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Keele University: International Law and Politics

Institution Keele University
Department School of Law
Study type Taught


From issues of identity, ethics, peace and security, to the distribution of wealth, trade and power, international law and politics are forever interlinked. This LLM examines the complex interplay between aspects of international life: how world politics shape international law and how, in return, international law shapes and controls the behaviour and authority of states in their dealings with one another and with other actors. Using this knowledge to promote and strengthen the interests of any future employer or client, it prepares you for careers with international institutions like the UN, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), government agencies or international law firms.

Why choose this course? - Keele is ranked among the top 200 universities in the world for the teaching of Law (Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings 2022)

  • Close-knit community, smaller class sizes, tailored personal/professional support includes Senior Practitioner in Law, an experienced solicitor developing employability skills and employer links

  • Annual field trip to Geneva – Switzerland’s second largest city, nicknamed the ‘Capital of Peace’ as home to the European headquarters of UN, Red Cross and over 180 international organisations

  • Professional opportunities include networking at guest lectures, mooting competitions and a limited number of placements, including UN agencies, international NGOs, and law firms

International law is an increasingly important field of study and practice. The regulation of financial markets, environmental protection, the management of migrations, or the prosecution of war criminals are all areas in which international law plays a central role.

On the LLM in International Law and Politics, you’ll examine the complex interplay between law and politics in international affairs, gaining an insight into the global legal system and its influence on both national and international policymaking and practice.

Keele School of Law is an internationally recognised centre for cutting-edge, socially relevant legal research, which tackles some of the most pressing challenges facing society today. Key research themes include: Social Justice and Human Rights; International and European Law; Ethics, Health and Social Care; Legal Education, Innovation, and Practice; Gender, Sexuality, and Law.

About Keele

Keele University was established in 1949 by the former Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. Founded to meet the needs of a changing world, Keele has always had a pioneering vision to be a different kind of university.

We excel in both teaching and research, with some of the most satisfied students in England, and research that is changing lives for the better at a regional, national and global level.

Our beautiful 600-acre campus is one of the biggest in Britain – but all the most important services and facilities are on your doorstep, with accommodation, teaching spaces, facilities including a medical centre, sports centre and pharmacy, and a range of shops, eateries and entertainment venues – including the Students’ Union – clustered around the centre.


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