Brussels School of International Studies

 

LLM in International Law

Key facts

 

Location: Brussels.
Duration:

  • Standard programme: One year full-time or two years part-time.
  • Extended programme: 18 months full-time or three years part-time

Start: September or January.
Fees and funding: More information.
Entry requirements: More information.
Apply online now: Kent application for graduate study.

 

 

The CIA launches drones to “legally” kill Al-Qaida leaders. An arbitrator rules that anti-smoking policies infringe a bilateral investment treaty. A father is suddenly detained at the airport as his name appears on a no-fly list. After recent decades of rule of law promotion, the need to “legally” harm, detain, profit or pollute has transformed how policy moves are now performed and contested on the world stage. This has elevated the significance of international legal rules for a range of governmental, corporate and societal actors, which all compete to devise legal norms, characterizations and strategies to address global political and economic problems. Thus, international law has become a central domain of struggle across a variety of pressing policy challenges, ranging from robotized military strategies, territorial claims spurred by climate change, the global projection of EU rules, to transnational blacklists.

Our LLM in International Law provides a programme of study that responds to increasing complexity in the international legal order; where international law evolves through transformations such as global counter-terrorism, global value chains, and foreign investment arbitration. Our academic staff is at the forefront of teaching, research and practice in the International Law, and our LLM modules encompass subfields that range from European Union Law, Public International Law, the Law of the Sea, and the Law of Armed Conflict, to Trade and Investment Law.

In line with the new design of programmess of study at BSIS, the LLM in International Law allows students to choose secondary areas of specialisation from the range of programs offered at the School. Thus, a focused programme of study can be constructed of studying international law in the context of International Relations, Conflict and Security, and others, leading to the award of a LLM degree in, for example, International Law with EU External Relations. The cluster of modules in the International Law specialism can also be chosen from as a secondary area of specialisation for those focusing on other fields, leading to the award of, for example, an MA degree in International Relations with International Law.

Finally, the Kent Law School is a top-15 UK law school renown for its critical style of teaching, where you learn more than just the black-letter law: we want you to understand how different legal regimes came about and how they may be interpreted, challenged or possibly changed. This is complemented by the real world advantage of doing your LLM in the capital of the European Union; mere hours from the International Court of Justice in The Hague, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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Programme Structure:

The LLM in International Law is offered in both the Standard (90 ECTS credits) and the Extended version (120 ECTS credits) and in each case students may take the programme with or without a secondary specialisation.

LLM in International Law:

To be awarded an LLM in International Law in the standard version (90 ECTS), students must take:
Three modules from the following; modules marked with * are compulsory.

Modules
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems*
LW810 The International Law on Foreign Investment
LW901 International Diplomatic Law
LW883 International Law of the Sea
LW898 International Trade Law
PO901 International Relations Theory for Lawyers
LW814 Public International Law

and:

Either - a further three modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here.
Or
- if the student wishes to take a secondary specialisation, a further three modules as detailed below.

with EU External Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO814 European Foreign and Security Policy*
LW916 EU International Relations Law*
PO949 EU Politics and Governance
PO948 Europe and Global Change
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO932 International Relations Theory

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Foreign Policy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Human Rights Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with International Conflict and Security

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO933 Theories of Conflict and Violence*
PO934 Conflict and Security*
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration
PO925 Histories of International Conflict
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with International Development

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

with International Migration

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO941 Migration: Conflict, the State and Human Rights*
PO940 Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship*
PO939 Identity, State and Belonging
PO955 Human Security in Forced Migration
PO930 Security and Liberties
LW900 Critical International Migration Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Political Economy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO881 State, Market and Society*
PO846 International Political Economy*
LW899 Corporate Governance
EC877 International Economics
PO904 Politics of International Development
LW859 International Economic Regulation

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO932 International Relations Theory*
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO935 Global Governance and International Organisation
PO846 International Political Economy
EC877 International Economics
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Political Strategy and Communication

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take two modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO868 Political Communication*
PO903 Political Strategy*
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
LW901 International Diplomatic Law

and one module from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

And submit a dissertation on a topic in International Law. All students must also complete the methodology module "Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research".

Students on this programme must take a minimum of four law modules.  

