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March 13, 2008

Warwick Law School launches LLM in International and Comparative Criminal Justice

Warwick Law School has announced the launch of a new LLM programme in International and Comparative Criminal Justice, which will run from October 2008.

Globally, criminal justice reform has an evolving international and comparative focus, with a number of jurisdictions choosing reform not only of individual criminal justice practices, but of whole systems in the light of comparative analysis. This programme will examine a range of criminal law and process issues from a comparative perspective, as well as the broader internationalisation of criminal justice that is developing in response to the growing body of international human rights norms regarding criminal procedure and the increasing degree of international cooperation in crime and security measures.

The programme will engage students in critical analysis of the criminal trial and pre-trial procedure as well as the substantive criminal law. It will analyse international criminal law, but also international agreements and policies on crime and security in key offence areas, including, for example, terrorism, drugs and people trafficking. Taught in large and small group classes, students will be exposed to a variety of approaches to legal analysis, drawing on theoretical and empirical material, policy documents and social science research, as well as primary legal sources. In the course of the programme, students will also be encouraged to participate in the vibrant criminal justice research environment at Warwick which includes visiting professors from outside the UK who will be invited to teach on the programme.

The degree is open to graduates in law and related social science disciplines. The programme is designed for those concerned to analyse, drive and influence the process of reform through research, analysis and critique. It is ideal for those wishing to pursue further academic studies, as well as professionals working in the criminal justice process, criminal justice reform and policy development and related NGOs. Applicants hoping to pursue doctoral level research in this area are especially encouraged.

Students are normally required to have at least an upper second class honours degree in law or its equivalent from their home country. Students with good lower second class honours degree or equivalent and those with practical and other relevant experience may also be admitted in appropriate circumstances. Those whose first degree is not in law may be admitted if the School of Law is satisfied that they will be able to complete the proposed programme.

Visit the Warwick School of Law website for more information about this programme and other postgraduate study opportunites. If you have any further questions about the new LLM in International and Comparative Criminal Justice, you can also email the Programme Director, Professor Jacqueline Hodgson.

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