Postgraduate Taught Study

Students enjoying summer on the campusReading Law School has harnessed its world-class expertise in the areas of Public International Law and Human Rights to provide specialised LLM programmes foregrounding the interplay between legal systems and the legal regulation of human rights, war, refugee movements, transborder migration, interstate trade and other areas of global governance. We have a range of dedicated Global Law modules on offer to students taking one of our LLM programmes. Students benefit from being taught by leaders in the field, who are at the forefront of scholarly enquiry into issues ranging from the rights of minorities in international law, through legal responses to terrorist threats, and an in-depth dedicated module on the legal aspects of the Israel/Palestine situation.

Our Global Law LLM programmes are supported by networking, conference and work experience opportunities for our students, which result directly from the high standing that our staff have in their disciplines in both academia and practice. Students on Global Law programmes therefore benefit from making connections and gaining experience vital to their future careers. Students on the Gloabl Law programmes have the opportunity to attend the School's annual subsidised trip to Geneva, to engage with global law first hand.

Postgraduate programme in Global Law and Disasters

Alongside our traditional Global Law programmes in International Law and Human Rights, GLAR now offers an LLM/MSc in LLM in Global Crisis, Conflict and Disaster Management.

In response and following over 18 months of careful scoping work, the School of Law, in collaboration with a number of other schools at the University of Reading, developed this unique, flexible, multidisciplinary new programme which capitalizes on the significant expertise of colleagues across the University. This programme - which is the first of its kind anywhere in the world - forms part of a major new stream of teaching and research activities in global law and disasters which build upon and develop colleagues' existing expertise across a wide spectrum of legal regimes. During the past ten years alone, an estimated 1.5 billion people were affected by some form of disaster, with the likely number, intensity and impact of crises, emergencies, conflicts and disasters likely to continue increasing. This is reflected in current and emerging global priorities such as the Hyogo Framework for Action 2 on disaster risk reduction, UN Climate Change Conference 2015, UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015, and forthcoming World Humanitarian Summit 2016 which seek an increasingly integrated, multidimensional approach to related issues.

Expected to appeal especially to early and mid-career law and non-law professionals, the programme examines the role and significance of global (ie national, regional and international) law and policy across the spectrum of crises, conflicts and disasters whether 'man-made' and/or 'natural' in origin.

The modules will usually include such topics as: Human Rights Law, Policy, and Practice; International Law and the Regulation of Armed Conflict; Disaster Management; Morality and Governance; Conflict and Disaster Case Studies; Justice and Peacebuilding; International Refugee Law; Technologies and Weaponry; Climate Change Disasters; and a placement option, with the possibility to take optional modules from a number of other participating schools, including on disaster risk reduction which is increasingly impacting on disaster law.

To make the programme more accessible to many working within the relevant sectors, a 10% discount off all fees is available to all applicants currently employed by an NGO, who have left NGO employment 6 calendar months prior to enrolment on the programme, or who will commence NGO employment within 3 calendar months of graduating from the programme (on provision of satisfactory documentary evidence).

For further information, please contact the programme director and lead on international disaster law research, Dr Marie Aronsson-Storrier (


We are thrilled to introduce this innovative new Masters in Law programme in LLM in Global Crisis Conflict and Disaster Management, which is unique globally. This cross-faculty programme thoughtfully combines both theoretical perspectives and real world scenarios to prepare lawyers and non-lawyers alike, drawn from across concerned sectors, to operate more effectively in many of the inherently multidisciplinary contexts facing the global community today caused by 'man-made' and 'natural' causes such as the effects of climate change, international and internal conflict, and other catastrophic events that nations face. We warmly invite you to join us in this exciting new venture!

Professor Susan Breau, Head of School of Law


It is quite clear that this unique new LLM will rapidly become the "go to" default course for UK and international students whose drive is to enter the international system and grapple with some of the greatest challenges and dilemmas of the future of humanity. Combining the multi-disciplinary academic rigour of a world class grounding in law, norms and principles combined with repeated exposure to specialist practitioners from the key agencies of international system, there is no other LLM which puts theory and learning into practice so effectively. From the beginning, the students will start engaging with the networks they will need to become part of, and whether they see themselves as becoming specialists or generalists, they will be very well positioned to make well informed choices of the options which they feel most inclined to pursue and be making critical professional links they will need in a highly competitive environment.

Neil Barry OBE, Humanitarian Consultant (with 25 years of experience)


Rescue Global is proud to partner with the University of Reading, School of Law, on this unique, global, cutting edge Masters in Law programme in Global Crisis and Disaster Management. From the very start, candidates are immersed in a multi-department inter-disciplinary experience, tailored precisely to prepare them for the realities of the global crisis, disaster management, humanitarian and conflict sectors. As we enter a new era, heralded in 2016 by the first World Humanitarian Summit, this Masters in Law is positioned to lead the pack, not only in the pursuit of academic excellence in this field, set upon the foundation of governance and law, but also with a solid grounding in the practitioner skills required at the strategic and operational levels. This is so often missed, and why graduates struggle to gain employment. We are excited to be a part of this industry leading course, and can't wait to see the change agents and thought leaders whom we are sure will emerge from it.

David Jones, CEO Rescue Global


Current Global Law LLM programmes

There are three dedicated GLAR LLM programmes:


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For more information on our LLMs in International Law and Human Rights, please contact the Programme Director,
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For more information on our Global Law and Disasters programmes, please contact the Programme Director,
Dr Marie Aronsson-Storrier

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