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: 15 credits (6 ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Professor Jonathan Montgomery
Other Teachers: N/A


This module examines the legal and governance arrangements for global health. The seminars examine the role of domestic and international laws in promoting health, including how health concerns are balanced against other values such as personal liberty, commerce, and free speech. It examines the scope and nature of the 'right to health' and how it has been put into effect in international conventions and specific legal systems. It considers issues around access to care; including justiciable rights to care, and the tension between intellectual property rights and affordable medicines. It explores aspects of tobacco control; including the Framework Convention, country specific restrictions, and disputes around free trade and the packaging of products. The course provides scope for incorporating cases studies chosen to match the interests of students, such as infectious disease control, legal regulation of rationing decisions, the health rights of women and children.


  1. What are global health law & global health governance?
  2. The scope and justiciability of the right to health
  3. Non-communicable disease (including tobacco control)
  4. Communicable disease
  5. Trade and global health: Food security, traded goods, health labelling
  6. Intellectual property and access to essential medicines
  7. Bioethics - case studies to match student interests

Background Reading (optional):

'Towards a framework convention on global health' Lawrence O Gostin, Eric A Friedman, Kent Buse, Attiya Waris, Moses Mulumba, Mayowa Joel, Lola Dare, Ames Dhai & Devi Sridhar Bull World Health Organ 2013;91:790–793 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.12.114447

'Tobacco endgame strategies: challenges in ethics and law' Bryan P Thomas, Lawrence O Gostin Tob Control 2013;22:i55–i57. doi:10.1136/tobaccocontrol-2012-050839, http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/22/suppl_1/i55.full.pdf

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: 10 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: International Law; Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare
Final Assessment: 3,000 word coursework essay
Practice Assessment: Opportunity for feedback on one optional 1,500 word practice essay
Other Information
This module is taught by academics in the Faculty of Law, and offered to both LLM and MSc Global Health & Development students. These two groups of students will have different backgrounds and expertise, so that reading may sometimes be adjusted to allow everyone to share common understandings. No one will be disadvantaged in assessment by their law / health background.

This page was last updated on 8 July, 2014


The application process for the 2015-16 academic session is now open.

Please note, for the 2015-16 intake, we are not accepting the TOEFL test. If you have an English condition to meet, you must take one of the alternative tests listed here instead.