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

Law

This course is for you if you wish to keep your options open and explore a variety of approaches to law. You learn from leading scholars with expertise in a wide range of areas.

You can select core modules from any of our LLM courses. This means you will extend your breadth and depth of knowledge of legal principles and the social, political, economic and cultural context in which you operate.

This LLM gives you the opportunity to investigate a broad range of legal subject areas and to choose different pathways.

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 in 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.

Full-time and part-time study

You can choose to study this course full time or part time. Find the modules for the full-time course below. 

For details about the part-time course structure, 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.
    • Dissertation (LLM generic)

      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.

    Options

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

    • 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.

    • Aspects of Intellectual Property Law

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      You will focus on aspects of the law of copyright, trademarks and patents. You will be introduced to intellectual property law and its philosophical and economic justifications, but you will also engage in in-depth analysis of particular issues in the law and policy of intellectual property. You will consider aspects of the international framework which governs intellectual property, such as the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights 1994 (TRIPSs). However, emphasis will be placed on EC and UK law in order to provide a basis for substantive discussion of the issues.

    • Criminology in Theory and Method

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

    • Critical Approaches to Information Law

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      In this module, you explore an area of the law where far-reaching effects of globalisation have produced considerable consequences: an area broadly termed ‘Information Law’. These legal developments are driven at global level by institutions that make policy and regulation, and have also witnessed the evolution of existing institutions and rules.

      Areas affected by these changes range from international commercial relationships and trade to public policy questions regarding development, governance and access to technology. In this context, you will study these institutions to understand their constitution, structure, effectiveness and relevance.

      You will also study the most pressing policy choices faced by governments, institutions and stakeholders, and how those policy choices are translated into the law. In relation to information law, the module focuses on the institutions that regulate and police new technologies, particularly those related to the Information Society.

      We will also analyse the problems of access to these technologies, and how current regulation affects choices of law and regulation. This module includes treatments of the traditional field of Information Technology Law with an examination of the role of law in the broader context of responding to advances in technology. The focus of the module is on the international nature of the subject matter – offering a highly comparative analysis of current legal developments around the globe.

    • Environmental Law and Governance

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module gives you a grounding in some of the most topical and challenging and foundational debates in environmental law. These include the role of rights and justice frameworks in relation to environmental law, as well as key debates in environmental legal regulation.

      The aim is to provide you with a platform from which to better appreciate some of the central tensions and dynamics in the study of environmental law generally. You will have the opportunity to submit formative work for feedback and follow up as appropriate.

    • Environmental Law in Action

      15 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module is taken alongside (in alternate weeks), and complements, the module Environmental Governance: Rights and Regulation.

      The module aims to give you a grounding in the operation of environmental law in a range of practical contexts, including in relation to environmental law reform, environmental law activism, and environmental dispute resolution (including litigation).

      We will consider the role of both lawyers and non-lawyers in these processes at the international, regional, national and comparative levels, and use real-world examples to deepen your understanding.

      The module also aims to provide you with a platform from which you can better appreciate, and better critique, the law as it is considered in the modules studied in spring term, and in your dissertation.

    • International Financial Law Regulation and Governance

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module considers the legal and regulatory framework governing the financial and securities markets. With US, UK and EU law the primary focus, we look at civil law systems, especially at cross-border issues and where corporate assets and liabilities are located in multiple jurisdictions.

      You examine legal structures of cutting-edge transactions as well as the underlying policy objectives that shape the financial law and regulation. You identify and explore the most challenging issues in the post-financial crisis legal environment, with a particular regard to the recent trend of public and private law enforcement.

      The module addresses:

      • financial accounting
      • disclosure
      • corporate finance
      • securities litigation
      • mergers and acquisitions (M&As)
      • corporate criminal liability and cross-border insolvency in the global financial markets.

      The theory of fraud-on-the-market will also be highlighted along with the recent landmark cases by the US Supreme Court.

    • International Human Rights Law

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This core module will provide you with advanced knowledge about key approaches and issues in international human rights law. It is focused on the interplay between human rights law at the domestic, regional and international levels.

      We begin by assessing the development of the body of international legislation around human rights that started to form after World War II. You situate this within understandings of human rights that have existed for a much longer time.

