Taught course

International Law and Criminal Justice LLM

University of East London · School of Business and Law

Entry requirements

Honours degree (or equivalent) in law, criminology, sociology, international relations, political science, economics, psychology, cultural studies, social work, area studies or any other relevant field

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The aim of the LLM International Law and Criminal Justice is to provide a critical appreciation of the new legal regime that is emerging between international law and criminal justice symbolized with the creation of the International Criminal Court. This has effected a shift between international law and municipal law as the ICC works at both at level of international as well as universal jurisdiction which has profound implications for the development and implementation of humanitarian and human rights law. Through a strong foundation in both international law and international criminal law the programme will offer the opportunity of developing expertise in terrorism studies, international policing, international organized crime, the laws of war and armed conflict, human rights and Islamic law. The programme aims to produce graduates with excellent research and writing skills in the area.

The Aims and Objectives of the LLM International Law and Criminal Justice Programme are to:

  • Develop a critical awareness of the way in which international law and criminal justice are creating a new legal regime.
  • Critically engage with the major theoretical debates in the areas of international law, criminal justice and international criminal law.
  • Demonstrate a familiarity with the key institutions of the international criminal system.
  • Evaluate the doctrinal and policy issues associated with the new legal regime.
  • Develop the ability to analyze, articulate and write on the subject, by linking previous or current experience with an academic inquiry, particularly via the dissertation.

The LLM International Law and Criminal Justice offers a range of modules. In addition to the two core modules, Current Issues and Research in International Law and International Criminal Law, a range of options are offered including: Human Rights and Armed Conflict, Terrorism Studies, International Policing, International Organized Crime, Islamic Legal Cultures, the Law of Armed Conflict

The LLM teaching team is composed of experts in the area whose work has rated as internationally recognized in the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008.

LLM programs adjudged the highest grade "commendable" by the Quality Assurance Agency in 2003.

The program, is taught by a group of researchers who have made a distinctive contribution to international law and criminal justice through publication and consultancy

The LLM International Law and Criminal Justice offers an innovative programme through its multidisciplinary approaches combining law, criminology, international relations and critical legal studies.

The LLM International Law and Criminal Justice is attractive because of the programme structure making it entirely research based while offering students the flexibility of choosing research areas within the modules and for their dissertation.

The LLM International Law and Criminal Justice will be taught, as with the existing programme, through interactive lectures, workshops and seminars and specialist events.

The LLM International Law and Criminal Justice is supported by a strong library collection and the academic and research culture in the School of Law and UEL.

Information for international students

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent qualification) is required.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
8 months
part time
16 months


full time
4 months
part time
8 months

Course contact details

Applicant Enquiries
+44 (0) 208 223 3333
+44 (0) 208 223 2978