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Masters of Law (LLM)


MODULE CURRICULUM

The University of Lay Adventists of Kigali (UNILAK) is delighted to introduce two Masters programs of Legal Laws (LLM) that meet international standards. LLM programs are of 18 months duration for full time students. Each year shall be divided into two semesters.

The Master’s program in International Criminal Law is the first program to focus on international criminal law as a distinct field of legal study. This program is designed to equip the postgraduate candidates to deal with complex issues in law at both the national and international levels. Graduates in this program should be able to take up senior judicial posts and leadership in government departments and private sector where they will be instrumental in legal planning. Thus, this program is justified by the need to have highly qualified skills in the area of legal administration especially in International Criminal Law, Transitional Justice, Human rights and others.

Furthermore, the program will provide opportunities for local higher learning institutions to send their academic staff for training so that they can alleviate the shortage of lecturers. It is this spirit that the program is flexible enough to allow students a choice to go for one or duo specialization. In the former case, a student will study all five electives in the areas of specialization in International criminal law. This program prepares students for a career in international criminal law. Graduates will be singularly qualified to assume leadership roles in the world of international criminal tribunals such as ICC, national legal institutions and law firms, International Criminal Law academia and ministries such as that of foreign affairs and justice among others.

Module Structure/Curriculum

Compulsory Modules

Module CodeCreditsModule NameSr
LLM 10120Public International Law1
LLM 10220International Criminal Law1
LLM 10320International Law of Human Rights1
LLM 10410Legal Research Methods1
LLM 10510Global Financial Integrity1
LLM 11310International Law and Death Penalty1
LLM 108108Procedure before international criminal courts2
LLM 11760Dissertation3

Optional Modules – Students Take 3 Modules from Each Section

Transitional Criminal justice – optional courses

Module CodeCreditsModule NameSr
LLM 10710Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights2
LLM 10620Conflict and Post-Conflict2
LLM 11510Peace Support Operations2
LLM 11110Cyber Crimes2

Human Rights and Humanitarian law – Optional courses

Module CodeCreditsModule NameSr
LLM 11210Introduction to Human Rights3
LLM 11010International Humanitarian Law3
LLM 11410Minority Rights3
LLM 11610International Refugee Law2

The LLM program in International Environmental Law and Land Use at UNILAK is the first program to focus on international environmental law and land use as a distinct field of legal study. The central aim of the program is to train a new style of international environment lawyers and environmental activists by offering a broad and deep understanding of relevant issues and supporting the development of academic skills through the analyzing of such issues.

The program is therefore timely because it enables Rwandan stakeholders to develop an academic expertise with a contextual approach. It will also enable the development of regional expertise competent to handle issues at stake in the region and the world today – issues of environment laws and their applicability in context of making sense of International Environmental Law.

Module Structure/Curriculum

Compulsory Modules

Module CodeCreditsModule NameSr
LLM 20010Advanced Research Methods1
LLM 20120International Environmental Law1
LLM 20220Climate Change Law and Policy1
LLM 20320International Law of the Sea1
LLM 20420Land Use Law1
LLM 21360Thesis3

Optional Modules – Students Take 3 Module from Each Section

International Environmental Law: Optional modules (electives)

Module CodeCreditsModule NameSr
LLM 20510International Energy Law2
LLM 20620International Oil and Gas Contract Law2
LLM 20710Human Rights and the Environment2
LLM 20810Environmental legal regimes at Regional Levels2

Land Use Law: Optional Modules (electives)

Module CodeCreditsModule NameSr
LLM 20910International Natural Resources Law3
LLM 21010Regional Principles of Land Use3
LLM 21110Forest Principles3
LLM 21210Land Law and Policy in Rwanda3
+ LLM IN INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW

The Master’s program in International Criminal Law is the first program to focus on international criminal law as a distinct field of legal study. This program is designed to equip the postgraduate candidates to deal with complex issues in law at both the national and international levels. Graduates in this program should be able to take up senior judicial posts and leadership in government departments and private sector where they will be instrumental in legal planning. Thus, this program is justified by the need to have highly qualified skills in the area of legal administration especially in International Criminal Law, Transitional Justice, Human rights and others.

Furthermore, the program will provide opportunities for local higher learning institutions to send their academic staff for training so that they can alleviate the shortage of lecturers. It is this spirit that the program is flexible enough to allow students a choice to go for one or duo specialization. In the former case, a student will study all five electives in the areas of specialization in International criminal law. This program prepares students for a career in international criminal law. Graduates will be singularly qualified to assume leadership roles in the world of international criminal tribunals such as ICC, national legal institutions and law firms, International Criminal Law academia and ministries such as that of foreign affairs and justice among others.

Module Structure/Curriculum

Compulsory Modules

Module CodeCreditsModule NameSr
LLM 10120Public International Law1
LLM 10220International Criminal Law1
LLM 10320International Law of Human Rights1
LLM 10410Legal Research Methods1
LLM 10510Global Financial Integrity1
LLM 11310International Law and Death Penalty1
LLM 108108Procedure before international criminal courts2
LLM 11760Dissertation3

Optional Modules – Students Take 3 Modules from Each Section

Transitional Criminal justice – optional courses

Module CodeCreditsModule NameSr
LLM 10710Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights2
LLM 10620Conflict and Post-Conflict2
LLM 11510Peace Support Operations2
LLM 11110Cyber Crimes2

Human Rights and Humanitarian law – Optional courses

Module CodeCreditsModule NameSr
LLM 11210Introduction to Human Rights3
LLM 11010International Humanitarian Law3
LLM 11410Minority Rights3
LLM 11610International Refugee Law2
+ LLM IN INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

The LLM program in International Environmental Law and Land Use at UNILAK is the first program to focus on international environmental law and land use as a distinct field of legal study. The central aim of the program is to train a new style of international environment lawyers and environmental activists by offering a broad and deep understanding of relevant issues and supporting the development of academic skills through the analyzing of such issues.

The program is therefore timely because it enables Rwandan stakeholders to develop an academic expertise with a contextual approach. It will also enable the development of regional expertise competent to handle issues at stake in the region and the world today – issues of environment laws and their applicability in context of making sense of International Environmental Law.

Module Structure/Curriculum

Compulsory Modules

Module CodeCreditsModule NameSr
LLM 20010Advanced Research Methods1
LLM 20120International Environmental Law1
LLM 20220Climate Change Law and Policy1
LLM 20320International Law of the Sea1
LLM 20420Land Use Law1
LLM 21360Thesis3

Optional Modules – Students Take 3 Module from Each Section

International Environmental Law: Optional modules (electives)

Module CodeCreditsModule NameSr
LLM 20510International Energy Law2
LLM 20620International Oil and Gas Contract Law2
LLM 20710Human Rights and the Environment2
LLM 20810Environmental legal regimes at Regional Levels2

Land Use Law: Optional Modules (electives)

Module CodeCreditsModule NameSr
LLM 20910International Natural Resources Law3
LLM 21010Regional Principles of Land Use3
LLM 21110Forest Principles3
LLM 21210Land Law and Policy in Rwanda3