Study human rights law and transitional justice with recognised international experts.
Study Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
The LLM course based at the Transitional Justice Institute, with staff expertise across a range of areas offers an LLM degree which is designed to give students a unique lens on the study of human rights in the contemporary international moment. Using the local Northern Ireland political and legal context as a starting point the course will imbue students with a working knowledge of international norms and principles, while at the same time encouraging students to move beyond the local to reflect critically on present international law norms and their application to other situations and contexts. Students are encouraged to develop and transfer knowledge, experience and expertise of the transformative possibilities of human rights law both in respect of societies emerging from violent conflict and in relation to the local and global management of other particular societal problems. This dual focus – from the local to the global and back - is a core part of the course’s aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills base to contribute internationally as well as locally.
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About this course
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With the emphasis on human rights and transitional justice, the LLM is a flagship programme of TJI as it is the only LLM programme of its type in the UK. As such it constitutes a dynamic nexus of exchange between teaching, learning and research wherein TJI staff strive to deliver high calibre, research-based legal education. In this way LLM students both benefit from and contribute to the realisation of the Institute’s core aims to:
- To build a theoretical and practical understanding of the role of 'transitional justice', and the underlying relationship between justice and peace.
- To examine the role of the international and domestic legal systems and institutions in facilitating transition from conflict.
- To make links between the experience of Northern Ireland and international experience, so as to benefit both Northern Ireland and other contexts.
- To inform policy makers involved in peacemaking in local and international institutions.
- To make visible and critically examine gendered experiences of transition.
Typically, holders of an LLM will be able to:
- Deal with complex issues in the fields of international human rights law and transitional justice both systematically and creatively, make sound judgements and communicate their conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences
- Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level
- Continue to advance their knowledge and understanding of international and domestic human rights law and issues relating to transitional justice.
Attendance is compulsory for successful completion of the LLM. Modules are delivered either by fortnightly full-day classes, or weekly half-day class. All teaching takes place on Thursdays and Fridays.
- September 2016
We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.
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A second class Honours degree or above or equivalent recognised qualification in Law, Social Sciences, Humanities or a cognate discipline. Allowance may be made for special qualifications, experience and background, and students with other academic backgrounds will be considered, where applicants can demonstrate their ability to undertake the programme through the accreditation of prior experiential learning (APEL) or accreditation of prior learning (APL).
English Language Requirements
English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.
Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.
Careers & opportunities
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Previous graduates have gone on to positions in the local human rights sector and public sector in Northern Ireland, to legal practice in areas related to the LLM and to PhD research. Further, previous graduates have secured work in the United Nations and in international non-governmental organisations.
Work placement / study abroad
The LLM offers a range of internships with local human rights organisations.
Fees and funding
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Fees (total cost)
Additional mandatory costs
Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life.
Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.
We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.
There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course.
Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees.
Please contact the course team for more information.