This LLM programme is an exciting and rewarding degree course which attracts a diverse student body: students who are qualified legal practitioners and students with extensive experience in the statutory, community or voluntary sectors nationally and internationally. The diversity among both staff and students allows the students and teachers on the programme to learn from each other and makes for a vibrant academic experience.
The Human Rights element of this programme focuses on both international human rights law, including at regional levels in Europe, Africa and the Americas, and concentration on the practice of human rights, especially in the contexts of discrimination, armed conflicts, terrorism and migration.
The Criminal Justice component allows students to explore the inter-relationships between crime, justice and society in comparative context. Modules assess criminal justice policies and institutions from an interdisciplinary perspective and allow for in-depth analyses of topical issues in criminal justice and criminology at local, national, regional and international levels.
Research and teaching is led by the Human Rights Centre and the Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Both organise an active, annual speaker and conference series, with talks by academics and practitioners, as well as visits to institutions dedicated to human rights issues in Belfast, and a field trip to human rights institutions, eg European Court of Human Rights and the UN (Geneva).
The Centre has strong contacts with local NGOs and other human rights institutions and can assist students with internship/ voluntary work.