      You go on to reflect upon the theoretical critiques (e.g. liberal, feminist, cultural relativist) that have been addressed to the concept of rights. We will also evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of human rights institutions charged with the adjudication and implementation of human rights.

      The aim of this module is to prepare you for the specialist options in the Spring Term, as well as for dissertation research.

    • 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.

    • Issues in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module will provide you with an introduction to key contemporary issues in criminal law and criminal justice, with a view to enabling you to understand the main challenges facing the English and Welsh criminal justice system at the present time. Topics will include issues which highlight the contemporary problems facing both substantive criminal law and the justice system, including: youth justice and the age of criminal responsibility; overcriminalisation for example by new `inchoate type' offences in response to the threat to security; the relationship between personal autonomy and the criminal law; the difficulties in securing convictions for certain types of offences such as sexual violence and child abuse; the impact of gender upon both the substantive criminal law and criminal justice; prison overcrowding; and access to justice. You will discuss these topics from an interdisciplinary perspective, placing them within the context of human rights, social and political developments.

    • 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 Law, Economics and Behaviour of Corporations

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module takes an innovative approach to the analysis of corporations. We focus on the economic and behavioural issues that largely determine corporate functioning, as well as the law and regulation of central aspects of their governance.

      Close interactions between corporate law and financial law mean that a solid knowledge of corporate law and economics is essential to properly understand financial law. The integration of this module in the autumn term will provide you with a knowledge that will be very useful in the other modules you choose.

    • The Legal Regulation of International Trade

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      The central aim of this module is to provide students with a knowledge and understanding of the world trading system, in particular the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and an awareness of the different levels of government (and governance) at play in the regulation of international trade. 

      To this end it explores: the background to, institutional structure, and fundamental principles of, the World Trade Organisation (WTO); certain of the substantive rules of the WTO, the context in which it operates, and the other actors operating in this field (regulation of international trade).

      It also looks into the relationship between international trade rules and other branches of international law, and in particular the challenges facing the WTO in adjusting to the developing priorities of the global community.

    • 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.

    • Transnational Commercial Law

      30 credits
      Autumn Teaching, Year 1

      This module examines the nature, history and sources of transnational commercial law.

      It also looks at the role of conflict of laws in international commercial law and international commercial dispute resolution.

      We examine the relevance of comparative law to transnational commercial law, and the various instruments (international conventions, model laws etc.) and institutions (including UNIDROIT, UNCITRAL, ICC, the Hague Conference on Private International Law) responsible for the harmonization of transnational commercial law.

    • 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.
    • Biodiversity, Cultural Heritage and the Law

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module examines international and regional approaches to the legal protection of biodiversity and natural and cultural heritage. It also examines the way in which some national jurisdictions (emphasising the UK approach) deal with this type of protection. The module will include consideration of the natural science and non-legal social-science that deals with measuring rates of biodiversity loss and the optimum way to protect biodiversity and cultural heritage as well as the interlinking with other volitions for protection.

      The aims of the module are:

      1. to provide a grounding in the relevant international, regional and some aspects of national law
      2. to provide a critical understanding of such law and the dynamics behind it
      3. to provide an understanding of the rationale behind approaches to protect biodiversity and heritage and the subject(s)’ relationship with other issues; and
      4. to develop skills of presentation and advocacy.
    • Carriage of Goods by Sea

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      You will examine the law and practice of the international carriage of goods by sea including contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, charter parties and other chartering documents (sometimes referred to collectively as 'dry shipping'). Seminar topics include implied obligations in the contract of affreightment; voyage charterparties; time charterparties; bills of lading and their functions; The Carriage of Goods by Sea Act 1992; The Hague-Visby and Hamburg Rules; and dispute settlement.

    • Commercial Conflicts of Laws

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module examines the rules governing commercial litigation in which not all facts are linked to a single jurisdiction. For example, the litigation may arise out of a sale of goods from a corporation in one jurisdiction to a person in another jurisdiction. In those cases, the following questions may arise:

      • In which jurisdiction can litigation between the parties take place?
      • The law of which jurisdiction governs the substantive issues of the dispute?
      • Can a judgment rendered in one jurisdiction be recognised and enforced in another jurisdiction?

