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

International Law

International law is an exciting and ever changing area of law.

On this course, you’ll study international law from a theoretical perspective to enable you to fully understand and contextualise the law and the international legal system. You’ll gain a strong basis in the foundations of international law and the international legal system.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore specialist areas of the law that seek to regulate:

  • the use of force
  • armed conflict
  • international crimes and terrorism
  • human rights and human migration
  • the protection of the environment.

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 learn through core modules and options over the autumn and spring terms. In the summer, you undertake supervised work on the LLM dissertation.

You will be assessed through coursework, unseen examinations, essays and a 10,000-word 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.

    • International Law: Rights and Responsibilities

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      You are introduced to, and develop your knowledge of, the nature and sources of international law.

      A non-traditional approach to international law is adopted by focusing on rights and responsibilities, not only of states, but also in relation to individuals and other putative subjects 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.

    • Dissertation (International 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, when producing your 10,000-word dissertation.


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

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will provide you with a critical and in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical dimensions of dispute resolution in comparative perspective.

      In addition, the module will equip you with practical experience of negotiation and mediation in a variety of national and international contexts. Because Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) has attracted interests from a variety of academic disciplines the course engages with interdisciplinary research.

      The module is divided into three substantive parts;

      • Part I examines issues of formal and informal justice across a range of legal cultures, and then explores the manner in which ADR emerged as a reform movement in the late 20th century, primarily in common law jurisdictions.
      • Part II surveys the primary key modes of dispute resolution ordinarily used: negotiation, mediation, and umpiring.
      • Part III examines the inventive approaches to dispute resolution based on a fusion of one or more primary processes and gives emphasis to international dispute resolution and online dispute resolution.
    • 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.

    • EU External Relations Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • International Investment Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      International investment law is the law that protects investors and investments located in foreign jurisdictions (known as foreign direct investment).

      A global network of treaties regulate foreign direct investment, and it is the interpretation of these treaties by arbitral tribunals, together with customary international law, that form the basis of international investment law.

      This module examines the nature of international investment law, the protections offered to foreign investors by international investment law and investor-State dispute resolution procedures. In addition, the module considers recent developments in international investment law, including its interaction with other areas of public international law. The module addresses both theoretical and practical aspects of international investment law.

    • Migration, Rights and Governance

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The seductive term "crisis" describes the state of international migration today. This crisis demands action on the part of experts and it demands study so as to understand the legal and political processes these experts use to manage migration.

      This module explores migration management – or governance – as well as its legal, political and ethical connotations.

      You will look at global migration governance and rights, international migration trends, and at how the international community responds to refugees and displaced people using a rights-based approach. The course focuses on the use of rights language in migration management.

      A large part of this module will focus on Europe – a key destinations for migrants  – and the so-called ‘migrant crisis’. You will examine the broad themes of migration governance, rights, security, solidarity and mobility, and consider them through topics such as trafficking, immigration detention, relocation, deportation and criminal conviction.

      You will be asked to contribute your own knowledge, experience and personal interest in the area through a case study-style assessment that will rotate throughout the term.

    • Propaganda and the Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Public Procurement Laws in the International System

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module critically assesses the growing body of international hard and soft laws that regulate procurement markets, address corruption and provide best practice guidelines for public procurement laws and policies.

      Public procurement occurs when a government agency purchases supplies as varied as construction services, defence, or education and public transportation. Accounting for 10 to 20 per cent of GDP, public procurement accounts for a substantial part of the global economy. Public authorities in Europe spend over $2000 billion a year purchasing goods and services, while in the US public procurement accounts for over $500 billion at the federal level alone. This results in huge purchasing power, which can be used to force innovation and ensure competition and value for money. Conversely, public money can also be wasted in bad purchasing policies and corruption, with negative consequences for citizens as taxpayers and consumers of public goods.

      As the global marketplace becomes more fluid and integrated, knowledge of international and comparative public procurement rules becomes increasingly vital. Most governments regulate procurement to prevent fraud, waste, corruption or local protectionism. This is acknowledged to be a vital dimension of good governance. At the international level, public procurement is the subject of the Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA), a plurilateral treaty under the auspices of the WTO. Many regional and bilateral trade agreements also include chapters to regulate procurement and provide access to each others procurement markets.

      Throughout this module, you will learn about the growing signficance of international, regional and domestic public procurement practices, along with their applicable legal frameworks.

    • 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. 

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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

Need to boost your academic skills for your taught course? Find out more about our Pre-Masters in Law.

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

Find out more about the Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship

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

Find out more about the Lady Monica Cockfield Scholarship

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

Find out more about the Sussex Graduate Scholarship

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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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

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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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Our course will enhance your employability. You'll have acquired transferable methodological skills, equipping you to handle legal texts, international instruments and academic literature.

The LLM's emphasis on comparative, international examples will help if you are interested in looking to work in both the UK and overseas in international law firms, agencies, governments, international organisations and NGOs.

Our graduates have gone on to enjoy careers as:

  • Bank Partnerships Relationship Manager, WorldPay
  • Independent Contractor, United Nations ICTY
  • EU Trainee, Council Of The European Union.

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