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Course summary

This programme is for individuals seeking a deeper understanding of the many dimensions of public international law from both a theoretical and practical perspective. As this course has an international dimension it will appeal to students from around the world and at all stages of their legal education and professional experience. Students may have backgrounds in legal practice, in multinationals, in NGOs, government and commerce but all that is needed is a genuine interest in global affairs. Students will be able to choose from International Politics modules as well as getting a rounded picture of law in our transnational world. Objectives The specialist Master of Laws (LLM) in Public International Law concentrates on the development of a thorough and critical understanding of Public International Law, the law governing the interaction of states. The last decade or so has seen tremendous challenges for International Law including matters relating to armed conflict, financial and commercial relations, intellectual property and human rights. This programme gives you the opportunity to trace and evaluate some of these practical and theoretical developments against the backdrop of global affairs and students benefit from the practical experience of leading practitioners and academics. Global governance, human rights, the future of the planet and issues of war and peace will be addressed as will the impact of public international law on transnational finance, commerce and trade. City, University of London’s Master of Laws (LLM) in Public International Law takes a contemporary approach to the study of international law. You may choose from an extensive list of modules including some which are unique to City including human rights in law and practice, economic law, trade law, maritime law, the law of armed conflict and minorities, aviation law, international law of the sea and international politics. All modules adopt a curriculum that combines a theoretical approach with a skills-based methodology to enable you to develop your knowledge and skills in the subject in the best manner possible. The teaching is enhanced by talks and seminars given by leading practitioners.

Modules

As with all LLM specialisms at City, University of London, you may take either five modules and a shorter dissertation (10,000 words) or four modules and a longer dissertation (20,000 words). All modules are of the same duration and are taught per term (September – December or January – April) rather than the whole academic year. If you take four modules you will take two per term in each term and if you take five modules you will have three in one term and two in the other. Dissertations are written during the summer term when there are no classes. In order to obtain this specialism, you must choose at least two modules from within this specialism and write their dissertation on a subject within the specialism. Specialism Modules: Choose from the following 30 credit modules:

  • International Law of the Sea (30 credits)
  • Public International Law (30 credits)
  • International Human Rights in Law and Practice (30 credits)
  • Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in International Law (30 credits)
  • International Criminal Law: Crimes & Institutions (30 credits)
  • International Criminal Law: the Practitioner Perspective (30 credits)
  • Law and War (30 credits)
  • World Trade Law (30 credits)
  • International Investment Law (30 credits)
For your remaining modules you can choose from more than 40 modules covering a diverse range of subjects. As with all LLM specialisms, you will also have a choice of any of the modules on our Law LLM.

Assessment method

This course is taught by leading academics as well as visiting practitioners including barristers and solicitors who work in private practice and in legal departments of major companies. You will learn through an extensive selection of modules, a number of which are unique to City. These include:

  • human rights in law and practice
  • economic law
  • trade law
  • maritime law
  • the law of armed conflict and minorities
  • aviation law
  • international law of the sea and international politics.
The programme will be delivered using a hybrid model of delivery. For each taught module you will have a one hour weekly lecture and a one hour weekly interactive seminar. Assessment You will be assessed mainly through coursework, with each module contributing equally to your qualification. Some modules may be assessed by filmed assessment or examination. Our programme offers five modules and a dissertation of 10,000 words or four modules and a dissertation of 20,000 words. You will be allocated a dedicated supervisor for your dissertation who will help you develop a specific topic and provide support in terms of resources, content and structure.


Entry requirements

We are interested in receiving applications from individuals with at least an upper second-class honours undergraduate degree in law (roughly equivalent to a B or B+) from a recognised international institution. Applicants with a good undergraduate degree in another subject will also be considered. INTO City, University of London Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre. These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Law. Kaplan International College London City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £19990 Year 1
International £19990 Year 1
England £14220 Year 1
Scotland £14220 Year 1
Wales £14220 Year 1
Northern Ireland £14220 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Public International Law at City, University of London - UCAS