      This module addresses those questions. It focusses on the relevant EC/EU Regulations (Brussels I Recast, Rome I and Rome II) and English domestic law, but there is also an opportunity to look at international conventions and the law in some other countries.

    • Communications Law and Regulation

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      An understanding of competition law and internet technology is a prerequisite for this module.

      As telecommunications merges with broadcasting and broadband internet, several previously distinct fields of study have come together into one: communications law and regulation.

      You will analyse the approach taken by the EU in regulating electronic networks and services through its 1998 Framework succeeded by 2002 and 2009 Directives (particularly the Access and Framework Directives together with proposals for Regulations in 2015).

      These are complemented by the 2007 Audiovisual Media Services Directive (2010/13/EU) developed from earlier Directives of 1989 and 1997 – all inspired by the need to complete the Single Market and to ensure consumer protection, pluralism and technologically neutral regulation.

      You'll also consider Article 101, Article 102 and EU competition policy as applied through telecommunications case law at the Court of Justice.

    • 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.

    • Cyber Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module provides an introduction to the structure and governance of transactions taking place over the internet and related issues commonly called "cyberlaw".

      You will focus on the theory and practice concerning the dematerialisation of transactions, the creation of extra-domestic rules through private self-regulation as well as public norms through international bodies such as UNCITRAL and the EU.

      You'll also look at the relevance of private international law resolution in cases of disputes.

    • Digital Intellectual Property Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The emergence of the Internet as a global telecommunications network has had an immense effect in how we view and apply intellectual property law.

      Before the Internet’s mass adoption, copyright was a minority interest subject that did not elicit a significant level of global interest.

      Now it is an area that is of great importance to the digital and physical economy, with the creative and entertainment industries rapidly becoming networked.

      Similarly, the use of domain names to identify brands using trademarks has become a growing area of interest.

      In patents, the type of protection awarded to computer programmes, mobile phone design and other digitally enabled devices is of the utmost importance to the economy.

      The rise of mobile communications technologies have been shaped in great part by the intellectual property that protects some technological innovations.

      Mobile manufacturers like Apple and Samsung are constantly engaged in a patent war where they try to gain control of the vast handset market by controlling core technology patents.

      In this module you look at these and other IP-related subjects in the digital environment, with emphasis on digital copyright, piracy, software protection, and domain names effect on trademark.

    • 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. In the module 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 will look at how international law has ordered and shaped global space in relation to property, economic organisation and the use of force and we will 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.

    • Human Rights Law Clinic

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      You can build on law and theory learnt at degree level through the preparation of pro bono legal opinions for real clients, applying research and writing skills to the analysis of facts in real situations. You will also develop spoken presentation skills.

      Under supervision, you'll work on specific legal questions related to international human rights law from clients such as international organisations or government bodies.

      Depending on the complexity of the advice, you will work individually or as part of a small group to produce memoranda for clients, following a process of consultation, close supervision, oversight and review, work-in-progress discussion and draft presentations to clients.

      Although the module aims to boost your ability to tailor advice to clients, it will ultimately train you in the practice and application of international human rights law.

    • International and Comparative Company Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      Topics covered include:

      • Introduction and theory: the company as an instrument of entrepreneurship, domestic and foreign models of corporate entities, business as a social and economic tool, the market and profit incentive, regulation and laws as an economic function and the conflict of legal and economic rules.
      • Company law concepts: the concept of the corporate contract, legal personality, the corporate veil, judicial avoidance of the doctrine, forms of business organisation, company as entity, group enterprise, distinction between corporate forms, the legislative framework, birth, life and death of the company.
      • Corporate liability: general liability in tort and contract and trust relationships, general regulatory approach, the arguments for self-regulation and interventionism, the influence of criminal and civil liability concepts, ultra vires and agency doctrines, individual and corporate capacity, corporate crime.
      • Corporate responsibility and governance: companies as democracies, representation and power, the exercise of control, the management of conflict, internal and external control, stakeholder theory, directors duties and liabilities, administration and supervision, employee consultation and participation, dispute resolution, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy.
      • European and international company law: the EU framework for co-operation in corporate affairs, fundamental freedoms for companies, harmonisation of European law, jurisdictional issues and approaches in the common law and civil law systems, competition among jurisdictions and the Delaware effect, international co-operation issues, multinationals.
    • 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 Aspects of Intellectual Property and Technology Regulation

