Taught course

International Criminal Justice and Human Rights

University of Dundee · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants must have, or expect to receive in the anticipated year of entry, a good honours degree in law, of at least upper second class or equivalent. Exceptionally, non-law graduates with relevant legal experience may be considered.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

Do some crimes cry out to be prosecuted trans-nationally? Can human rights make the world a better place? Or is there no hope of criminal justice ever operating effectively at the international level, or of human rights rhetoric leading to real improvements in the way governments treat their people? Whatever your views, if these questions resonate with you, this LLM programme is for you.

Whether you are passionate about international criminal justice and human rights or sceptical about them, this programme will ensure that you are fully informed on the underlying issues and can debate them at a sophisticated level with others – including some who may not necessarily share your point of view. International criminal justice and human rights go together, and this programme offers students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of both these interconnected areas of law. The international criminal justice side of the programme aims to provide students with a detailed understanding of the key contemporary issues in the field. Organised crime, terrorist activity and regional civil wars transcend national boundaries, impacting far beyond the interests of individual nation states. The effective detection, investigation and prosecution of crime is increasingly dependent on closer harmonisation and co-operation among global institutions. So also, the human rights dimension of the programme seeks to develop students’ understanding of the main global systems for the protection of human rights, as well as their appreciation of the main arguments for and against the universality of human rights, in concept and in practice. This is a programme both for those interested in the practicalities of criminal justice and human rights at international level and for those seeking to develop an academic expertise in these areas as part of a career in teaching and/or research.

At Dundee you will have close contact with staff members experienced in and dedicated to their subject. You will have the opportunity in small seminar groups for real engagement with their ideas and the ideas of your fellow students as you develop and articulate your own thinking on international criminal justice and human rights.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • LLM
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Professor Peter McEleavy
+44 (0)1382 384452