UCL Faculty of Laws


LLM in Human Rights Law

Professor Colm O'Cinneide, Professor of Law, at UCL Faculty of Laws shares some further information on the LLM in Human Rights Law for prospective students:

What are the backgrounds or interests of students who normally select this specialism?

Very varied. Some are interested in public and constitutional law, some in international law, others have other specialist interests or ambitions. All have a deep interest in human rights and the plethora of interesting issues they generate. 

What do you think are the top highlights of this specialism? 

The global focus of our human rights courses; the expertise of our teaching staff; and the diversity of the students they study alongside.

What do students who have studied this specialism usually go on to do?

Students who do this specialism go in multiple different fields. Some become practising lawyers, often specialising in areas such as free speech law, equality law, immigration law, civil liberties law and so on. Some work for NGOs, international organisations, or national governments. Others go into academia, or policy work. There is no standard career path!

Which books, podcasts, blogs or newspapers do you recommend to students interested in taking this specialism?

Keep an eye on the major online news and opinion outlets, and read leading authors in the field like our very own Professor Philippe Sands.

What would you say to a student who is considering taking this specialism but hasn’t made up their mind yet?

This specialism is intellectually challenging, dynamic, and exciting. It engages with big issues, on a world-wide basis.

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