1 year full time, 2 years part time
Starts September 2017

International Criminal Law

International criminal law is a dynamic, controversial and fast-moving field that increasingly touches on, and affects matters of, key international significance.

At the core of the subject are legal institutions such as the International Criminal Court that have been established to realise the ideal of holding to account those responsible for offences such as war crimes and genocide.

Our LLM combines a study of the legal doctrine underpinning the investigation and prosecution of international crimes with a critical analysis of the political context in which such prosecutions are undertaken.

My studies increased my knowledge of both criminal and human rights law. I gained transferable skills including summarising and recapitulating issues, and selecting relevant extracts from publications.”Chris Soler
Director of Legal Services
University of Malta

Key facts

  • Learn from today’s leading lawyers – our world-leading research underpins our teaching.
  • Prepare for your future career – our courses are designed with skills training at their core, enabling you to think logically about legal problems.
  • Discover what interests you most – Sussex Law School provides a truly international, stimulating and engaging learning environment for you to build a rich base of knowledge.

How will I study?

You’ll study two core modules in the autumn term and choose two options in the spring term.

In the summer, you undertake supervised work on the LLM dissertation.

You will be assessed through coursework, an unseen examination, essays and a dissertation.

Study visit

You’ll have the opportunity to experience the work of the international courts on our annual study visit to The Hague in the Netherlands.

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at lps@sussex.ac.uk

What will I study?

  • Module list

    Core modules

    Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

    • Advanced Legal Research and Writing

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Advanced Legal Research and Writing has two purposes:

      • to ground students in the conventions of advanced academic writing in law (a specialised form of discourse with many non-obvious conventions and norms)
      • to ground students in the leading traditions or approaches in academic legal research.

      The module covers modern standards for the citation of legal authorities (such as OSCOLA), as well as the justification for them. Legal traditions covered include:

      • doctrinal exposition and analysis
      • critique of doctrine, institutional design and practice
      • researching the dynamics of law.
    • Approaches to International Law

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module introduces you to the key theories and critiques that underpin scholarship and thinking about international law.

      It covers approaches such as positivism and socio-legal studies, as well as approaches which place particular emphasis on power and power structures (e.g. Marxism, Feminism, Critical Legal Studies, Post-Colonial Studies and Third World Approaches to International Law) and on human rights.

      You will be required to evaluate and critique different approaches, and to reflect on uses of these approaches within the field of international law.

    • Principles of International Law

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      Principles of International Law provides you with:

      • a guide to the history of international law
      • an introduction key institutions, sources and subjects of international law
      • an overview of principles of accountability and responsibility.

      It aims to contextualise public international law’s place in contemporary international relations, and to consider new problems and insights in this broad field.

    • The Nature and Institution of International Criminal Law

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      After an introduction to the nature and concepts of international and comparative criminal law, including issues relating to the exercise of criminal jurisdiction internationally, you examine institutional structures including the International Military Tribunals in Nuremberg and Tokyo, the Ad Hoc Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the Former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Court.

      You then examine problems associated with criminal trial proceedings in an international context including issues relating to due process and extra-territorial policing. This part of the course includes an examination of the work of INTERPOL and EUROPOL.

    • Dissertation (International Criminal Law)

      45 credits
      Spring & Summer Teaching, Year 1

      All LLM students design and carry out a project of research under individual supervision.

      You are encouraged to apply the theoretical and practical principles of research methodology, which were addressed by the module Advanced Research for LLM Students, in the production of your 10,000-word dissertation.


    Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

    • Corruption and the Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      You will examine the ways legal systems seek to control the problem of corruption and bribery.

      The module initially focuses on the regulation of bribery in domestic law, examining the Bribery Act 2010.

      It then examines the domestic law of other national jurisdictions before turning to consider the position under international law. It focuses on anti-corruption agreements including the United Nations Convention Against Corruption and the United Nations Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime.

