SOAS University of London

School of Law

LLM International Law (2022 entry)

Select year of entry: 2022 2021

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Overview

Overview and entry requirements

The SOAS LLM in International Law provides a diverse and unique range of courses that interrogate critically the theory and practice of international law and explore cutting edge topics of contemporary significance particularly as they relate to the global south: refugee law and the migrant crisis; climate change and natural resources; the rights of women; gender and armed conflict; international criminal law; the law of armed conflict; multinational enterprises and human rights; sustainable development; and conflict resolution, peace-building and transitional justice. 

At SOAS you will not only gain fresh insights into the fundamentals of international law; you will have the opportunity to engage with issues that reflect the research specialisms of our expert teaching staff.

Professor Gina Heathcote is the Programme Convenor in Term 1.

Dr Catriona Drew is the Programme Convenor in Term 2.

See School of Law 

Why study LLM International Law at SOAS

We are UK Top 20 and World Top 200 for Law (QS World University Rankings 2021). Our research publications have been rated first in the UK - and our School of Law rated sixth in the UK - in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021.

The LLM in international law adopts an innovative, interdisciplinary, and critical approach to teaching and learning that draws on the wider international community of academics, legal practitioners and NGOs both in London and internationally. The various courses deploy a range of innovative teaching and learning methods including:  student-led research conferences, student blogs; meet-the-author book review sessions; film reviews; re-enactments of historic international legal events; international law mooting or pleading; and simulated peace negotiations.

In addition to your chosen courses, as an international law masters student you will join the International Law Master Class. This is a non-assessed course designed to build a research community and nourish your legal research and writing skills, your powers of critical thinking, and your international legal imagination.

The Master class meets fortnightly and, in any year, may comprise: a walking tour of the international legal geography of London; an archival tour of the international legal history of London; a classroom tour of critical approaches to international law; a practitioner’s tour of contemporary cases in international law; dissertation speed dating; dissertation boot camp; writing retreats; and, uniquely, the opportunity to shape your own learning by selecting topics and speakers at the cutting-edge of international legal scholarship as part of the Afternoon Teas series of the Centre for the study of Colonialism Empire and International Law. 

Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL)

International Law occupies a central place in the SOAS School of Law and the SOAS School of Law occupies a central place in the wider international law community in London and internationally. The School of Law is home to the Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law (CCEIL) ­– a hub for inter-disciplinary collaboration and research on international law and its historical and contemporary relationship to colonialism and empire.

The Centre (together with the LSE) is also the institutional home of the London review of international law. As a post-graduate student on the international law masters programme you will become a member of the Centre and join a vibrant research community of international legal scholars and a diverse community of students from all over the world.

Together with our Doctoral students, you will play a role in CCEIL’s research and other activities: hosting the Student Salon; assisting with CCEIL’s events; and organising Afternoon Teas as part of the International Law Master Class. You will also benefit from the various collaborations with other research communities in the Law School, at SOAS and beyond.   

Why you

This programme is ideal for LLB graduates or legal professionals with an interest in the theory and practice of international law, particularly as it relates to the global south. You will join an international alumni of graduates from the LLM at SOAS many of whom are now working at the UN, in NGOs, in government, in private practice, in policy work or in academia.

Please note that the LLM is restricted to applicants who hold an UK law degree or international equivalent.  If you do not hold a law degree but are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in law at SOAS, please see details of the MA here.

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Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings

Start of programme: September intake only

Mode of Attendance: Full-time or Part-time

Entry requirements

  • We will consider all applications with a Bachelor of Laws with 2:2 (or international equivalent). In addition to degree classification we take into account other elements of the application such as supporting statement. References are optional, but can help build a stronger application if you fall below the 2:2 requirement or have non-traditional qualifications. 

    Please see our 'postgraduate entry requirements' page for Overseas and EU qualifications and equivalencies.

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duration:
One calendar year (full-time)
Two, three or four years (part-time, daytime only)
We recommend that part-time students have between two-and-a-half and three days a week free to pursue their course of study.

Fees 2022/23

UK fees:
£17,000
Overseas fees:
£24,650

Fees for 2022/23 entrants. This is a Band 3 fee. The fees are per academic year. Please note that fees go up each year. Further details can be found on the Postgraduate tuition fees page

Convenors

Structure

Structure

Students must take modules to a total value of 180 credits, consisting of a dissertation (60 credits) and 120 credits of taught modules. Taught modules are worth either 15 or 30 credits. Students who wish to graduate with a specialised LLM are required to take at least 60 credits associated with their specialised LLM, and the dissertation topic will be undertaken within the LLM specialisation.

Please note: Not all modules listed will be available every year. Please see the individual module page for information.

