LLM Programme

The taught modules offered on the LLM programme vary from year to year. Please check the full list of taught modules list for details of modules running in specific academic years. We make every effort to ensure that every module will be offered, but modules are subject to change and cancellation. You are therefore advised to check this site regularly for further updates throughout the year preceding entry to the LLM programme.

Credit value: 30 credits (12 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Professor Alison Diduck
Other Teachers:
Mr Colm O’Cinneide
Dr Douglas Guilfoyle
Dr Virginia Mantouvalou
Professor Jonathan Montgomery


This module offers both theoretical and practical engagements with the law to assess the contribution a feminist perspective can offer to understanding legal and social relations. We will look, for example, at law’s theoretical underpinnings and its assumptions about the nature of the state and the individual. We will explore various areas of public and private law and examine law’s role in challenging, creating or reproducing gender relations. Sex-specific and sex-related legislation and policy will be analysed in the light of current debates within feminist theory.


The seminar topics may change from year to year but a representative syllabus would include:

  • Feminist theories
  • Feminist engagements with legal concepts: equality; discrimination; autonomy; rights
  • Gender, Sexuality and Crime/Violence
  • Gender, Sexuality and Employment
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Family
  • Gender, Sexuality and the Judiciary
  • Women and Human Rights: European and International
  • Human Rights, Women and Culture
  • Gender and International Law: Crimes Against Humanity, War Crimes and International Tribunals.

Background Reading (optional):

Module reading lists and other module materials will be provided via online module pages, once students have made their module selections upon enrolment in September.

Delivery and enrolment
Lectures/Seminars: 20 x 2-hour seminars
Tutorials: None
Previous module enrolments: Medium - 16-50 students
Who may enrol: LLM students, other UCL Masters students
Prerequisities: None
Barred module combinations: None
Core Module for LLM specialism: Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare, Human Rights Law, Jurisprudence and Legal Theory
Final Assessment: 3-hour unseen written examination
Practice Assessment: Tutors will review short practice essays from previous exams.

This page was last updated on 23 July, 2014


The application process for the 2014-15 academic session, for entry in September 2014, is now closed.

Information regarding applications for September 2015 will be updated on the website in September 2014.

IMPORTANT NOTICE : Updated 28 May 2014

The Home Office issued an update about the acceptance of ETS tests (including TOEFL). They have now confirmed that Higher Education students applying for a Tier 4 visa may use a TOEFL test taken after 17 April, if a Higher Education Institution is willing to use its academic discretion. For those students entering in September 2014, UCL will continue to accept the TOEFL even if it was taken after 17 April. However, if an applicant still needs to book a test then we recommend that they take an alternative test to TOEFL. Those who have already arranged to take a different test following the previous advice from the Home Office, we encourage you to go ahead with taking the alternative test.

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