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Goldsmiths, University of London: International Human Rights

Institution Goldsmiths, University of London
Department Law
Study type Taught


The LLM in International Human Rights equips you with advanced knowledge and expertise in human rights law, giving you access to our internationally leading faculty, eminent legal experts and some of the foremost human rights organisations in the UK.

Why study LLM International Human Rights at Goldsmiths - The LLM in International Human Rights introduces you to the history, theory and practice of international human rights law.

  • We’ll focus on the strengths as well as identifying and critiquing the limits of domestic and international human rights.

  • You’ll master the instruments and institutions that make up the international system of human rights protection from around the world, exploring their potential for reform.

  • You’ll explore some of the most cutting-edge human rights debates of our times, from gender identity to AI-based predictive policing.

  • You’ll learn from important legal thinkers, internationally leading barristers and politicians. Our Law faculty and Visiting Professors are some of the greatest legal minds of our generation.

  • We’re focussed on employability, and you’ll have the opportunity to gain practical experience through taking placements and law clinics modules (for credit). Our Careers Service is here to support you every step of the way.

  • You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate with renowned legal scholars, eminent legal practitioners and NGOs working in the field of International Human Rights, including the foremost human rights organisation, Liberty, that leads our pioneering 'NGO Advocacy, Litigation and Practice' modules.

Study 21st century Law, and Law in context As well as compulsory modules that provide you with a foundational knowledge of human rights law theory and practice, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist human rights modules delivered by the department of Law.

To diversify your studies, you’ll also be able to choose relevant optional modules from the Department of Politics and International Relations.

Our curriculum has been built for the 21st-century landscape of Law, including subjects from Feminist Approaches to Law to NGO Advocacy in a polarised world to Environmental Challenges, Social Justice and Human Rights.

Active learning Our students learn the law in action while helping local communities and developing crucial professional skills. Through our placement modules focussing on human rights and criminal justice, or by participating in Law Clinics.

Students currently have the opportunity to learn invaluable practical skills by taking part in the University of London Refugee Law Clinic or the Law and Policy clinics covering a wide range of topics.

Our leading researchers You'll have unique access to influential legal thinkers who have undertaken high-level legal and policy work in government departments, international courts, prestigious research centres, boutique law firms and some of the top NGOs and human rights organisations in the UK.

Harvard Law School course We are the first department outside the United States to offer free access to Harvard Law School’s pioneering Zero-L course.

Taught by 18 leading Harvard Law faculty members, it has hours of video lectures, vocabulary, and periodic comprehension checks that you can take at your own pace. The course modules cover a range of topics, including introduction to the legal profession, History of the American Constitution, separation of powers and federalism, stages of litigation and citizenship rights.

Materials developed by Goldsmiths Law academics to support the delivery of Zero-L direct you to key areas of interest in the programme and give you support to understand how Zero-L strengthens your understanding of English law and helps you to develop legal skills.


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