The relationship between law and development has been a central concern of policy makers, lawyers and scholars throughout the last century. The difficulties that many developing states are facing in terms of economic growth, but also in relation to the implementation of human rights, fighting poverty levels, improving health or education standards, have become central concerns both at the international level and for policy-makers within developing states. The impact of legal standards and international rules in assisting developing states achieve their developmental aims has generated increasing interest from legal scholars and practitioners alike.
The LLM International Law and Development provides an opportunity for any student interested in the issues faced by developing states in the international order to obtain in depth knowledge of the field. The course offers a series of specialist modules that cover the most critical issues in the area. A specialised module on Law, Development and the International Community forms the basis of some of the key questions that need to be asked in relation to the position of developing states, such as human rights, environmental law, or international commercial law.
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.
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 Law and Development include:
* Biodiversity and International Law
* The World Trading System
* General Themes and Principles of International Environmental Law
* International Human Rights I
* EC Environmental Law and Policy
* International Law of Transboundary Pollution
* International Investment Law
* Law of International Organisations
* International Human Rights Law II
* Law Development and the International Community
* International Law of the Sea
Please note that all module details are subject to change.
You will conclude the LLM in International Law and Development 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 Law and Development 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.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.