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LLM International Development Law and Human Rights

What makes our LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights special?

The programme is designed to encourage critical thinking and creative practice with a particular focus on the global South. It adopts an inter-disciplinary approach which examines the inter-relationship between development, human rights and global justice, with emphasis both on theories and visions of these concepts as well as the practice and effects of their operation in the world.

Our LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights (IDLHR) gives you the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest pertaining to development and human rights including globalisation, economic and natural resources regulation, gender justice, climate justice, security, humanitarian and criminal law, democracy and governance, social movements and civil society activism. The programme also emphasises the development of skills in social and legal policy analyses, critical thinking and reading, writing and presentation, and advocacy and cause lawyering.

The course is suitable for:

  • law graduates interested in pursuing Human Rights-based practice, careers in academia, international, government and non-governmental organisations
  • graduates with a social science background interested in the legal contexts and implications of development and social justice
  • legal professionals and activists working in the broad areas of development and human rights
  • journalists and media activists

This LLM is distinctive because :

  • It adopts a multi-disciplinary and South-oriented critical approach to the fields of Development Law and Human Rights that builds on the long history of Warwick’s Law in Development perspective and experience
  • It emphasises both the theoretical and practical aspects of development and human rights
  • It is taught by an international team of scholars with rich experience of development and human rights work in the South
  • It is enriched by the School’s long standing connections with international NGOs and academic partners and network
  • The Centre for Human Rights in Practice within the Law School offers various opportunities for engagement with the Centre’s activities
  • Warwick's Global Research Priority in International Development offers you an opportunity to be part of a wider university community dedicated to further research into International Development

What will I study?

You will take our core study modules to give you a firm grounding in the subject as well as legal research and writing skills, along with three optional modules in each term. You will undertake a dissertation in term three.

Core Modules
Optional Modules

The modules due to run next year may vary from the list above, depending on staff availability, research priorities, and student uptake. While we do our best to run as wide a variety of subjects as possible, it is not always possible to offer every module.

With permission, it is possible to take up to two modules external to your programme, as optional choices.

Our Staff

Other staff

Our Students
Soma Dimude - LLM Student IDLHR
The course has provided a more dynamic world view, one in which the range of questions is far beyond those that can be answered through legal analysis. I have enjoyed debating contemporary issues in the midst of like minded peers, from a range of different nationalities.

Other students

What sort of careers can I go on to?

Our graduates typically might go into:

  • Human Rights, public interest and social justice-related legal practice
  • International organisations, NGOs and policy think-tanks
  • National regulatory bodies, local government, judiciary and civil service
  • Academia
  • Media and Advocacy groups

Your dissertation

With help and support from our world-class academic staff, you will write a 10,000 word dissertation on a suitable topic in your third term. We will help guide you in choosing a topic and title, and train you in how to research and how to structure your dissertation, setting you in excellent stead if you should choose to continue your studies with a PhD.

Examples of recently completed dissertations:

Assessing the impact of the Arab Spring on women's rights in Tunisia and Egypt

What is the source of duty of the rich citizens of the West towards the global poor?


For more information email:

pglaw dot admissions at warwick dot ac dot uk