    • Culture and Identity Rights

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The aim of this module is to explore the development of rights to culture, religion and language from an international and comparative perspective. The idea is to link rights based discussions to contemporary debates involving cultural issues and conflicts (for example on Shari'a law, on religious dress and symbols and on language rights in post-conflict reconciliation). In particular, the module seeks to explore the accommodation of such rights and the balancing of competing interests.

      The module will be divided into three parts. The first part of the module will introduce relevant legal frameworks and different theoretical perspectives required for a study of legal approaches to culture, religion and language. Specifically, this part will consider what we mean conceptually by culture, religion and language and consider how competing values and interests are reconciled within the international human rights framework. 

      The second part will consider in more depth the development of (both individual and collective) rights to culture, religion and language at the international level and consider the wider implications of the recognition of such rights with a particular focus on specific country situations. This part of the module will consider the extent to which such rights are increasingly being marginalised. It will also consider the impact of contemporary challenges, such as the current economic climate on the accommodation of such rights as well as new opportunities in a post-multicultural era. 

      The final part of the module will involve oral presentation of research plans on a case-study of your choice.

    • Fair Trial and Detention in International Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will explore international, and where appropriate regional, law and standards applicable to fair trial and detention. It will consider this from both a rights-holder’s perspective as well as from the perspective of the responsibilities of States pertaining to the promotion, non-interference with and protection of applicable human rights. Consideration will also be given, where appropriate, to intersecting international humanitarian law and standards.

      The module will be divided into three parts. The first will focus on fair trial rights and standards, commencing with a foundation lecture on the applicable legal framework and then followed by discussion seminars, each based on pre-assigned readings, on key issues and contemporary challenges pertaining to the right to a fair trial, such as the role and jurisdiction of military courts and the non-disclosure of information on grounds of national security.

      The second part of this module will consider the rights triggered by the deprivation of a person’s liberty, also commencing with a foundation lecture and followed by discussion seminars. Seminars will focus on key issues and challenges such as habeas corpus, administrative and secret detention and the prevention of torture and other forms or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

      The final part of the module will involve oral presentations of research plans on case studies of each student's choice.

    • Global Security and Human Rights

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module looks at the often problematic relationship between ‘security’ and the global ‘public good’ within international law.

      We examine the historical development of international law in relation to colonialism and globalisation and go on to consider the possibilities and limitations of new modes of global governance. We'll look at how international law has ordered and shaped global space in relation to property, economic organisation and the use of force, and investigate the various legal, moral and political arguments that lie behind these changes.

      The module combines international law scholarship, critical theory and case studies to assess the global significance of the idea of ‘security’ today.

    • Hate Crime and Sexual Violence

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will focus on issues relating to hate crime and sexual violence and the criminal justice system. The module starts by exploring the various conceptualisations of hate crime and how and why its definition has differed between jurisdictions. Focus is then given to the growing legislative responses to hate-motivated offences both in the UK and US. You will examine the extent to which the singling out of certain prejudiced motivations for enhanced sentencing (such as, racism, homophobia, anti-religion and disablism) can be justified. You then move on to explore the main criminological theories that have been put forward to explain the aetiology of hate crime. Attention is also give to research that has evidenced the often heightened levels of harm that such offences cause to both victims and minority communities more broadly. 

      The second part of the module focuses on sexual violence. You examine the reforms made to the law and practice with regards to sexual assault and will consider remaining issues, highlighting attrition and problems of attitude. Some academics have argued that sexual violence should also be classified as hate crime. As such you will explore the arguments for and against the inclusion of sexual violence under the label of hate crime, noting both the impacts that inclusion/exclusion under the label may have on the state's responses to such crimes. You will also examine the use of alternative criminal justice measures for hate crime and sexual violence. Particular focus is given to the use of restorative justice and you will assess the potential benefits and pitfalls of using such an approach.

    • International and Transnational Offending

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In order to assess the effectiveness of legal responses to offending that cross national boundaries, it is essential that you gain an insight into the phenomenon itself, rather than merely into the legal responses which we have examined in International and Transnational Offending. This module explores the nature and extent of both state and sub-state or individual offending. It includes such examples as the use of torture, war crimes, economic criminality, including illegal arms and drug dealing, corporate crime, computer and share frauds and organised crime and international crimes of violence.

