW683 15

Semester 2

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
International Criminal Law LAW684 15
International Law of the Use of Force LAW60044 15
International Security Institutions and Law LAW6141 15
International Money Laundering Control  LAW6178 15
Trade Remedies in WTO Law LAW6159 15
EU External Relations Law LAW6099 15
Critical Approaches to Terrorism and Counterterrorism  LAW6166 15
Intellectual Property and Human Rights LAW6164 15
EU Constitutional Law in International Context LAW682 15

Students may also study a further 30 credits from the following:

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
International Law and the Use of Force LAW60044 (Semester 2) 15
Principles of International Law LAW60047 (Semester 1) 15
WTO Law: Foundations, Institutions, Challenges LAW60053 (Semester 1) 15
International Humanitarian Law LAW60054 (Semester 1) 15
Fundamentals of Intellectual Property Law LAW6098 (Semester 1) 15
EU External Relations Law LAW6099 (Semester 2) 15
International Human Rights: Philosophical, Moral and Legal Foundations LAW6109 (Semester 1) 15
Trade Mark Law in a Branded World LAW6135 (Semester 2) 15
E-Commerce Law LAW6136 (Semester 2) 15
Finance and Banking LAW6138 (Semester 2) 15
International Security Institutions and Law LAW6141 (Semester 1) 15
Comparative Corporate Governance LAW6142 (Semester 2) 15
Commercial Litigation and Arbitration in the UK LAW6146 (Semester 1) 15
European Copyright Law LAW6149 (Semester 2) 15
International Institutional Law LAW6153 (Semester 1) 15
Principles of Commercial Law LAW6154 (Semester 1) 15
Introduction to Company Law and Corporate Governance LAW6155 (Semester 1) 15
Theoretical Foundations of International Organisations LAW6157 (Semester 1) 15
Current Issues in Company Law and Corporate Governance LAW6158 (Semester 1) 15
Trade Remedies in WTO Law LAW6159 (Semester 2) 15
International Business Transactions LAW6163 (Semester 1) 15
Intellectual Property and Human Rights LAW6164 (Semester 2) 15
EU Constitutional Law in International Context LAW682 (Semester 2) 15
Judicial Protection in the European Union LAW683 (Semester 1) 15
International Criminal Law LAW684 (Semester 1) 15
EU Internal Market Law LAW686 (Semester 1) 15
EU Health Law LAW688 (Semester 2) 15
International Commercial Arbitration LAW6102 (Semester 1) 15
Commercial Property in a Global Context LAW6165 (Semester 2) 15
Critical Approaches to Terrorism and Counterterrorism LAW6166 (Semester 1) 15
Corporate Social Responsibility and the Law LAW6169 (Semester 2) 15
International Money Laundering Control LAW6178 (Semester 2) 15

Dissertation

Module Title Module Code Credit Value
Dissertation (LLM in Law) LAW6162 60

Note:
* Students must satisfactorily complete LAW685 in order to be eligible for the Degree of LLM in International Law and Global Justice




We continually review our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend programmes/entry requirements. Course structures may be subject to change in future years. Content of our courses is reviewed annually to ensure it’s up-to-date. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Part time course structure

Please contact us for details of our part-time pathway.

Course team

You will be taught by leading academics in the School of Law who are themselves involved in research involving international law, humanitarian law and human rights.

ntsagourias.jpgConvenor of this course

Professor Nicholas Tsagourias

Nicholas is Professor of International Law and joined the School in 2012. 

His teaching and research interests are in the fields of international law and the use of force, international humanitarian law, international criminal law, collective security law, peacekeeping, United Nations Law, international and European constitutional theory and law. He is widely published in these fields.

He sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Conflict and Security Law (OUP) and is a member of the Use of Force Committee of the International law Association. He also holds a visiting post at the University of Umea, Sweden and has taught at many Universities in Europe and the USA.

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Teaching team

Dr Mark Brown

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Dr Russell Buchan

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Professor Robert Burrell

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Dr Brid Ni Ghráinne

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Dr Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg

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Careers

As well as the potential to continue on in academia, this programme can lead to a career with international organisations, the international courts, non-government organisations (NGOs) and government departments such as the Foreign Ministry. Our graduates can also use their expertise to pursue work in business or in the public sector.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

All applications are considered on an individual basis based on academic ability, taking into account your academic record and experience.

If you are studying your undergraduate degree, you can apply for postgraduate courses at any time with your predicted results. We may make you a conditional offer.

For all LLM in International Law and Global Justice applications you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree (or international equivalent) in Law, or in another subject but with a substantial law component.
  • Provide supportive references from previous tutors.
  • In certain circumstances we may consider candidates who do not meet these minimum requirements.

Entry requirements for international students


English language requirements:

Our minimum English requirement is:

  • IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each component) or for alternative English language requirements please see here.
  • Please note that the IELTS test must have been completed within the two years preceding the start of the course.

Please note:
We are continually reviewing our courses and reserve the right to discontinue or amend course programmes/entry requirements.


How to apply

For information on the application process please select the 'How to apply' tab above.

If you need any further information, please contact us.

How to apply

Application procedure

To apply for postgraduate study, you will need to complete our quick and easy Postgraduate Online Application Form.

For key information about applying to study at Sheffield, plus links to all of our procedures and Admissions policies, please see the University's How to Apply: Applying Essentials web page. You will also find important information on the supporting documents* you should include with your application. Please take the time to read this information before completing your application.

*If you do not have all of your documents ready, you can still apply and provide these to us later.

Please note: you do not need to wait for final examination results or references before you apply. The University of Sheffield can issue conditional offer letters if you have not taken your final examinations or English language qualifications.

To apply, please use our Postgraduate Online Application Form




Application deadline

There is no institutional deadline for the submission of applications for postgraduate taught courses. However, if you’re not going to be able to start your studies on time, you may be asked to defer to the following academic year so please allow plenty of time to make your application. Remember, if you are successful, there are other arrangements to be made before coming to university.





Funding and scholarships

There are a number of University scholarships available for postgraduate students, as well as School of Law LLM scholarships and Excellence Prizes for international students. 

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