LLM Specialisms 2012/13
[please note: links below are to the 2011/12 course
guides; they will be updated when new guides are made available during the
The Law Department is at
the forefront of research in legal theory, with experts teaching in the
areas of traditional jurisprudence, law and social theory, law and political
theory, feminist legal theory, the philosophy of punishment and criminal
justice, intellectual history and the theory of international law and human
rights. Individual subjects are generally taught by teams of teachers so as
to draw on their particular expertise. This offers an intellectually rich
and varied field of study, in which students may develop their own
conceptual and analytic skills and interests. Students also benefit from the
unique LSE environment that constantly attracts speakers from around the
world, thus enriching the intellectual resources available within the
Advanced Issues of
European Union Law (LL4B2):
study of the central
themes and challenges posed by the development of European Union
citizenship, governance and constitutionalism.
methods of resolving disputes by negotiation and mediation, studied through
theoretical analyses and practical exercises.
Climate Change and International
Law (H) (LL4A6): the goal of this course is to explore the international
law dealing with climate change with a view to assessing how risks and
uncertainties caused by climate change are governed and allocated. Projected
seminars include: climate change science; politics; ethics; theory of
international law; international environmental law; trade and investment
law; human rights law; international development; energy security; food
Constitutional Law (LL4F7):
builds on knowledge students have acquired from having taken courses such as
public law, administrative law, EU law and public international law at
undergraduate level. This full unit course is formed from the MT half unit
LL4Z6 Comparative Constitutional Law: Institutions and the LT half
LL4Z7 Comparative Constitutional Law: Rights; please see these Course
Guides for course content.
Comparative Constitutional Law: Institutions (H) (LL4Z6):
builds on knowledge
students have acquired from having taken courses such as public law,
administrative law, EU law and public international law at undergraduate
level. This course examines the central issues in comparative constitutional
law across a range of jurisdictions and from a variety of perspectives.
Although precise topics to be covered may vary from year to year, the main
sections of the course will deal with: constitution-making, constitutional
forms, constitutional adjudication, and constitutional borrowings. The
overarching objectives of the course will be to analyse the methodological
and conceptual challenges posed by comparative study of constitutions, and
to reflect on the cultural, ideological and transformative dimensions of
contemporary constitutional discourse (in relation to methodology,
legislative change, and institutional design).
Comparative Constitutional Law: Rights (H) (LL4Z7):
this course examines a range of important and controversial
topics in constitutional rights law from a comparative perspective. The
topics to be discussed include: abortion; euthanasia and physician-assisted
suicide; gay sex and sodomy; religion in the public sphere;
non-discrimination; affirmative action; hate speech and denial of the
holocaust; obscenity. The materials come from a broad range of
jurisdictions, including but not limited to the U.S., Canada, South Africa,
the European Convention on Human Rights, the U.K. and Germany.
an inquiry into the nature, functions and significance of constitutions.
[not offered 2012/13]
Constitutional Theory (H) (LL4H1): an inquiry into the nature, functions
and significance of constitutions.
Cyberlaw (H) (LL4S1): this course examines and
discusses topical issues in relation to the law of the internet and other
digital information devices (Smartphones, Tablets etc.). It opens by
examining the issues relating to network regulation or control by addressing
questions such as “can the internet be regulated?” and “who is competent to
police online content and activity?” It concludes its examination of
structural controls by examining the highly topical and politically charged
issue of enshrined network neutrality: by asking the question: should
Internet Service Providers be allowed to vary service conditions by types of
content? Students taking the course will be expected to develop knowledge
and understanding of the different values brought to bear in the regulation
of ICT and communities and the factors leading towards choices of particular
values, regulatory institutions and process. Such knowledge and
understanding will operate both at the theoretical level and the level of
particular examples of regulatory regimes.
European Human Rights
Law (H) (LL468):
this course provides a comprehensive analysis of the European Convention on
Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, together with an appraisal of the
case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. It locates the Convention
in its regional and international context.
Jurisprudence and Legal
mainstream and alternative theoretical approaches to understanding the
phenomenon of law, with particular emphasis on the work of important schools
and individual theorists.
the Holocaust (H) (LL4L4):
this course investigates key concepts of law and legal thought by reference
to the concrete events that marked the Nazi persecution of the Jews.
Students study such topics as the lessons for legal theory and practice
arising from Hitler’s rise to power, the legislation of the Nazi
racial-biological worldview, the challenge to our conceptions of legal and
moral responsibility that is presented by the idea of ‘administrative
massacre’, and how the Nazi legal era has been represented in debates of
legal philosophy. [not offered 2012/13]
Law and Social Theory
an introduction to the
study of law through the perspective of modern social theory with particular
emphasis on contemporary critical European thought.
Law in Society: A Joint
Course in Law and Anthropology (LL4E8):
the anthropological analysis of political, cultural and legal institutions
as revealed in relevant theoretical debates and with reference to selected
Modern Legal History
developments in English law in the period 1750-1950 in their social,
economic and political context.
Legal and Political Aspects (LL446):
theories and case studies of regulation encountered in public policy,
administration, legal literature, examining the origins, development and
reform of regulation; the styles and processes of regulation; the issues
surrounding enforcement; the inter-organizational and international aspects
of regulation; and questions of evaluation and accountability.
Regulating New Medical
the course addresses regulatory responses to new
medical technologies. It focuses upon the legal and ethical dilemmas which
arise as a result of novel and/or controversial medical practices.
[not offered 2012/13]
an advanced level general course in Public International Law, studying the
discipline as a whole from distinctively theoretical, historical and
Socio-legal theory and Practice (H) (LL4L5):
theoretical and historical introduction to socio-legal approaches to the
study of law and legal phenomena. The course will look at the history of
the socio-legal studies movement , its methodological orientations and the
transformation of theory into the practice of data collection and analysis
in a number of seminal socio-legal studies,
and the Rule of Law (H) (LL475):
a theoretical and historical introduction to the concept of terrorism. It
will critically consider definitions of terrorism, and analyse the
relationship between terrorism and the right to rebel, and the right to
engage in civil disobedience. The role of international law generally and
international human rights law in particular in the context of terrorism and
anti-terrorism action will be considered in detail.
Theories of Criminal Law
and Criminal Justice (H) (LL4Z8): the principal theoretical paradigms in
interdisciplinary criminal justice studies, and the contribution of
criminological, criminal justice and criminal law scholarship to an
understanding of the social process of criminalisation. [not offered
Theory of Human Rights Law (H) (LL4L6): the course will provide
an introduction to the philosophy of human rights and theoretical issues in
human rights law. The emphasis is on a combination of law and theory; to
this end, each seminar will rely on a mixture of cases from various
jurisdictions and theoretical and philosophical materials.