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The strengthening of the international intellectual property system has been one of the main features of the international globalisation effort that culminated with the creation of the World Trade Organisation. It could be argued that this process is likely to remain in place for the foreseeable future. The scope of international protection of intellectual property rights is on the increase, not only in length of protection, but also geographically and in the amount of rights awarded to owners. How then does this system affect the acquisition of technology by developing countries? This is not just an academic question. Some may consider that a strong international system of intellectual property is detrimental for developing countries because one could argue that it makes technology more difficult to come by. If developing countries rely on this initial acquisition of high technologies then who owns it, and how, becomes of critical significance for their development prospects. However, others may argue that developing countries should implement stronger protection in order to foster foreign investment into their economies, which will eventually assist their efforts to become developed.

      This module will focus on the relationship between technology, intellectual property and development. Special attention will be given to the specific issues that affect developing countries the most, such as access to knowledge, transfer of technology and access to essential medicines.

    • International Business and Human Rights

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module considers the legal and regulatory framework governing the financial and securities markets. With US, UK and EU law the primary focus, the module also looks at civil law systems, in particular, when cross-border issues arise and where corporate assets and liabilities are located in multiple jurisdictions. The module examines legal structures of cutting edge transactions as well as the underlying policy objectives that shape the financial law and regulation. In the post-financial crisis legal environment, the most challenging issues are identified and explored, with a particular regard to the recent trend of public and private law enforcement. Specifically, the module addresses financial accounting, disclosure, corporate finance, securities litigation, mergers and acquisitions (M&As), corporate criminal liability and cross-border insolvency in the global financial markets. The theory of fraud-on-the-market will also be highlighted along with the recent landmark cases by the US Supreme Court.

    • International Commercial Arbitration

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      International commercial arbitration is a process of resolving business disputes between or among transnational parties through the use of arbitrators rather than courts. The module will examine the conceptual and practical issues relating to matters such as the decision to arbitrate, the relevant law, the structure and process of international arbitration, and the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards. Throughout the module, comparisons will be made with other mechanisms of dispute settlement in international law such as the International Court of Justice, the WTO Dispute Settlement Body and the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea.

    • 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.

    • Issues in Climate and Energy Law

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module examines a selected number of topics relating to the legal regulation of anthropogenic climate change, the legal regulation of the energy sector and the promotion of renewable and other alternative forms of energy generation and conservation.

      The module considers the nature of climate change as a policy problem and a selected number of salient issues in relation to the legal response to it, the use of long-term legislative targets, the tension between direct regulation and the use of economic instruments such as emissions trading, informational regulation, liability, rules on financial support for energy generation and the interaction with free trade and competition (antitrust) law. As the international law and governance of climate change is covered elsewhere, the focus of the module is on the response at regional (especially EU) and national levels.

    • 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.

    • Privacy and Data Protection Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • 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.

    • Regulating the Creative Industries

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module looks at international and comparative aspects of regulation, which affect the creative industries. It will start with an identification of the scope and economic value generated by the creative industries, particularly in terms of GDP and employment.

      The attention will then turn to the main regulatory instruments, which affect the creation, commercialisation and fruition of creative outputs. The focus will be on intellectual property rights, the law of contracts, competition and employment. The discussion will also address more specific forms of regulation which include the administration of domain names, and the drafting and enforcement of codes of conduct by administrative authorities

      The module will address certain legal aspects of the music industry. In considering the process of songwriting, music publishing, producing, recording and touring, emphasis will be given to the management of rights (eg copyright and trade marks) by way of contracts and licences (such as creative commons licences) or via collective management organisations. In addition, consideration will be given to new and evolving business models emerged from the online exploitation of music content.

      When looking at the film industry the focus will be on the process of creation, production and distribution of a feature picture. Particularly, the approach will be an international and comparative one to reflect the significance of the Hollywood industry as a point of reference for film production in Europe and in developing countries. Following this approach the discussion will concentrate on the legal protection granted to film plots and film characters, on the contractual arrangements between stakeholders involved in film production and financing, and on the evolving aspects which affect the legal status and international recognition of film actors and their trade representatives.

