LLM Human Rights and Legal Practice


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  • Join one of the very few specialised human rights master's embedded in practice, providing you with the necessary professional experience for a legal career in the human rights field
  • You will gain specialised skills in legal practice, legal reasoning, legal advocacy and litigation, and have access to the legal world in London.  
  • You will be taught by experts with extensive practical experience at the leading edge of human rights law
  • Build upon your experience and acquire skills through our interdisciplinary teaching approach to human rights law, from sociology, international relations, development and politics.
  • Take a study tour in of the international institutions or organisations working on human rights. (Please note trip is dependent on sufficient student numbers on the course and requires a total of eight students. Cost of trip not included within course fees)


Face the legal issues in international human rights today in our LLM Human Rights and Legal Practice course.

Our LLM is designed and taught by experienced legal professionals and human rights activists. It will provide you with the necessary foundation for the skills in the human rights field for legal practice, campaigning and advocacy. You will gain a thorough understanding of the theories, issues and concepts underpinning international human rights and, crucially, how they are put into practice.

Suitable for legal practitioners, aspiring legal professionals and human rights activists, this course will enable you to build upon your skillsets in project management, research, analysis, problem-solving and critical thinking within the field of human rights. This LLM programme will examine the rhetoric and reality of human rights using an issues-based approach. Taking an interdisciplinary and holistic approach, you will acquire a high level of specialist knowledge, informed by current thinking and debate.

With the human rights sector becoming increasingly competitive, employers are now asking for some experience as a prerequisite. London is one of the world centres for this sort of career, with most international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) having their headquarters here.

This course will provide you with a strong academic grounding as well as the practical and vocational legal skills required for legal practice in the human rights field. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a work placement during your degree to develop your skills. After this course, you could work for a law firm, international organisation, government department, think-tank, non-governmental organisation, or a research and development organisation.

Learn more about the human rights academics who teach on this programme by watching our video, A Day in the Life of a Human Rights Activist

By combining theory with practice, this course will give you both the skills and the knowledge you need for a career in the field of human rights practice, campaigning and advocacy.

You will learn how to apply your knowledge of human rights in practice and develop the practical skills that are vital for your career. You will develop your skillsets in research and analysis, strategic litigation, project management, and advocacy and campaigning skills. Problem-based and interactive learning methodologies will enable you to master key concepts and instil the ability to learn from experience, absorb and integrate new information, and act strategically.

There is also a wide range of optional modules to choose from, with focuses on economic, social and cultural rights; minority rights; business and human rights; policy and management; international human rights; criminal law; and international development.

You will also have the chance to develop your skills through a placement or voluntary work giving you a chance to work on real-life projects with a London-based NGO. You will have the opportunity to participate in a study tour in one of the international institutions or organisations working on human rights. (Please note, the trip is dependent on sufficient student numbers on the course and requires a total of eight students. The cost of the trip is not included within course fees.)

Finally, you will write up a thesis on a topic that you choose, but the focus will be on a practical and applied human rights experience reflecting on real life experience and applied legal skills.

Compulsory modules
Human Rights in Practice
Human Rights Litigation and Social Change
Foundations of Human Rights
Human Rights Campaigning and Advocacy

Optional modules
The Ideological Battleground of Human Rights
Genocide, Atrocities and International Justice
Human Rights Advanced Placement
International Development and Economic Justice
Identity, Diversity and Human Rights
Advanced Research Methods: Design and Practice


Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.

Optional modules
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.

This specialised course will prepare you for many career opportunities within human rights law. You could work in human rights organisations, including international organisations such as the United Nations, the International Labour Organisation, the International Criminal Court, or for an NGO specialised in human rights and social justice. Many of these organisations are headquartered in London. You could also have a career in government, diplomatic institutions, think tanks, research and development organisations, or continue your academic career. 

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