International Human Rights Law LLM/PGDip/PGCert

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2019
  • Entry requirements: You should normally hold a minimum of a 2:1 Honours Degree in Law (BA or LLB) or in a relevant field of study.
International Human Rights Law llm

Module details

In addition to the mandatory Legal Research Training, LLM students at Liverpool must select at least 3 taught specialist modules to the value of 60 credits from the list of module specialisms (see below).  These required modules may vary slightly from year to year, and are chosen because of their particular contemporary relevance to the specialism of International Human Rights Law.

The remaining 60 credits may be taken from any Masters programmes offered by the school, or in any other school with whom a sharing arrangement exists.

Six x 20 credit modules, plus 60 credit dissertation within International Human Rights Law.

Below is a list of specialism modules that are normally offered by the department.

Optional modules

International Protection of Human Rights (LAW511)
LevelM
Credit level20
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:0
Aims

With regard to international human rights law, the module aims to enable students to: - Demonstrate a critical understanding and knowledge of the principles, logic and dual nature (i.e. constitutional and international) of human rights law - Show an ability to identify complex international human rights legal issues and problems including those suitable for further research; - Show an ability to work effectively with relevant primary and secondary international human rights legal sources, including complex materials, and to inform and develop understanding of a given topic; - Reflect an ability to apply legal knowledge to complex situations including those involving doctrinal disputes over the theory and practice of international human rights law, and to offer own reasoned views over such legal disputes.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To demonstrate a critical understanding and knowledge of the principles, logic and dual nature (i.e. constitutional and international) of human rights law

(LO2) To show an ability to identify complex international human rights legal issues and problems including those suitable for further research

(LO3) To show an ability to work effectively with relevant primary and secondary international human rights legal sources, including complex materials, and to inform and develop understanding of a given topic

(LO4) To reflect an ability to apply legal knowledge to complex situations including those involving doctrinal disputes over the theory and practice of international human rights law, and to offer own reasoned views over such legal disputes

(LO5) To show an ability to construct coherent legal arguments

(LO6) To reflect an ability to undertake independent research, and to think critically about international human rights legal issues

(LO7) To demonstrate an ability to interpret and evaluate international human rights legal materials within the wider context of international relations and domestic practices.

(S1) Critical analysis of complex theoretical and practical questions

(S2) Legal reasoning and argumentation

(S3) Organisational skills

(S4) Academic Writing

International Dispute Settlement (LAW521)
LevelM
Credit level20
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To introduce students to the different methods and institutions for resolving disputes in international law, as well as their structure, underlying principles and functioning.

To enable students to examine, analyse and compare the main procedural issues in proceedings before international courts and tribunals.

To enable students to critically appraise both the growth of international adjudication and the contemporary challenges of international dispute resolution.

To enable students to critically read the decisions of international courts and tribunals.

To develop students’ critical understanding of the enforcement capacity of international law.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) The student will be able to demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the organisation of international dispute settlement.

(LO2) The student will be able to demonstrate a critical knowledge and understanding of the main international courts and tribunals, their composition, functioning, procedure and governing principles.

(LO3) The student will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the commonalities and differences in proceedings before international courts and tribunals.

(LO4) The student will have the ability to critically appraise the contemporary challenges in international adjudication.

(LO5) The student will have developed an understanding of the role of politics in international dispute resolution.

(LO6) The student will have the ability to find, interpret and critically evaluate international judicial decisions

(S1) Critical analysis of complex theoretical and practical questions

(S2) Legal reasoning and argumentation

(S3) Organisational skills

(S4) Teamwork

(S5) Communication skills

Critical Approaches to International Criminal Law (LAW524)
LevelM
Credit level20
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

The course aims to provide students with a strong understanding of the theory and practice of the rapidly growing field of International Criminal Law. Foundational questions regarding the history and institutional structures of international criminal justice will be explored in depth. The course will specifically be directed towards a critical appraisal of the current theory and practice of the field; critique which goes beyond the common efficiency and enforcement discussions. Issues of imperialism, show-trials, victors’ and donors’ justice, and the supposedly redemptive and pacifying nature of international criminal justice will be explored. The course will also draw attention to the new profession of 'international criminal lawyer' and how these individuals are stakeholders in the growth and expansion of ICL as a discipline and as a business. Students will be introduced to the practice of ICL through various discussions and mooting exercises.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) Argue as counsel in a moot international criminal court.

(LO2) Demonstrate intellectual, transferable and practicle skills appropriate to this level module

(LO3) Display an in-depth understanding of the principles, history, institutions, and central legal controversies in international criminal law

(LO4) Draw on critical theories to evaluate the fundamentals of international criminal law

(LO5) Argue in an informed manner about the present issues and the future of the field

(S1) Communication skills

(S2) IT skills

Public International Law (LAW563)
LevelM
Credit level20
SemesterFirst Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:20
Aims

To provide an in-depth specialist knowledge of the principles and structure of international law, with special emphasis on law-making processes; To provide c ritical tools for an understanding of the interaction of political and legal factors in the conduct of international relations; To develop an a bility to identify the law and apply it correctly to hypothetical scenarios informed by major doctrinal and policy concerns; To develop an a bility to undertake independent research and reflect on today’s most debated theoretical and practical issue in the field; To develop an a bility to construct coherent legal arguments orally and in writing; To develop an a bility to interpret and evaluate international legal materials against the backdrop of multiple international, regional and domestic legal and policy frameworks.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To demonstrate a critical understanding and knowledge of the principles that form the basis of the law governing inter-state relations;

