Institute for International and
Comparative Law in Africa (ICLA)

LLM (International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Military Operations)


LLM (Coursework): International Law Option: International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Military Operations

Programme Code: 04250076

Course Coordinator: Prof Erika de Wet
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The LLM course in International Law Option: International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Military Operations focuses on research methodology, a research proposal, a mini-dissertation (prerequisites: AIL 802 and MCL 802), advanced international law, applied international law and international humanitarian law and human rights in military operations.

Academic unit

Faculty: Law

Closing dates for application

South Africa: 31 October 2014
Non-South Africa : 31 August 2014

Estimated cost

Contact the Faculty of Law.

Additional information

The Faculty of Law offers a short course in public international law prior to the commencement of the first semester of each year. Prospective LLM International law students are strongly encouraged to enrol in this course, so as to ensure that all students will have the required knowledge to pursue studies in international law at postgraduate level.

Admission requirements

Requirement for admission and limitation of student numbers

In addition to an LLB, BProc or equivalent qualification from a foreign university that allows the applicant entrance to the formal legal profession, the following requirement is set for admission of a prospective student to the LLM Coursework programme:

A minimum average mark of 65% with respect to the prescribed final-year modules of the undergraduate programme.

Where an average of below 65% is achieved, the student may be admitted on recommendation of the relevant head of department after consultation with the programme coordinator and/or the course leader and consideration of other merits and/or an admission examination.

Foreign qualifications are subject to SAQA evaluation. (Some LLM coursework programmes or modules as indicated in the yearbook may only be available to students who hold a relevant South African legal qualification.)

Even though a student may comply with the above requirements, the Dean may, on the recommendation of the head of department presenting a specific degree or module, refuse to accept a prospective student for any LLM programme if such a student's performance in the chosen modules or field of study during under-graduate study was not satisfactory. Alternatively, the Dean could set additional requirements with a view to admission.

An admission examination could also be required in respect of a particular programme or module.

Duration of study

The duration of the programme will in general be four semesters (2 years) but may be completed within two semesters (1 year) where possible, subject to fulfilment of all the requirements for the degree and payment of the full amount prescribed for the LLM degree. The maximum duration is 4 years.

Main curriculum information


Three modules counting 30 credits each (at least one of these modules must be completed during the first year of registration)

A module in research methodology (RHP 801) counting 5 credits (this module must be completed during the first year of registration).

A research proposal (RHP 803) counting 5 credits. The student must submit the research proposal (RHP 803) to the supervisor not later than the end of the first semester of the second year of registration for the LLM degree, prior to commencing with the writing of the mini-dissertation. This period may be extended with the approval of the head of department.

A mini-dissertation (MND 800) of 13 000-15 000 words inclusive of footnotes but excluding the list of contents and the bibliography. The examination copy of the mini-dissertation must be submitted to the Student Administration not later than the end of October for the April graduation ceremony and the end of May for the September graduation ceremony. After approval of the examination copy of the mini-dissertation, a final version must be submitted to Student Administration on or before 15 February for the April graduation ceremony and 15 July for the September graduation ceremony. This mini-dissertation must deal with the subject content of one of the modules or a combination of the modules registered for by the student for his/her LLM degree. Any request for an extension of the period for submission of the mini-dissertation may only be granted by the Dean on recommendation of the head of department.

LLM degrees: Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

The Faculty of Law offers twenty one specialised Masters programmes. This programme requires students to complete three taught modules, as well as a module in Research Methodology, to submit a research proposal and to submit a mini-dissertation. Class attendance is compulsory. Class meetings usually are from 17:30 - 19:30 and most of the class meetings take place once a week. The duration is one or two years.

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