Course summary


With globalisation, international law is becoming increasingly important and this course prepares you for a future career in the international arena. Our LLM is one of the oldest and most popular courses in international law in London. It attracts students from every nationality and background, not only those who have previously studied law, but also those with a degree in political science, international relations, or another relevant discipline. This creates a uniquely vibrant and stimulating learning environment in which to study international Law.


The LLM International Law at Newcastle Law School is taught in our central London campus, just a short distance from most major British institutions and international organisations. The Course can be taken full-time or part-time, and we have both a September and a January start each year.


Our teaching team is composed of world-renowned scholars that are leading the way in their respective subjects, including - but not limited to - international human rights law, the law of armed conflict, development law, energy and climate change law, international cyber security law, refugee law, the law of the sea, international courts and tribunals. In past years, the teaching team organised study visits to international organisations and to international courts in US/UK and The Hague.


We also have a Research Group, International Law at Newcastle, which conducts important research projects on topical international law issues. These projects have received external funding because of their importance and their potential impact. The Group also regularly organises events in which students are invited to participate.


Newcastle Law School hosts the local Chapter of the United States Bar Council (USBC), of which interested students can become members. The Chapter organises events in close collaboration with the International Law at Newcastle research group.

Every year, the University Prize is awarded to the best LLM International Law student.

The course will enhance your understanding of the key principles of public international law, the main developments within the public international law framework and the process of globalisation and its significance for international law.


Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.


Please note that option modules are subject to student demand and staffing availability, therefore not all modules will necessarily be offered in the same academic year.


Core modules


Postgraduate Dissertation in International Law


Public International Law


Option modules

ü  International Criminal Law

ü  International and European Refugee Law

ü  International Energy and Climate Change Law

ü  International Humanitarian Law

ü  International Human Rights Law

ü  International Law and Development

ü  International Law of the Sea

ü  Peaceful Settlement of International Disputes

ü  United Nations Law


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