The details
Law (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 07 October 2021
Friday 01 July 2022
06 April 2021


Requisites for this module



Key module for

LLM M2M012 Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
LLM M2M024 Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,
MA M90112 Human Rights and Cultural Diversity,
MA M90124 Human Rights and Cultural Diversity,
LLM M10112 International Human Rights Law,
LLM M10124 International Human Rights Law,
LLM M10A12 International Human Rights Law (Economic Relations),
LLM M10A24 International Human Rights Law (Economic Relations),
MA L3MV12 Theory and Practice of Human Rights,
MA L3MV24 Theory and Practice of Human Rights,
MA L3MVMO Theory and Practice of Human Rights,
LLM M20012 International Humanitarian Law,
LLM M20024 International Humanitarian Law

Module description

The dissertation is an independent and research-led piece of work under the guidance of an academic supervisor. Students are to undertake an individual research programme and apply appropriate methodologies on a topic within the scope of the Human Rights LLMs. The topic will be approved by the academic supervisor and the postgraduate taught director and provides an opportunity to develop and display an extensive knowledge of the law and, drawing on applicable legislations, case law and scholarly works, to engage in critical evaluation and analysis of relevant legal issues.

Module aims

The aim of the module is to encourage the development of independent research, presentation and communication skills, the ability to set own goals and keep to working schedules and to facilitate in-depth and critical engagement of the legal issues in an extended formal piece of legal writing within the Human Rights LLMs. The module also aims to develop the ability to present legal arguments and opinions in relation to the chosen topic through library research, fieldwork or other relevant study.

Module learning outcomes

The learning outcomes for the module are to:

1. Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the legal rules, concepts, models, principles and institutions in a chosen topic and be able to systematically discuss the legal, practical and business context in which they operate, including their benefits, limitations and challenges;
2. Demonstrate capacity to undertake independent legal research and selecting appropriate methodologies for investigating and critical evaluating relevant legal rules, principles, models and issues using research skills and theoretical perspectives;
3. Demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate critically large and complex amounts of legal data from more than one source or jurisdiction and to apply legal data to specific facts and deduce likely outcomes where the law is indeterminate;
4. Demonstrate the ability to identify, select and organise materials and produce coherent and convincing arguments and to engage in critical thinking and academic debates using persuasive, effective and appropriate written communication skills; and
5. Demonstrate independent legal research and study skills, including multi-disciplinary research and use of library-based resources.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

There will be a 2-hour essay dissertation workshop. Each student will be assigned to an Academic Supervisor. Students will have supervision meetings with their Academic Supervisors and note them in the Supervision Record Form. Information on learning and teaching methods and materials will be available on the module Moodle page.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Foundation Essay    0% 
Coursework   DISSERTATION     100% 

Overall assessment

100 per cent Coursework Mark


100 per cent Coursework Mark

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Tara Van Ho, email: tara.vanho@essex.ac.uk.
School of Law, University of Essex, telephone: 01206 873069, email tara.vanho@essex.ac.uk



External examiner

Prof Julia Shaw
De Montfort University
Professor of Law
Available via Moodle
Of 4 hours, 4 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Law (School of)

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