LLM Human Rights & Criminal Justice

LLM Human Rights and Criminal Justice

From a human rights’ perspective, the focus will be on international human rights law (including at regional levels in Europe, Africa and the Americas) but there will also be a concentration on the practice of human rights, especially in the contexts of armed con icts, discrimination, migration and terrorism.

The criminal justice component of the programme allows students to explore the inter-relationships between crime, justice and society in comparative context. Modules assess criminal justice policies and institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective and allow for in-depth analyses of topical issues in criminal justice and criminology at local, national, regional and international levels.



International Human Rights Law
Develops an awareness of the variety of global, regional and national human rights regimes, particularly their effectiveness in protecting human rights.

Controlling Crime

Offers a critical insight and overview into the main aspects of the criminal justice process that are engaged in the control, management and regulation of crime.


Plus one of the following


Criminal Justice Processes
Provides an understanding of the aims and values of criminal justice processes, policies and practice by focusing on the issues and tensions that confront the operation of criminal justice.

Theoretical Criminology
Analyses dominant paradigms in Criminology and examines criminological theories. Through a critical and evaluative exposition of criminological theory, students will gain an understanding in the application of theory to speci c criminal justice problems and to practical situations.


Spring (choice of 2)


Business and Human Rights

Explores work on business and human rights and corporate citizenship, specifically with regard to global corporations and global supply chains.

Crime, Justice and Society
Focuses on the inter-relationships between crime, justice and society. The contested and evolving nature of the boundaries of crime and the justice system are examined from both a theoretical and policy perspective.

Analyses a range of challenges arising in counter terrorist activity, such as which if any human rights can be ‘qualified’ in that context and what ‘special’ measures might be justified.

Comparative Human Rights

Analyses and compares the world’s three main regional systems for the protection of human rights – those of Europe, Africa and the Americas. Its focus will be on what is distinctive, innovative and/or topical about each of the regional systems,

Post Conviction Issues in Comparative Perspective

Offers acritical insight and overview of the history of punishment and penal sanctions, sentencing guidelines, prison conditions and enforcement of prisoners’ rights, parole grants and revocation, punishment in the community, the deprivation of public rights (voting, jury service, military service) and other restrictions arising from a criminal conviction; and the management of criminal records.

White-Collar and Corporate Crime

Focuses on crimes committed within the commercial and business environment. It will familiarise students with the individual and organisational dimensions of business crime.


Students will also complete methodology mini-modules:


EITHER Criminology Methods 1/ Criminology Methods 2 OR Theories of Human Rights
Approaches to Legal Research        



A specialised project within the programme’s field. Through the dissertation students can explore a wide variety of human rights, criminological and criminal justice topics.


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