As a postgraduate student on one of our taught Masters courses (LLM), you
will have the chance to study with renowned legal experts in a school of law
with an international reputation for research.
We provide a uniquely international perspective with our students coming from
around the world to study at Essex and our research strengths breaking through
national boundaries, including international human rights and the laws of the
Our carefully tailored programmes combine high-calibre speakers and expert
presentations to give you an exceptional learning experience.
We also encourage a flow of ideas across our LLM courses so you can choose
options from one of the other LLM courses we provide where relevant.
Our LLM courses:
"Our lecturers are renowned and well respected in the field, several
are highly active as a result of their appointments at the United Nations in
high profile positions, yet easily accessible when you need them.
“I enjoy the global feel that my class has as I am studying with people from
varied backgrounds; there is a former magistrate and several attorneys from
different fields. This means I learn something new every day whether legal,
social or otherwise." Luciana Ramsay, St Catherine, Jamaica - LLM Human Rights
postgraduate student profiles
Inspired by excellence in human rights
All our courses are unique, but all benefit from the experience and good
practices of our world-renowned LLM International Human Rights Law,
founded by the School of Law in 1982.
This world-ranking LLM course benefits from the expertise of some of the most
important and well-respected figures in global human rights scholarship and
practice. The LLM UK Public Law, LLM Health Care Law and Human Rights, LLM Human Rights and Humanitarian Law all have strong
academic links with the LLM International Human Rights Law and the new
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which will be running from 2013-2014.
Outstanding legal research and partnerships
In the last Research Assessment Exercise in 2008, 90 per cent of our research
was ranked as "internationally recognised", "internationally excellent" or
"world-leading" and many of our academics are recognised as leaders in their
- Our Health Care and Human Rights LLM benefits from the expertise of the international health and human rights team
established by Professor Paul Hunt,
UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health between 2002 and 2009.
- Our UK Human Rights and Public Law LLM draws on the expertise of Professor Maurice Sunkin,
currently lead researcher on a Nuffield Foundation project looking into the impact of judicial review.
- Our International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law LLM builds on the strong relationships developed over many years
by School of Law academics with organisations working in the field. For example,
Professor Francoise Hampson's and
Professor Noam Lubell's work with the International
Committee of the Red Cross and Professor Geoff Gilbert's work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
- Other world-renowned experts at our School include Professor Steve Peers
and Dr Marios Koutsias for European data protection
and privacy, Dr Audrey Guinchard for cybercrime and
Professor Lorna Woods for the Internet, media and telecoms regulation and
Research interests of staff
Innovative law programmes
- Our LLM Internet Law is at the cutting-edge of this
fast-evolving legal field. Students enjoy research-led teaching
by eminent experts in such diverse areas as European
Broadcasting Law and Policy and intellectual property in the
- Our European Union Law LLM offers a dynamic programme
where issues concerning enlargement, external relations, human
rights in the New Europe, competition and intellectual property
are brought to the fore.
- Our International Trade Law LLM has a strong emphasis on
issues of investment and finance. Core and optional modules are
taught by leading legal academic experts and practitioners in
these fields. From the beginning an important focus of this
international trade law course has been international
Putting your legal knowledge into action
You will have numerous opportunities to put what you are studying directly
into action. The Human Rights Clinic at our Human Rights Centre offers you the
chance to become involved in its work including litigation. You can support the
work of our Essex Business and Human Rights Project as it undertakes advocacy
and consultancy work. Our Essex Transitional Justice Network also provides
numerous opportunities to get involved in interdisciplinary projects.
We offer those on our LLM International Human Rights Law and LLM
International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law a broad range of opportunities.
Thanks to strong links with Colchester Garrison our students work with officers
from the UK's Rapid Reaction Force, 16th Air Assault Brigade at our SimulEx
event. This investigates humanitarian and military issues surrounding conflict
and post-conflict situations.
If you don't meet our postgraduate entry requirements, the International
Academy offers Graduate Diplomas with extra language and subject support
that will allow entry onto courses.
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