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LLMEconomic, Social and Cultural Rights

University of Essex
United Kingdom, Colchester
Tuition fee £14,950 per year
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In our current global economic crisis, are you concerned about the impacts of austerity measures on economic, social and cultural rights? Are you interested in public policies – on health, education, housing or food security – and how human rights can make a difference?

Our ground-breaking LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights builds on our distinctive expertise, reputation and experience of working on the protection of economic, social and cultural rights internationally and domestically in countries around the world.

Our LLM Economic, Social and Cultural Rights combines cutting-edge scholarship and practice on the legal aspects of the realisation of economic, social and cultural rights, with the latest thinking in the operationalisation and implementation of these rights through public policy. The course focuses on:

- International human rights law protections of economic, social and cultural rights
- Constitutional and administrative law
- How human rights law is operationalised in practice
- Public policy making
- New tools and methodologies for achieving these economic and social rights

We include a range of key law courses to enable our non-law students to develop an understanding of public international, constitutional and administrative law.

At Essex we specialise in commercial law, public law, and human rights law. We are top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), and we are among the top 200 departments on the planet according to the QS World University rankings.

Programme structure

Year 1

Dissertation: LLM in Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Foundation Essay: LLM International Human Rights Law
Foundations of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Human Rights and Development
International Human Rights: Law, Institutions and Practice
European Union Law and Human Rights (optional)
Freedom of Expression, Privacy and the Media (optional)
International Law of Armed Conflict (optional)
Topics in the International Law of Armed Conflict (optional)
International Criminal Law (optional)
The Law of International Peacekeeping (optional)
Acute Crises and Displacement (optional)
Public International Law (optional)
The Protection of Refugees and Displaced Persons in International Law (optional)
International Child Law (optional)
European Convention on Human Rights I (optional)
The Protection of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples in International Law (optional)
International Trade, Investment and Human Rights. (optional)
Human Rights for Women (optional)
The Inter-American System of Human Rights (optional)
Business and Human Rights (optional)
Transitional Justice (optional)
Human Rights Clinic (optional)
Religion and Human Rights (optional)
Human Rights, International Relations and Diplomacy (optional)
Language Rights (optional)

Career opportunities

Our School of Law graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers in international and intergovernmental organisations or employment with governments across the world, in commerce and banking, in non-governmental organisations and, as might be expected, in the legal profession and the judiciary.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States