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LLM in International Law- Extended Programme:

To be awarded an LLM in International Law in the extended version (120 ECTS), students must take:
Four modules from the following; modules marked with * are compulsory

Modules
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems*
LW901 International Diplomatic Law
LW883 International Law of the Sea
LW898 International Trade Law
PO901 International Relations Theory for Lawyers
LW814 Public International Law

and:

Either - a further five modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here.
Or
- if the student wishes to take a secondary specialisation, a further five modules as detailed below

with EU External Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO814 European Foreign and Security Policy*
LW916 EU International Relations Law*
PO949 EU Politics and Governance
PO948 Europe and Global Change
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO932 International Relations Theory

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Foreign Policy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

with Human Rights Law

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
LW843 International Human Rights Law*
LW846 International Criminal Law
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict
LW832 EU Migration Law
LW900 Critical International Migration Law
LW912 Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Programming

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Conflict and Security

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO933 Theories of Conflict and Violence*
PO934 Conflict and Security*
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration
PO925 Histories of International Conflict
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
LW861 Law of Armed Conflict

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Development

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO929 Development Theory and Practice*
PO904 Politics of International Development*
EC878 Development Economics
LW885 Law and Development
PO881 State, Market and Society
PO944 Gender in Conflicts, Development and Migration

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Migration

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO941 Migration: Conflict, the State and Human Rights*
PO940 Theories of Migration, Integration and Citizenship*
PO939 Identity, State and Belonging
PO955 Human Security in Forced Migration
PO930 Security and Liberties
LW900 Critical International Migration Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Political Economy

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO881 State, Market and Society*
PO846 International Political Economy*
LW899 Corporate Governance
EC877 International Economics
PO904 Politics of International Development
LW859 International Economic Regulation

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with International Relations

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO932 International Relations Theory*
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
PO935 Global Governance and International Organisation
PO846 International Political Economy
EC877 International Economics
LW844 Legal Aspects of Contemporary International Problems

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

with Political Strategy and Communication

Students wishing to take this secondary specialisation must take three modules from the list below; at least one of the modules marked with * is compulsory.

Modules
PO868 Political Communication*
PO903 Political Strategy*
PO848 Negotiation and Mediation
PO924 Foreign Policy Analysis
LW901 International Diplomatic Law

and two modules from the full list of modules offered at the school - see here

 

And submit a dissertation on a topic in International Law. All students must also complete the methodology module "Fundamentals, Dissertation and Research".

Students on this programme must take a minimum of five law modules.  

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Please feel free to email the students for information about what it is like to be a student here in Brussels and at BSIS. Student reps can offer advice and help related to relocation, searching for accommodation and settling in Brussels. Also, if you have questions about what a weekly or daily schedule might look like, our reps can offer some insight!

Name Fay-Anne Herod
Email frh8@kent.ac.uk
Programme LLM International Law

Greetings! I am Fay-Anne Herod, I am enrolled in LLM International Law with International Relations, here at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies. A very interesting and pleasant learning environment.

The nature of this degree prepares me for a career in policy analysis with an international organization. It involves a high level of independent research, requiring initiative, self-motivation and a wide range of skills such as time management, prioritizing, being organized, and dedicated. Further, it has built upon my prior undergraduate degree(s) and work experiences and has prepared me to engage in a very diverse environment. Being here in Belgium and learning alongside brilliant minds, I continue to be exposed to rich cultures, and I have developed a deep understanding and appreciation of [diversity] in our ever-evolving world.

I was born in Guyana, South America, and lived in Canada. I completed an undergraduate (BA) in Law & Society and a Professional Certificate in Public Administration & Law at York University. Prior to this, I acquired diplomas (Associate degrees) in Community & Justice Services at Centennial College along with a Law Clerk and Legal Assistant professional diploma at Career Colleges. My professional experiences range from banking, policy and administrative; teaching class of special needs children six to twelve years; and outreach worker/co-facilitator of marginalized youths and ex-gang members ranging from sixteen to twenty-nine years old.

It has been an amazing two months here in Belgium and I look forward to sharing, experiencing while learning.

 

 

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Last Updated: 16/12/2016