Pursue a graduate law degree in a dynamic and transforming society.
South Africa offers new ways of looking at law, and the Law Faculty of the University of Cape Town is ideally situated to offer these different perspectives. The country is highly respected for its protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms, and our constitutional framework is regarded as a model for the rest of the world. While the country is fully engaged in the business of the first world, it has transformed itself into an active representative of the South. Hence, not only does South Africa enjoy sophisticated economic and political systems, but it also has an emerging democracy subject to the challenges typical of developing countries.
South Africa is now fully integrated into the international community, with diplomatic representation in over 120 countries. It therefore plays an active role in all areas of international relations, whether economic (by membership of the WTO), criminal (a party to the International Criminal Court) or security and political (a leading member of the SADC, the AU and the UN). Cape Town, in particular, as South Africa's legislative capital and an international convention centre, has been well placed to benefit from these developments, as was evident from the AU decision to establish the African human rights court in the city.
LLM programmes in UCT's Department of Public Law provide an opportunity to do graduate work in this unusual and challenging environment.
We offer a range of general and more specific LLM programmes, including
- Criminal Justice
- Constitutional and Administrative Law
- Environmental Law, Marine & Environmental Law
- International Law
- Human Rights Law
- Social Justice
- Public Law
The goal of our LLM programmes is to give students a thorough grounding in a specialised field as well as an understanding of the most significant current issues.
To complete an LLM candidates must complete four courses and a short dissertation. For each programme, they can choose from a range of courses offered in this and other Departments in the Law Faculty.
This specialisation gives you the opportunity to choose your courses from all the masters courses offered in Public Law, such as:
|PBL5602S||International Law of the Sea|
|PBL5615F||International Law in Theory and Practice|
|PBL5618S||International Law on Disputes and the Use of Force|
|PBL5619S||International Environmental Law|
|PBL5623F||Governing under the Constitution: Law and Practice|
|PBL5628S||International Rights of the Child|
|PBL5631F||International Protection of Human Rights|
|PBL5640F||Principles of Environmental Law|
|PBL5641F||Land Use Planning Law|
|PBL5642S||Natural Resources Law|
|PBL5651F||International Protection of Women's Human Rights|
|PBL5653F||Refugee and Human Rights|
|PBL5658S||Administrative Justice and Open Government|
|PBL5659S||Human Rights, Legal Pluralism, Religion and Culture|
|PBL5661S||Litigating the South African Bill of Rights|
|PBL5807S||International Criminal Law|
|PBL5815S||Punishment & Human Rights|
|PBL5820F||Theories of Crime and Social Order|
|PBL5822S||Victims and Victimology: Theory, Policy and Practice|
|PBL5844S||Police and Policing: Explorations in Security Governance|
|PBL5847S||Forensics and the Law (not offered in 2019)|
|PBL5848F||Law and Society in Africa|
|PBL5849F||Law in Action - Research methods|