 

Dissertation

Dissertation (12,000 words), on a topic related to the specialism of the degree

Module Code Credits Term
LLM Dissertation in Law 15PLAD178 60 Full Year
Taught Component

Students take the following compulsory module

Module Code Credits Term
Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 15 Term 1
AND
  • Choose modules from List A below to the value of 45 credits
  • Choose modules List A & B OR from Postgraduate Open Options to the value of 60 credits
List A (subject to availability)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
International laws on the use of force 15PLAH020 15 Term 2
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 2
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
International Criminal Law 15PLAH055 15 Term 1
Law and Global Commons 15PLAH070 15 Term 2
Israel, Palestine, and International Law (15Cr) 15PLAH081 15 Term 2
International Law: Contemporary Problems of World Order 15PFFH009 15 Term 2
Colonial Geographies of International Law 15PLAH090 15 Term 2
List B (subject to availability)
Module Code Credits Term Availability
Gender, Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAH056 15 Term 2
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Selected Topics 15PLAH061 15 Term 2
Gender, Sexuality and Law: Theories and Methodologies 15PLAH062 15 Term 1
Human Rights and Islamic Law 15PLAC150 30 Full Year
International Commercial Arbitration 15PLAC153 30 Full Year
International Investment Law 15PLAH063 15 Term 1
Law and Development in Africa 15PLAC160 30 Full Year
Law and Society in Southeast Asia 15PLAH049 15 Term 2
Law, Rights & Social Change 15PLAH064 15 Term 1
Preliminary Law, Legal Reasoning and Legal Methods 15PLAC162 0 Term 1
International Migration Law 15PLAH068 15 Term 2
International Refugee Law 15PLAH069 15 Term 1
Law, Religion, and the State in South Asia 15PLAC129 30 Full Year
Law, Environment and Social Justice 15PLAH067 15 Term 1
Colonialism, Empire and International Law 15PLAH025 15 Term 2
Foundations of International Law 15PLAH021 15 Term 1
Human Rights of Women 15PLAC112 30 Full Year
International Criminal Law 15PLAH055 15 Term 1
Law and Natural Resources 15PLAC126 30 Full Year
Law and Postcolonial Theory 15PLAH050 15 Term 2
The Law of Armed Conflict 15PLAH022 15 Term 2
Water Justice: Rights, Access and Movements (Law) 15PLAH044 15 Term 1
Law and Global Commons 15PLAH070 15 Term 2
International Environmental Law: Principles, Institutions & Enforcement 15PLAH073 15 Term 1
Biodiversity, Nature and Wildlife Law and Policy 15PLAH074 15 Term 2
Water and Development: Commodification, Ecology and Globalisation (Law) 15PLAH076 15 Term 2
Multinational Enterprises and the Law I 15PLAH077 15 Term 1
Multinational Enterprises and the Law II 15PLAH078 15 Term 2
Business and Human Rights in the Global Economy 15PLAH079 15 Term 1
Comparative Company Law 15PLAH080 15 Term 2
Israel, Palestine, and International Law (15Cr) 15PLAH081 15 Term 2
Palestine, Resistance, and the Law 15PLAH082 15 Term 2
Alternative Dispute Resolution I 15PLAH083 15 Term 1
Alternative Dispute Resolution II 15PLAH084 15 Term 2
International laws on the use of force 15PLAH020 15 Term 2
Gender and the Law of War 15PGNH005 15 Term 1
The Prohibition of Torture in International Law 15PLAH075 15 Term 2
Climate Change Law and Policy 15PLAH085 15 Term 2
International Protection of Human Rights (15Cr) 15PLAH086 15 Term 1
International Law: Contemporary Problems of World Order 15PFFH009 15 Term 2
Gender and the Law of Peace 15PGNH013 15 Term 2
Islamic Family Law 15PLAH087 15 Term 2
Islamic Legal Theory 15PLAH088 15 Term 1
Transnational Law, Finance and Technology 15PLAH089 15 Term 2
Colonial Geographies of International Law 15PLAH090 15 Term 2
Law and Society in The Middle East and North Africa 15PLAH091 15 Term 1
Research Methods in Law 15PLAC181 30 Full Year
Justice, Reconciliation and Reconstruction in Post-Conflict Societies 15PLAH040 15 Term 1
Artificial Intelligence: Power, law and resistance 15PMSH042 15 Term 2
Open Options Note

Open options will need approval of deputy PG programme convenor (LLM or MA)

 

Programme Specification

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules.

Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning

All Masters programmes consist of 180 credits, made up of taught modules of 30 or 15 credits, taught over 10 or 20 weeks, and a dissertation of 60 credits. The programme structure shows which modules are compulsory and which optional.