    • International Crimes

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will focus on the four core crimes in international law, including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression. In each case we will highlight their development, application in international and domestic courts and matters of controversy in relation thereto, before examining other so-called quasi-international crimes including torture, hijacking, and terrorism.

    • International Environmental Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module begins with an introduction to the policies and principles surrounding international environmental law including an examination of the historical development of the subject area; the sources and participants found within international environmental law; and issues surrounding compliance and enforcement. Following this, the module will examine a range of substantive issues of contemporary global importance including climate change; the conservation of biological diversity; the law of impact assessment; liability; international economic institutions and environmental protection; international trade, development & the environment; and the relationship between human rights and the environment.

    • Propaganda and the Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • The International Legal Regulation of Armed Conflict

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module subjects the international law of armed conflict to critical examination. Since 1945 states, international and regional organisations have used armed force in circumstances and for purposes unforeseen by the drafters of the United Nations Charter. This practice is evidence of the tension between the need for the international community to respond to new threats to international peace and security and the requirement that the use of armed force is limited by international legal controls. You will explore this practice and examine international legal rules relating to the conduct of armed force and international humanitarian law.

    • The Use of Force and International Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • War, Terror, Violence and International Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      You'll focus upon the contemporary problems of war and terrorism within a historical, political and global context.

      Drawing upon approaches from international law, political and critical theory and international relations, this module examines law's various attempts to define what constitutes 'legitimate violence'. We'll look at some of the dominant legal, moral and political arguments behind the justification and condemnation of acts of war, terror and public violence. You also examine:

      • the law's criminalisation of non-state violence
      • the use of new theological arguments to justify 'humanitarian wars'
      • the relationship between violence and international security
      • the ethics of violence.
    • Women and Human Rights

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module is divided into two halves. The first half consists of core topics providing a theoretical framework for the study of women's human rights. You will draw on feminist legal theory, human rights theory, anthropological and historical materials and international and national rights instruments and documentation. The second half focuses on the conception, implementation, adherence and breach of a specific right or related rights. 

Find out about LLM degrees at the University of Sussex

Entry requirements

An upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above in law or a relevant subject (such as economics, finance, international relations, political science, history, criminology, criminal justice or sociology) but applicants from other backgrounds may be considered

English language requirements

Standard level (IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section)

Find out about other English language qualifications we accept.

English language support

Don’t have the English language level for your course? Find out more about our pre-sessional courses.

Additional information for international students

We welcome applications from all over the world. Find out about international qualifications suitable for our Masters courses.

Pre-Masters in Law

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Visas and immigration

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?


Home: £7,700 per year

EU: £7,700 per year

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £7,700 per year

Overseas: £15,100 per year

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

Borrow up to £10,280 to contribute to your postgraduate study.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans


Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship (2017)

Open to students with a 1st class from a UK university or excellent grades from an EU university and offered a F/T place on a Sussex Masters in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Lady Monica Cockfield Scholarship (2017)

Two full UK/EU fee waivers for students who hold an offer of a place on the MA in European Governance and Policy.

Application deadline:

31 July 2017

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Sussex Graduate Scholarship (2017)

Open to Sussex students who graduate with a first or upper second-class degree and offered a full-time place on a Sussex Masters course in 2017

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex India Scholarships (2017)

Sussex India Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from India commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Malaysia Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Malaysia Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Malaysia commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Nigeria Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Nigeria Scholarships are worth £3,500 or £5,000 and are for overseas fee paying students from Nigeria commencing a Masters in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Sussex Pakistan Scholarships (2017)

Sussex Pakistan Scholarships are worth £3,500 and are for overseas fee paying students from Pakistan commencing Masters study in September 2017.

Application deadline:

1 August 2017

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Law at Sussex has active research groups in its primary research fields, exploring legal conceptualisations of responsibility and issues of citizenship and governance.

