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Middlesex University: International Minority Rights Law

Institution Middlesex University
Department Law and Politics
Study type Taught


Overview The course explores questions and perspectives on human rights, gender, and social exclusion - examining how rights are understood and put into practice around the world, and identifying the barriers that prevent rights from becoming a reality.

Why study LLM/PGDip/PGCert International Minority Rights Law at Middlesex University? This degree aims to enable students to specialise in subjects related to international minority rights law, equipping them with comprehensive knowledge of the international and regional legal regimes governing minority and indigenous rights, through critical assessment of the efficacy of human rights and sustainable development frameworks.

You will deepen and broaden your knowledge of law as an academic subject through acquiring systematic understanding of legal processes, methods and concepts of the social and political context in which legal processes take place and of appropriate theoretical conceptions of law.

By maximising your academic potential potential and refining your problem-solving skills in a transnational context through the acquisition of systematic and critical understanding of complex legal, economic, cultural, ethnic, religious, ethical and political issues informing international minority rights law you will enhance your professional development and horizons.

The research and writing skills you gain will be transferable to a variety of professional sectors, including the legal profession, policymaking, corporate sector, governmental bodies or academia.

With a strong sense of social justice at its core, Middlesex University School of Law is home to some of the world's foremost figures in the fields of minority rights and development law, whose work has helped safeguard the rights of groups in vulnerable positions across the world.

They include Senior Lecturer Dr David Keane, whose book on caste-based discrimination won the Hart Book Prize; Dean of the School Professor Joshua Castellino, whose expertise was called upon as chair of a 2015 session of the United Nations Forum on Minority Issues; and Professor Sarah Bradshaw, expert on development studies and gender, with ample experience working on the ground in several projects around the globe.

Course highlights A unique degree offering a complete overview of international law and practice in minority rights and indigenous peoples Learn about the current mechanisms in minority rights and indigenous peoples rights, and the gap between UN international rights norms and their implementation on the ground The opportunity to engage with other students and experts across the globe by participating on the Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Challenging Poverty, Vulnerability and Social ExclusionMOOC (Massive Open Online Course) led by Professor Sarah Bradshaw and Professor Joshua Castellino working in conjunction with Columbia University. Students enrolled in the minority rights specialism will be awarded a digital certificate of completion in addition to their postgraduate award. The programme engages closely with UN mechanisms and human rights bodies, due to previous and current involvement in UN procedures by our tutors There may also be internship opportunities in national and international organisations such as the United Nations or in the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre on campus.


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