Course content – International Law of Global Security, Peace & Development

On this page you can inform yourself about the curriculum of the Masters programme International Law of Global Security, Peace & Development. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the contact points listed under "Contact and Counselling" and make use of the counselling services offered by the Graduate School.

Course structure

Overview of Modules of the Masters programme International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development ©Leuphana
Overview of Modules Master International Law of Global Security, Peace and Development (LL.M.)

Elective modules

1st Semester (2 x 10 ECTS)

  • Foundations of International Law
  • The Laws of Armed Conflict
  • International Courts and Tribunals
  • Law Clinic: Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Practice
  • Advanced Introduction to International Criminal Law
  • Advanced introduction to the law of the United Nations
  • International and Human Rights Law
  • Law and Development

2nd Semester (3 x 5 ECTS)

  • Natural Resources and Armed Conflict
  • Growth, Inequality and Poverty
  • Development, Environment and Natural resources
  • Complex Governance of Global Challenges

3rd Semester (2 x 5 ECTS)

  • Earth Systems and Climate Change
  • Sustainability Communication
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Economic Development: Theory, Policy and Evidence
  • International Relations and Democracy
  • Applications and Cases in International Development II


For all students the first semester of the study programme takes place at the University of Glasgow. The Core Course International Law and International Security provides a common foundation. Additionally, Electives can be chosen from the course tableau: Foundations of International Law; The Laws of Armed Conflict; International Courts and Tribunals; Law Clinic: Human Rights and Humanitarian Law in Practice; Advanced Introduction to International Criminal Law; United Nations Law; International Human Rights Law; Law and Development.

Moving jointly to Barcelona, in the second semester at IBEI students gain an increased understanding from an international relations perspective. In addition to the Core course of the Theories of International Security, specific elective classes introduce them to their study track specialisations for the 3rd semester. Students may choose from an offer of courses including Peace Processes and Conflict Resolution; Terrorism & Counterterrorism; Natural Resources and Armed Conflicts; Geopolitics of Energy; Gender, Security and Development; Transitional Peace and Justice; Development, Environment and Natural Resources; Growth, Inequality and Poverty or Complex Governance and Global Challenges.

By choosing the study track at Leuphana in the 3rd semester, three compulsory modules deepen the student´s knowledge on international economic law and connect it to sustainability science, and governance. While an introduction into sustainability science allows students an approach from a different scientific angle, a uniquely designed course entitled International Sustainable Development Law will provide in-depth inside in mechanisms to align the three branches of human rights, the environment and the economy. Electives can be chosen from a diverse range of course: Earth Systems and Climate change; Sustainability Transitions Governance; Sustainable Energy; Macroeconomics; Microeconomics; Economic Development: Theory Policy and Evidence; International Relations and Democracy or Applications and Cases in International Development. Students complete their studies by writing their Masters Dissertation at a partner university where they spent semester 1, 2 or 3.

Due to the international context of the subject matter all modules of the study programme in Glasgow, Barcelona and Lüneburg are offered in English. Besides professional qualifications, the close partnership between the universities ensures the acquisition of language and cultural skills, which are of great significance to the practice of international law.

Masters thesis

As a rule, you write your Master's thesis in the fourth semester. The Master's thesis is written between January and August. The scope of editing is 20,000-25,000 words. You will write your dissertation at the partner university where you spent the third semester.

Study regulations/subject-specific schedule

Here you can find the General Assessment Regulations and the Subject-Specific Schedules.

The Subject-Specific Schedule shows the subject-specific curriculum. The modules to be taken and their content, the types of courses, the type and number of examinations are formulated in detail and in a legally binding manner.

Course catalogue

In the course catalogue you can get an overview of the courses currently offered and their specific contents.

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