LLM International Law and Global Governance University of Leeds, Faculty of Social Sciences
International law is increasingly a concern for a wide range of stakeholders, whether public or private bodies, international or national organisations and institutions. Given contemporary and future global challenges – for example, protecting human rights and security, and conserving natural resources – the significance of global governance, as well as its contestation, is growing in a multipolar world.
Together with international scholars and students, we will critically examine and apply the policies, theories, principles, and provisions of international law to novel problems, and real-world, and hypothetical scenarios. We will consider the impact of legal and political institutions such as the UN Security Council and the International Court of Justice, and we will investigate the dynamics of power relations among states and between states and non-state actors.
This Programme will enhance your understanding and challenge preconceptions of the complex legal and political nature of international law-making and governance. It aims to explore the often-competing concepts that infuse the subject of International Law providing you with a clear and specialised knowledge of the most pressing and challenging aspects of this area of law.
Scholarships and Funding
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.
This Programme includes Global Governance Through Law as a compulsory module and offers many optional modules in specialised areas of International Law. You will critically engage with a rich collection of contemporary themes set against the background of the international community's concerns and activities of states and non-state actors.
You will also examine contested areas of international law including how international laws are created and implemented, the structure of relevant institutions such as the UN, how human rights laws are developed, the role of states and their responsibility for upholding international legal provisions.
The programme will give you the opportunity to:
- explore the legal nature of international law on a global, regional and local level
- examine the impact of international law on contemporary problems
- critically assess whether and how international law has failed to address certain issues and may be harnessed to tackle future problems
- investigate principles relating to sovereignty, universality, jurisdiction, territory, self-determination and human rights
- hone your legal research and writing skills, which you will demonstrate in your dissertation.
You will also benefit from our Support in Academic and Personal Development programme. This runs alongside your taught academic programme in semester one and is specifically designed to complement the School’s induction activities and ongoing academic skills support for both UK and international students.
The wide-ranging list of optional modules means you can explore a mixture of related subjects.
- Global Governance through Law
- Postgraduate Legal Research Skills
You will also choose 75 credits from the below:
- International Criminal Law
- Security, Conflict and Justice
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Environmental Law
- Comparative Human Rights Law
- Globalisation and Crime
- Inequalities, Law and Justice
- Theories of Social Justice
- International Banking Law: The Regulatory Framework
- International Tax Law and Policy
- The International Law of Foreign Investment
- World Trade Organisation Law
- International Economic Law
- International Human Rights
- Human Rights and Disabled People 1
Learning and teaching
We use a variety of teaching and learning methods to help you make the most of your studies. These will include a range of seminars and lectures in which a high level of student engagement and discussion is expected plus online learning.
Independent study is integral to this programme – not just to prepare for classes but to develop research and other critical skills. You’ll be expected to carry out advanced levels of legal research and participate fully in seminars.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
Most modules are assessed by essays. This is usually the most effective method for you to showcase advanced legal research.
Program Tuition Fee
Students who have graduated with this degree often choose careers that centre on or involve understanding and applying international law and developing policies at an organisational level. Further training is required but many also go on to practise as lawyers or legal advisors.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in a range of sectors and professions including law firms, the government, higher education institutions and beyond. Many also pursue further study by commencing PhD research.
Our other alumni are working at the European Commission, United Nations, non-governmental organisations and in the government sector.
The School of Law offers career and personal development support through the School’s dedicated Employability Officers. You can book one-to-one appointments with our Employability Officers throughout the year to discuss your career aspirations and get advice on how to make the most of your time with us.
The School also arranges a number of community engagement (pro bono) and work experience opportunities, career development workshops, guest speaker events and careers fairs throughout the year. These opportunities will allow you to develop new skills, enhance your career prospects and network with prospective employers.
Find out more about how we support your career development.
In addition to the School-specific careers support, you will also have access to the University’s award-winning Careers Centre. The Careers Centre offers one-to-one appointments, advice on starting your own business, careers events, mentoring schemes and support with your CV, applications and interviews.