In 1998, Nottingham became the first Law School in the UK to offer a postgraduate module in international criminal justice. Since then, the LLM in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict has been further enriched with a list of complementary modules and has grown from strength to strength attracting students from all over the world. This specialisation provides a holistic overview of the law governing the use of force by States, the law applicable to the conduct of hostilities, the measures adopted to combat terrorism, as well as the legal and philosophical responses to international criminality through the examination of the emerging system of international criminal justice. Current affairs issues and modern challenges to the law and politics surrounding war and justice are extensively discussed as part of the above modules.
Taught by internationally recognised experts in the field, supported by an impressive list of visiting speakers, LLM students will be immersed in this fascinating and fast-moving area of the law. The LLM at Nottingham allows students to acquire the requisite expertise in order to understand the intimate details of the workings of the law applicable prior to, during and following an armed conflict. Students will successfully apply this knowledge to their professional careers in the future. Through an exclusive co-operation agreement held between the Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre and the International Criminal Court, selected students undertaking the LLM in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict will be given the opportunity to work on a project which forms part of the Court's Legal Tools, further enhancing their exposure to application of the law in practice. Past graduates of this specialisation have secured internships with international organisations, courts and tribunals as well as NGO's specialising in the field with many of them subsequently undertaking employment in their chosen area of expertise.
Since its introduction in 1987, our LLM programme has continued to grow in popularity and prestige. Offering a wide and diverse range of over 50 options, the programme now attracts some 150 to 180 candidates each year, from more than 50 countries, confirming its status as one of the leading and most exciting LLM programmes available.
We also offer LLM pathways in the areas listed below, as well as a more general LLM (Master of Laws) qualification:
- LLM Criminal Justice
- LLM Environmental Law
- LLM European Law
- LLM Human Rights Law
- LLM International Law
- LLM International Commercial Law
- LLM International Law & Development
- LLM Maritime Law
- LLM Public International Law
- The School of Law is rated as 'internationally outstanding' (Grade 5A on a scale of 1-5) for its research and as 'Excellent' for its teaching quality.
- The School enjoys important professional relationships with international institutions; leading firms in the City of London and the provinces; private industry and consultancies; and non-governmental organisations.
- Students at the School of Law have exclusive access to the Baker & McKenzie Computer Room.
- Excellent Law Library has in excess of 60,000 volumes, immediate access to a very wide range of electronic materials and resources and dedicated Law Librarian.
- The School of Law benefits from the Human Rights Law Centre.
You will take 120 credits worth of full and/or part-time subject options during the taught components of this course.
Currently, some of the subjects offered in relation to International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict include:
- Counter-terrorism & Human Rights
- EU Defence Law
- Foundations of International Criminal Justice
- Imprisonment and Human Rights
- International and Comparative Penal Law and Human Rights
- International Criminal Law: Institutions
- International Criminal Law: Substantive Law and Process
- International Humanitarian Law
- International Law on the Use of Force
- International Refugee Law
- Issues in International Refugee Law
- Law of International Organisations
- Principles of Public International Law
- Settlement of International Disputes
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
You will conclude the LLM in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict by undertaking a 60-credit dissertation; this is an extensive piece of independent research in a subject of your choice. You will benefit from the support of a dedicated project supervisor, the School of Law's Skills Programme, as well as the generic research skills training offered by the University's Graduate School.
The LLM International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict can be taken on a full-time basis over 1 year or part-time over 2 to 4 years.
In order to qualify for the LLM, you must take four full-year options (120 credits in total), or the equivalent number of full and half options in the taught element of the programme. Full options comprise eighteen two-hour seminars, held during the Autumn and Spring Terms. Half-options comprise nine two-hour seminars, held in either the Autumn or Spring Terms.
All seminars offer dedicated teaching, open only to postgraduate students, including postgraduate research students, where an option is relevant to a student's doctoral research.
The precise availability of individual options differs from year to year, depending on the availability of staff to teach them, but in a typical session LLM students are able to choose from around a dozen full-year options (30 credits) and up to 50 half-year options (15 credits) over the programmes. In addition, LLM students may elect to take up to two half-year options in relevant modules offered by the School of Politics as part of its MA in International Relations.
To qualify for a particular specialist degree, candidates must choose at least three full options (or their equivalent in full and half options) from the list of qualifying options within the relevant specialisation. Students may choose any full module (or equivalent half modules) within the LLM programme as their fourth, 'free' option.
In addition, the candidate must choose a dissertation topic within the relevant area of specialism. The dissertation is worth 60 credits and taken over the summer period towards the end of the course for submission in September.
Assessment for options is by essay, examination or a combination of both.