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What will I learn?

Our LLM International Humanitarian Law has been designed to address situations such as these and provide you with the knowledge and skills to pursue or advance your career in fields related to legal regimes applicable to armed conflict and acute crisis situations. Emphasis is placed on understanding the practical application of the law. It is intended to ensure a balance between theory and practice, so that you are equipped to deal with real world situations.

You examine the legal regimes applicable to situations of armed conflict, and you develop a comprehensive understanding of:

  • the regulation of the conduct of hostilities
  • the protection of victims of armed conflict
  • the application of international human rights law in the context of armed conflict and acute crisis
  • the application of international criminal law and international refugee law in the context of armed conflict and acute crisis
  • addressing legal obligations and engagement of non-state actors

You also explore and debate some of the biggest contemporary challenges confronting the humanitarian sector today. This includes cutting-edge issues such as the legal challenges posed by new technologies and cyber warfare, as well as more traditional issues such as the protection of displaced persons during emergency situations.

There are a range of fellowships and bursaries available for LLM study. Please see our Fees and Funding pages for more information.

Which department am I in?

Law

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£18,800.00 (19,25,989) per year
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

7 October 2021

Venue

Colchester Campus

University of Essex,

Wivenhoe Park,

Colchester,

Essex,

CO4 3SQ, England

Entry requirements

For international students

You need a 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in a Social Science, Law or any Humanities subject. While prior academic study or professional experience of law is desirable, it is not a requirement for admission. LLM students who have not previously studied Public International Law will take a one-term module on this topic. IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5 except for 6.0 in writing; TOEFL IBT 88 overall with minimum component scores: Listening: 17 Reading: 18 Writing: 24 Speaking: 20.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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