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International Human Rights and Development LLM

Overview

With over 30 years of expertise, LSBU Law has shaped the professional futures of thousands of law students.

The LLM International Human Rights and Development offers a mixture of international human rights law, development studies and refugee studies modules. You'll explore contemporary debates in the context of specific countries and themes.

You'll gain knowledge of the protection of international human rights within the context of international development and refugee practice and the role of a rights-based approach to international development practice.

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Expert academics: taught by expert academics and practitioners.
Professional links: : Through our growing pool of visiting fellows and professors, the Law Department has developed a strong network of contacts with leading law practitioners in the UK.
Dynamic Research Culture: benefit from engaging with highly qualified academic staff.
Free iPad: Advanced technology and e-learning, a free iPad will support your studies.
Comprehensive reading resources: via our virtual learning environment, a personal e-law library worth £6,000.
Employability: You'll graduate with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the fields of international human rights and development (either in the UK or abroad) as advisors, experts, researchers and policy makers.
Great teaching: The LSBU Law Department has a strong set of experts, consultants and international advisors in the field of international human rights and development  and hosts a number of annual events and conferences.

Events

The Law Department hosts annual events such as updates on Human Rights delivered by our Visiting Professors, Sir Geoffrey Bindman, Joel Bennthan QC and Imran Khan. We also host the Young Legal Aid Lawyers Question Time and occasional events such as our recent inter-professional conference – Responding  to Rape, and meetings and seminars for Burmese human rights campaigners.

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

Core Modules

  • International law and human rights
    You'll study core subjects such as the nature and development of international law, sources of international law, the subjects of international law, international institutions and the international protection of human rights.  The aim of this module is to develop your intellectual, practical and transferable skills in the context of International Public Law and the protection of human rights. 
  • Dissertation
    The Dissertation module requires completion of a 15000 words Master's level dissertation in an area consistent with, and appropriate to (and, if relevant, the specialist pathway within) the degree being sought. You'll be required to virtually independently conceive, plan and execute an appropriate piece of research based on firm academic foundations. In doing so, the dissertation is required to address an issue or matter of some importance within the areas and/or disciplines encompassed across the Master's degree being sought. 
  • Contemporary issues in development The module aims to provide a comprehensive and detailed introduction to the contemporary challenges facing developing countries in the coming years. Topics vary from one year to the next, but currently the focus is on issues of poverty and poverty reduction; aid and its effectiveness; debt and debt servicing; governance and transparency; the environmental impact of development; patterns of inequality; the impact of urbanisation; and more generally, on changing economic relations within the world economy following the 2008-9 global crisis and subsequent events. The course also assesses the main developing strategies followed by selected middle and low-income countries, with detailed case studies drawn from Asia, Africa and Latin America. It also examines these topics from a gender perspective.
    Aims: The module aims to introduce students to the analysis of general issues of development by focusing on selected subjects amenable to an interdisciplinary approach. Topics are selected for their contemporary relevance and for their importance to the future development of developing countries.  They are also areas around which there exist thorough, detailed and accessible bodies of literature.
  • International Human Rights and development Students will study Human Rights and Development in the context of specific countries and themes. Lectures will introduce students to key topics such as the UN procedures and Human Rights Activism. Students will then research these topics in the context of a specific country (such as Myanmar, Nigeria or Pakistan) and theme (such as Forced Labour, Fair Trial, Torture or Violence against Women). Seminar discussion will be based on students’ research on their selected country and theme. There will be an emphasis on developing effective strategies for combating human rights abuses. Assessment is by a single piece of Coursework.
  • Economies in Transition: strategies for development The Module Analyses and assesses the main development strategies implemented by developing countries in recent years, focusing on case studies from Africa, Latin America and  Asia, outlining their key achievements and problem areas. This analysis then forms the basis for examining the possibilities for and outcomes of different types of industrialisation in the coming years, within a global context. The module combines detailed case study examples from particular types of industrialising economy, including examples from the rural, services, and raw material extractive sectors.
    Aims: This module aims to introduce students to the relative advantages and disadvantages of different and contending approaches to, and strategies for, the development of manufacturing, service and raw material –based industrialisation.