      The third industry that will be the focus of this module is the fashion industry. In this regard, consideration will be given to how the legal framework (trade mark and design laws in particular) affects the creation of fashion design both in the haute couture and prêt-à-porter markets. This will be done in a comparative manner by considering the effect of domestic legislation in markets where fashion design has a considerable commercial impact. There will be particular focus on the regulatory measures that apply to knock-offs, look-alikes and excellent fakes.

    • Restorative Justice: Domestic and International Approaches

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will provide scope for you to explore contemporary restorative justice developments in the United Kingdom and internationally. The module starts by examining restorative justice theory and explores how its principles have been put into practice within the UK and in other countries. You will then examine the relationship between restorative justice and the state as well as the importance of the concept of "community" in assessing whether restorative practices can repair harm. You will also look at whether restorative justice can be used in "difficult" cases including domestic violence, hate crime, and even homicide. Finally, the module explores the use of restorative justice in countries where mass human rights violations have been committed - including genocide. Examples such as the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa and the Gacaca courts in Rwanda are just some of the examples of how restorative principles might be used to help repair the harms of the most serious of all crimes.

    • Sustainability and Community

      15 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      The module examines the law at international and national levels (in the UK and elsewhere) as it deals with issues of sustainability that impact and relate to human communities.

      Thus at the international level it examines the law as it supports traditional and other communities who embed sustainable lifestyles drawing from many sources: environmental, human rights etc.

      At the national level the module examines different legal paradigms that work towards sustainability including case studies in countries where customary law regimes are relevant and others such as the UK where state or formal systems operate side by side with, inter alia, informal regimes such as may be prevalent in experimental systems such as the ‘transition movement’ or claims to land for recreational or environmental reasons.

    • 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 Law of Financial Derivatives and Structured Products

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      In this module you focus on the law relating to derivatives. You examine the analysing and documenting of derivatives transactions, the termination of derivatives transactions, legal issues relevant to collateralisation and credit derivatives, stock-lending and securitisation.

      Topics include:

      • financial product, income and risk
      • financial deviates product 
      • commercial and structural aspects of financial derivatives 
      • standard market documentation of financial derivatives 
      • collateralisation and taking security 
      • common legal issues with financial derivatives contracts in practice 
      • termination of financial derivatives
      • development and challenges to financial derivative after financial crisis 2008.
    • The Use of Force and International Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

    • Transnational Corporate Finance Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module examines from a transnational perspective both the public and private dimensions of corporate finance law, using case studies that originate in the United Kingdom, continental Europe (with particular reference to France and Germany), the United States, and Asia, but also involving a significant cross-border dimension. The module focuses primarily on legal challenges to multinationals companies’ operations, such as jurisdiction and extraterritoriality, recognition of foreign judgments, judicial cooperation, and conflict of laws.

      Cutting-edge issues arising from cross-border insolvencies, merger and acquisitions (M&As), and corporate criminal liability are studied in a global context. A secondary focus is on the interplay between international and national legal frameworks as well as soft initiatives, all of which are indispensible to an understanding of the globalisation of business law. Special attention is paid to the cultural, economic and political underpinnings of transnational laws, which will also be examined in case studies.

    • War, Terror, Violence and International Law

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      You will 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, the module examines law's various attempts to define what constitutes 'legitimate violence'. In this respect we will look at some of the dominant legal, moral and political arguments behind the justification and condemnation of acts of war, terror and public violence. We will look at 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 and 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. 

    • Youth Justice

      30 credits
      Spring Teaching, Year 1

      This module will examine how the law does and should respond to criminal and anti-social behaviour by children and young people. Given that much discussion of such behaviour tends to be extremely emotive and characterised by a rose-tinted view of the behaviour of previous generations of children, the module begins by reflecting upon the nature and extent of youth crime. Against the backdrop of contested constructions of childhood and children's rights it then explores the shifts in policy that have occurred in relation to offending by children. It examines how perceiving them as `children in trouble' to be helped or `young thugs' to be punished profoundly affects societal and legal responses. The increasingly tough approach taken by governments in recent years is scrutinised in the light of international instruments such as the Convention on the Rights of the Child and sustained criticism from international bodies.
      The module goes on to examine the youth justice process, including pre-trial diversion and the sentencing of young offenders, including the increasing use of custody. 

