The number, intensity, and impact of diverse forms of crises, emergencies, conflicts and disasters are increasing. During the past ten years alone, an estimated 1.5 billion people have been affected by some form of disaster, complex or conflict-related event.
This new and innovative multidisciplinary programme examines the role of global (national, regional and international) law, policy, and practice across the spectrum of possible conflicts, ‘man-made’ and ‘natural’ disasters. It further considers significant crises not escalating to the scale of conflict or disaster, as well as complex emergencies. The programme reflects current and changing global priorities such as the Post 2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; UN Climate Change Conference 2015; UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015; and the World Humanitarian Summit 2016.
There are a number of overarching themes and questions, including: the relationship between different legal regimes; the role law does and should have in responding to crises, conflicts, or disasters; the relationship between law and non-legal disciplines; humanitarianism, sustainability, resilience, disaster risk reduction, and disaster management.
Quick look entry requirementsA Level | IB
You are normally required to have a good undergraduate Honours degree (or equivalent from a university outside the UK). If you have other qualifications and a number of years' relevant work experience then you also be eligible to apply
Standard requirement is a 2:1 or higher in an undergraduate degree. However, our participants come with a variety of relevant legal and non-legal experience and all applicants are considered on individual merit.
What will you study?
The School of Law is collaborating with a number of other schools for the delivery of this programme, including: Archaeology, Geography, and Environmental Science; Agriculture, Policy and Development; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Politics, Economics and International Relations; Humanities; Biological Sciences; and International Capital Market Association.
Planned Law modules include:
Foundational Concepts, Principles, and Actors
Human Rights Law, Policy, and Practice
Public International Law
International Refugee Law
International Law and the Regulation of Armed Conflict
Morality and Governance
Conflict and Disaster Case Studies
International Criminal Justice and Post-Conflict Peacebuilding
Climate Change Disasters
Technologies and Weaponry
Non-law modules are expected to include such topics as:
Disaster Risk Reduction
Preparing for Floods
Food Security and Development
Governance, Accountability and Development
Gender and Development
Conflict in the Middle East
Building Peace after Civil War
Conflict and Violence in Twentieth Century Africa
How much will it cost?
How much will it cost?
New UK/EU students: £7000 per year
New international students: £14900 per year
New UK/EU students: £3,500 per year
New international students: £7,450 per year
Students will be eligible for a 10% fees discount if they are currently employed by an NGO, have left NGO employment within 6 calendar months prior to enrolment on the programme, or will commence employment with an NGO within 3 calendar months of graduating from the programme. It will be necessary to produce appropriate documentary evidence of NGO employment to qualify for this discount.
What career can you have?
What career can you have?
The programme will appeal to early and mid-career law and non-law professionals as well as recent graduates and career changers. In addition to developing core knowledge of foundational principles of International Law, this unique programme facilitates a multidisciplinary awareness – which is increasingly essential for working in the sectors of crisis, conflict and disaster management.
The skills gained by undertaking a postgraduate Law degree are in great demand from both legal and non-legal employers. As with any postgraduate taught Law programme, completion of the various entry points will be an asset for students seeking employment in international courts and tribunals, United Nations agencies, legal practice and advocacy in the international law field, international NGOs, the public service (in the areas of foreign relations, international development, etc), law reform agencies, the media (journalism and broadcasting) and academia (with further postgraduate study).
In addition, graduates are expected to be distinguishable in employability terms from the graduates of other Public International Law programmes due to this programme’s unique features, notably an increased multidisciplinary awareness which will better facilitate inter-disciplinary collaborations in the work place and which will be important for future roles both in the field as well as in management. Furthermore, there is the opportunity to become specialists in Disaster Law, an area of Law of growing national and international importance and for which there is likely to be increasing demand for specialists in the field.