(LO2) To show an ability to identify complex international legal issues and problems including those suitable for further research;

(LO3) To show an ability to work effectively with all relevant primary and secondary international legal sources, including complex materials, and to inform and develop understanding of a given topic;

(LO4) To demonstrate an awareness of the interaction of political and legal factors in the conduct of international relations;

(LO5) To reflect an ability to apply legal knowledge to complex situations including those involving doctrinal disputes over the theory and practice of international law, and to offer own reasoned views over such legal disputes;

(LO6) To show an ability to construct coherent legal arguments orally and in writing;

(LO7) To reflect an ability to undertake independent research, and to think critically about international legal issues;

(LO8) To demonstrate an ability to interpret and evaluate international legal materials within the wider context of international relations and domestic practices.

(S1) Critical analysis

(S2) Problem Solving

(S3) Verbal communication

(S4) Effective legal reasoning

Minority Groups, International Human Rights & the Courts (LAW569)
LevelM
Credit level20
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To provide a thorough grounding in the application of international law standards to minorities and indigenous peoples primarily (though by no means exclusively) from a judicial and quasi-judicial perspective;

To enhance knowledge and understanding of the political and legal values which inform the rights of minorities and of indigenous peoples;

To provide knowledge and understanding of the history, definition and development of the rights of minorities and of indigenous peoples;

To develop knowledge and understanding of the means (judicial and extra-judicial) by which members of minorities and indigenous peoples can assert their right;

To offer an opportunity to develop and enhance legal skills including the ability to undertake independent research and to analyse and synthesise a wide range of legal and other materials.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To demonstrate a critical understanding and knowledge of the principles that form the basis of the law governing the protection of minorities and indigenous peoples.

(LO2) To show an ability to identify complex international human rights issues and problems including those suitable for further advanced research

(LO3) To develop an ability to work effectively with all relevant primary and secondary international legal sources, including complex materials, and to inform and develop understanding of a given topic in the field of minority protection

(LO4) To demonstrate an awareness of the interaction of political and legal factors in the field of minorities and indigenous peoples

(LO5) To demonstrate an ability to construct coherent legal arguments orally and in writing

(LO6) To develop an ability to undertake independent research, and to think critically about International legal issues regarding minorities and indigenous peoples.

(LO7) To demonstrate an ability to understand the relevant social, economic, political, historical, philosophical, ethical, scientific and cultural contexts within which the protection of minorities and indigenous peoples operates

(LO8) To show an ability to apply legal knowledge to a practical situation and draw reasoned conclusions supported by legal authority

(S1) Critical analysis of complex theoretical and practical contexts

(S2) Verbal communication and legal reasoning

(S3) Problem Solving

The Protection of Human Rights in Europe (LAW573)
LevelM
Credit level20
SemesterSecond Semester
Exam:Coursework weighting0:100
Aims

To give substantive consideration to the developments and operation of the protection of Human Rights in Europe;

To focus on the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the fundamental rights protection under EU law, while references are also made to the protection of human rights at the national level;

To consider both the theory and practice of human rights law in a specific regional context, that is, Europe;

To explore inter-institutional questions, most notably the EU accession to the ECHR;

To provide participants with the necessary critical and analytical tools in order to understand the different sources of human rights protection in Europe.

Learning Outcomes

(LO1) To be able to put into practice principles and techniques of advanced legal research; show an understanding of the relevant social, economic, political, constitutional, historical and cultural contexts within which Human Rights in Europe operate.

(LO2) To identify, retrieve, analyse, evaluate and interpret the principal source materials within which Human Rights in Europe operate, both in paper and electronic form, including national statutes, national, European and international law reports, European Union legislation and case-law, treaties, directives and other relevant materials as appropriate.

(LO3) To apply legal knowledge to a practical situation and draw reasoned conclusions supported by legal authority.

(LO4) To understand and employ English, European and international legal terminology, both orally and in writing, to explain and convey technical legal information at an advanced level.

(LO5) To demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the ECHR system.

(LO6) To demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the European Union system of protection of Human Rights (including its development).

(LO7) To demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of the inter-institutional dynamics between the ECHR and the EU system; also, an understanding of possible avenues of interaction between the ECtHR and the CJEU, and a knowledge and understandning of the EU Accession to the ECHR.

(LO8) To understand the institutional procedural requirements for bringing Human Rights claims.

(LO9) To synthesise information from primary legal sources to achieve detailed knowledge and understanding of the law.

(LO10) To demonstrate advanced legal skills (e.g. critical analysis) necessary to reach a superior understanding of Human Rights in Europe, even if not previously studied at undergraduate level.

(S1) Critical thinking and problem solving - Critical analysis

(S2) Critical thinking and problem solving - Problem identification

(S3) Time and project management - Personal organisation

(S4) Communication (oral, written and visual) - Presentation skills – oral

(S5) Develop oral discussion skills by participating in debates and problem-solving exercises.

(S6) Take responsibility for own learning.

(S7) Develop skills in reading, analysing and synthesising different viewpoints and presenting findings/conclusions in clear, comprehensible, structured format, with detailed argumentation where appropriate.

(S8) Capacity to make a critical judgment of the merits of particular arguments and make a reasoned choice between alternative solutions or arguments.