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Goldsmiths, University of London: Criminal Justice and Human Rights

Institution Goldsmiths, University of London View institution profile
Department Law
Study type Taught


This cutting-edge LLM places you in the unique position to develop advanced knowledge and expertise in two specialist fields, criminal justice and international human rights. It will empower you to pursue legal practice in the UK and internationally, opening diverse career paths in the criminal justice and human rights sector, or advancing you to the position where you will choose to undertake a PhD in criminal justice or human rights or their interactions.

Why study LLM Criminal Justice and International Human Rights at Goldsmiths: - This pioneering LLM introduces you to the history, theory and practice of international human rights law, while highlighting abuses of human rights in the criminal process and suggesting reforms.

  • You’ll get a 360-degree view of the criminal process, and a multidimensional perspective which explores organic synergies between domestic, transnational and international criminal justice systems.

  • You’ll be able to choose interdisciplinary modules from the Department of Psychology and Department of Politics and International Relations. These will broaden your view of advanced criminal justice and human rights topics, and include Artificial Intelligence and the criminal justice system, political philosophy, psychological theories of the origins of offending, and many more.

  • You’ll learn by doing, for example in the Criminal Evidence module, where you examine in chief and cross-examine witnesses in fictional criminal trials, before experienced barristers and Judges e.g. at the Old Bailey (the central criminal court) in London.

  • You’ll learn from important legal thinkers, internationally leading barristers, judges and politicians. Our Law faculty and Visiting Professors include pioneering human rights and criminal justice experts such as Professor Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos, a leading authority on criminal process and human rights perspectives in Anglo-- American and Continental European law; the director of leading human rights NGO Liberty, Martha Spurrier; the Chair of the Criminal Bar Association of England and Wales, Kirsty Brimelow KC; the founder of Reprieve, Clive Stafford-Smith, and Gresham Professor of Law, Leslie Thomas KC.

  • We’re focussed on employability, and you’ll have the opportunity to gain practical experience through taking criminal justice placements and clinics modules (for credit). Our Careers Service is here to support you every step of the way.

  • You’ll collaborate with renowned legal scholars, eminent legal practitioners and NGOs working in the field of Criminal Justice and International Human Rights, including foremost NGOs such as Fair Trials, Big Brother Watch, Reprieve as well as Liberty that leads on our pioneering 'Criminal Justice and Human Rights: NGO Advocacy, Litigation and Practice' module.

Study 21st century Law, and Law in context As well as compulsory modules that provide you with a foundational knowledge of criminal justice and human rights theory and practice, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of specialist criminal justice and human rights modules delivered by the Department of Law.

Our curriculum has been built for the 21st-century landscape of Law, including subjects that range from AI and disruptive technologies to Art law and feminist approaches to human rights, NGO Advocacy in a polarised world and climate justice.

Active learning Our students learn the law in action while helping local communities and developing crucial professional skills.

Our leading researchers You'll have unique access to influential legal thinkers who have undertaken high-level legal and policy work in government departments, international courts, prestigious research centres, boutique law firms and some of the top NGOs and human rights organisations in the UK.

Harvard Law School course We are the first department outside the United States to offer free access to Harvard Law School’s pioneering Zero-L course.


An incubator for ideas

Creativity has always been the hallmark of Goldsmiths. Academic excellence and imaginative course content combine to make a place where creative minds can thrive and ideas are allowed to grow.

Our courses and research activities span the creative arts, humanities, social sciences, cultural studies, computing, business and management across 18 academic departments.

A world leader in new knowledge

Our academics cooperate across disciplines to create exciting new courses and develop novel approaches to research issues. Our interdisciplinary approach has helped us to become a national leader in many subject areas.

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