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Queen's University Belfast: Human Rights Law

Institution Queen's University Belfast
Department School of Law
Study type Taught


This LLM provides students with an opportunity to gain an in-depth appreciation of global human rights standards and the interrelationship between international standards and national practice. In particular, we consider ways in which human rights could be protected more effectively so that people everywhere can realise their full human dignity.

The focus is on international and comparative human rights law (including at regional levels in Europe, Africa and the Americas). The School's joint expertise is harnessed so as to provide a vibrant and relevant course which will stimulate the hearts as well as the minds of students.

The protection of human rights at the international level is a relatively new branch of law. There has been a huge growth in the number and variety of human rights standards set out in international treaties, in national constitutions, and in other so-called 'soft law' documents. These standards are not always fully implemented and the mechanisms for trying to get them implemented are sometimes defective.

The School has more than 25 years' experience in delivering an LLM in Human Rights Law. The focus is on international and comparative human rights law with a concentration on the practice of human rights, especially in the contexts of discrimination, armed conflicts, terrorism and migration.


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