LL4AX      Half Unit
Selected Topics in International Human Rights Law

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Susan Marks NAB 7.14


This course is available on the LLM (extended part-time), LLM (full-time), MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Human Rights and University of Pennsylvania Law School LLM Visiting Students. 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.



Course content

This course explores the contribution and limits of international human rights law through a range of contemporary topics. We consider such phenomena as torture, counter-terrorism and the death penalty, and also investigate the bearing of international human rights law for such issues as hunger, development and climate change. 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. Readings may 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 summer exam period.

Key facts

Department: Law

Total students 2017/18: 17

Average class size 2017/18: 17

Controlled access 2017/18: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Communication
  • Specialist skills