Contact hours

As a rough guide, 1 credit equals approximately 10 hours of work. Most of this will be independent study, including reading and research, preparing coursework, revising for examinations and so on. It will also include class time, which may include lectures, seminars and other classes. Some subjects, such as learning a language, have more class time than others. At SOAS, most postgraduate modules have a one hour lecture and a one hour seminar every week, but this does vary.

More information is on the page for each module.

Knowledge and understanding

  • Students will acquire specialist knowledge of international law.
  • This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, knowledge and understanding of the following:
    1. the theoretical and practical underpinnings of international law;
    2. the context in which law is made, interpreted, adjudicated, and amended;
    3. the role played by law, particularly international law in different areas;
    4. the role and function of legal institutions in managing international law
    5. the weight and significance of different sources and methodologies.
  • Students will develop knowledge of how to locate relevant materials and assess their relevance and/or importance.

Intellectual (thinking) skills

  • Students should develop rigor in analysis and assessment of legal arguments.
  • Students should develop the ability to understand, summarise and critically assess differing perspectives on theoretical debates.
  • Students should develop independence of thought and the confidence to challenge the accepted wisdom.
  • Students should learn to identify issues and formulate questions for further research through independent work.
  • Students will be encouraged to bring to bear their own previous experience and knowledge in addressing legal issues in an interdisciplinary manner.

Subject-based practical skills

The programme will help students develop the ability to:

  • Write clear research essays and dissertations.
  • Research in a variety of specialised research libraries and institutes and online, and retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources.
  • Present seminar papers and defend the arguments therein.
  • Discuss ideas introduced during seminars.
  • Develop essay and dissertation research questions.
  • Read legal source materials rapidly and critically.
  • Present legal arguments in moots and debates.

Transferable skills

The programme will enable students to:

  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Structure and communicate ideas and arguments effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Read and comprehend significant quantities of reading rapidly and effectively and develop critical faculties.
  • Find and use a variety of written and digital materials, especially legal materials, in libraries and research institutes.
  • Present (non – assessed) material orally.
  • Develop teamwork skills.

SOAS Library

SOAS Library is one of the world's most important academic libraries for the study of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, attracting scholars from all over the world. The Library houses over 1.2 million volumes, together with significant archival holdings, special collections and a growing network of electronic resource

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees for 2022/23 entrants, per academic year (Band 3 tuition fee) 

Full-time  Part-time 2 Years Part-time 3 Years
Home Students Overseas Students Home Students Overseas Students Home Students Overseas Students
£17,000 £24,650 £8,500 £12,325 £5,610 £8,135

Fees go up each year, therefore your tuition fee in your second and subsequent years of study will be higher.

Our continuing students, on the same degree programme, are protected from annual increases higher than 5%.

Full details of postgraduate tuition fees can be found on the Postgraduate tuition fees page.

Scholarships
Anthony Dicks Memorial Scholarship

Anthony Dicks Memorial Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2022-05-02 00:00

Felix Non- Indian Scholarship

Application Deadline: 2022-01-28 15:00

Felix Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2022-01-28 15:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – East Asia

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Europe

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – India

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – Pakistan

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

International Postgraduate Scholarship – The Americas

Application Deadline: 2022-05-31 00:00

SOAS Master's Scholarships

Application Deadline: 2022-05-02 00:00

Sasakawa Postgraduate Studentship

Application Deadline: 2022-04-05 00:00

Tibawi Trust Award

Application Deadline: 2022-05-02 00:00

For further details and information on external scholarships visit the Scholarships section

Employment

Employment

LLM in International Law programme taught by our renowned globally diverse research-active SOAS academics is dedicated to student employability and our strong industry links. 

SOAS School of Law is home to the Centre for the study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law series of seminars and workshops specialising in teaching of human rights law and related areas with particular reference to Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

Our Law graduates have found the LLM a vital boost to their work as legal professionals and that this Law Masters is an excellent base for further study towards a research degree such as a PhD leading to an academic career. 

Careers

SOAS Law graduates work for organisations including:

  • Allen & Overy
  • Clifford Chance
  • Baker McKenzie
  • United Nations
  • Linklaters
  • Lloyds Banking Group
  • Gibson Young Solicitors
  • Liberty UK
  • Slaughter and May
  • CMS Cameron McKenna

Roles

SOAS Law degree graduates gain positions including:

  • Trainee Solicitor
  • Barrister
  • Finance Manager
  • Legal Researcher
  • Paralegal
  • Financial Analyst
  • Procurement Manager
  • Tax Consultant
  • Business Developer
  • Recruitment Consultant

Find out about SOAS Careers Service 

A Student's Perspective

What distinguishes SOAS from other leading universities is the variety of law modules that it offers, ranging from Law and Nature to Chinese Law.

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