Optional Modules

  • International humanitarian law
    In this module you'll focus on the legal principles that comprise International Humanitarian Law.  The module considers the history and development of this area of law. The module will consider sources of International Humanitarian Law.  Specific topics include, protection of women in armed conflict, the protection of children in armed conflict, enforcement of International Humanitarian Law, conduct of hostilities, combatants, non combatants and unlawful combatants. 
  • Research methods
    This module is essential to understanding the development, implementation, and analysis of graduate level research in legal studies. It is designed to assure that you have a comprehensive knowledge of research design development, and the ability to review and understand journal articles in various subjects of common law.  The ultimate purpose of the Module is to encourage you to become engaged in independent legal research in order to be able to submit successfully the dissertation of 15,000 words by the end of the course. You'll build on the research skills already acquired in undergraduate studies by covering topics such as literature review, research presentation and research evaluation, with an emphasis on practical exercises.
  • Forced migration and resettlement The module introduces the concepts of refugees, internally displaced persons and analyses the interface between development and forced displacement, as well as resettlement. It examines the complex causes, solutions and consequences of Forced Migration and resettlement in the developing societies of Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the responses of the international community, host governments and populations to the plight of refugees, returnees, IDPs, oustees. It also examines how displaced populations reconstruct their livelihoods and how they relate with the hosts in the areas concerned.
  • Economies in Transition: strategies for development The Module Analyses and assesses the main development strategies implemented by developing countries in recent years, focusing on case studies from Africa, Latin America and  Asia, outlining their key achievements and problem areas. This analysis then forms the basis for examining the possibilities for and outcomes of different types of industrialisation in the coming years, within a global context. The module combines detailed case study examples from particular types of industrialising economy, including examples from the rural, services, and raw material extractive sectors.
    Aims: This module aims to introduce students to the relative advantages and disadvantages of different and contending approaches to, and strategies for, the development of manufacturing, service and raw material –based industrialisation.
  • International refugee law The objective of the Module is to enable students to place the law in its context, and develop a critical appreciation of the law’s content, application and possible reform. Students will learn the centrality of law in protecting the rights of refugees - in this field, perhaps more than any other, actions are often motivated on the basis of humanitarianism: refugees are assisted out of a benevolent and charitable spirit.This has pernicious consequences, including disempowering the refugees and forced migrants and creating a haphazard, unreliable system of assistance.  Understanding that all forced migrants are the holders of rights, and part of an international regime of protection, is the essential basis on which to take forward work in this field.
    The module begins with an introduction to the basic principles of international law that are central to understanding how international refugee law operates. Next, students will examine how refugee law is “brought to life” through a discussion of the relevant domestic and international institutions and mechanisms. The last four classes deal with the substantive content of international refugee law: students will learn who a refugee is; they will learn about non-refoulement, and a possible right to asylum; about exclusion and cessation; and about international law relating to Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).  The final section of the course will examine specific issues in refugee law: the overlap between refugee protection and trafficking, gender based persecution; they will learn about the international legal regimes that apply to refugees at sea, and to the trafficking of people; also, the common European asylum system will be reviewed and critically assessed compared to other systems of refugee protection.
    The course will conclude with a debate on the future directions of international refugee law.
  • Case management
    In this module you'll enhance your knowledge of the structure and process of the Criminal Justice System in England and Wales via an in-depth analysis of complex case management.  You'll explore relevant statutory provisions regulating the management of cases, and explores some of the socio-political issues that arise from the function of the law in practice. You'll be provided with a critical overview of the system of justice and the key procedural decisions that are made within the system.  You'll consider the process of justice via practical, classroom based, engagement with the litigation process, using a dedicated case study and group-based work to enhance their practical and theoretical understanding of the criminal process. 
  • Advocacy
    You'll examine the interaction between decision makers in the criminal litigation process and advocates who appear before them.  you'll explore the principles of advocacy throughout the litigation process, including trial preparation, constructing and presenting speeches and arguments, working with lay and professional witnesses, using IT and graphics in the courtroom, effective communication and the psychology of persuasion. 
  • International criminal law
    You'll examine the substantive crimes that have evolved in the field of international law with an emphasis on the interpretation and application of international standards in the context of criminal prosecutions. The module will focus both on substantive crimes and on enforcement mechanisms. Specific topics will include sources of international criminal law; individual substantive crimes such as drug smuggling, computer crime, and money laundering; international offenses such as piracy, torture, terrorism and genocide; extradition, evidence gathering and defences under international law; and the international criminal tribunals. 
  • Forced migration in developing societies The module examines critically the varied and the complex forms of conflicts that cause internal and external population displacements, the quality of protection and rights accorded to rural and urban refugees, the roles of inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations, assistance programmes—emergency relief, self-sufficiency, refugee aid and development, the relationship between refugees and host populations, repatriation and (re)-construction of post-conflict societies.

