LLM Human Rights and Criminal Justice

Students studying in-between lecturesModule leader: Dr Bharat Malkani

Module description:

This module will explore the relationship between human rights and criminal justice. The aim of the module is to understand the tension between the need to fight crime on the one hand, and the need to protect suspects and offenders from the power of the state on the other hand. Students will cover the balance between protecting rights and detecting and investigating crime; the right to fair trial, and certain pre-trial aspects such as detention on remand. The module will have an international element to it, in that several jurisdictions will be looked at and the impact of international law will also be considered.

Methods of assessment

Modules on the LLM programmes will be assessed in one of the following ways. As this website is set up in advance, it is not possible to specify which method of assessment will be implemented for each module.


  • One 6000 word essay


  • One 3-hour written examination

If you'd like to find out how a module will be assessed in the forthcoming academic year please contact the LLM Programmes Administrator at Law-LLM@contacts.bham.ac.uk.



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