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Master of Laws (LL.M,) (60 credits) in International Law

A Master of Laws (LLM) is a postgraduate degree designed to enhance your academic legal knowledge, particularly focusing on specific areas of interest. This newly established programme at Stockholm University focuses specifically on developing an in-depth knowledge of International Law.

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The Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Law is an advanced level programme. During the programme, students will acquire in-depth knowledge of international law, as well as be provided the necessary theoretical and methodological foundations to be able to work independently with research, development or other qualified work in the area of international law. The program has an emphasis on scientific specialisation and is based on a gradual methodological training, at the same time as students tackle increasingly advanced international law issues. Students continuously practice working with sources of law and interpretation methods to analyse international law issues.

  • Programme overview

    The Master's programme in International Law consists of five courses; three of the courses are mandatory courses and two are elective advanced courses, divided into two possible tracks.

    The first course "Advanced Course in Public International Law" (ACIL), 15 credits, aims at repeating and deepening the general parts of international law, including a critical review of the research front and current development perspectives. In the first track, international law and the individual, students will study human rights ("Human Rights in a Global Perspective" - HRGP) and international criminal law ("International Criminal Law" - ICL). In the second track, human rights and economy, students first study human rights ("Human Rights in a Global Perspective" - HRGP) and then international economic law ("International Law and the Global Economy" - ILE).

    The second course, "Human Rights in a Global Perspective" (HRGP), is mandatory and takes up important concepts, norms and compliance structures in the field of human rights. The course covers basic concepts within human rights, from a philosophical and historical standpoint, the mechanisms for protecting human rights, and substantive rights, all from both critical and practical perspectives.

    The third course, "International Criminal Law" (ICL), is an elective and focuses on the national and international aspects of the criminal state jurisdiction. The course addresses the development of international criminal law, its main concepts and the international rules of criminal procedure which are applied by international courts, hybrid courts and national courts.

    The fourth course, "International Economic Law" (ILE), is an elective and aims to provide general knowledge of the legal principles and mechanisms within international economic law, with a particular focus on free trade law, investment Law and financial law. International economic law is also dealt with from an economic and political perspective, and is related to other areas of law, such as environmental law and human rights.

    The fifth and final course, which is mandatory, is the master thesis in international law, 15 credits.

    Year 1

    The programme consists of the following courses:


    First Semester

    Second Semester


  • How to apply

  • Contact


    International LL.M. Studies