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: X credits (X ECTS)
Module Convenor:
Professor Alison Diduck
Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin (on leave in 2014-15)
Other Teachers:
Dr Robert George
Professor Jonathan Montgomery


This module will examine family law and the regulation of family relationships in the context of globalisation, multiculturalism and mobility of family living. It will cover conflict of laws in areas such as domicile, the recognition of foreign marriage and divorce, legal pluralism and parallel court systems, the role of International Human Rights on family law; initiatives in Brussels toward the harmonization in Europe of family law; and specific issues in European law such as immigration, international child abduction and adoption and reproductive tourism.


TERM 1: Theoretical Perspectives

Part I: Introductory Concepts

  • What is a Family?
  • What is a Mother?
  • What is a Father?
  • What is a Child?

PART II: Legal Globalization

  • Legal Pluralism: Definition and Implications
  • Informal Legal Pluralism: Customary, Arranged and Forced Marriages
  • Institutionalised Legal Pluralism: Parallel Court Systems, Religious Courts and Religious Law
  • Coordinating Legal Orders: the role of Conflict of Law Rules
  • Surmounting Plurality?: EU Harmonization of Family Law
  • The role of International Human Rights Law

TERM 2: Specific Issues

  • Civil partnerships, PACS, same sex marriage
  • Recognition of Foreign Divorces
  • Family migration; immigration
  • International Adoption
  • Reproductive Tourism
  • Medical Decisions about children; religion and culture
  • Education, Religion and Welfare
  • International Child Abduction
  • International Relocation
  • Consolidation and Review

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: Comparative Law, Criminal Justice, Family and Social Welfare, Human Rights Law
Final Assessment: 6,000 word coursework essay
Practice Assessment: Sample essay questions will be offered and feedback provided on drafts. Feedback and consultation on final assessment essay titles offered throughout.

This page was last updated on 23 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.