      The module then examines a range of issues of current concern, including the age of criminal responsibility, the introduction of civil punitive orders such as ASBOs, the extent to which the state should make parents take responsibility for the actions of their children, the relationship between the media and youth crime and dangerous young offenders.

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

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

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa


Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

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

Scholarships

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

Find out more about the Sussex India Scholarships

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

Find out more about the Sussex Malaysia Scholarships

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

Find out more about the Sussex Nigeria Scholarships

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

Find out more about the Sussex Pakistan Scholarships

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex.


Faculty

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.

  • Faculty profiles

    Dr Femi Amao
    Senior Lecturer in Corporate/CommercialLaw
    O.Amao@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Stephanie Berry
    Lecturer in Public Law
    S.E.Berry@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    K.D.Brayson@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    P.D.Bremner@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    J.C.Bridgeman@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    Q.Bu@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    J.J.Child@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Criminal law, Criminal law theory

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    Dr Alex Conte
    Reader in Human Rights Law
    Alex.Conte@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    Elizabeth.Craig@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    M.R.Davies@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    K.Dawar@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    P.A.Eden@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    L.Finchett-Maddock@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    M.M.Frabboni@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    T.M.Frost@sussex.ac.uk

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

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    Dr Matthew Garrod
    Lecturer in Law
    M.Garrod@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    G.Gentili@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    A.A.Ghouri@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    S.Gilani@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    A.Guadamuz@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    E.J.Guntrip@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    S.Harder@sussex.ac.uk

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

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    Prof Christian Henderson
    Professor of International Law
    C.M.Henderson@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Public international law

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    Dr Bonnie Holligan
    Lecturer In Property Law
    B.Holligan@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Environmental law, Land law, Property law

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    Dr Helena Howe
    Lecturer In Law
    H.R.Howe@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: environmental education, Property law, Sustainable agriculture

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    Ms Marie Hutton
    Lecturer in Law
    M.Hutton@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Pablo Iglesias-Rodriguez
    Lecturer in International Finance Law
    P.Iglesias-Rodriguez@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    I.Katsaroumpas@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Michael Kearney
    Senior Lecturer
    M.G.Kearney@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    H.M.Keating@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Family (especially child) law

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    Dr Colin King
    Senior Lecturer
    Colin.King@sussex.ac.uk

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    Dr Tarik Kochi
    Senior Lecturer
    T.Kochi@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    L.Koffman@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Youth justice and diversion

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    Dr Alexander Latham
    Lecturer in Welfare Law
    A.Latham@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    Phoebe.Li@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    C.Lind@sussex.ac.uk

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

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    Dr Emily Lydgate
    Lecturer In Environmental Law
    E.Lydgate@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    C.Marsden@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    D.McGillivray@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    S.Millns@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    M.F.Moscati@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    V.Ni-Drisceoil@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    A.O-Sullivan@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    E.Orlando@sussex.ac.uk

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

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    Dr Tanya Palmer
    Lecturer in Law
    T.Palmer@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    A.Paz-Fuchs@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    C.H.Skeet@sussex.ac.uk

    Research interests: Post-colonial legal theory

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    Prof Lindsay Stirton
    Professor of Public Law
    L.Stirton@sussex.ac.uk

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    Mrs Teresa Sutton
    Lecturer in Law
    T.J.Sutton@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    E.Szyszczak@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    K.J.Veitch@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    R.K.Vogler@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    lw264@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    Mark.Walters@sussex.ac.uk

    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
    J.L.Wilson@sussex.ac.uk

    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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Careers

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.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

Career options available after graduation are as wide as the course itself. Many of our graduates go on to qualify as law professionals, nationally and internationally.

Others find employment in government or NGOs, or in commerce. Some choose to work in-house without qualifying in any particular jurisdiction or go on to further study.

Graduates have gone on to enjoy careers as:

  • Compliance Officer CFC, Stanbic Bank Limited
  • Assistant Lecturer, Kampala International University
  • Junior Legal Counsel, SES S.A
  • Lawyer, City Immigration Legal Services England
  • High Court Judge, Rivers State Judiciary.

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