Employability

You'll graduate with the necessary knowledge and skills to work in the fields of law, human rights and development (either in the UK or abroad) as advisors, experts, researchers and policy makers.

With a background in law, you might practise in human rights, immigration and asylum, and public law.

With a development studies background you might go on to practice in the NGO sector employing a rights-based approach to development.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
  • Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
  • mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

Placements

Timetable

Days12.00-14.0014.00-16.0016.00-18.0018.00-21.00
Monday Research methods (computer lab and seminar)Contemporary issues in development (lecture and seminar)
Tuesday International law and human rights (lecture) 
Wednesday Contemporary issues in development (seminar)  
Thursday    
Friday   

Staff

Alan Birbeck

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Alan is the Course Director of LLB Law and related courses, a Senior Lecturer and a barrister.  Alan specialises in Advocacy, Criminal Evidence, Criminal litigation, and Public law.


Prof. Gaim Kibreab

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Course Director - MSc Refugee Studies

Professor Gaim Kibreab's interests include forced migration, development and governance in post-conflict societies.


Dr Emmanouela Mylonaki

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Reader in Law, Director of Postgraduate Programmes

Dr Mylonaki specialises in International Criminalisation of Terrorism and criminological approaches to International Criminal Law. She holds a PhD (University of Bristol), an MPhil in Criminology (University of Cambridge) and an LLM in International Law.


Andy Unger

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Law
Job title: Head of the Law Division and Associate Professor

Andy Unger is Head of the Law Division and a Solicitor. He specialises in Legal Education, International Human Rights and Medical Law & Ethics.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

The LSBU Law Department has a strong set of experts, consultants and international advisors in the field of Human Rights and hosts a number of annual events and conferences.

Head of the Law Department, Andy Unger, has worked as a consultant in former communist countries such as Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Georgia. In the South Caucuses, his most recent working has been with the British East-West Centre, designing and supervising the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office funded projects offering human rights training to lawyers and justice officials in the region.

Senior Lecturer in Law Caron Thatcher has observed elections in many parts of the former Soviet Union including Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and also in Russia itself and monitoring the final election of Mr. Putin in 2004.

Entry requirements

  • An LLB (Hons) Law degree at 2:2/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division.
  • UK graduates with a non Law degree (2:2) and relevant knowledge and experience.
  • Individual applications for accreditation of prior learning and experience will be considered in accordance with the FAHS Policy on APL and APEL.
  • We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
12 months
Start date
September
Application code
3669
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
24 months
Start date
September
Application code
3670
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

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Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £7100.00International fee: £12500.00
AOS/LSBU code: 3669Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £2366.67International fee: £4166.67
AOS/LSBU code: 3670Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £7100.00
International £12500.00

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

At the current time, no details have been published regarding the Postgraduate Loan Scheme for 2017/18. The arrangements for 2016/17 are shown as a guide, but should not be relied upon. Details will be updated as soon as they are published by Student Finance England.

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,000 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

At LSBU, you will be required to provide:

  • Original proof of all of your existing qualifications related to your course offer at LSBU. For example, original A-Level certificates or original Degree certificate.
  • Details of how you will pay your tuition fees if you are funded via Student Finance England or another sponsor, or payment if you are self-funded.
  • Two original forms of ID which show your full name and date of birth and immigration status. For example your passport or birth certificate. Please note some applicants will be required to show additional evidence to verify your immigration status.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction on MyLSBU, our student portal.

Preparatory Reading List

  • Steiner, H.J. et al (2008): International human rights in context: law, politics, morals.Oxford: Oxford University Press
 
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