LL4AX      Half Unit
Selected Topics in International Human Rights Law

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Susan Marks NAB 7.14


This course is available on the MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Human Rights, Master of Laws and Master of Laws (extended part-time study). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course is part of the following LLM specialisms: Public International Law, Human Rights Law.

This course is capped at 30 students. Students must apply through Graduate Course Choice on LSE for You.


Students must have completed Foundations of International Human Rights Law (LL4AW).

Course content

Building on Foundations of International Human Rights Law (LL4AW), this course explores international human rights law through a range of contemporary topics. We consider such phenomena as torture, the death penalty and hunger, and also investigate the bearing of international human rights law for such issues as development, climate change and big data. Through the study of relevant concepts, norms, processes and debates, students are encouraged to develop an informed and critical assessment of the significance of international human rights law as a force for emancipatory change.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

There will be a reading week in week 6.

Formative coursework

One 2,000 word essay.

Indicative reading

Reading lists will be provided for each seminar on Moodle. Relevant readings are likely to include: Kenneth Roth and Minky Worden (eds.), Torture: Does It Make Us Safer? Is It Ever Okay? A Human Rights Perspective (2005); Olivier de Schutter and Kaitlin Cordes (eds.), Accounting for Hunger: The Right to Food in the Era of Globalisation (2011); and Bard Andreassen and Stephen Marks (eds.), Development as a Human Right: Legal, Political and Economic Dimensions (2010).


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2016/17: Unavailable

Average class size 2016/17: Unavailable

Controlled access 2016/17: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills