LLM in Law and Global Governance


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Start date

21 September 2020

11 January 2021


1 year full-time
2 years part-time

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About the course

The emphasis of the LLM is on teaching law by reference to the key themes shaping developments in contemporary legal practice and in global governance. Significant examples include efforts towards the regulation of global tech firms, diplomatic and legal initiatives for tackling climate change, and the nature and impact of global trade disputes.

The LLM, by considering theoretical approaches alongside practical considerations, will be of benefit and interest to those interested in legal practice or scholarship in fields such as commercial and trade law, medical and human rights law, and humanitarian and international law. Teaching and learning is designed to be consistently forward looking and our research led approach means the LLM will be characterised by our engagement with contemporaneous developments and unfolding problems and prospects.

In a world that is witnessing significant shifts and challenges, at the national, regional, and global level, the study of law in light of key themes in governance is timely and important. National jurisdictions are adapting to address the rise in global non-state actors, such as web-based tech corporations, while global efforts at international challenges such as climate change and disaster response are demanding new forms of coordination and regulation. With equal regards to trade and to theory, practice and policy, the LLM draws together the various flashpoints in the global political economy and international legal framework to identify trends and patterns, and to consider the significance of law and policy in our contemporary societies.

Course detail

Law and Global Governance

This module will identify unfolding prospects and problems shaping law and global governance, engaging with issues including the regulation of global tech firms and diplomatic efforts at tackling climate change. The module identifies the actors and institutions shaping policy on regional and global stages, particularly emphasising the international legal system, and the economic, social, and historic forces that give it shape. Challenges including climate change, migration, health pandemics, financial regulation, and terrorism, require global cooperation, but what is global governance and how does its conceptualization shape our analysis of global politics? What role does law play, and how can law and global governance be harnessed to enhance society?

Global Dispute Resolution

The edifice of dispute settlement at the international level is characterized by an inherent tension between a legal duty to settle disputes in a peaceful way and the absence of any actually compulsory mechanism that may render such obligation effective. Against this legal background, the notion of dispute settlement covers a great variety of different settlement devices. The module will analyse, across several thematic areas, the primary institutions and practices of dispute resolution, having reference to trade law, territorial conflicts, law of the sea, and investment law.

Global Legal Professional

This module provides all students general understanding of global legal profession with the particular focus on cultivation of students’ research skills required for the various modules of the LLM. The module covers not only different legal systems and approaches to researching law but also legal method for planning, structuring and drafting the dissertation. Inter-cultural effectiveness is woven throughout the module.

LLM Dissertation

The dissertation module allows students to apply the theoretical and practical principles of research methodology which they will have studied during the LLM. All LLM students design and carry out a project of research under individual supervision. The Global Legal Professional module aims to provided students with the necessary skills and techniques required for advanced legal analysis and writing with particular emphasis on legal citation, and with significant attention to legal methodology and critique.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above), or equivalent qualification, in any Social Science, Arts or Humanities discipline.
  • Applicants with other appropriate professional qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 6.0, or equivalent will be considered acceptable. Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our Where are you from information pages.

Teaching excellence

1) Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).

2) We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).

3) Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).

4) For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.

5) We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

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Changes to option modules

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