These groups meet regularly for the presentation of work in progress, as reading groups, to host external speakers and to plan the organisation of research seminars, workshops and conferences.

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    Dr Femi Amao
    Senior Lecturer in Corporate/CommercialLaw

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    Dr Stephanie Berry
    Lecturer in Public Law

    Research interests: Freedom of Religion, International human rights, Minority Rights, Public international law, The European convention on human rights

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    Dr Kimberley Brayson
    Lecturer in Law

    Research interests: Critical Legal Theory, Feminist Legal Studies, Jurisprudence/Philosophy Of Law, The European convention on human rights

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    Dr Philip Bremner
    Lecturer in Tort Law

    Research interests: Assisted Reproduction, Comparative Family Law, Comparative Law, Cross-border family law, EU Law, Family (especially child) law, Gender and Sexuality, legal theory, LGBTQ+ Legal Issues, Mental Health Law, Private international law, Research design and methodology, Same-Sex Parenting, Sexuality and the law, Socio Legal Studies, Surrogacy, Tort Law

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    Prof Jo Bridgeman
    Professor of Healthcare Law & Feminist Ethics

    Research interests: critiques of rights, family and parental responsibility, feminist perspectives on law, Healthcare Law and Ethics, Legal regulation of children's health, Responsibilities to children

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    Dr Qingxiu Bu
    Senior Lecturer in Corporate/CommercialLaw

    Research interests: Corporate Criminal Liability and Anti-Bribery Law, Corporate Finance Law, Extraterritoriality, Sovereignty and Global Crime, Financial Fraud Litigation, Foreign Investment and National Security, Global Antitrust Enforcement, International Business and Human Rights, Transnational Business Law

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    Dr John Child
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Criminal law, Criminal law theory

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    Dr Alex Conte
    Reader in Human Rights Law

    Research interests: Counter-terrorism, detention, fair trial, global security, International human rights, international humanitarian law, Public international law

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    Dr Elizabeth Craig
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Bills of Rights, Constitutional Law, Culture, Identity, International human rights, Language rights, Minority Rights

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    Dr Mark Davies
    Senior Lecturer In Law

    Research interests: Healthcare Law and Ethics, higher education, Professional regulation, Science and law

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    Dr Kamala Dawar
    Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law

    Research interests: Competition and consumer law, Development law, International Financial Law, International political economy, International trade law, Investment Arbitration, Public procurement and subsidy regulation

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    Mr Paul Eden
    Senior Lecturer in Law

    Research interests: Carriage by Air, Carriage of Goods by Sea, International Commercial Law, International Sales Law, Law of Treaties, Legal Interpretation, Plurilingualism, Statehood and Recognition, Terrorist Financing, The Crime of Apartheid

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    Dr Lucy Finchett-Maddock
    Lecturer in Law

    Research interests: Aesthetics and Politics, Commons, Complexity and Law, Critical Legal Theory, Entropy, Environmental law, Geographies of Law, Law and Art, Law Relating To Property, Property law, Right to Housing, Right to Protest, Social Theory, Speculative Philosophy, Squatting, William S. Burroughs (disobedience)

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    Dr Maria Frabboni
    Lecturer in Law

    Research interests: intellectual property law, Law and economics of intellectual property, Policy, Arts Management & Creative Industries

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    Dr Tom Frost
    Lecturer In Legal Theory

    Research interests: Critical Legal Theory, Giorgio Agamben, Jurisprudence/Philosophy Of Law, Michel Foucault

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    Dr Matthew Garrod
    Lecturer in Law

    Research interests: Counter-terrorism, Cyber terrorism, History of international law, Immunities from Criminal Jurisdiction, International Crimes, International Criminal Law, International Terrorism, Laws of War, Piracy, Protective Principle Jurisdiction in International Law, Public international law, Universal Jurisdiction in International Law

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    Dr Gianluca Gentili
    Lecturer In Law

    Research interests: American Constitutional Law, Applied Constitutional Theory, Canadian Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Law, International human rights, Law and Society, Public international law, Rights of LGBTI People, Sub-national constitutionalism, UK constitutional law

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    Dr Ahmad Ghouri
    Senior Lecturer in Commercial Law

    Research interests: Alternative Dispute Resolution, comparative corporate law and governance, international commercial arbitration, International Commercial Law, international dispute resolution, international investment law, investor-state arbitration, Islamic commercial law

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    Dr Sabrina Gilani
    Lecturer in Canadian Law

    Research interests: aboriginal rights, Critical Legal Theory, digital embodiment, Digital Humanities, legal geography, legal pluralism, Minority Rights, Postcolonial/Decolonial theory, posthumanism, Socio-legal theory, sociology of law, sociology of the body

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    Dr Andres Guadamuz
    Senior Lecturer In Intellectual PropertyLaw

    Research interests: Comparative Law, Complexity and Law, Copyright Law, Cyberlaw, intellectual property law, Internet Law, Internet regulation, Law and economics of intellectual property, Software patents, Virtual worlds

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    Dr Edward Guntrip
    Lecturer In Law

    Research interests: Foreign direct investment, global commons, international dispute resolution, international investment law, investor-state arbitration, Public international law

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    Dr Sirko Harder
    Reader in Law

    Research interests: Civil remedies, Law of obligations, Private international law

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    Prof Christian Henderson
    Professor of International Law

    Research interests: Public international law

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    Dr Bonnie Holligan
    Lecturer In Property Law

    Research interests: Environmental law, Land law, Property law

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    Dr Helena Howe
    Lecturer In Law

    Research interests: environmental education, Property law, Sustainable agriculture

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    Ms Marie Hutton
    Lecturer in Law

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    Dr Pablo Iglesias-Rodriguez
    Lecturer in International Finance Law

    Research interests: comparative corporate law and governance, Financial Markets, Financial regulation, Global Corporate Law and Governance

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    Mr Ioannis Katsaroumpas
    Lecturer in Employment Law

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    Dr Michael Kearney
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: accountability, anarchism, apartheid, capitalism, Colonialism, cover up, fact-finding missions, Human Rights, incitement, international criminal court, International Criminal Law, jurisdiction, lawfare, middle east, palestine, propaganda for war, Public international law, responsibility, statehood, Transitional justice, war crimes

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    Prof Heather Keating
    Professor of Criminal Law & Criminal Responsibility

    Research interests: Family (especially child) law

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    Dr Colin King
    Senior Lecturer

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    Dr Tarik Kochi
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Critical Legal Theory, Critical Theory, Hegel, History and Theory of War, History of political economy, History of Political Thought, International Law, International Political Theory, Jurisprudence/Philosophy Of Law, Social and political theory

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    Mr Laurence Koffman
    Emeritus Reader

    Research interests: Youth justice and diversion

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    Dr Alexander Latham
    Lecturer in Welfare Law

    Research interests: Constitutional Law, democracy, housing law, legal theory, political theory, Public Law, The European convention on human rights

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    Dr Phoebe Li
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: 3D bioprinting, 3D printing, Access to health technologies, Compulsory licensing, International intellectual property, Patents, Regulation of science and technology

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    Mr Craig Lind
    Senior Lecturer in Law

    Research interests: Child Law, Family Law, Gender and law, Sexuality and the law

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    Dr Emily Lydgate
    Lecturer In Environmental Law

    Research interests: agriculture and conservation, biodiversity and climate change regulation, Economic integration, Environmental policy, Renewable Energy, Trade liberalization

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    Prof Chris Marsden
    Professor Of Media Law

    Research interests: broadcasting law, Internet Law, Internet policy, Internet Science, Law and economics, Media law, Net Neutrality, Open Access to Law, Telecommunications Law

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    Prof Donald Mcgillivray
    Professor of Environmental Law

    Research interests: access to land, Climate change, Environmental law, Land law, Land Use, Water Resources

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    Prof Susan Millns
    Professor of Law

    Research interests: citizenship, Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, European Union Law, Feminist Legal Studies, Human Rights

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    Dr Maria Moscati
    Lecturer in Family Law

    Research interests: Access to justice, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Cause Lawyering, Children's rights, Comparative Family Law, Comparative Law, Family Law, Law in Context, Rights of LGBTI People, Sexuality and the law

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    Dr Verona Ni Drisceoil
    Lecturer in Law

    Research interests: Culture and Identity Rights, FGM, Language Legislation, Language rights, law and culture, Minority Rights

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    Dr Aisling O'Sullivan
    Lecturer in Law

    Research interests: Critical approaches to international criminal law, History of International Criminal Law, Immunity of State Officials in International Criminal law, Universal Jurisdiction in International Law

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    Dr Emanuela Orlando
    Lecturer in Environmental Law

    Research interests: environmental crime, environmental liability, EU Law, International and EU environmental law

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    Dr Tanya Palmer
    Lecturer in Law

    Research interests: Criminal law and criminal justice, Criminal law theory, Embodiment, feminist perspectives on law, Feminist theory, gender, Gender and Sexuality, gender-based violence, Research design and methodology, Sexual and gendered subjectivities, sexual violence, Socio Legal Studies

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    Dr Amir Paz-Fuchs
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: Employment Law, legal theory, Privatisation and outsourcing, Social rights and social justice, Socio Legal Studies

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    Dr Charlotte Skeet
    Lecturer in Law

    Research interests: Post-colonial legal theory

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    Prof Lindsay Stirton
    Professor of Public Law

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    Mrs Teresa Sutton
    Lecturer in Law

    Research interests: Ecclesiastical law, Land law, Land Use, Land Use Change, Law Relating To Property, Legal History, Property law

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    Prof Erika Szyszczak
    Research Professor

    Research interests: EU Competition Law, EU Employment Law, EU Governance, EU State Aid Law and Policy, EU trade policy, New Models of Public Services, Post Brexit Trade Policy, Public Procurement, Services of General Economic Interest, Transformation of the state and markets

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    Dr Kenneth Veitch
    Senior Lecturer

    Research interests: health care law, medical law, obligation, Social policy, Social Theory, Socio Legal Studies, sociology of law, Welfare state

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    Prof Richard Vogler
    Professor of Comparative Criminal Law &Criminal Justice

    Research interests: Comparative Law, Criminal justice reform, Criminal law and criminal justice, Criminal Law And Criminology

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    Dr Lara Walker
    Senior Lecturer in Law

    Research interests: Cross-border family law, Family (especially child) law, Private international law

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    Dr Mark Walters
    Reader in Criminal Law and CriminalJustice

    Research interests: Criminal justice reform, Criminal law and criminal justice, Criminology, hate crime, Restorative justice, sexual violence

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    Dr Joanna Wilson
    Lecturer In Commercial Law

    Research interests: bail in, bail out, bank regulation, banking, banking law, club governance, Common Law, Including Commercial Law, Corporate/commercial law, crisis management, lender of last resort

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This LLM is ideal if you want to work in any area of criminal law – from practising as a lawyer to policy review and reform – but particularly if you wish to pursue a career with an international angle.

Our graduates have progressed to work and research with human rights NGOs, in education, as legal professionals, with several working and interning at the international criminal tribunals in The Hague.

Several have also chosen to continue with doctoral-level study in the fields of human rights and international criminal law.

Graduate destinations

97% of students from Sussex Law School were in work or further study six months after graduating. Our graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • associate lawyer, White and Case LLP
  • forensic assistant, International Criminal Court
  • parliamentary assistant, European Union.

(EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015 for postgraduates)

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

I’m working as Head of the Legal Department at the Belhasa Group of Companies in Dubai, only five years after graduating – Sussex absolutely transformed my career path.”Mohammad Ahmad Al Said
Head of the Legal Department
Belhasa Group of Companies